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Night Shift by Stephen King
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Jul 25, 2011

it was amazing

i don't know how i never read this before; i've loved stephen king my whole life, i feel like an idiot! it's like i just found out that there was an old testament to the bible... or something, you know, less offensive... anyway, yeah, these stories are amazing! no wonder they made (shitty) movies out of virtually every single one of them. and it's really weird to read this and think that this is the same guy who went on to write all those 40,000 page-long books!? when all these stories are so short and tight, and so totally convincing-- even the story about the POSSESSED LAUNDRY MACHINE is terrifying!! i have no idea how that is accomplished, but somehow he did it... somehow... probably my favorite of the lot is "i am the doorway," which, holy cow, i would kill to have written that story... though i also love "the last rung on the ladder," "sometimes they come back," "the woman in the room," "battleground," "trucks" (which is "the mist" only shorter and better and with trucks instead of monsters), and of course "the boogeyman" (which i'd read before in many different collections and always found terrifying)... really, every story in this book is, if not perfect, at least absolutely gripping and fascinating and SO FUCKING WEIRD, this guy's head is just STRANGE... the only other one of his books it reminds me of at all is carrie, which is also so tightly packed and convoluted with weird feelings and images; you can just see these two books bursting out of the guy's festering brain and onto the page in, what, like, a few months? a few days? a few years? he must've been such an ungodly mess... you don't get something this gloriously conflicted without being completely out of it...
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Brian Wilson You reviewed the book far more eloquently than I did! Good one!

message 2: by xTx (new) - rated it 5 stars

xTx xTx i first read this book back when i was like, 14 and IT FREAKED ME THE FUCK OUT! I love it till this day! The Bogeyman haunted me at night in my bedroom! OMG!

message 3: by Ben (new) - rated it 5 stars

Ben Loory i always knew you had to be a stephen king fan, xTx, ever since the first story of yours i ever read! (that is a compliment, btw, in case you were wondering. :)

message 4: by xTx (new) - rated it 5 stars

xTx xTx I'm a HUGE fan. The Stand is my favorite book of all time. Think I've read it maybe five times or something.

message 5: by April (new)

April See, I don't like most of his short stories. Of course it's been forever since I read them- most of his work I read in middle and high school. I find his novels much more terrifying and involved, the way he unravels his plots. Although I will say the movie version of the mist is my fave king movie. Out of curiosity is this the collection that starts with autopsy room four?

message 6: by Ben (new) - rated it 5 stars

Ben Loory no, that was in everything's eventual... these were written thirty years earlier. i'd never liked his short stories either, until i read this book; these stories are intense.

message 7: by Keith (new)

Keith Dixon that was the first book i ever read that gave me nightmares. i actually couldn't sleep after i read it. some story about a guy who has eyes on his palm? can't remember the exact details but man it was REAL.

message 8: by April (new)

April You guys are funny! I did read this one a long time ago but I think I liked Everything's Eventual more. Still a much bigger fan of his full length novels, though. But now you've got me worried that I've missed some of his older stuff too...

Mike Lester You see Ben, he wrote these when he was dirt poor. That's where the tightness, the energy, the aura of strangeness comes from. Hunger and desperation. Plus, they were written on a typewriter or handwritten, no diarrhea of the word processor here... :)

message 10: by Galo (new) - rated it 4 stars

Galo Now you got me thristy for King... gonna seek out the book and read it.

message 11: by Cati (new) - rated it 5 stars

Cati Howard Boogeyman is my FAVORITE short story by Stephen King. It is fantastically written, and sends shivers down my spine every time I read it.

Barbara I read this a long, long time ago, but the stories stay with me. The Lawn Mower Man was so vivid and made me Leary of hiring anyone to mow mine. I started mowing myself! I am the Doorway was amazingly told, and another favorite was the story with the bad beer. Can't remember the title but I was doing math in my own head at then end. Really I should change my rating to 5 stars cuz this is my favorite book of short stories.

message 13: by Mike (new) - rated it 5 stars

Mike Lester Night Shift will always be one of my personal favorites. Wish he'd get back to his straight-out horror roots...

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