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The Mist by Stephen King
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Sep 01, 2011

it was amazing

Maybe it is only because I am a HUGE sucker for monster movies and monster books, but THE MIST was one of Stephen King's best novellas.

It involves commercial artist David Drayton who leaves his wife Stephanie behind at their home the night after a voilent thunderstorm while he goes to collect supplies and food at the local supermarket with his young son, Billy.
For months, a heat wave had plagued his hometown of Brigton, Maine, and it was finally broken with the thunderstorm, which brought a very cool, thick mist over the town. David arrives at the market when suddenly they hear the town's fire whistle starting and police sirens wailing throughout the city. Then a man with a bloody face comes in and tells the eighty people inside the supermarket to close the doors, as there is "something in the mist". As the mist turns thicker and darker, and as the store begins to shake, they realize that no ordinary mist has enveloped the town, and that there are strange creatures from another dimension that are hiding in the mist, attempting to get in and waiting for them to come outside..... But the people in the market are having struggles of their own. Because the insanely religious Mrs. Carmody has begun demanding human sacrifices, and arguments flare as the supermarket becomes their prison. Armed with only mop-handle torches, bug spray, tennis rackets, and a single revolver, David, Billy, and a few others plan their hasty escape before they, too wind up as a human sacrifice to the monsters in the mist.

THE MIST is by far the best Stephen King novel I have ever read. The character development is amazing, and the arguments are very realistic. It details how people crack under enough pressure, and is maybe, TOO human.

Five out of Five stars.
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