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The Mist by Stephen King
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Jun 07, 2012

it was amazing
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Read in June, 2012 — I own a copy

A tale of survival and the human condition set to the back drop of one of King’s most malevolent horrors. David Drayton heads to the supermarket to get supplies following a freak storm that took out power lines and trees in Maine. His son and he are in the supermarket when a mysterious fog descends on the supermarket. What follows is a fight for survival against both the creatures in the mist but against the other people in the super market.

Not only is The Mist a great horror story that will have you reaching for the light but it also is a powerful comment on the human condition. People within the supermarket all act in different ways and attempt to rationalise the mist with religious belief, denial and others go for brute force to try and escape.

One great thing about The Mist is that there is so much left to your own imagination and interpretation. There are a number of suggestions as to why the mist has descended on the town and these are so broad that you can pick any yourself. Whether you think it is the strange Arrowhead Project or the belief that the mist is some kind of devilish rapture sent to kill everyone, the decision is left to the reader.

Once again King writes in a way that is a true craft; with horrifying imagery as well as beautiful prose, King creates a great story that is fast paced, exciting and well worth a read. Though it is only a short novella, as opposed to many of Stephen King’s horror epics, The Mist is well worth the time and I would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of King or if you have never dabbled in his work before. Great characters, amazing stories and strong dialogue are a staple of King’s incredible back catalogue.

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