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Never trust your heart to the New York Times bestselling master of suspense, Stephen King. Especially with an anthology that features the classic stories "Children of the Corn," "The Lawnmower Man," "Graveyard Shift," "The Mangler," and "Sometimes They Come Back"-which were all made into hit horror films.

"Unbearable suspense." (Dallas Morning News)

From the depths of darkne
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Paperback, 409 pages
Published April 1979 by New English Library (first published 1978)
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René Roth There are some allusions to characters having sex, but the main focus is on horror and gore. This is probably one of the most American questions on GR…moreThere are some allusions to characters having sex, but the main focus is on horror and gore. This is probably one of the most American questions on GR :D(less)
Ryan My favorites were Jerusalem’s Lot, One for the Road, and The Ledge.

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R.
Jul 14, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1974-2002
What I learned from Night Shift:

It ain't easy to quit smoking.
That I know what you need.
That I am the doorway.
That he walks behind the rows.
That sometimes they come back.
It ain't over in 'Salem's Lot.
Don't drink bad beer.
Get off your ass and mow your own lawn, goddammit.
Fabian
Jun 04, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: REAL hardcore S. King fans
These are short stories (though not really novellas) which actually serve as delectable intros to popular King mythologies (for a staggering example see [or better yet, don't {with the exception of "Trucks" a.k.a. "Maximum Overdrive" for B-level entertainment and "Children of the Corn" with its quaint moments of childlike chills}] all the movies made from like eight of these tales.) Here, King is at his most bizarre, most morbid. Most of his part-time heroes & (just a few) heroines, end up d ...more
Will M.
Dec 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Also posted at my blog: https://killerscorpion.wordpress.com/...

I find it really difficult to review short stories, especially anthologies. Night Shift is a collection of King's short stories, and if I'm not mistaken, this is a collection of the first short stories he wrote in his early years of writing. The most shocking thing you have to know is that the writing is not outdated. That's the thing about King, I've read his first book Carrie and the writing of it still felt like he wrote it mon
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Edward Lorn
First read this collection when I was... twenty, I think. Not sure. Does it matter? Probably not. Three things to mention before hitting you with my one sentence reviews: I forgot how much of King's early work tied into these stories, and how much I enjoyed his non-horror outings. Truth be told, I probably didn't like the more literary stories that I read once upon a when because I was a tried and true idiot in those days (I'm still an idiot, but my wife turned me into a functioning idiot, and I ...more
Alejandro
Stephen King’s first anthology!


The general rating is an average result of each individual rating of the stories contained in the anthology.


JERUSALEM’S LOT

Rating: *** ( 3 stars )

This is a short story which serves as an introductory prequel if you later wanted to read Salem’s Lot novel.

Set in 1850, Charles Boones inherited the Chapelwaite manor, which is feared by the people of Preacher’s Corners town, and that has a dark connection with Jerusalem’s Lot, a deserted village, quite near of the
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Councillor
Many readers consider this book to be one of Stephen King's most popular short story collections, and I can't disagree with that opinion ... mostly because it's only the second anthology by King I have read so far. Many original horror stories are included in this collection, with most of them having been adapted into classic horror movies like "Children of the Corn", "Graveyard Shift" or "The Mangler". In its entirety, however, I consider "Night Shift" to be a rather weak collection of short st ...more
Beverly
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good, creepy collection. As in lots of short story books, he seemed to place the best ones towards the end. My favorites are the ones that have no supernatural elements at all: "The Ledge", The Last Rung on the Ladder", The Man Who Loved Flowers and the very last story, The Woman in the Room". King is a king of the horror and devastation we feel in real life and that is plenty scary.
Christy
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: AC/DC lovers (just read the review:)), King Fans
In this book we are treated to much of Stephen King's earliest published writing, a full 10 stories (half of this book), were released in magazines, before his first novel, Carrie, was set loose on us.

I was pleasantly surprised by these early works, as it seems to me King is not one of those authors who needs to develop a lot of skill over time....I have heard/read that often writers do their best work when their bellies are not too full (I am aware that this is a misquote, by King himself...p
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Roula
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Λοιπον εμενα ο Κινγκ γενικως δε με ενθουσιαζει.δε μπορω την πολυυυυυυυυυλογια του.ενω τα θεματα με τα οποια καταπιανεται με ενδιαφερουν και με αφορουν πολυ και θαυμαζω το γεγονος οτι ο φοβος που προκαλει στον αναγνωστη εχει τις περισσοτερες φορες ενα πολυ λογικο υποβαθρο, ωστοσο με κουραζει η πολυλογια αυτη..με αυτο το βιβλιο λοιπον τον λατρεψα.ιστοριες συντομες, to the point που η καθεμια πραγματευεται κ εναν διαφορετικο τυπο φοβου.καποιες με αγγιξαν (με τα παγωμενα χερια του φοβου) παααρα πολυ ...more
Adriana
Note to self: do not read ANYTHING written by Stephen King after dark. Nothing. Not even if it happens to be comedy, or non-fiction, or freaking poetry. Haven’t you been traumatized enough? You can’t see a clown without pissing yourself! Not that it’s hard to scare me though. I’m the kind of girl that needs to have every light on when she goes downstairs to grab a glass of water, one of those people who knows something’s right behind ready to grab me if I don't reach the second floor as fast as ...more
Johann (jobis89)
"Let's talk, you and I. Let's talk about fear."

Night Shift was Stephen King's first short story collection, released way back in 1978 and it contains quite a lot of his more popular short stories that ended up becoming movies. The prime examples being Children of the Corn and Sometimes They Come Back.

King is often hailed as the master of the short story. Prior to this collection I had only read Nightmares & Dreamscapes and The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, and I did really enjoy them, but found it o
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Anne
Feb 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-german
I'm kind of torn on this collection. I think that every story had a good initial idea behind it, but many of them unfortunately lacked a good execution. I often felt that something was just missing...There was no problem with the writing style, these stories just didn't excite me very much and didn't stay in my mind for very long. However, the ones I really liked, were the type of stories I would love to see turn into full-length books!

Individual ratings:

Jerusalems Lot: 4.5 🌟
Graveyard Shift: 2 🌟
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Ron
Mr. Stephen King, you started scaring me when I was just a teen, then you go and try to do it again when I’m older, and often none-the-wiser. The best part: you can still do it. Not all of the 20 stories in Night Shift (his first short story collection) are terribly frightening. Some are not meant to be, and some just made me snicker. A few of them are simply fantastic. I could practically reread those right this second. Following is my short take each:

Jersalem’s Lot - The best part: Fans get a
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Erin
As I continue my Stephen King binge, I seem to be leaning more towards his short story collections. As I've said before Stephen King is one of the best short story writers around.


Night Shift was a bit of a mixed bag but there were way more great stories then bad ones.

My favorite stories were The Boogeyman in which a man learns to keep he's closet doors closed, Grey Matter in which we all learn that beer is bad, Sometimes They Come Back in which a teacher finds out that you can't out run your pa
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destiny ♎ [howling libraries]
I am stunned to admit that, at 25 years old, having been a fan of all things in the horror world for my entire life, I have only just now completed my very first Stephen King novel. I DNFed his books so many times in my teen years because his writing just wasn't for me. I appreciate his style tremendously more now than I ever did in years past, but won't say that I loved all of the stories in this collection. As I usually do with anthology reviews, I'll break it up in pieces.

⇨ Jerusalem's Lot
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Brandon
Over the years I’ve struggled with short story collections as I’m very much a long-form kind of guy. I especially dislike the start/stop of short story collections – you get invested in a character or a story and in fifteen or twenty pages it’s done. Kind of like driving down a highway and smashing into a brick wall. That being said, Stephen King’s Night Shift is one of the few exceptions. I enjoyed the hell out of this collection.

Night Shift crams twenty of King’s earliest short stories into a
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Raeleen Lemay
Read for Popsugar's 2018 Reading Challenge: A book with a time of day in the title

You know it’s a bad sign when the introduction and forward are more interesting that the majority of the stories. I quite enjoyed “The Mangler” (somehow makes a laundry machine so scary!), “The Boogeyman”, “Gray Matter”, and “The Last Rung on the Ladder”, but the rest I found to be either boring or silly. I definitely found myself skimming many of the stories, which sucks because there were a couple of gems in ther
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Rinda Elwakil
"لقد أتيت إليك لأحكي لك حكاية"
قالها الرجل الممدد علي الأريكة في عيادة الطبيب هاربيرت.


"لا أستطيع الاعتراف لأني لست كاثوليكيًا، لا أستطيع الذهاب إلي المحامي لأنني لم أفعل شيئا استشير المحامي بشأنه، كل ما فعلا هو أني قتلت أطفالي، قتلتهم جميعًا"


ستيفن كينج غزير الإنتاج، حكاء بالفطرة، يكتب القصص حتى يتخلص من إلحاحها وللدهشة تكون هي أفضل قصصه
الرجل المخيف قصة قد تكون سمعتها وأنت بعد طفل بنسخة خاصة ببلدك أو جدتك أو أيا كان راوي الحكاية،

رجل الخزانة، الوحش تحت الفراش، أبو رجل مسلوخة
اسماء عديدة، و صديقن
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Trudi
Make you pee your pants scary!

In his introduction to Skeleton Crew, Stephen King writes: “a good long novel is in many ways like having a long and satisfying affair” whereas the short story “is like a quick kiss in the dark from a stranger.” My literary proclivities definitely lean towards those long affairs. I don’t read a lot of short stories nor am I a fan of the format. At least give me a novella! Stephen King is one of only a handful of authors who can make me a believer in the beauty and
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Panagiotis
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Ο Στέφεν Κινγκ είναι ένας συγγραφέας που με έχει προβληματίσει: έχω πεισθεί πως είναι καλός, το σύνολο της αποδοχής που χαίρει (σχόλια αναγνωστών, κριτικές, συνεντεύξεις) δείχνει έναν συγγραφέα που πρέπει να έχιε πολλές αρετές που αναζητώ στη μυθοπλασία. Ωστόσο, η επαφή μου μαζί του, που έχει διαμορφωθεί μέσα από μερικά από τα γνωστά του έργα, με απογοητεύει.

Είμαι βέβαιος που υπάρχουν ομοϊδεάτες, το έχω δει από κατά καιρούς σχόλια: η πολυλογία του και η βραδυφλεγής ανάπτυξη του κεντρικού θέματο
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Nandakishore Varma
Sep 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Usually short-story collections, especially by the same author, always tend to garner a three from me: because they are almost always a mix of the good, the bad and the indifferent, and follows the bell-shaped curve of the normal distribution. But not this one. These collection of early stories from King is filled with the excellent, the very good, the good... and a few mildly good. The distribution skewed heavily in the direction of the terrific.

It's been a long time, but many of the stories li
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Stefan Yates
Feb 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stephen-king
Overall – I really liked the first story, but after that the stories really seemed to taper off quite a bit until I got to Battleground. After that one, my interested was piqued and the book continued at a high level through The Ledge and on to the end with a few exceptions here and there raising my overall rating from a 3 to a 4.

Jerusalem’s Lot – The first story is an “historical” account of the events that take place when a man and his faithful servant take residence in his ancestral home and
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Carmine
L'analisi dell'orrore

La prima raccolta di racconti è la dimostrazione che King, etichettato con nonchalance come il famigerato e spaventoso "Re del brivido", in verità sia capace di sfruttare anche il contesto quotidiano per sviscerare con consapevole lucidità il male in tutte le sue sfumature.
Appresa la lezione da Shirley Jackson, Ira Levin e Richard Matheson, tutti e tre autori accomunati dal narrare contesti reali che celano anfratti nascosti ove la nostra psiche elargisce il peggio di sé,
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Stephen
6.0 stars. On my list of "All Time Favorite" books and second only to Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman as my favorite short story collection of all time. All of the stories are excellent and it is hard to pick favorites in this collection but I would say "Boogeyman", "Strawberry Spring", "Children of the Corn" and "Jerusalem's Lot" are definitely highlights. Highest Possible Recommendation!!!
Oscar
‘El umbral de la noche’ (Night Shift, 1978), fue la primera antología publicada por el maestro del terror Stephen King. Si bien me gusta más el King en las distancias largas, se nota su saber hacer en estos relatos. Y es que King es un gran narrador.

Estos son los veinte relatos incluidos en la antología:

Los misterios del gusano. (*****) Un hombre hereda una casa que todo el mundo de la zona teme. Gran relato de tintes lovecraftianos.

El último turno. (****) Un grupo de empleados son reclutados pa
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Neil Walker
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Stephen King has been a huge influence on me as an author and this book of short stories will always be a particular favourite of mine.

It was one of the books that I actually carried with me in my backpack when I was travelling around the world and making the original notes that would eventually become my novel, Drug Gang. I read it multiple times and never tired of it.

There are so many fantastic stories in one book, it is hard to pick a favourite. However, the story that resonated with me the
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Ashley Daviau
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is by far my favourite collection of King stories that I've read so far! I absolutely loved every single one of them, they each creeped me out in there own ways! There were definitely a few that spooked me more than others though. The Mangler, The Boogeyman and The Lawnmower Man were my top three favourites out of the collection and definitely the stories that got to me the most. I read The Boogeyman right before going to sleep and I found myself staring at my closet door for the longest ti ...more
Ruth Turner
Dec 14, 2014 rated it really liked it

Audiobook - Narrated by John Glover - Good narration.

John Glover did a really good job with these stories. Jerusalem's Lot, which I didn't really enjoy when I read it, came to life with Glover.

The only slight criticism I have is that the female characters voices in Night Surf were annoying and Timmy's voice in Grey Matter was a little too high-pitched and grating.

Also, I found the background music was too loud at times.

***

Ebook:

I don't generally like short stories, especially when it's Stephen
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Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*

Sure, not every story is perfect, but as a collective whole this collection kicks it.

Almost all the stories are unique, and of course many of them have made their way to the screen. He apparently was still highly in his Salem's Lot world as he put in not one, but two, stories about the town here. One was called Jerusalem's Lot, which is a big treat for Salem's Lot fans especially. Creepy and decent, told through letters, it's a bit slow and the writing style used is old-fashioned to try and dup
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Scott
Jun 04, 2018 rated it liked it
** The Stephen King Goodreads Discussion Group is doing a re-read of his works from the beginning to the end. It’s been a long time since I have really immersed myself in Uncle Stevie’s world, but a rate of a book a month, I am all in. My goal is to read and review each one with as much honesty and reflection that I can give. **

Background – “Night Shift” was the first collection of twenty short stories published by Stephen King back in 1978. It was his sixth published book (including those usin
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Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, M ...more
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