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4.01  ·  Rating details ·  153,740 ratings  ·  3,906 reviews
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. ...more
Paperback, 488 pages
Published January 10th 2008 by Hodder (first published February 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)
Bil Richardson For me it was Graveyard Shift, I Am the Doorway and Gray Matter
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Wil Wheaton
Jan 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I reread this book, because I'm about to start working on my own collection of short stories, and I wanted to reconnect to the book that inspired me to be a writer, 35 years ago.

I enjoyed it so much more as an adult than I did as a kid, because I have lived more and have more of my own experiences to relate to the stories, characters, and experiences in the different chapters.

But the thing I loved the most about this was how much it inspired me to write my own stories, and how much it reminded m
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.
King's first short story collection comes in at 4.125 stars. As you can see below, I rated and reviewed each story. Then, I added all the ratings together and took the average to get my overall rating.

This was my second time through and better than I remembered. A few stories that could be skipped, but you might as well read them all to get the full experience!


Jerusalem's Lot - 4.5 stars
And earlier story of the same town and environs found in the novel 'Salem's Lot. Writ
Mario the lone bookwolf
The very young King´s first short story collection, a Bradburyian and Lovecraftian overkill of short, sharp, and vicious terror pearls.

King likes to talk about the art, mentioned the influence of these authors on his work several times, talked about imitating them in his book On writing, and how his short fiction changed over the years is amazing, especially seen under this perspective. It would be interesting to check if his other reads, he openly lists each year, had a similar influence if th
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
4.5 Stars ⭐️

1. Jerusalem’s Lot - 3 Stars ⭐️

2. Graveyard Shift - 4 Stars ⭐️

3. Night Surf - 3 Stars ⭐️

4. I Am The Doorway - 4.5 Stars ⭐️

5. The Mangler - 4.5 Stars ⭐️

6. The Bogeyman - 5 Awesome Stars ⭐️

7. Battleground - 3 Stars ⭐️

8. Gray Matter - 3 Stars ⭐️

9. Trucks - 4.5 Stars ⭐️

10. Sometimes They Come Back - 2 Stars ⭐️

11. Strawberry Spring - 5 Stars ⭐️

12. The Ledge - 2 Stars ⭐️

13. The Lawnmower Man - 2 Stars ⭐️

14. Quitters, Inc. - 4.5 Stars ⭐️

15. I Know What You Need - 2 Stars ⭐️

16. Children O
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 truly 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 dead o ...more
Did an entire reading vlog for this book, you can check it out here:

Here are my individual ratings for each story in this collection:
Jerusalem's Lot - 2/5 ⭐️
Graveyard Shift - 4.5/5 ⭐️
Night Surf - 2/5 ⭐️
I am the Doorway - 4/5 ⭐️
The Mangler - 5/5 ⭐️
The Boogeyman - 5/5 ⭐️
Grey Matter - 3/5 ⭐️
Battleground - 4/5 ⭐️
Trucks - 2/5 ⭐️
Sometimes They Come Back - 3/5 ⭐️
Strawberry Spring - 3/5 ⭐️
The Ledge - 4/5 ⭐️
The Lawnmower Man - 4/5 ⭐️
Quitters, Inc - 5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️
I Know What You N
Ahmad Sharabiani
Night Shift, Stephen King

Night Shift is the first collection of short stories by Stephen King, first published in 1978. In 1980, Night Shift received the Balrog Award for Best Collection, and in 1979 it was nominated as best collection for the Locus Award and the World Fantasy Award. Many of King's most famous short stories were included in this collection.

Jerusalem's Lot,
Graveyard Shift,
Night Surf,
I Am the Doorway,
The Mangler,
The Boogeyman,
Gray Matte,
Sometimes Th
Twenty! Yes, I said TWENTY short stories that include some major classics including Trucks, Quitters, Inc, The Mangler, Sometimes They Come Back and The Ledge. This collection includes a Salem's Lot follow up - One for the Road: An Illustrated Story. A classic collection from the 1970s!! A must read for Constant Readers - six Films (including Lawnmower Man nicking the title of one of the short stories!), Four TV Adaptions and ten short films are the legacy of this outrageously commercially succe ...more
Edward Lorn
Nov 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Will M.
Dec 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Also posted at my blog:

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
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: july-2018, king-me
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
Stephen King’s first anthology!

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


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
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. ...more
Fabian {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
Johann (jobis89)
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
"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 odd w
Jamie Stewart
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Dannii Elle
I've spent the past week alternating between two King books (as well as about 500 others!). I've been making my slow progress through The Stand, by reading a handful of pages every morning, and also reading about three or four stories from his anthology, Night Shift, just after it.

Night Shift is an anthology of his shorter fiction and was published just before The Stand. The stories here vary in length but none are longer than forty pages and all are centred around the theme of fear. You're prob
20 fantastically written, gripping and horrifying tales.

Night Shift was Stephen King's first short story collection, released back in 1978. This is often hailed as his best short story collection ever. Given that King wrote this at the very beginning of his career, the material is all so fresh with absolutely amazing, outrageous ideas. Here are the short synopsis and my review of each and every story.


Jerusalem's Lot - 4 stars
Set in 1850, Charles Boone
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'
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
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 🌟
Ashley Daviau
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is by far my favourite collection of King stories and I fall more in love with them every time I read them. I absolutely loved every single one of them, they each creeped me out in their own unique way and my favourites change every time I read this collection. This time The Mangler, The Boogeyman and The Lawnmower Man were my top three favourites and 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 lo ...more
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
Stephanie (That's What She Read)

In making my way through Stephen King's work, I've realized his short story collections almost always work for me. I might be in the minority by saying I didn't quite enjoy this one as much as Nightmares and Dreamscapes, but it had some great stories.

Some of my favorite stories were: The Last Rung on the Ladder, Children of the Corn, The Lawnmower Man, Jerusalem's Lot and The Man Who Loved Flowers.
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
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
Nandakishore Mridula
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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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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