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Stephen King s #1 New York Times bestseller an anthology of stories from the outer limits of the imagination!
From one of the greatest storytellers in modern times comes this classic collection of twenty-two works of fright and wonder unforgettable tales that will take you to where your darkest fears await. Whether it s a mysterious impenetrable mist camouflaging bizarre,
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Paperback, 760 pages
Published May 30th 2017 by Pocket Books (first published June 21st 1985)
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Srikumar Krishna Iyer It is gross.
Thank god, it was just a short story, can't imagine it as a long read in the form of a Novel or even a novella for that matter.…more
It is gross.
Thank god, it was just a short story, can't imagine it as a long read in the form of a Novel or even a novella for that matter.(less)
Elyse Introduction
The Mist
Here There Be Tygers
The Monkey
Cain Rose Up
Mrs. Todd's Shortcut
The Jaunt
The Wedding Gig
Paranoid: A Chant
The Raft
Word Processor of t…more
Introduction
The Mist
Here There Be Tygers
The Monkey
Cain Rose Up
Mrs. Todd's Shortcut
The Jaunt
The Wedding Gig
Paranoid: A Chant
The Raft
Word Processor of the Gods
The Man Who Would Not Shake Hands
Beach world
The Reaper's Image
Nona
For Owen
Survivor Type
Uncle Otto's Truck
Morning Deliveries (Milkman #1)
Big Wheels: A Tale of the Laundry Game (Milkman #2)
Gramma
The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet
The Reach
Notes(less)
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Mario the lone bookwolf
I love his short stories, although the quality and style are varying, best to see when comparing publication date with probable intoxication.

The strange thing is, that there isn´t always the correlation of drug induced boo or jay and therefore the quality of the work, it´s more a result of King´s working method of letting the characters and his subconsciousness tell the story. This can go luckily well, average, or, rare exception and seen with pink fanboy goggles, average average, because there
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Matt
Sep 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, fiction
“I stood there for a moment, first surveying the damage, then glancing out at the mist again. It seemed closer, but it was very hard to tell for sure. If it was closer, it was defying all the laws of nature, because the wind – a very gentle breeze – was against it. That, of course, was patently impossible. It was very, very white. The only thing I can compare it to would be fresh-fallen snow lying in dazzling contrast to the deep-blue brilliance of the winter sky. But snow reflects hundreds and ...more
Edward Lorn
There will be some of you that think three stars is kinda harsh for this collection. After all, it includes such amazing tales as The Mist and The Jaunt. It must be amazeballs, right? Not so much. Even the epically awesome stories in this collection need to be trimmed down. Most of them start slower than a Lars Von Trier movie, and over half of them never really pay off. There are some serious WTF stories within this collection; stories I didn't understand ten years ago and still do not understa ...more
Celeste
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, short-stories
You can find this review and more at Novel Notions.

Stephen King is such a master storyteller. I’ve come to love him over the past few years, and I now count him among my favorite authors. I have to agree with the masses, however; King tends to fall flat when it comes to endings. Thankfully, that’s not really an issue when it comes to short stories. They’re not supposed to really end, which I think is a huge boon in King’s favor. As with Night Shift, the first of King’s short story collections I
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Karen
Jul 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stephen-king
There are two short stories that I read over and over. The Mist has always been a favorite, and I can't believe how many people haven't read Survivor Type! It's awesome!

I've lost three copies of this from lending it out. Don't ask--you can't borrow it! ;o)
Erin
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Skeleton Crew is my least favorite Stephen King story collection. Its not a bad collection, but something just felt off. The six stories I loved are probably some of my favorite Stephen King stories but the rest were just blah!

The Good:
1)The Raft is my favorite story in this collection. A group of friends on a raft find themselves being picked off by some mysterious black slug in the water.
2)Word Processor of the Gods. A man who hates his life discovers he can delete or add people and things i
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Johann (jobis89)
An average of 3.22 for these stories! The range of quality is hard to fathom. Some stories were INCREDIBLE, and others were bloody horrendous. Full review to come.
Rebecca McNutt
Some of Stephen King's most impressive work often appears in the form of his short stories. It's almost a given that in any anthology of his, there'll at least be some stories that I can appreciate and admire, as is the case with his enormous 1980's anthology Skeleton Crew, which features an image depicting a hideous monkey on the front cover. Skeleton Crew is interesting in that it blends a good mix of sci-fi, fantasy and horror all into one, and most of the stories in the book are still releva ...more
Ron
Skeleton Crew. What a great name for this book of short stories. Many pack a scare. Some not so much. I thought I’d just highlight a few of my favorites:

The Mist - It’s by far the longest “short story” in the collection. Really, it could be called a novella. I’m glad it was included here instead of a novella collection (something that SK has become famous for doing). The Mist starts things off with a bang, or should I say a storm. After the storm comes the mist, and within that mist is the stuff
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Ken
Jan 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Out of all the stories in this collection, it’s The Mist that’s not only the longest but strongest and well known - it also possibly overshadowed the others for me.

The novella length tale easily makes this collection worth reading, whilst some of the other stories that have also been adapted were the pick of the rest.
‘The Raft’ (from Creepshow 2) was my next favourite along with ‘Gramma’ being creepily good.

Out of the stories that I’d had no prior knowledge, the diary entries by Richard Pine in
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Joe Valdez
Revisiting Skeleton Crew, Stephen King's collection of twenty-two short stories published in 1985, for the first time since I was in 7th grade -- a time when I was trying to dress like Don Johnson and get Madonna's "Into the Groove" out of my head -- was a wonderful experience. The horror stories I loved as a 12-year-old were each better than I remember. A couple I didn't have the patience for back then became new discoveries. A lot of the stories I never cottoned to are still terrible.

Five sta
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Ashley Daviau
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While this definitely isn’t my favourite collection of King short stories, it does have some gems that I really loved. My favourite by far were Nona, The Mist and The Monkey. Something about each of those three stories really got to me and sunk their claws deep into me. The rest of the stories were quite enjoyable as well but they just didn’t leave me with the same delicious feeling of unease as the three stories I mentioned above.
Cody | CodysBookshelf
I finished Skeleton Crew with tears in my eyes. I thought I'd read "The Reach" — the story that closes out this collection — before, but I guess I hadn't. It was an entirely new experience for me, and it packed quite the emotional wallop. As I write this review I'm still trying to mentally recover from that one, so pardon me if my thoughts are a little scattered. My Fornit died, and I'm stuck doing the job myself.

By the time this collection was published in 1985, Stephen King was a bona-fide li
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Jamie Stewart
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kerri
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this short story collection. I made a few notes about some of the stories:

- The Mist
Brilliant. Really want to see the movie version, and check out the audio version that Scott mentions in the comments!

- The Monkey
Particularly creepy. I found this uncomfortably believable! Anything with ominous toys/dolls tends to get under my skin.

- Mrs Todd's Shortcut
Quite beautiful -- loved it with an unexpected intensity.

- The Raft
I hate LaVerne so much. She's that female character th
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Latasha
Some stories were awesome and some not so much but none were terrible.

I reread some of these and finished the book. I bumped my rating up from 3 stars to 4. I really enjoyed this collection. my favorite 2 were the mist and GRAMMA. OMG that one was so good and unexpected. the only one I didn't care for was the jaunt. I didn't listen to the whole story so it may have been great but spacey stuff just isn't my thing. Dylan Baker reading the milkman stories was FANTASTIC!! Because of his stellar perf
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B Schrodinger
Stephen King seems to be a bit hit and miss with me. Sometimes there can be a Joyland and sometimes there can be a Under the Dome. But they have never been bad or unreadable, just seemingly poor, rushed and formulaic. I am noticing that I like his more modern tales greater than his 80s and 90s huge output.

So here is a short story collection from that time. The time where it seems like he was writing a book every couple of months. And it was just how I find myself feeling about all of his works.
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Cody | CodysBookshelf
I finished Skeleton Crew with tears in my eyes. I thought I'd read "The Reach" — the story that closes out this collection — before, but I guess I hadn't. It was an entirely new experience for me, and it packed quite the emotional wallop. As I write this review I'm still trying to mentally recover from that one, so pardon me if my thoughts are a little scattered. My Fornit died, and I'm stuck doing the job myself.

By the time this collection was published in 1985, Stephen King was a bona-fide li
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Kenchiin
May 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After finishing this I must confess that: it was quite cathartic.
One of those of books you need to put down for a second when you finish a chapter just to think about what you've just read.
Adam Light
I first read this collection about a thousand years ago while I was a sophomore or junior in high school. That was the mid-late eighties, and my Stephen King fascination was in full bloom. Now, nearly thirty years later, I am rereading all of King's books mostly in chronological order, attempting to recapture the ecstasy I felt upon reading them initially.
To my delight, Skeleton Crew has withstood the effects of the passage of time, held up impressively, in fact.
This collection of stories, most
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Brandon
May 08, 2018 rated it liked it
I used to have an aversion to short story collections. I’m not sure what has changed, but we’re five months into 2018 and I’ve just finished my second of the year. Granted, they’re both works from Stephen King, but I’ll take my little victories however I can get them.

Sandwiched between The Talisman and It, Skeleton Crew was King’s lone release in 1985 and his second short story collection. Similar to his prior collection, Night Shift, Skeleton Crew is mostly previously published work with only a
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Damien
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, a great collection of short stories by the King. We've since seen a number of these made into films - notably The Raft being included in George A Romero's Creepshow 2 and The Mist which was brought to the screen by, he of the Shawshank Redemption adaptation, Frank Darabont. But it is some of the less talked about stories in this collection that shined for me. The Jaunt, which first appeared in The Twilight Zone Magazine in 1981 was a fantastic melding of science fiction and horror that ...more
Patrick
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stephen-king
1. The Mist - 5/5
2. Here There Tygers - 4/5
3. The Monkey - 4/5
4. Cain Rose Up - 4/5
5. Mrs. Todd's Shortcut - 2/5
6. The Jaunt - 3/5
7. The Wedding Gig - 4/5
8. Paranoid: A Chant - 3/5
9. The Raft - 4/5
10. Word Processor of the Gods - 4/5

11. The Man Who Would Not Shake Hands - 2/5

12. Beachworld - 5/5
13. The Reaper's Image - 3/5
14. Nona - 5/5
15. For Owen - 4/5
16. Survivor Type - 4/5
17. Uncle Otto's Truck - 3.5/5
18. Morning Deliveries (Milkman #1) - 3/5

19. Big Wheels: A Tale of the Laundry Game (Milkma
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Charles
Jul 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
A collection of short stories. I actually think some of King's best work is done in the short form.
Lucy
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 Stars YES!

I really don’t know why this is higher rated on Goodreads! Perhaps I have rose-tinted glasses for Stephen King now!

The Mist – 5 Stars
I mean this is one of my favourite short stories ever written I remember reading this twice in one day because I loved it that much and I think I have gone on to read this around 5 times now (which is a lot for me). This one never gets old for me and the ENDING one of my favourite endings of a story EVER!

The Monkey – 5 Stars
The Monkey is such a grea
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Nandakishore Varma
It has been a while since I read this collection, but some stories (not the ones usually cited by reviewers) really frightened me.

1. Here There Be Tygers - We all know that the tiger lurking just beyond the bend in the L-shaped bathroom is only a childhood fantasy. But it's better not to take chances, anyway...

2. The Monkey - Scary toys. Your parents pooh-pooh your fears, but you know that they are out to get you...

3. The Raft - Safety is only metres away, but unreachable all the same.

4. The Jau
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Baba
Lots of King shorts, best of bunch being The Mist, which, by the way, is a lot better than the movie in my opinion. 8 out of 12.

Mrs Todd's Shortcut is one of my favourite short stories, as this simple story is so compelling and delightfully dark, with Mrs Todd's obsession in finding the quickest route. 10 out of 12!

The Jaunt - simply King's best ever sci-fi / horror short - a delightfully dark and chilling 10 minute read! 10 out of 12!

Other highlights include The Wedding Gig, The Raft, Uncle Ott
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Trudi
The Mist; The Jaunt; The Raft; and going for the gross out ... Survivor Type (love it!)
Coni (coni_reads or skingproject)
This was a reread for me. I first read it as a teenager (many, many years ago). I thought I would remember more of it, but it was like reading it for the first time. I really only remembered The Mist and Mrs. Todd's Shortcut, which makes sense since those might be my two favorite stories in this collection.

The entire collection was strong in the first half compared to the second half. Other stories that I really liked were The Jaunt, The Raft, Word Processor of the Gods, and Survivor Type. There
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Wally Flangers
So, 2 stars on goodreads means “it was ok”…. And that’s exactly what “Skeleton Crew” was. Just ok.... Not great, not even good…. But not absolutely terrible either because there are a six stories in Skeleton Crew that saved it from a “did not like it” rating (ex. The Mist, The Jaunt, The Raft, Beachworld, The Man Who Would Not Shake Hands, and Survivor Type)….. After calculating the average of the star ratings that I gave each individual story as I read them, it ended up coming in at 2.6 stars. ...more
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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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