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4.19  ·  Rating details ·  2,753 ratings  ·  248 reviews
"The Jaunt" is a horror short story by Stephen King first published in The Twilight Zone Magazine in 1981, and collected in King's 1985 collection Skeleton Crew.

The story takes place early in the 24th century, when the technology for teleportation, referred to as "Jaunting", is commonplace, allowing for instantaneous transportation across enormous distances, even to other
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Published (first published January 1st 1981)
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Feb 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
"It's eternity in there..."

What an absolutely chilling piece of sci-fi with a dash of existential horror! With nods to sci-fi greats Alfred Bester and Ray Bradbury, King recounts the tale of the amazing scientific breakthrough that leads to planetary and interplanetary teleportation technology. It becomes a ray of hope in a despairing world in the midst of severe energy crises and environmental devastation, but has the potential for some deeply disturbing side-effects that have become the stuff
Classic SF with a horror twist.

In the 24th century teleportation, called Jaunting, has become commonplace. Mark Oates and his family are about to jaunt from the Port Authority Terminal in New York City to the colony on Mars where he will be working for the next two years. While they are waiting for the stewardesses to put them under, he entertains his kids by telling them about the creation of the Jaunt and its inventor, the eccentric scientist Victor Carune.

Carune had been unsuccessfully workin
ash | spaceyreads
Ooooo, chilling. Keeps you hooked til the morbid conclusion. My only gripe is that this should be a full length novel. I would devour it.
Joshua Joyce
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Whoa! I’d found a subreddit all about the best short horror stories and after digging through the most famous of King’s, Lovecraft’s, Poe’s, Jackson’s, and Barron’s stories...I found the Jaunt. Comment after comment of people saying it was the scariest Stephen King story they’d ever read, but no one said WHY.

Thank God for that.

I just read it. I found it as an audiobook on YouTube. 53 minutes long. That’s like one episode of a TV show and this is a guaranteed terror.

5/5, very surprised by this
Stephen  Alff (AlffBooks)
Chilling. I can't think of another word now that I finished the story. Well written and scary. The story uses our fear of time, death and the unknown, quite interesting.

I might come back to this review at some point in the future because it feels like my brain hasn't fully processed the story.
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's eternity in there. ...more
Apr 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There's a rumor The Jaunt will be a movie soon. I have to see it. What if scientists discovered how to teleport from one place to another. What if a conscious mind will realize that from one place to another "it's an eternity in there?" One of the scariest I've read. ...more
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fast paced and impactful, a great sci-fi/horror short story that sticks with you after the final page.
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, time-travel
Just a snapshot of a story that gives a reader a sampling of how great a horror author Stephen King truly is. There are times when is stuff can fall flat on its face and other times when no one other than the Master can creep you out and have a story stick to your forever. Revival is one of this and THIS little slice is one of those times as well. Well done!
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Dec 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Just like most of Stephen King’s short stories for me: meh.
stephen king will write about manmade horrors beyond our comprehension but will still find a way to mention an underage girl's boobs ...more
Aug 04, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, 2021

This was definitely an interesting short story! I enjoyed it overall, especially the ending. I had expected something like the ending to happen but it was still different than I'd thought. (view spoiler)

There were a few things in here thought, that made me stop and questions whether that small detail really ma
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Sep 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
So many stories flashed in front of my eyes as I finished The Jaunt. The White Christmas (Black Mirror), Dark Matter by Blake Crouch, certain episodes of Doctor Who. I agree with the people who are categorizing this story as Existential Horror. This is one of those stories that goes plain and smooth and then leaves you with a dark aftertaste that lingers for days.

The only issue I have, not just with this story, but with most of Stephen King's writing, is his inability to describe women (and girl
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
Booooooooi!! Heard it read aloud by a half decent reader but ughhhh sometimes this book put me to sleep. TMI where I didn’t need it and not enough where I wanted. Also the only takeaway was that this man is a gross dad like eeewewww why you like at women and girls like that smh
Ravindu Gamage
May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Bullshit science, amazing story!
I hate myself for reading this
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I'm not much of a time-travel book fan, but this one made me interested because it has a touch of horror in it. This book was set at a time wherein innovation is prominent and gas is at its lowest price. People are fascinated with JAUNTING.

Jaunting is a way of teleportation. It also has something to do with time travel. People go crazy when put in such a machine. The horrors could be endless and SK managed to show me just that.

I recommend this to people who are looking for a short, good scare.
An entertaining short story with an interesting subject - namely (space) teleportation. What if we could travel through space? How would that work? And would there be any dangers? A family is ready to get sent to another planet, but first the two children have a few questions for their dad.

I especially liked how King interwove the past (the discovery of teleportation) with the 'now', it really added to the story. Perhaps the ending was a little predictable, but still an interesting concept none
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stephen King masterfully builds a fascinating, spooky, history surrounding a teleportation device in less than the number of pages in an Ikea instruction manual. Almost nothing major happens in this short story, as most of it is a retelling of history, but all of the little details add up to a thought exercise that is as mysterious as it is chilling.
Apr 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this story about a year back and it still give me creeps, literally. No, I am not trying to exaggerate at all. Even I used to wonder, how can reading a horror story scare you but I am really glad(or scared), I came across it!

Brett A
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You know what is coming long before the end, but it doesn't make the conclusion any less chilling. I wish it was a full length novel because I feel like I have to know what happened to the woman whose husband pushed her in! ...more
Shourya Gupta
Nov 18, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Omg 👁️👄👁️
This short story is a perfect example of what makes Stephen King so great; in so few pages he can create a story that feels so complete and genuinely chilling. Whilst the ending is kind of predictable, it still gets you – I was left just sitting there, reeling, for quite a while once I had finished, just trying to comprehend what I had just read. The Jaunt will definitely stay with me for a long time.

Recommended for: people who enjoy sci-fi/space travel stories, existential horror and definitel
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
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Aug 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Read for Quarantine Book Club.
This is a superrrr short story and I wasn’t sure what to expect because of its length, but I really enjoyed it! I’m surprised at how captivated I was with the story and the amount of information (maybe a little too much) that was able to be packed in just 25 pages. This book has gotten me more interested in reading shorter stories because it's pretty interesting to pick up in the middle of a storyline and figure out what exactly is going on.
Georce Miller
A fantastic, terrifying concept let down by a really clumsy ending that relies on an unbelievable level of professional incompetence. There were such better ways for King to "get there" than the silly way he chose. It's weird that he fleshed out the earlier science fiction elements so well, then botched the finale. ...more
Jun 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
When this sci-fi short story began, I wasn't sure if I'd like it. It grew on me, though. I was completely drawn in to the expirimentation portion of the teleportation. I must say members of PETA would probably disagree. You may not like the ending but I thought it was actually fitting for the story being told. ...more
Jul 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love this story and it still terrifies me every time I read it. I really dig the side by side stories of 1984 discovery of the Jaunt and the 4294 family going on their first Jaunt. It’s funny to think of people using pencils and newspapers in 4294 but not unimaginable that kids will still be making terrible mistakes.

Tyler Gross
Often among the first King short stories to come up in discussion of King. Was a bit underwhelmed. More of a unique concept than truly scary. For it's briefness and novelty of idea, I would recommend it. The idea will stay with me and I was entertained, but just lukewarm scariness for me. ...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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