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"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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Jamie
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
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Sarah
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Stephen King channels Ray Bradbury. Perfect existential horror science fiction.
Candi
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.
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
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Amy
Dec 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Just like most of Stephen King’s short stories for me: meh.
Sandhya
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!
Valerie
I hate myself for reading this
Anoja
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.
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Dan
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Ian Collins
Feb 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is, to me, one of King's most frightening short stories. It's much easier to imagine ourselves in a scenario that we don't know now, but could one day be real as technology advances. Stephen King takes a concept that we already understand and pushes it to the extreme: Each advance in transportation technology gets us to our destination faster but the danger is greater. Plane crashes are more deadly than car accidents are more deadly than bicycle crashes are more deadly than tripping while w ...more
Scott
May 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Audiobook on YouTube. The short story appears in the collection Skeleton Crew.

A straight up science-fiction/ horror 'story within a story' type thing from King here. Time travel portals have now become commonplace, but with terrifying unexpected consequences, as a family unfortunately witnesses on a trip together. Very chilling, and I enjoyed the nods to a couple of Sf master authors/works. Wonderful narration.
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Shevanty R
Dec 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Wow what an interesting short story, we read this for our Quarantine Book Club! I have always been interested in teleportation and this certainly peaked my interest. The language was a bit outdated but makes sense as it was written in 1981. The plot was interesting and the ending was defiantly unexpected. I am now more inclined to read more short stories by Stephen King!
Andreas Tanesha
Apr 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: best-to-worst
Really good slow burn horror short story. There are some nonsensical scientific jargon here (proton gun in cloud chamber to make teleportation device, really Stephen King?) but the bloodcurdling ending is enough to gave me chills.
Alexander Clark
Sep 30, 2020 rated it liked it
It’s fine but I wasn’t particularly impressed.

I’d heard a lot of talk and praise about this story and the concept always appealed to me. Although I suppose I simply expected more than I got. It’s just one long explanation about the origins of this type of teleportation. The dangers and mechanics of it are really hammered in and then you get to the end and what happens is just exactly what had already been explained beforehand. No twist or revelation. No anything really. It’s exactly what you’d
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Matt
Apr 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
A lot of punch in its ending that leaves an impression for quite a while.
Angela N Tanesha
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
A very gripping, chilling, and rich short story.
Philip
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.

4.75/5
Kelly Furniss
Dec 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
A haunting, chilling teleportation short story popular with many fans. I can see why. It grips you from the beginning and doesn't let go!. ...more
Brandon
Jul 17, 2021 rated it liked it
2.5 stars
Ville-markus Nevalainen
I've read multiple forum threads where "The Jaunt" has been said to be the best horror short story, so needlessly to say, there were some expectations. Even with all these recommendations, I had managed not only to avoid being spoiled, but to learn what the story is even about.

Is it the most horrifying horror story ever written, then? Probably not, the greatest flaw for me was the narration. It feels janky, the "story" is mostly about world building but it feels often like infodump. You also hav
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Claudeen
May 31, 2020 rated it liked it
My problem is that I’m a creepypasta girl. I’ve read too many before this
Elizabeth Smart
Apr 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021-read
If you like Ray Bradbury but want that patented Stephen King terror, read this story.
Josh Olds
Feb 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Perhaps my favorite of the stories in Skeleton Crew, The Jaunt takes place in the 2th century, where the world is a bit dystopian and teleportation is commonplace. As the Oates family prepares for their move from Earth to Mars, father Mark entertains his two children by telling them of the origins of teleportation.

In 1987, an eccentric scientist named Victor Carune accidentally discovered the Jaunt. Although it performed perfectly on inorganic objects, Carune quickly discovers that Jaunting kill
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Megan
May 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Whew. Stephen King really needs to write more sci-fi.
It was a bit hard not to get yanked out of the story, since King gives a lot of dates in the exposition that have already long passed, and the decade that I grew up in definitely did not play out the way he describes it here. Aside from that and some spelling and grammar errors (not sure how those got past the editor), the story within a story is well told. The ending is perfectly chilling, and makes you keep wondering long after you've finish
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Courtney Lehan
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Joe Pady
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was the first piece of writing by Stephen King I have read.

I found it well written and suspenseful and it delivered a perfect short story twist ending that has left me shocked and slightly disturbed. Meaning the story did it's job perfectly!

I think I'm going to try another SK short story after this and if I enjoy that as well I may try a novel of his.
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Jacob
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An interesting SciFi short story about perception (the stories we tell ourselves, the stories that our society tells us, etc), consciousness, and the fears of airline travel. King tells a horrifying story revealing how science does not solve problems with our civilization, only introducing new problems which deepen cracks already present in our society.
Kathryn
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
Alok
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"It's an eternity in there!"

Damn! Okay I am going to read everything King has written and I think that's a hell lot of pages.

Wow, many full length, super famous, sci-fi novels by famous writers don't come close.

That ending! Goosebumps.

"Longer than you think dad!"
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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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