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The Mist

(Skeleton Crew #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  122,440 ratings  ·  3,432 reviews
It's a hot, lazy day, perfect for a cookout, until you see those strange dark clouds. Suddenly a violent storm sweeps across the lake and ends as abruptly and unexpectedly as it had begun. Then comes the mist...creeping slowly, inexorably into town, where it settles and waits, trapping you in the supermarket with dozens of others, cut off from your families and the world. ...more
Paperback, 230 pages
Published October 2nd 2007 by Signet (first published 1980)
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Joseph Barras I try to use my eyes and brain to read, the opening part is where I use my hands. It's hard work, but I get through it.…moreI try to use my eyes and brain to read, the opening part is where I use my hands. It's hard work, but I get through it.(less)
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The title, and the mist.
The movie is very faithful.…more
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Mist, Stephen King

The Mist is a horror novel by the American author Stephen King, in which the small town of Bridgton, Maine is suddenly enveloped in an unnatural mist that conceals otherworldly monsters.

The morning after a violent thunderstorm, a thick, unnatural mist quickly spreads across the small town of Bridgton, Maine, reducing visibility to near zero and concealing numerous species of bizarre creatures, which viciously attack anyone and anything that dares venture into the open.

Always Pouting
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
David and his son Billy go out to get grocery store to get supplies after a bad storm has hit town. Before leaving David had noticed a thick mist forming, and started to feel an apprehension building. Figuring it was nothing David and Billy went for supplies but end up sequestered inside the grocery store after someone comes in screaming about the things in the mist. The town is near a military base, where rumor has it nuclear testing is being conducted, and everyone in the store becomes unsure ...more
May 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, own-read
My 100th read book this year. And also, a damn good one. King surely knows how to write characters you want to strangle, and then feel happy about it.

Even though I really liked the book I need to say one thing. Since I've seen the movie before I read the book, I gotta say that, even though ending of the book was interesting, ending of the movie was done so much better and it literally left me speechless.

But never mind that, I couldn't give this book any less than 5 stars, because I honestly thi
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very unusual freak storm hits a small Maine town causing a lot of damage. In its aftermath, many of the townsfolk head to the local grocery store to stock up on supplies and food. While there, a thick enveloping heavy mist like no one has ever seen settles around the store. Soon the people discover that something is out there in the mist. But what exactly could it be?

This was an extremely entertaining horror story. I really enjoyed the vivid cast of characters and the different ways they react
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

I don't know, I liked the movie more than the book on this one. Although, when I had the book on tape a million years ago it about scared me to death with all of the sound effects! I think I would like to get a narrated version of it again!

It's been a really long time since I saw the movie but I just remember that it freaked me clean out and the book . . . not so much. I'm not sure if it was because the things in the mist were more surreal seeing them than imagining them. I don't know, who care
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

Just another example of King's mesmerizing storytelling ability. Got me gripped from page 1 until the final sentence. Although being the size of a novella and originally published as a short story, this book has enough to spooke you with all the creeps and chills.

The way King builds up the atmosphere for this is brilliant. The book wastes no time setting itself up and diving into the story, and also doesn’t spend too much time exploring the whys and the whats, it just gets into it all,
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
This is probably my third horror book, the first being the Shining. I enjoy horror movies that deal with the supernatural such as ghosts, however, if it was something obviously out of this world like giant insects, aliens, and the like, I wouldn't watch it. Not my type. Doesn't scare me at all.

The book started well, the characters were likable enough and there was something eerie from the start and I didn't know anything about it except that the mist is bad news. The chilly vibes continued till
This is the novella from the short story collection 'Skeleton Crew' by Stephen King. it's one of my favorite stories King has published. He has written some amazing novellas and this is one of my favorites.

I still recall the chills this story gave me. It started out in the woods with a dude cutting wood and I didn't know where it was going and then we end up inside a grocery story with the world going crazy. It's a brilliant story. it has stuck with me for more than 20 years and I still think of
Elizabeth Sagan
Sep 17, 2017 rated it liked it
I used to fantasize about a zombie apocalypse after watching The Walking Dead. I used to fantasize about winning the Hunger Games after watching the movies/reading the books. I used to fantasize about alien invasions after watching alien movies.
Now I’m glad none of that happened because I wouldn’t have survived even an hour. Thanks, but no thanks.
Though I can’t deny, the novel has a certain appeal. What would I do? So I fantasized again. I imagined myself being there, alone or with certain peo
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
I have always found that Stephen King can pull a reader in with his writing, no matter the length. I needed something to fill my time and turned to this novella, which showcases some of the greatness I have come to expect from the author. David Drayton and his family live in rural Maine, watching as a storm rolls across the sky, closer to them. The fork lightning excites young Billy, who wants to stay up as things seem to be falling apart around him. In the morning, the storm’s destruction is ap ...more
Jun 19, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

One of my friend's Dad used to throw a number of inspirational quotes all around to provide us with insight and direction to life and stuff. One of his favorites was: Don't be afraid to go into the mist, be excited because you don't know where you will end up.

Clearly, he never had a chance to read The Mist.

❝ In the dream I could hear the rending crack and splinter of breaking trees as God stamped the woods into the shape of His footsteps. He was circling the lake, coming toward
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This slip cased hardcover book is numbered 458 of 500 and is signed by artist Herbert Brandmeier on the title page.

Nebel is the German word for fog. This is the First World Hard cover separate edition of the book, which I purchased at Forbidden Planet book shop, while on a business trip to London, England in 1986.

Shortly after publication, Mr. King had customs officials destroy most copies for copyright infringement. It was first published as the first and longest story of the 1980 horror antho
Aug 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
3.5 Misty Stars

The Mist was my first read by Stephen King. Well I loved the writing. It keeps you read it uninterrupted. Even though the idea of it wasn’t new, it was something that I watched on movies, but the writing is in such a a way that I couldn’t get enough of it! but I hated its ending! I really didn’t expect the author ends it like that! And by that I meant so open!

The story is about a man, named David, that after a hurricane with his son and his neighbor goes to a supermarket and leave
Oct 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Starting off this year's October (horror month) with a classic author for when you want to shiver: Stephen King.

I already know the story because I watched the movie adaptation many moons ago so I knew I would like it.
The story is that after a massive storm the titular mist closes in on a community in Maine, but it is no ordinary mist and with it come unspeakable horrors, trapping a number of people in a supermarket.

Stephen King managed to make the supermarket very chilly and claustrophic, giving
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
I saw the movie; I hated the movie. Just now getting to the novella, I'm relieved that it's better and isn't cursed with the horrible celluloid ending.

One of the best perks is I didn't have to listen to as much detaield spiel from that religious woman, who goes down as one of the most annoying characters in horror movie history.

The characters are fine - child is cute and convincing, the MC strong enough although he does distract himself with carnal cravings, and there's the fun disbonding groups
Sep 06, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: sf, for-school
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Evelyn (devours and digests words)
As a species we're fundamentally insane. Put more than two of us in a room, we pick sides and start dreaming up reasons to kill one another. Why do you think we invented politics and religion?

The Mist is a novella mainly about survival and it is a terrifying one at that. Because how do one fight off something like the mist and the creatures that came with it?

David and his young son Billy happened to be one of a few survivors holing up in a supermarket with more than 80 other people. For hi
“Dreams, after all, are insubstantial things, like mist itself.”
― Stephen King, The Mist

I read The Mist quite awhile ago and also saw the film. Both of them scared the heck out of me and I cannot say this book is one I enjoyed.

I see alot of love for this book on GR and I can see why. Of all the books by King I have read, this one is up there as one of the most genuinely frightening. (And bizarre).

But the books by King that I have loved the most are eerie without being as in your face as The Mi
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars

I mean this is one of my favorite 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 favorite endings of a story EVER!

If you haven't seen the film yet - you should defiantly go and watch that too! You won't be disappointed - this is the book that proves Stephen king is one of the best short story authors
Mayke ☕️
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
First October Halloween read of the year! I decided to read this book, because it's shorter than a lot of the other Stephen King books. Having many other reads as well, it seemed like a nice read beside the others.

The movie of this book is one I haven't seen yet, since I don't watch horror movies since I find them too scary. For some reason I do like to read horror books. Stephen King writes so lively, that I feel completely engrossed into his books when I read them. When you can write a book t
Christy Hall
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller, horror, suspense
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Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was my first Stephen King novel I have read so far. And for me, it was a definite 4 stars.

I think his writing and storytelling lives up to what people say and I understand where people are coming from when they say King is the 'King of Horror'. Gripping, emotional and you never know what's about to happen. I bloody loved it! I'm ready to delve more into King's novels as they have now peaked my interest and I hope I discover more great things in his other stories. Away!
Leo .
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great book. The film was good too. The ripping of the veil and the monsters flood in. 🐯👍
Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
King, an admirer of Lovecraft's work, often incorporates certain elements of Lovecraft into his stories.
King incorporates Lovecraft's amorphous horror with the inexplicable appearance of horrible creatures that torment the main characters in the story, but more pronouncedly in the description of the creatures themselves.
Which, in my opinion, greatly dismisses King's work as a cheap copy of Lovecraft's narrative.
This can be more clearly seen in Frank Darabont´s 2007 film, which ended up being an
Oct 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
The mist is EERIE with monstrous creatures within and no way out leaving a questionable future and hopelessness. A great read for October!
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, novella
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The Mist is another of King’s works that, like Carrie, has become such an integral part of society’s collective consciousness regarding fear that it’s become almost cliche. And, as with Carrie, my visit to the Mist completely altered my perception of a story I thought I knew. In my opinion, it went a long towards explaining why King chooses to end stories the way he does, which I’ll get into later. All that being said, The Mist is a quick littl
I don’t remember when I first read this novel, but it was soon after the hardback version came out at my local library. So I’m guessing 1985 or so. It’s been so long that I couldn’t remember how the ending went. I mean I knew the ending of the novel was different than the movie, but just how different, I didn’t know anymore. Too many years and too many books lol. And I’ve watched the movie more times than I can count.
The estimable Will Patton is the narrator for the audiobook, and I’d like to th
May 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
I feel like reading Stephen King is a rite of passage that I somehow completely missed out on. Which is strange. I operate artistically in bizarro fiction, which itself is on the fringes of horror. There are certainly elements of horror in my books to be sure. And with good reason. I love horror movies, horror shows, haunted houses. I spent a good portion of my childhood reading “true story” accounts of ghosts and aliens and wendigos and sasquatches. I obsessed over TV shows like In Search Of… a ...more
Sarah Samir
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
“It took me twenty years of living with my father to accept the idea that being good could be good enough.”


So, this is my first book by Stephen King. I can't believe it took me so long to read one of his books and this one in particular.
I loved the movie so much and i was having so much fun reading the book that seemed somehow like the movie.


The mist is a scary concept to be the theme of a whole novel. The fact that you have to face multiple fears and just try to move while these creatures roam
Doreen Petersen
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: stephen-king
A fascinating and tormenting tale. What caused the mist? What was it made of? Did the 4 people who made it out of the supermarket survive? There are no answers to these questions which might possibly leave an opening for a sequel?
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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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