This book includes the stories that the movies The Shawshank Redemption, Stand By Me, and Apt Pupil were based on. Also included is a story called the Breathing Method that is one of King's better short stories. This is a great read. One of his best collections of novellas.
This books is four novellas: Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, Apt Pupil, The Body and The Breathing Method.
All four novellas are great in the way that the reader is intrigued the whole time trying to figure out how it is all going to end. The Breathing Method is weirdest of the four.
FROM THE BOOK:
RITA HAYWORTH AND THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION
An unjustly imprisoned convict seeks a strange and startling revenge...The basis for the Best Picture Academy Award nominee, "The Shawshank Redemption".
Todd Bowden is one of the top students in his high school class and a typical American sixteen-year-old-- until be becomes obesessed with the dark and deadly past of an older man in town. The inspiration for the film "Apt Pupil" from Pheonix Pictures.
Four rambunctious young boys plunge through the facade of a small town and come face-to-face with life, death and intimations of their own mortality. The film "Stand by Me" is based on this novella.
THE BREATHING METHOD
A disgraced woman is determined to triumph over death.
Typical Steven King. The story of the movie "Apt Pupil" is in this collection of short stories.
Four classic King stories. Movies have been made out of three of the stories. It's been years since I've read them, but I enjoyed them all.
Four very good quality short stories. I never sat down to wath the Shawshank Redemption but I have to say if the movie is as good as the short story I can now understand all the hoopla about the movie.