Like many of Stephen King's stories, this one takes place in a small town in Maine. The day after a violent thunderstorm strikes, a strange mist spreads across the town of Bridgton. A large group of people become trapped in the Federal, the town's supermarket, when they discover numerous deadly creatures of unknown species, resembling slugs, dragon flies, lobsters, spiders, and giant squid, lurking within the mist. The theory amongst the group is that 'The Arrowhead Project,' a top-secret military experiment, caused the devastation. This story, previously published as a novella in 'Skeleton Crew,' was frightfully fantastic, the ending, uncertain, like a bad dream. I highly recommend this book, can't wait to see the movie!
This is my favorite Stephen King story so far. It had so many elements to it, it just blew my mind. Of course, you have the normal monsters that are present in any horror story, but at the same time, you have no idea what they are. This is a great example of why the unknown is scarier than the known. When you throw people into a cramped space, with no option to leave, the human psyche goes crazy. You have people who refuse to believe it (The flat-earthers) and raving religious lunatics (Mrs. Carmody). This story was about sacrifice. It was a peak into the mentality of humans. It faced you the horrible bleakness of not knowing what to do when up against the unknown. Amazing horror story. This story definitely shows why Mr. King is the king of macabre.
Quick read. Good old King scare the living daylights out of you book. FUN!!!
This book is lacking any real Stephen King quality.
First off it's important for people to understand that this story is not ment to be an actual novel and was writtten by King for inclusion in a collected edition. It was later reprinted in King's second collection of his short stories Skeleton Crew. I've read a few reviews written by people who seemed to have missed this vital point. Classic King.