A wonderful collection of Stephen King's short stories from the early 80s. Favorites are The Mist, The Raft, and Survivor Type.............he never fails to keep me awake at night, long after the lights are out!
In the introduction to Skeleton Crew (1985), his second collection of stories, King pokes fun at his penchant for "literary elephantiasis," makes scatological jokes about his muse, confesses how much money he makes (gross and net), and tells a story about getting arrested one time when he was "suffused with the sort of towering, righteous rage that only drunk undergraduates can feel." He winds up with an invitation to a scary voyage: "Grab onto my arm now. Hold tight. We are going into a number of dark places, but I think I know the way."
And he sure does. Skeleton Crew contains a superb short novel ("The Mist") that alone is worth the price of admission, plus two forgettable poems and 20 short stories on such themes as an evil toy monkey, a human-eating water slick, a machine that avenges murder, and unnatural creatures that inhabit the thick woods near Castle Rock, Maine. The short tales range from simply enjoyable to surprisingly good.
In addition to "The Mist," the real standout is "The Reach," a beautifully subtle story about a great-grandmother who was born on a small island off the coast of Maine and has lived there her whole life. She has never been across "the Reach," the body of water between island and mainland. This is the story that King fans give to their friends who don't read horror in order to show them how literate, how charming a storyteller he can be. Don't miss it. --Fiona Webster
I remember that this book scared the bejesus out of my when I read it int 8th grad. It wasn't so bad no, but I still had weird dreams a few nights after reading it. LOL I even had to read it between other books because after awhile it would be too much and I'd get to creeped out or spooked from a few of the stories and would need a change of pace.
While reading this, it never fails to amaze me though, that after all the years of reading Stephen King, that's he's one of the few authors that can make me laugh, cry or want to curl up in fetal position and suck my thumb! He's just amazing!
wonderfully gruesome...don't turn your back on this book....a beautiful girl offers satanic seduction, where a childs toy becomes the ultimate instrument of evil, where a man is given a devilish machine that grants him godlike powers, where nothing is what it seems and nowhere is safe
Humanity in its swirling horror...where a beautiful young girl offers satanic seduction...where a child's toy becomes the ultimate instrument of evil...where a man is given a devilish machine that grants him godlike powers...where nothing is what it seems and nowhere is safe.
Enjoyable short stories by Stephen King. My favorite, and the longest, was the Mist. It was almost exactly like the movie expect for the end which was very different. Not all of the stories were winners, but I felt like by reading all these different stories he had written over the years was like a journey into King's brain. You wouldn't think that would be fun, but it was.
So, I was an avid Steven King reader in middle and high school into my early 20's ... Now I'm reading him again 2 decades later. With that in mind, I found it to be a good and entertaining group of stories. Steven has a very "male" writing voice, and really enjoys lots of tiny details. I don't enjoy these 2 things so much as a reader today. I don't like the way he ends stories abruptly either. It was a good September read for me, and I recommend it. Just wonder how much I'm going to like his other books the second time around if I decide to re-read them.
A conveyor belt of short stories.and S.King keeps it rolling in this collection of 22 shorts that keep you turning the pages. So get ready to meet 'your boogie man',constant reader. King is superb.He doesn't let you down.
Gerry,a constant Stephen King reader.