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The Mist (Previously Published as a Novella in 'Skeleton Crew') Mass Market Paperback – October 2, 2007


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; Reissue edition (October 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451223292
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451223296
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (207 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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super-spooky...don't even think of putting it in the car The Times Liable to leave the reader in a state of shock Sunday Telegraph Deliciously scary Cosmopolitan A fabulous teller of stories Daily Express As a storyteller King is unbeatable Mirror --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Sound so visual you're literally engulfed by its bonechilling terror! Stephen King's sinister imagination and the miracle of 3-D sound transport you to a sleepy all-American town. 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. The mist is alive, seething with unearthly sounds and movements. What unleashed this terror? Was it the Arrowhead Project---the top secret government operation that everyone has noticed but no one quite understands? And what happens when the provisions have run out and you're forced to make your escape, edging blindly through the dim light? The Mist has you in it grip, and this masterpiece of 3-D sound engineering surrounds you with horror so real that you'll be grabbing your own arm for reassurance. To one side---and whipping around your chair, a slither of tentacles. Swooping down upon you, a rush grotesque, prehistoric wings. In the impenetrable mist, hearing is seeing---and believing. And what you're about to hear, you'll never forget. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes Doctor Sleep and Under the Dome, now a major TV miniseries on CBS. His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers Association. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

Customer Reviews

Saw the movie before I read the book.
Chris Foster
I'm all for ambiguous endings, but this one felt like the author just ran out of steam and wasn't sure how to end the story...or how to explain what had happened.
Slim
I'd love to see more audio books developed in this format!
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74 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Costantino on January 7, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This adaptation of the Stephen King story (found in Skeleton Crew)is perfect for long car rides. Even more so if you have to drive at night. This story of an inexplicable mist that engulfs a small, New England town has long been a fan favorite and this superb production helps prove why. The screams and cries of pain are startling, the sound effects make this work incredibly, allowing for a real level of fear to develop. The voice acting (for the most part) is amazing. This really isn't an audio book as much as it is audio theater, kinda like the old radio shows. The Mist is an experience that Stephen King fans ought to know, especially if you have ever read the story. Also, Frank Darabont (director of The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile)has the movie rights to the story. And if this cd doesn't whet your appetite for the film adaptation I don't know what will. A prime example that radio is still a powerful storytelling medium.
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63 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Boone VINE VOICE on December 11, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Mist was first published in Skeleton Crew (Signet), a collection of Stephen King short stories. This new edition presents The Mist separately for the first time, presumable to capitalize on the release of the movie adaptation. The novella begins with a sudden and dangerous storm that causes a lot of damage to the small town of Bridgton, Maine. David Drayton takes his son to town for some groceries the next morning only to get socked in by an extremely thick fog. Unfortunately, there are creatures out there in the mist that are like nothing on Earth. Drayton and the others who are trapped in the story must try to come to terms with what it happening while struggling for survival.

Because this is a novella, there is little space wasted here. There is a reasonable length setup introducing a few key characters and then the "fun" begins. The pacing remains pretty tight until the end of the story. Despite the small amount of space, the characters are pretty well developed and I definitely cared what happened to them. As is standard with Armageddon style stories, man is often his own worst enemy and this group is no exception. The extreme behavior of some in the store is all the more chilling because you believe it could happen.

The Mist is an excellent story, one of King's best regardless of length. I would suggest that readers might want to consider buying Skeleton Crew instead of this novella, however. For just one dollar more you can obtain an additional 21 stories and many of them are also enjoyable.
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72 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Dukjin Im on November 3, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I loved this short story. Best one in the collection SKELETON CREW.

But why pay $6.99 for the one story, when you can buy the collection for $7.99 and get 21 other very good Stephen King stories in it?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dai-keag-ity on October 31, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Once the opening story and spiritual anchor of Skeleton Crew, Stephen King's 1980's short story collection par excellence, The Mist has been re-released now as a stand alone volume just ahead of the opening of the long awaited film version of the work. The Mist is an atmospheric piece that can easily be read in one sitting, but one which tells a strong story despite its diminutive size. In this imaginative tale something goes wrong at a top secret government research facility (again...heck, those Feds just can't be trusted in King's stories, can they?) in scenic rural Maine which releases a dense, sinister mist outward across the region, smothering sunlight, trapping people in homes and cars, and bringing with it the presence of a number of life forms straight out of a sci fi nightmare. Along with a number of locals a likable artist is caught with his young son inside a supermarket, as the unnatural mist encloses them and the things which dwell within the mist lay siege over the ensuing claustrophobic days. Some interpret this novella as among King's apocalyptic works, others argue the phenomenon of the mist might be a local calamity confined to a small area. In either case, few who have read this story turned short novel have walked away disappointed.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "mrnick" on April 5, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is what audiobooks should sound like, and the perfect story for it. Put on your headphones and turn off the light and you're right in the middle of the story. The sound effects will make you jump, and even the music score keeps the tension going. You got to hear this one.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 7, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Admittedly, this audio book was a disappointment. The Mist by Stephen King is a wonderful, fast paced & SCAREY short story (in written form) but "something" fell short in it's creation on audio. Mind you, most of the 'actors' did a fine job & the special effect 'sounds' do encompass/surround you... but the TOTAL package is rather unmemorable. Too many sounds, too many characters talking on top of each other, as well as, lots of background dialog going on... creates a story which would be hard to follow if you had not read The Mist beforehand. I truly love King & his writing, but this audio did not do him justice.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By M. B Cole on November 20, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ohhh maaan. What a fun read. I was hooked within minutes. Good thing this is coming out in the movies or I might have never read it. I picked it up at my local grocery market and read it in about 7 hours with no breaks..lol. It's a short book so you know.

I'm not a huge King fan but I really did enjoy his writing in this book. He made me like the characters I was supposed to like and made me hate the ones I was supposed to hate. The whole time reading, I really felt like I was there and kept thinking to myself "WHAT IN THE HECK WOULD I DO IF I WAS THERE?! ARRGH!" There are so many parts where I would think to myself..oh come ON..there is no way that could happen. Yet, King would really make me believe that it was happening, because everyone else in the book was basically thinking, 'There is NO WAY this is happening'...lol.

The book is about a man/husband/fater named David who goes to the store to pick up some supplies for his house after a very bad storm blew through. While he's there with a bunch of other people doing the same thing, a strange mist rolls in that he had seen earlier...bringing along with it...well...I dont want to ruin it for you...but it's a horror novel for a reason..=D

By the end of the book I was just totally trapped in Kings imagination. I couldnt believe that in such a short book, I actually felt compassion for certain characters. I really wish the book had been longer (the ending seemed a little rushed). But for some reason..I liked the actual ending. I wish I could have known more though. Thank goodness for my own imagination I guess..heh.

Only one gripe really..actually 2, but the second one would ruin a certain part of the book. The one I will say is...I hated how King wrote the child in this book.
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