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Night Shift Hardcover – October 1, 1993
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“A master storyteller.” —Los Angeles Times
“Eerie. . . . Ought to chill the cockles of many a heart.” —Chicago Tribune
“A master. . . . [King] will catch you in his web and reach you at an elemental level where there is no defense.” —The Cincinnati Enquirer
“Stephen King has built a literary genre of putting ordinary people in the most terrifying situations. . . . he’s the author who can always make the improbable so scary you'll feel compelled to check the locks on the front door.” —The Boston Globe
“Peerless imagination.” —The Observer (London)
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This collection of his short stories is the first and best one he's ever done in tone, consistency and ideas. It's no mistake that out of the 20 stories collected here, no less than 12 of them have been made into cinematic adventures (though most of them have been bad films, they were originally great stories, trust me). All of the shorts that he's known for and that made him a household name come out of this collection as well: "The Lawnmower Man" (forget the movie...this is REAL horror), "Trucks" (which was made into 2 bad movies, but don't hold that against the book), "Quitters, Inc.", "The Mangler", "The Ledge"...this is all very concrete stuff that even a non-horror fan will take to because it's simply grand story-telling.
'Jerusalem's Lot' is unabashed Lovecraft homage. It can't quite match his best work, but it's excellent and manages not to be too utterly derivative. 'The Mangler' is a strange one, as it's about a possessed industrial dryer/folder thing. It's got an unintentionally black-comic vibe to it, along with perhaps the most gruesome, disturbing violence in anything I've read from him. (Being killed by one of those things would involve being crushed and scalded to death simultaneously. Not pleasant, I'm sure) 'The Graveyard Shift' which was made into an amusingly bad movie, is surprisingly effective. The story focuses more on the conflict between Hall and his supervisor, Warwick, and keeps the rat stuff in relatively small, if still fatal, doses. 'Sometimes They Come Back' is probably my favorite story here.Read more ›
This was the first of several books by King that I read. It really introduced me to the rest of his works, so, if you are wanting to try reading the stuff he writes, then this book serves as a great first stepping stone into his freaky world of imagination.
Here's a brief overview of the short stories included in Night Shift:
Jerusalem's Lot: Classic King, here. A great Vampire thriller.
Graveyard Shift: Employees at a hotel (or apartment building, I can't remember) work in the basement. To their surprise, they find a tunnel that has been completely left alone for years...left alone by humans, that is...
Night Surf: Look at one of the spotlight reviews, and you'll receive what the deal is with this short story; it is there for descriptive purposes.
I am the Doorway: A handicapped man's hands go out of control...or, better yet, they are in control of themselves.
The Mangler: Clothes machine that has gone out of control and is possessed by none other than an evil spirit, and starts looking for PEOPLE to fold? Now that's the kind of stuff I like to read...one of my personal favorites in Night Shift.
Battleground: Toy Soldiers begin hunting their buyer...and if you thought they were just unarmed plastic figures, ya might wanna think again.
The Man Who Loved Flowers: Some crazy guy with a small hammer...yes, we do get a great description of the surroundings: not too much, nor too little. But this character is on the insane side.
The Lawnmower Man: Another favorite. A grass-cutter is hired to trim a lawn. Little does the lawn-owner realize that the machine isn't the only one cutting the grass...Read more ›
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This was a gift to my daughter who loves Stephen King's books! She loved it.Published 3 days ago by foxdancer2
I read this book years ago....one of my all time favorites. I gave a copy to my Granddaughter & my Nephew. Awsome short stories, as only Stephen King can do.Published 3 days ago by Deborah Marrs
I enjoyed most of these stories. I believe they are a fair representation of King's development as a horror writer. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Squid1960
Stephen King's short stories seem to be rather hit-or-miss but when he writes a good one, he hits it straight out of the ball park. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Dakota @ Magic in Every Books
I've read this book several times now and I can say that out of all the short story books that I've read from Stephen King this one is my favorite. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book is a must have for any Stephen King fan. I have been slowly collecting his works over the years and this may be one of my favorite short story collections of his. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Stephanie MBP
You can never go wrong with The Master Storyteller, Stephen King!!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer