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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 love to read King's novels but his short stories leave me disappointed.Published 1 day ago by Pam
It is another typical Steven King book. His writing is dark, but amazing.Published 3 days ago by J. H. Smith
Practically every single story makes you look at innocuous things in a fresh and mostly macabre fashion. His voice is conversational and his way of telling stories is exceptional. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Louiemat2000
Another great collection of short stories by this great story teller! The Monkey scared me and to this day I am leery of those darned things!Published 18 days ago by Marilyn
I guess I'm not sure what I expected, but I didn't expect to actually get bored with Stephen's writing. Don't get me wrong. I enjoyed several of these stories very much. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Crazyman