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Skeleton Crew Mass Market Paperback – June 3, 1986
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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
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One of my favorite books by Steve-o is Skeleton Crew, his second collection of short stories, including the novella "The Mist." And as in any collection of short fiction, some of the 22 stories stand head and shoulders above the rest.
The creepiest, by far, is "The Mist," which begins with, as in all good King works, with a seemingly normal event (a storm) and a routine occurrence (a trip to the supermarket) and slowly but surely morphs into a situation which becomes scarier as the story progresses. While not wanting to give anything away, I can tell you this much -- I'll never go to the Kash n' Karry and look at it quite the same way again, particularly in the spaghetti sauce section.
"Survivor Type" is King's take on Robinson Crusoe. Its protagonist is Richard Pine, a surgeon who, unfortunately, has also been involved in the narcotics "business." Now, after he is shipwrecked and marooned on a desert isle, Pine is forced to face his inner demons and, by the way, cope with the problem of what to eat in a place where there is no viable food source. Suffice it to say that in his desperation he will have to use his surgical training to solve this dicey problem.
While there are other stories that give me the willies, I am always drawn to "Word Processor of the Gods.Read more ›
"The Mist"--recently published as a stand alone novella and adapted by Frank Darabont into a motion picture. "The Mist" is probably the strongest story in the collection and one of the better known and well-liked stories from SKELETON CREW. "The Mist" tells the story of a group of people that find themselves stranded at a local shopping center when a mysterious mist covers the town and surroundings and brings with it creatures from a prehistoric age. If you've seen Darabont's film, you really should read the story. The story has an ambiguous ending, but literally ends in "hope".
"Here There Be Tygers"--a little boy has to go to the bathroom but is scared because he believes that there is a tiger inside the stalls. Not everything is in one's imagination and children don't cry wolf as often as many adults think they do.
"The Monkey"--this is probably the best known tale from SKELETON CREW, after "The Mist". "The Monkey" is a story about a man who believes that a mechanical, cymbal-crashing monkey is cursed. He believes that every time the monkey crashes its symbols someone close to the man dies.Read more ›
King's short story collections; but if you're a fan, you
probably don't much care. If you haven't read any of King's
books, then this collection is the perfect medium for an
introduction not only to the Master of Horror, but also to
fiction writing at its finest. Whether you're looking for
entertainment, or for a crash-course in superior
writing technique, Skeleton Crew is well worth a look. The
stories range from the eerie to the unsettling to the downright terrifying. What makes them so effective is their
believability; the mundane "family-next-door" quality that
so many of King's characters possess. These are not the
brilliant lawyers, hard-boiled private eyes or blushing
debutantes that form the character base of so much of today's
popular fiction. King's characters are regular folks
conducting their day-to-day lives in the same way we all do,
and it is this quality which reaches into your imagination
and takes hold of your personal fears with a grip hard to
"The Mist" is the signature piece of this collection. More
of a novella, it is so poignantly authentic in its creation
that you cannot help seeing your own family, summer cottage
and small town as the cast and character of the tale. The
pace of the story is akin to the snowball rolling downhill;
slow and benign at first, speeding up to a pitch that is
maniacal and devastating, testing the limits of your sanity.
Whether you're looking for your next Stephen King fix, or
just a shot of pure adrenaline riding the crest of crisp
prose, this book is for you!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good. Qualified as some of King's best work. Don't read Survivor Type before going to bedPublished 7 days ago by Richard Gurtowski
Stephen king short stories are very captivating,I find myself reading early in the morning one short story after another👀 I would recommend us to my friends👍👌Published 1 month ago by Glenn
Beware, the description for this new release (1/1/16) of Skeleton Crew lists all 22 stories as included in the original version, the download/audio file contains only 5... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dave
Purchased this book to read the story, "The Mist," after several friends told me it was a great read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jen
I've read other Stephen King short stories and novels and liked them. These are some of his earlier stories, and honestly I couldn't finish it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Capricorn One