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Night Shift Mass Market Paperback – July 26, 2011
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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)
About the Author
Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Among his most recent are Full Dark, No Stars; Under the Dome; Just After Sunset; Duma Key; Lisey’s Story; Cell; and the concluding novels in the Dark Tower saga: Wolves of the Calla, Song of Susannah, and The Dark Tower. His acclaimed nonfiction book On Writing is also a bestseller. In 2003, he was awarded the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and in 2007 he received the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. He lives in Maine with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.
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My personal favorites:
Jerusalem's Lot -- an unabashedly Lovecraftian story, but exceptionally well-written.
The Mangler -- the images in this story...ahhhh, I just can't get over how these details keeps this story horrific and not campy.
Children of the Corn -- In short, the movie version marred a wonderfully creepy story.
The Last Rung on the Ladder -- I think this is the real dark horse of the collection. It is surprising how fiercely it touches the reader, and how heartbreaking the conclusion is.
I reiterate -- read these at night. King is best when the sun is down and you're all alone.
If you haven't read this book, I am both jealous of and shocked by you at the same time. You get to read this book for the first time! That is a precious gift. Yet, I am shocked! How have you never read this book? Is that possible? The mind whirls...
Buy this book, read it, put in your library.
I'll be honest off the bat - this book is not solely a horror anthology - but there is something for everyone. If you like mystery-suspense, general fiction, supernatural, and crime then you'll experience a heavy dose of variety! The stories also are whether open ended tales and leave you drawing your own conclusions.
Out of the twenty stories, I'll say I firmly enjoyed eleven of the stories. And the rest were on average or below average reads. Stories that stood out to me were: 'The Boogeyman', 'The Man Who Loved Flowers', 'One For The Road', 'I Know What You Need,' 'Strawberry Spring' and 'Children/Corn.'
'The Man Who Loved Flowers' was an EXCELLENT read! However, I wish this could had been longer. Like King did with 'Night Surf' which ultimately got turned into the epic classic The Stand, TMWLOFs would had been a great novella or novel had he went into more depth. 'Graveyard Shift' was probably the most grossest story in the whole book in my opinion. I hate rats with a passion. So to read how they were sent chills down my spine! 'I Know What You Need' this story takes a spin on nice guys finishing last approach. I sympathized for the Edward character a lot and felt Elizabeth came off as a superficial snob. 'Quitters, Inc.', like 'The Ledge', takes on the subject matter of organized crime but how the mob can either be your best friend or your worse enemy in terms of your health. 'The Woman/Room' and 'The Last Rung On The Ladder' are the more sympathetic and empathic pieces in the book.
And those are a few I wanted to spotlight that easily stood out. I personally liked this book, even though, I'm not really big on short stories. But when it's Stephen King and along with it being the first of many collections it's hard turn away. I will surely be reading this book again in the near future! Hope you purchase it if you're King fan and haven't gotten around to reading it.
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If you want to write better and become a better storyteller (one in the same), then you could study this book for a...Read more