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A terrifying collection of twenty short stories and other writings by the bestselling master of horror.
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Overview

A terrifying collection of twenty short stories and other writings by the bestselling master of horror.
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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
A King-sized success.
Chicago Tribune
Thoroughly exciting...scary and real.
Houston Chronicle
Gather around the pages of his literary campfire, and he'll weave you a darn good yarn.
Columbia Herald
A King-sized success.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This is a wonderful cornucopia of 23 Stephen King moments including a teleplay featuring Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, a poem about Ebbet's Field and a brilliant New Yorker piece on Little League baseball that even the author, in his introduction, acknowledges make up ``an uneven Aladdin's cave of a book.'' There are no stories fans will want to skip, and some are superb, particularly "You Know They Got a Hell of a Band," in which a husband and wife drive through a town that may literally be rock-and-roll heaven; "The Ten O'Clock People," about unredeemable smokers; and "The Moving Finger," which chronicles a digit's appearance in a drain. Together with Night Shift and Skeleton Crew, this volume accounts for all the stories King has written that he wishes to preserve. The introduction and illuminating notes about the derivation of each piece are invaluable autobiographical essays on his craft and his place in the literary landscape. An illusionist extraordinaire, King peoples all his fiction, long and short, with believable characters. The power of this collection lies in the amazing richness of his fevered imagination -- he just can't be stopped from coming up with haunting plots.
Ray Olson
When you're reading him, you can think that Stephen King is the best writer in America. His first collection of shorter stuff in eight years includes plenty of reasons for harboring that litcritically heretical thought. Mind you, nothing in it suggests King's about to go toe to toe with Updike, Mailer, Bellow, et al. But which of them has, all at once, his color and vitality, his sheer joy in words and the power of the imagination? Okay, he's a "genre writer," but one who's brilliantly revivified the visceral poetry and allure of the fantastic, emblematic romance tradition that, traceable back to the Bible and Greek mythology, flowers in America most famously in Hawthorne. Yet it is Dickens and Kipling whom King's verve and dynamism most powerfully bring to mind, even if, when he decides to flat-out imitate an old master, he chooses -- as he does here, in fact -- Conan Doyle and Raymond Chandler. (For the record, the Doyle pastiche is a delightful Holmes case that Dr. Watson solves first, and the Chandler "hommage" propels the whole hard-boiled milieu into the empyrean of metaphysics while managing to be funny.) In less direct imitations, King pens a hard-boiled vampire story that's both amusing and thoroughly chilling, sets up Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock Presents situations and works them out better than those excellent TV series would have, and creates striking variations upon themes by Shirley Jackson. But star of this volume, and a nonfiction piece, is "Head Down," which traces the winning season of a little league team that included King's son. This may be the most suspenseful and moving writing he's ever done, a sports story that everyone who cares about American prose should read.
Kirkus Reviews
King's third collection, after Night Shift (1978) and Skeleton Crew (1985), offers 23 formerly uncollected works, with King as bizarre as ever. A handful of the stories have been rewritten or dressed up for this occasion. King's introduction (a defense against the ivory tower opinions of his critics) and endnotes mentions several sources, including The New Yorker, which printed the lengthy "Heads Down"—about Little League teams up in Maine—that King calls "the best nonfiction writing of my life." Other oddities are a nostalgic baseball poem and a downbeat teleplay, "Sorry, Right Number," which appeared on Tales from the Darkside. Some pieces display King's charging, looser, richly vulgar style ("Dolan's Cadillac," a revenge tale in which the narrator gets even with a Mafia chieftain who killed the hero's wife, and buries him alive in his Caddie), while others occasionally show an unusually neat style hardly different from any other journeyman writer's, aside from the magical King touches ("The Moving Finger"—perhaps the best in the collection, about a man haunted by a live finger that keeps climbing out of the drain of his bathroom sink and finally grows to seven feet). Still others strive for human feeling ("Dedication"—about a longtime black cleaning maid in a fancy hotel who gets whammied by a voodoo lady and made pregnant by sperm on the bedsheets of a white novelist whose writing style gets passed on to her son)—and then some are just the King ticket readers expect: 'The End of the Whole Mess'—about a polymathic genius who discovers the way to end man's inhumanity to man by altering his drinking water. Addicts, fearnot: the King lives.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780831752781
  • Publisher: Smithmark Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/1993

Meet the Author

Stephen King


Stephen King
is the author of more than forty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Among his most recent are Just After Sunset, Duma Key, Blaze, Lisey’s Story, Cell, Dark Tower VII: Dark Tower, Dreamcatcher, On Writing, Hearts in Atlantis, From a Buick 8, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, Bag of Bones, and The Green Mile. He lives in Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Richard Bachman
      Stephen A. King
      Stephen Edwin King
    2. Hometown:
      Bangor, Maine
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 21, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Portland, Maine
    1. Education:
      B.S., University of Maine at Orono, 1970
    2. Website:

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Dolan's Cadillac 11
The End of the Whole Mess 67
Suffer the Little Children 95
The Night Flier 109
Popsy 147
It Grows on You 161
Chattery Teeth 179
Dedication 215
The Moving Finger 263
Sneakers 303
You Know They Got a Hell of a Band 333
Home Delivery 381
Rainy Season 413
My Pretty Pony 437
Sorry, Right Number 465
The Ten O'clock People 501
Crouch End 559
The House on Maple Street 593
The Fifth Quarter 633
The Doctor's Case 651
Umney's Last Case 687
Head Down 741
Brooklyn August 795
Notes 797
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  • Posted August 13, 2011

    Great collection

    I love Stephen King's novels, but I think I love his short stories even more. This has got to be my favorite of those collections.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2005

    A Great collection of Short Stories...

    I think the short stories are so good in this book. I expecially liked the on called ' They got one heck of a band', the one about the car, and the really weid one called 'Rainy Season'. Note if your favorite animal is a frog skip it. Trust me! If you like to scare yourself then go for it. Don't let me stop U. I personally own this book. I'm almost done with it , but the stories that I read so far I had liked. All exept for the 'Night Flier'' . 'Chattering teeth' and 'Moving fingers' are creepy too. I would go out and try it. If you are a Stephen King fan then you are sure to like it. Later.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2013

    Jah Love

    Hey mon. You be jammin

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 15, 2011

    My favorite King short story book

    Great anthology. Some stories I skimmed through, but the vast majority I enjoyed and I've read this book many times. King is a master and I've read all his work. I think this book ranks in his top five on my list. Perhaps it's my appreciation of a short story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 3, 2011

    Best of King's short stories

    Love this book! Nearly all of the stories were five star. King at his best!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2011

    outside the box

    alot of these stories are out there but could be called near real scenarios

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 4, 2010

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    Thrilling and Horrible!

    A collection of creepy, disturbing, and thought provoking short stories. Since King is the "King" of horror, be prepared for some chilling and freaky tales in this book. I actually thought Graveyard Shift was a better compilation of King's tales, but this one was good too. Read this book at night!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2004

    It's simply stunning you

    I read this book usually after late nights, where the sensation of imagination is unlimited. Nothing much is spooky in there but the complication of the well constructed storie lines. What I like the most is ' You know they got a hell of a band'. This book I read, published in year 1993, comes with notes and a little story replicated from a Hindu parable at the last chapter that certainly held my interest throughtout.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2014

    Highly recommended

    A great start for anyone who wants to dive into the Stephen King collections.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2014

    Nightmares and Dreamscapes

    This was the first Stephen King book I read, and I fell in love with it. I have worn through a copy already, and the second one is covered in dog-ears and bookmarks. I recently passed it on to one of my friends, who loves Mr.King as much as I do, but hasn't read it yet. I take care of all my books, making sure they're in the best condition in case I want to re-read them for like the twentyith time. This book entranced me. I especcially loved 'Home Delivery'(I'm a huge zombie fan,) 'Sorry, Right Number,' and 'The House on Maple Street.' I got this book when I was twelve, and now I'm a horror-loving, creepypasta-writer, teenager. Anyone who buys this book won't be dissapointed. Signing off now, ~TheFullmetalHomunculus~

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  • Posted May 28, 2014

    What to say about this one. . . . There were a lot of great sto

    What to say about this one. . . .

    There were a lot of great stories in it. Then a lot of the stories were ones I skipped. I'm no longer a huge fan of short stories that are all clumped together. Or rather, I'll say . . . I'm not a fan of them right now. That could always change. Not sure why that is. Just a personal preference.

    I think the ones that I didn't really get into and I just skipped/skimmed over, were the regular stories. I know, I'm terrible, they were normal human stories. Right now to me, I'm in a phase of needing to read something that captures me and I'm yet to be held by regular old stories. That isn't anything to Stephen King as a writer, or anyone else, it's a personal preference of mine at this moment.

    However, as to the writing, it was engaging and compelling. Typical Stephen King. I'll probably come back to this later on (years down the road) and end up reading the stories that I skimmed.

    I'd suggest reading this if you're interested in some different short stories from Stephen King, or short stories that you can read here and there.

    Skip if you don't like short story anthologies and anything abnormal from typical Stephen King writing. Helpful? Definitely! lol

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2014

    Char

    I have problems. T-T

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2014

    Bree

    She wanders in. "Talk, child."

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2014

    Charlie

    And I love you more than just that. You were the only one who talked to me. Then Ghost. And my hopes were ruined. I'm finished with trying...My Sister's gone...

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2013

    Tails

    Creepy? THAT WAS AMAZING!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2013

    The rise of exe chapter 5: the viral takeover

    The scientists were working on the computers. Amy waited silently. One scientist said "data is in position! Transfer will begin momentarily." Suddenly the computers started crackling wth electricity. Amy screamed the scientists jumpe back "what... what the heck?" Suddenly a dark and sinister version of the green hill zone music pas from th computer speakers. The scientists went from afraid to curious. "What is going on?" An alert popped on screen. The scientist read it out loud. "A virus has been detected. The virus code is...." he proceeded to read a strin of numbers and finised with "... 3691.exe" suddenly a raspy laughter echoed from the computr and the stream of data from the experiment turned red. The scientists backed away from the computers. Red electricity sparked from the screens. Then, the numbers began to change. The numbers went down. As soon as each number reaced 0, it vanshed. This went on until only three numbers remained. Then one by one those three numbers began to rise, until they reached the number 6. When it was finished, the program read 6 6 6. Exe. Then the transfer began and the data entered sonic. Sonic twitched, but that was it.(sorry if this is a bit creepy but since its sonic exe i figured that would be appropriate. Anyway give me yor thoughts!)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2013

    I have a question....

    Just for anyone who has read this... Does this edition have 1408 in it? I saw the movie andnow I really want ro read the story that it originated from.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    Very good

    Enjoyable. Couple were predictable. Still a good read. Looking for another title

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    reccomended

    good King short stories

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2012

    Tecno

    I love all his books it is so fun

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