Skeleton Crew

Skeleton Crew

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by Stephen King
     
 

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Who could imagine…?

In this brilliant collection of twenty-two stories, Stephen King takes readers down paths that only he could imagine….

A supermarket becomes the place where humanity makes its last stand against unholy destruction…a trip to the attic turns into a journey to hell…a woman driver finds a very scary shortcut to

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Who could imagine…?

In this brilliant collection of twenty-two stories, Stephen King takes readers down paths that only he could imagine….

A supermarket becomes the place where humanity makes its last stand against unholy destruction…a trip to the attic turns into a journey to hell…a woman driver finds a very scary shortcut to paradise…an idyllic lake harbors a bottomless evil…and a desert island is the scene of the most terrifying struggle for survival ever waged.

Features the novella “The Mist”—Now a major motion picture

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Wonderfully gruesome... Don't turn your back on this book." —New York Times Book Review

"Wildly imaginative, delightfully diabolical." —Associated Press

“Wonderfully gruesome…Don’t turn your back on this book.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Stephen King at his best.”—The Denver Post

“Wildly imaginative, delightfully diabolical…King once again proves to be the consummate storyteller.”—The Associated Press

“Stunning, ingenious…Stephen King at the very top of his talent.”—New York Daily News

Susan Bolotin
Skeleton Crew, a fat collection of short fiction and two forgettable poems, as indiscriminate in its assemblage as its author can be with words, shows off Mr. King's virtues and failings. . . . Mr. King is a real talent: his scary tales are fun to read and, I would argue, accurate gauges of our deepest nightmares.
New York Times
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This hefty sampler of King's shorter works, from all stages of the horror master's career, demonstrates the range of his abilities. Some of the stories here rank among his best, and ``even the less successful ones are fun.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451168610
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/03/1986
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
576
Sales rank:
77,378
Product dimensions:
6.84(w) x 10.94(h) x 1.26(d)
Lexile:
840L (what's this?)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher

“Wonderfully gruesome…Don’t turn your back on this book.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Stephen King at his best.”—The Denver Post

“Wildly imaginative, delightfully diabolical…King once again proves to be the consummate storyteller.”—The Associated Press

“Stunning, ingenious…Stephen King at the very top of his talent.”—New York Daily News

Meet the Author

Stephen King lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. He has written more than forty books and two hundred short stories. He has won the World Fantasy Award, several Bram Stoker awards, and the O. Henry Award for his story “The Man in the Black Suit,” and is the 2003 recipient of the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Bangor, Maine
Date of Birth:
September 21, 1947
Place of Birth:
Portland, Maine
Education:
B.S., University of Maine at Orono, 1970
Website:
http://www.stephenking.com

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Rarely do I read everything a short story collection has to offer. I normally prefer a good-sized novel, reserving a short story or two for the in-between times when I can't decide which novel I'd like to read next. I approached Skeleton Crew in this manner. I skipped ahead (ignoring many fine stories in the process), read the story Gramma, and placed the book back on my shelf. The next day at work, however, I couldn't get the story out of my head. It was maddening, but in a good way. I decided to give a few more of the stories a chance. I soon devoured The Jaunt, The Monkey, Uncle Otto's Truck, and The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet. They all had Gramma's staying power, and Skeleton Crew became somewhat of an addiction. I decided to read every story, and I spaced them out one per day (excluding The Mist, which is of novella length). Once I'd finished them all, I found just how imaginative Stephen King can be in short bursts, and how valuable and overlooked a meduim the short story is. They're the literary equivalent of a television show. Both can be experienced in one sitting, but the short story won't rot your brain or fatten your posterior. And although some people seem to harbor nothing but disrespect for Stephen King, he really is a good writer with a great imagination. Skeleton Crew is one of his best offerings.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Skeleton Crew is the latest book I have read from Stephen King. I usually don't like to read short stories because most of the ones I've read were bad. This suprised me though. There were several stories that I thouht were really good and some that I didn't. Some of the stories didn't feel like they were written by King, but by someone else. Not that they were bad. They just weren't as weird and as intertaning as his others. Overall, this is a book worth buying. My favorite stories are 'The Mist', which is like a short novel, about people getting trap in a grocery store by a mist that is full of creatures that kill anyone who leaves the store. 'The Monkey' is about a man that has this windup toy monkey that kills people when it is on. 'The Raft' is about four college students that get trap on a raft out in a lake that has a murderous blob in it. The other stories were good too, but those were the ones I liked the most. I will be looking forward to reading Kings other short story collections.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been reading SK since 4th grade. The Jaunt was simply brilliant. 'Gramma' is the only story of his in 26 years that I cannot read again....purely horrifying. Just remembering it gives me the shivers...but I suppose that's the point? Ayuh.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worthy read. Some great stories. Some quite gruesome, loved it.
drakevaughn More than 1 year ago
Classic Stephen King shorts, including the novella The Mist. It was great to revisit them as an adult and I really enjoyed The Monkey, The Raft, and Survivor Type. Though, my favorite of the collection was The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet. Amazing that after all this time, these stories still manage to creep me out just as much as when I was a teenager.
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