Skeleton Crew [NOOK Book]

Overview



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




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Editorial Reviews

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101138106
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/3/1986
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 91,336
  • File size: 598 KB

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.
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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:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2007

    This book is the epitome of imagination.

    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.

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2007

    Selections...

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2005

    Wow...

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2013

    To boo

    Yes

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2013

    Highly recommended

    Worthy read. Some great stories. Some quite gruesome, loved it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 11, 2012

    Classic Stephen King shorts, including the novella The Mist. It

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    Skeleton Crew, Short Stories/Collections

    Coming soon.

    1 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    skeleton crew

    It was a very good book.You have to read some of the short stories very closely otherwise it gets confusing.my favoritse were were: the mist,the monkey,mrs todds short cut,the raft,word processor of the gods ,survivor type,uncle ottos truck,and the ballad of the flexible bullet.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2008

    Great Short Stories!!

    This is my favorite collection of short stories by Stephen King!! I have read it several times. My favorite story is 'The Mist', which I always thought would make a great movie, and it did!! You won't be disappointed.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2006

    Awesome

    This was awesome. Pure perfection of the horror short story. My favorites had to be 'The Mist,' 'The Monkey,' and 'Gramma.' Amazing stuff. And deliciously frightening.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2014

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    Thank you!

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    Posted April 12, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2013

    A must read

    Esp "The Mist".

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2013

    Classic Stephen King

    If you have'nt read it , you're missing out !

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2012

    Dani

    Gtg

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2012

    To all

    What rp is this?

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2012

    Meena

    *looks at Harley* Oh, this? It's my thing. Each of these cards has a magical effect. I'm the only one who can use them.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2012

    Harley

    She hums.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2012

    First of 2012

    I love all of king's work. The mist however, may be my favorite one of all time.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 14, 2011

    totally amazing

    i love the stephen king novels! this one especially has you on the edge of your seat

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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