Night Shift (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Night Shift (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

by Stephen King
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Night Shift (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) by Stephen King

Twenty excursions into horror—from the master.

From the depths of darkness, where hideous rats defend their empire, to dizzying heights, where a beautiful girl hangs above a hellish fate, this chilling collection of twenty short stories will plunge readers into the subterranean labyrinth of the most spine-tingling, eerie imagination of our time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780606351805
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Publication date: 07/26/2011
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 542,715
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.25(d)

About the Author

Few authors have tapped into our secret fears as adeptly as Stephen King, Master of the Macabre and one of the most widely read novelists writing today. With his trademark blend of fantasy, horror, and psychological suspense, this prolific and immensely popular contemporary writer continues to remind us that evil is still a potent force in the world.


Bangor, Maine

Date of Birth:

September 21, 1947

Place of Birth:

Portland, Maine


B.S., University of Maine at Orono, 1970

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Night Shift 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 187 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite Stephen King work (and I¿ve read a lot of them). Night Shift is a collection of short stories from early on in Mr. King¿s career. There are 20 stories contained within ¿ each quite short. The longest one is 34 pages long, but most tend to fall around the 17-page range. They may not be the deepest or most profound things ever written, but they¿re fun to read and that¿s what matters. Another plus to this book is that the tale of `Salem¿s Lot continues in two stories contained within. ¿Jerusalem¿s Lot' is a prequel, while ¿One for the Road¿ is an epilogue of sorts. So you might want to check it out if you were a fan of that novel. If you¿re in the mood for something fun to read to help pass a dull moment, Night Shift is for you. However, if you demand something richer and more intense, I¿d look elsewhere.
Amy Gallagher More than 1 year ago
I read this book for the first time over 25 years ago, and to this day, I cannot sleep or allow my children to sleep with the closet door open. A friend was spending the night and as she closed the closet in the guest room I said, "You close the door, too?" She replied, "Oh, yeah. I've read Stephen King."
InnocenceDiesAbbyDosent More than 1 year ago
This is a great book I loved it! The Boogeyman and Children Of The Corn are the scaryest!
JULIANN1 More than 1 year ago
First, let me say I have been a major Stephen King fan since I first read The Stand in 1981. I then read all his books up to that time, including Night Shift, which was the only one I didn't care for. I basically dismissed it as immature and lightweight—silly premises, like rats and a guy who turns into slime from drinking bad beer, with gratuitous gore tossed in for the gross-out factor. I've reread many of King's books since, but always skipped Night Shift. I guess I was the immature one then. I just finished it, and I am astonished. The work is brilliant, no less brilliant than any of King's work. Each story is wonderfully crafted. One of King's greatest talents, I think, is his portrayal of people, and he shines in this collection. Gray Matter (the stupid story about the guy who turns to slime from drinking bad beer) is a masterpiece of character. The trek up the hill with the case of beer is so good it could be framed. Trucks has the same these-people-are-so-real-and-right quality, and reminded me of The Mist, one of my all-time favorites. And to think I almost passed this collection by again.
1000_Character_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Some of the best storytelling that Stephen King produces is usually contained in his short story collections. Night Shift is no exception. Written well over 30 years ago for various publications, the book contains some real classics - most of which have been turned into movies (most of which sucked). Stories such as Children of the Corn, The Lawnmower Man (which oddly enough the movie had very little to do with the story...and even more oddly...the movie was better), Graveyard Shift, Trucks (became Maximum Overdrive), several that became Cat's Eye, and many more. It even includes the 'Salems Lot prequel and follow-up. Each story does a wonderful job of either creating tremendous suspense or scaring the hell out of you. They all mostly end with a bit of a cliffhanger ending that allows your imagination to run wild with how the story ends. A great read that allows you to experience one of the greatest storytellers of all time in bite-size chunks.
Mom_in_Tennis_Shoes More than 1 year ago chill your bones. Stephen King is a great story-teller. Every story is so different and this book provides a lot of variety. Many of them are just pure suspense, which are my favorites, e.g. The Ledge and Quitters, Inc. There's some occultic ones which are not my favorites, e.g. Children of the Corn and Jerusalem's Lot. There will be something in this variety pack for everyone to enjoy. This is a collection written in the early 1970's. I think this author will one day be the modern day Edgar Allan Poe.
Aimee_Leon More than 1 year ago
These collections of Stephen King's earlier short stories were so excellent, believable & not so believable in the sometimes and very scary. I enjoyed reading them all. My ultimate favorite tale was Jerusalem's Lot, I Am the Doorway, Sometimes They Come Back, Quitters, Inc., I Know What You Need, The Last Rung on the Ladder, One for the Road, The Last Rung on the Ladder, Strawberry Spring & Gray Matter. Those are the real in depth and horrifying tales. I love this book a lot that I've read them several times, and would recommend it them to anyone. You cannot go wrong with SK earlier works.
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What a great read! Once I picked this up I could not put it down. Each of the short stories in here aren't too long, so you can go through them quickly. They're fun but I'll be honest they scared me too! I would definitely recommend reading this as long as you don't mind getting spooked. I really enjoyed reading each of these stories and I can't wait to read them again!  
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The stories are not quute what i was expecting, some of them just don't give me the chills one would expect from a Stephen King story. I mean some of them are really interesting and chilling, like "Sometimes They Come Back", but ithers are just plain silly. Possessed trucks? That sounds already done. And the way the short "Boogeyman" ended was just plain ridiculous
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Great assembly of short stories. Must read for all Stephen King fans.
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This book a wonderful collection of well developed stories, characters, and fright! Writing a short story is such a talent, not everyone can do a great job like this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. My favorite short stories are- I know what you need, Children of the corn. King once again managed to deliver bone chilling, dark thoughts for his loyal fans.
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Exceptional. My favorites are: "The Man Who Loved Flowers", "The Last Rung On the Ladder", and "Strawberry Spring". Read this book- but keep the lights on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best short story in the whole book!
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