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  1. Mario the lone bookwolf Mario the lone bookwolf says:

    I love his short stories, although the quality and style are varying, best to see when comparing publication date with probable intoxication The strange thing is, that there isn t always the correlation of drug induced boo or jay and therefore the quality of the work, it sa result of King s working method of letting the characters and his subconsciousness tell the story This can go luckily well, average, or, rare exception and seen with pink fanboy goggles, average average, because there I love his short stories, although the quality and style are varying, best to see when comparing publication date with probable intoxication The strange thing is, that there isn t always the correlation of drug induced boo or jay and therefore the quality of the work, it sa result of King s working method of letting the characters and his subconsciousness tell the story This can go luckily well, average, or, rare exception and seen with pink fanboy goggles, average average, because there exists no bad in King s work, ok Possibly, some really aren t that great, maybe the ones the wrote in ultra stoned blackouts and can t remember like the whole novel Cujo.I have to sometimes also think about the family guy episode and the potentially true grain of berproductivity in it could play in here too a little But seriously of course not , I want to reread it and check the publication date before because there is this timeless debate about stoned inspiration, ingenuity, and creativity, and some of King s books were made when he was a multi drug using alcoholic, so if you want to be successful No, really, I am so looking towards reading all of his works and compare the pre drug era, the drug era, and the later periods and dissect what makes the difference I ve read most of King s short story collections and wouldn t suggest beginning with this one, better take one of the later works where he was a sober, super professional, and talented writing prodigy If you are a picky reader, I would suggest checking the single ratings of the reviewers who are so ambitious to rate every single short story and thereby extract the best of the best, I honestly can t remember which one s were the most disturbing and mind penetrating, because I read it a while ago Except Survivor type , because view spoiler hard drugs and autocannibalism hide spoiler are an always perfect match made in hell Yum, now I want to have a special snack and some mind altering substances Tropes show how literature is conceptualized and created and which mixture of elements makes works and genres unique


  2. Edward Lorn Edward Lorn says:

    There will be some of you that think three stars is kinda harsh for this collection After all, it includes such amazing tales as The Mist and The Jaunt It must be amazeballs, right Not so much Even the epically awesome stories in this collection need to be trimmed down Most of them start slower than a Lars Von Trier movie, and over half of them never really pay off There are some serious WTF stories within this collection stories I didn t understand ten years ago and still do not understa There will be some of you that think three stars is kinda harsh for this collection After all, it includes such amazing tales as The Mist and The Jaunt It must be amazeballs, right Not so much Even the epically awesome stories in this collection need to be trimmed down Most of them start slower than a Lars Von Trier movie, and over half of them never really pay off There are some serious WTF stories within this collection stories I didn t understand ten years ago and still do not understand today In other words, the reread didn t help That doesn t mean your experience will not be different It does not mean you will not understand the Milkman stories or appreciate King s cute ass poem about anthropomorphized fruit that he wrote for his youngest son Owen I understand why they are in this collection, but that doesn t mean I have to like them Mostly, this collection is tedious But, some of the time, if you can wade through the first unmpteen pages of bullshit, you might find a scare or two, or a meaningful story surrounded by bloat Here are my one sentence reviews of each story Feel free to discuss your favorites in the comment section The Mist Five epically awesome stars for this tale of mist borne monsters and flawed fathers Here There Be Tygers Three stars for this story about toileting tygers and tasty teachers The Monkey Two stars for this mostly mediocre, meandering monkey, because this one has never really scared me, but it sure has bored me Cain Rose Up Three confused stars because I don t know why this story is still in publication and Rage is not Mrs Todd s Shortcut Four stars for what could be the inspiration for Lisey s Story, because Boo ya Moon could very well be Mrs Todd s escape route The Jaunt Five stars for this tale that takes cues from The Langoliers The Wedding Gig Four stars for this story that fits the Hard Case Crimes series better than both The Colorado Kid and Joyland put together Paranoid A Chant I m sure this piece is brilliant and I m just too stupid to understand it, but yeah, one star The Raft All the stars Five, Six Ten a Hundred for what continues to be one of my favorite stories of all time The Word Processor of the Gods Gets three stars for being The Monkey s Paw with a happy ending The Man Who Would Not Shake Hands Finds three stars because the boys from 249B East 35th are still telling tales, even after Emlyn McCarron told them about The Breathing Method Beachworld Beachfront property this ain t, but one helluva four star story it is The Reaper s Image This three star story seems like the inspiration for that horrible Oculus movie Nona Gets four stars for being darkly dubious For Owen If I were King s kid I would expect something better than this two star cutesy crap from my old man Survivor Type While you ll never see Richard Pine on Food Network, his cooking gets five stars Uncle Otto s Truck Two stars for this done to death concept about a killer car Morning Deliveries Milkman 1One star for this outline of an idea for a possible short story Big Wheels A Tale of the Laundry Game Milkman 2If someone would like to explain this story and its predecessor to me, I might give itthan one star Gramma Four stars for this creepy motherfucker because the beginning is slow as hell, but that ending shivers The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet This one starts even slower than Gramma but its payoff only raises it into three star territory The Reach Stephen King says he wants to be remembered for this four star beauty of a story, but he s done much better, at least in my opinion he has.In summation Skeleton Crew has a few gems, but is, overall, just okay Final Judgment I d rather take a jaunt on a raft through the mist


  3. Celeste Celeste says:

    You can find this review andat Novel Notions Stephen King is such a master storyteller I ve come to love him over the past few years, and I now count him among my favorite authors I have to agree with the masses, however King tends to fall flat when it comes to endings Thankfully, that s not really an issue when it comes to short stories They re not supposed to really end, which I think is a huge boon in King s favor As with Night Shift, the first of King s short story collections I You can find this review andat Novel Notions Stephen King is such a master storyteller I ve come to love him over the past few years, and I now count him among my favorite authors I have to agree with the masses, however King tends to fall flat when it comes to endings Thankfully, that s not really an issue when it comes to short stories They re not supposed to really end, which I think is a huge boon in King s favor As with Night Shift, the first of King s short story collections I read, Skeleton Crew was chockfull of the interesting, terrifying, and uncomfortable While not every story was a resounding success, there were farhits among these twenty two installments than there were misses, and a handful of these stories will be staying with me for a good long while.The first selection in this collection is one of King s novellas, The Mist, my review of which you can read here Beyond that, the stories that resonated the most with me were The Monkey, The Jaunt, Word Processor of the Gods, Nona, Survivor Type, The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet, Gramma, and The Reach All of these stories I would have rated anywhere from 4 to 5 stars, which I think is a pretty high percentage for a short story collection Some of these story were scary, while others were merely uncomfortable Only one story actually gave me nightmares, and that was a tale of self cannibalism that included not a single supernatural element It was absolutely horrifying Then there s The Reach, which was a poignant way to close out the collection Also, there were a handful of Castle Rock stories, which is always fun to come across if you re one of King s Constant Readers, which I m beginning to consider myself One thing that I think King should steer clear of though is poetry There were two poems in this collection and they just didn t land.If you ve never read Stephen King and would like to give his work a try, I cannot suggest highly enough picking up one of his short story collections You ll get a taste for his style, and there s something about King s storytelling in short form that I find a good deal scarier than some of his novels Whether he s spinning a tale that spans a dozen pages orthan a thousand, King is undoubtably the master of the horror genre, at least in my eyes Long live the King


  4. Karen Karen says:

    There are two short stories that I read over and over The Mist has always been a favorite, and I can t believe how many people haven t read Survivor Type It s awesome I ve lost three copies of this from lending it out Don t ask you can t borrow it o


  5. Erin Erin says:

    Skeleton Crew is my least favorite Stephen King story collection Its not a bad collection, but something just felt off The six stories I loved are probably some of my favorite Stephen King stories but the rest were just blah The Good 1 The Raft is my favorite story in this collection A group of friends on a raft find themselves being picked off by some mysterious black slug in the water.2 Word Processor of the Gods A man who hates his life discovers he can delete or add people and things i Skeleton Crew is my least favorite Stephen King story collection Its not a bad collection, but something just felt off The six stories I loved are probably some of my favorite Stephen King stories but the rest were just blah The Good 1 The Raft is my favorite story in this collection A group of friends on a raft find themselves being picked off by some mysterious black slug in the water.2 Word Processor of the Gods A man who hates his life discovers he can delete or add people and things in his life through his new Word Processor 3 The Reapers Image is one of King s best stories period As someone who actually has seen an inexplicable image in a mirror, I love scary stories involving mirrors 4 Survivor Type is so disturbing that while I loved it, I will never read it again A surgeon is stranded on a island and finds that one particular meat is tastier than the rest 5 Uncle Otto s Truck, Stephen King loves a haunted car and I think this story is best of all of his haunted car stories 6 Gramma I ve heard or read this story before but I can t remember where Gramma never dies I m not going to go into detail on the bottom 3 because I just don t care enough The Mist was a disappointment because I had such high hopes The Wedding Gift was pointless and not funny in the least.Beachworld was boring Skeleton Crew is a good collection but with Stephen King I ve come to expect greatness If you love Stephen King I would still recommend this but for the casual King reader maybe skip it.Hooked On Books September Read A Thon


  6. Raeleen Lemay Raeleen Lemay says:

    Read for Popsugar s 2018 Reading Challenge A book with a weather element in the title I m counting The Mist for this one, since that stands on its own as a book as well My favorite stories The Mist Cain Rose Up Survivor Type Morning Deliveries Milkman 1 The Ballad of the Flexible BulletI highly recommend those five stories, but the rest I either feel neutral towards or I actively didn t enjoy listening to them Michael C Hall s two stories were also highlights Ballad and Beachworld Read for Popsugar s 2018 Reading Challenge A book with a weather element in the title I m counting The Mist for this one, since that stands on its own as a book as well My favorite stories The Mist Cain Rose Up Survivor Type Morning Deliveries Milkman 1 The Ballad of the Flexible BulletI highly recommend those five stories, but the rest I either feel neutral towards or I actively didn t enjoy listening to them Michael C Hall s two stories were also highlights Ballad and Beachworld because I LOVE HIM Audiobook was definitely a good route because it would have taken me FOREVER to slog through the stories I didn t like However, the five stories that I mentioned above were SO GOOD so they made the experience worth it I can definitely see myself re reading any of those stories in the future


  7. Ron Ron says:

    Skeleton Crew What a great name for this book of short stories Many pack a scare Some not so much I thought I d just highlight a few of my favorites The Mist It s by far the longest short story in the collection Really, it could be called a novella I m glad it was included here instead of a novella collection something that SK has become famous for doing The Mist starts things off with a bang, or should I say a storm After the storm comes the mist, and within that mist is the stuff Skeleton Crew What a great name for this book of short stories Many pack a scare Some not so much I thought I d just highlight a few of my favorites The Mist It s by far the longest short story in the collection Really, it could be called a novella I m glad it was included here instead of a novella collection something that SK has become famous for doing The Mist starts things off with a bang, or should I say a storm After the storm comes the mist, and within that mist is the stuff of children s nightmares A crowd of people end up in turmoil together against that stuff, and at first there s only a feeling that something terrible is hidden in the mist Call it the calm before the shit hits the fan At this point SK explores some of the characters involved It s just what I love to see, and here I am pleasantly reminded of a few of SK s other full length novels The Mist is just long enough to glimpse some personalities Enough to get me invested even a second time around.The Monkey Holy shit did this toy monkey ever sell from the store s shelf again after this story And for those who already owned one think about it lying inside a box in the upstairs attic, eyes wide open, cymbals poised This scary good story may be the reason I never owned one myself.The Raft The title alone sets your mind to wondering A raft Water Isolation King s imagination takes you beyond the norm Give me a shark to contend with I want off this raft And what could be the most terrifying part of this story, is that fact that I felt like the fifth person on that raft, just trying to figure a way to shore.Word Processor of the Gods This is so good because it is the reimagining of the genie in the bottle, or The Monkey s Paw by WW Jacobs Again, it became the question of What would I do , while at the same time telling its main character to STOP, or at least SLOW DOWN because I need time to think first Fun and thrilling.The Reaper s Image An antique mirror, or looking glass as it was called, is locked away in the attic for a good reason Some people cannot help themselves Maybe that s because it s priceless, or maybe something else The story is short, and seems to have been purposely written with little crisis, but then end gets me all the same.Survivor Type This one proved that it s possible to hate the protagonist yet still love the story For me, that is a rarity Maybe that s what King set out to do Provide a desperate situation that keeps the reader riveted and place a dirtball in the center of it I don t know The shock value counts for a lot here, and I wonder, Would I like the story evenwith a character I cared for, or less The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet Again, what a great title It s the Crew s second longest story Not it s best Much of the first three fourths succumb to a slow pace All I can say is you got to make it through to the end because that s where the payoff occurs Saved by a great finale.King includes a nice afterward, at least in the 1985 HC edition, in what he calls such things that might interest the casual reader He includes a few notes for a few of the stories describing how each came about I love a peak into his mind Even SK is stumped for an idea at times, but then a most mundane experience occurs, and a story is born from real life


  8. Ken Ken says:

    Out of all the stories in this collection, it s The Mist that s not only the longest but strongest and well known it also possibly overshadowed the others for me.The novella length tale easily makes this collection worth reading, whilst some of the other stories that have also been adapted were the pick of the rest The Raft from Creepshow 2 was my next favourite along with Gramma being creepily good.Out of the stories that I d had no prior knowledge, the diary entries by Richard Pine in Out of all the stories in this collection, it s The Mist that s not only the longest but strongest and well known it also possibly overshadowed the others for me.The novella length tale easily makes this collection worth reading, whilst some of the other stories that have also been adapted were the pick of the rest The Raft from Creepshow 2 was my next favourite along with Gramma being creepily good.Out of the stories that I d had no prior knowledge, the diary entries by Richard Pine in Survivor Type really stood out.It was also great to see King try Sci Fi as The Jaunt was pretty memorable too


  9. Joe Valdez Joe Valdez says:

    Revisiting Skeleton Crew, Stephen King s collection of twenty two short stories published in 1985, for the first time since I was in 7th grade a time when I was trying to dress like Don Johnson and get Madonna s Into the Groove out of my head was a wonderful experience The horror stories I loved as a 12 year old were each better than I remember A couple I didn t have the patience for back then became new discoveries A lot of the stories I never cottoned to are still terrible Five sta Revisiting Skeleton Crew, Stephen King s collection of twenty two short stories published in 1985, for the first time since I was in 7th grade a time when I was trying to dress like Don Johnson and get Madonna s Into the Groove out of my head was a wonderful experience The horror stories I loved as a 12 year old were each better than I remember A couple I didn t have the patience for back then became new discoveries A lot of the stories I never cottoned to are still terrible Five stars The Mist This novella of apocalyptic doom and ravenous monsters at the threshold may be the most terrifying thing I ve ever read Imaginative and horrible, The Alamo meets H.P Lovecraft, I ve reread certain passages to make sure I read what I imagined I did King s depiction of how quickly good folk descend into a mob when confronted by their own mortality is one of his finest pieces ever I ve never looked at supermarkets the same way again Mrs Todd s Shortcut One of the stories I skipped at age 12 No monsters, no boogeymen, but love stuff Gross King s creativity bloomed for me this time around, as did his unabashed romance for Ophelia Todd, one of thecompelling characters in what usually amounts to a rogue s gallery for him The Jaunt Spellbinding science fiction tale that documents the invention of teleportation in 1987 and how a family preparing for a jaunt to Mars hundreds of years later comes out the other end with a valuable lesson about space time travel This one still blows my mind The Raft Another one of King s most primal and terrifying tales In a lot of King s stories, I can imagine myself getting out of the predicament with logic and abundant knowledge of horror movie cliches, but this is one story I want no participation in whatsoever Uncle Otto s Truck This was another story I skipped over when I was younger Since, I ve come to appreciate a great yarn Everyone has a story to tell and I can hardly resist a first person account by a character who seems to be whispering to the reader that they have something they really want to get off their chest, something we might not believe, but really happened.Four stars The Monkey Not quite as scary as I remember it, but still wonderfully written A windup monkey with crashing cymbals doesn t quite scare me, but the journey the protagonist takes from orphaned boy to adult and his battle with this evil thing is compelling Nona Bumpy at the beginning, this is another terrific yarn, a jailhouse confessional by a convicted killer whose account of his raven haired, irresistible accomplice cannot be verified by any witness It s quite creepy The tie in to The Body was an unexpected treat Survivor Type Not terribly suspenseful,of a gross out story, but the lengths King goes to describe how a rogue doctor ended up marooned with surgical equipment and heroin is imaginative as hell The other stories range from decent The Reaper s Image, Word Processor of the Gods to godawful messes I can t even begin to unravel what the hell is going on in Milkman 1 or Milkman 2 I now remember why after The Raft, why Skeleton Crew becomes something of a chore to power through and finish There s junk mixed amid the treasures, but part of the fun was dumpster diving here and discovering that for myself


  10. Ashley Daviau Ashley Daviau says:

    While this definitely isn t my favourite collection of King short stories, it does have some gems that I really loved My favourite by far were Nona, The Mist and The Monkey Something about each of those three stories really got to me and sunk their claws deep into me The rest of the stories were quite enjoyable as well but they just didn t leave me with the same delicious feeling of unease as the three stories I mentioned above.


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Skeleton Crew From the Flap The Master at his scarifying best From heart pounding terror to the eeriest of whimsy tales from the outer limits of one of the greatest imaginations of our time Evil that breathes and walks and shrieks, brave new worlds and horror shows, human desperation bursting into deadly menace such are the themes of these astounding works of fiction In the tradition of Poe and Stevenson, of Lovecraft and The Twilight Zone, Stephen King has fused images of fear as old as time with the iconography of contemporary American life to create his own special brand of horror one that has kept millions of readers turning the pages even as they gaspIn the book length story The Mist, a supermarket becomes the last bastion of humanity as a peril beyond dimension invades the earthTouch The Man Who Would Not Shake Hands, and say your prayersThere are some things in attics which are better left alone, things like The MonkeyThe most sublime woman driver on earth offers a man Mrs Todd s Shortcut to paradiseA boy s sanity is pushed to the edge when he s left alone with the odious corpse of GrammaIf you were stunned by Gremlins, the Fornits of The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet will knock your socks offTrucks that punish and beautiful teen demons who seduce a young man to massacre curses whose malevolence grows through the years obscene presences and angels of grace here, indeed, is a night blooming bouquet of chills and thrills