This book of 20 stories in which many contain a frightening psychological undertone whether it is a horror story or a dramatic one. But like every short story collection, there are some bad ones and some weird ones. Nevertheless, this book should not be missed.
Jerusalem's Lot: Long, confusing, boring. If you were to skip one story in this book, I'd say skip this one.
Graveyard Shift: creepy story about mutation. I will not say any more.
Night Surf: Most people hate this one, but it caught my interest. Not a horror story, but interesting. How will the world really end do you think?
I Am the Doorway: Sci-fi horror story that addresses aliens controlling a man. Creepy.
The Mangler: Gruesome, but pretty stupid. Not as scary as people say it is, but it makes you wonder about the safety of heavy machinery.
The Boogeyman: I must say, I did not connect with this one like most people did. People say it's the scariest story in this book, but I disagree. I did not like the main character at all, and the ending was a twist but a stupid, unrealistic twist. I read it in the daytime, which can have a large effect on the scare level of horror stories. Whatever. It's scary as [heck] if you read it during the night, but a silly piece of [junk] during the day. Take your pick.
Gray Matter: Weird weird weird. Sort of an anti-beer tale about bacteria and the effects it has on an alchoholic. Never liked beer much anyway.
Battleground: What if toy soldiers came alive? Do you ever ask yourself that? Didn't think so.
Trucks: It's a sort of "what if?" story that's about automobiles rebelling. That's about it.
Sometimes They Come Back: Great great story with great characters. Gets under your skin.
Strawberry Spring: I've never read a better surprise ending in my life. A wonderful yarn about a serial killer.
The Ledge: I tend to like King's realistic stories more than the horror ones I guess. If you are afraid of heights, this will scare the hell out of you.
The Lawnmower Man: Yeah, King must have been high when he wrote this. Seriously, you wonder what that guy thinks about in his free time after reading this. In other words, one of the weirdest and most utterly bizarre stories I have ever seen. Which is not necessarily a good thing.
Quitters, Inc: This was my favorite story of the bunch. About a strange, sinister company that "helps" people quit smoking. I thought it was very creepy.
I Know What You Need: Not really horror either, more of a "not what he seems" type of story. Can you really trust just anyone?
Children of the Corn: I saw the movie before this unfortunately. Kind of spoiled it for me, but a terrifying story nonetheless. DO NOT SEE THE MOVIE.
The Last Rung on the Ladder: Touching, sad story. Not an inkling of horror in it.
The Man Who Loved Flowers: Similar to Strawberry Spring in a way, but shorter and not as good. Read it anyway.
One for the Road: The sequel to Salem's Lot, and I hear it is much better if you haven't read Salem's Lot yet. It is not exactly a screamer, but it is eerie.
The Woman in the Room: Addresses euthanasia, and if thats a subject you would like to address, then go ahead.
All in all, even the stories which I did not give positive reviews for had some bit of worth. So, stop reading this review and go buy the book! Read every story to get the full potential.