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And he sure does. Skeleton Crew contains a superb short novel ("The Mist") that alone is worth the price of admission, plus two forgettable poems and 20 short stories on such themes as an evil toy monkey, a human-eating water slick, a machine that avenges murder, and unnatural creatures that inhabit the thick woods near Castle Rock, Maine. The short tales range from simply enjoyable to surprisingly good.
In addition to "The Mist," the real standout is "The Reach," a beautifully subtle story about a great-grandmother who was born on a small island off the coast of Maine and has lived there her whole life. She has never been across "the Reach," the body of water between island and mainland. This is the story that King fans give to their friends who don't read horror in order to show them how literate, how charming a storyteller he can be. Don't miss it. --Fiona Webster
Very satisfied. The preface alone is Worth the buy. Some stories are better than others. But for 10$, it's money well spent....Published 16 months ago by Joelle
I've read most of the stories in this book and can safely say that this is a very diverse collection of stories from King (with whom I am a fan). Read morePublished on Feb. 8 2006 by ZappBranigan
wow - this book has some of the creepiest stories ever..the mist especially so..don't read it at night when you are home alone!Published on June 14 2004
As someone who's read almost every Stephen King book, I can safely say that his short story collections are by far the best things he's ever done. Read morePublished on May 31 2004 by Denny Gibbons
Stephen King's best book yet! One of the stories in the book, "The Mist", is the best short story I've ever read! Read morePublished on May 28 2004 by Justin W. Thole
Read this book if you have any interest in King what-so-ever.
His short stories...though many aren't all that short... Read more
Skeleton crew is a highly recommendable collection of short stories by Stephen King, including a large variety of little masterpieces that are worth reading more than once. Read morePublished on Sept. 7 2003 by michael maisch
I loved this book. The Mist was an excellent novella, the best in the book. the best short storie was probably the Jaunt, closely followed by, the ballad of the flexible bullet. Read morePublished on June 13 2003 by Timothy Crawford
Better than Nightshift this collection of short stories is a must just for one story alone. That story is The Mist about a strange mist engulfing a small town which makes bugs and... Read morePublished on May 30 2003 by James N Simpson