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In the introduction to Skeleton Crew (1985), his second collection of stories, King pokes fun at his penchant for "literary elephantiasis," makes scatological jokes about his muse, confesses how much money he makes (gross and net), and tells a story about getting arrested one time when he was "suffused with the sort of towering, righteous rage that only drunk undergraduates can feel." He winds up with an invitation to a scary voyage: "Grab onto my arm now. Hold tight. We are going into a number of dark places, but I think I know the way."
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 --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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," PW observed.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Book was delivered exactly as I expected.
The Book cover should be as shown not as just Skeleton crew.
Delivery was quick.
Very satisfied. The preface alone is Worth the buy. Some stories are better than others. But for 10$, it's money well spent....Published 24 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