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Night Shift (1978)

de Stephen King

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More than twenty-five stories of horror and nightmarish fantasy transform everyday situations into experiences of compelling terror in the worlds of the living, the dying, and the nonliving.
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The stories range from good to great. So many fun ideas, from killer trucks, to killer companies that help you quit smoking, to killer naked lawn care workers who eat grass while quoting Pan. ( )
  jasonrkron | Jan 15, 2021 |
Stephen King is one of my writing idols. I stand in awe of his talent, his skill, and most of all, his discipline. Though perhaps better known for his novels, he is an absolute master of the short form, and this collection of his earliest short stories, originally published in a variety of magazines, provides proof of that.

All of these stories are variations on the theme of fear: things we can see, things we can't see, things we can't even fathom as being real - whether supernatural/paranormal or just the deep dark recesses of the human mind. These stories range from horrific to gory to psychologically thrilling to outright sad.

There are classics - "The Lawnmower Man" and "Children of the Corn" are perhaps the best known, having become pop culture tropes - and there are bookends to some of his longer works (most notably Salem's Lot, for which a prequel and sequel are present). There is a lot of uncanny valley and deja vu. There are psycho stalkers and inanimate objects coming to life, vying for human blood. There are aliens and diseases and unknown entities. There is a theme of Maine - the isolation, the snowstorms, the deep pockets of rural unknown.

I wanted to read this collection much faster than I actually could. It was very easy to fall into each story, the rhythm of the storytelling and pace of the plot, when the horror (or sadness) sneaks up at the last second and grabs you! I had to take frequent breaks to clear the residual negativity from my brain before I could keep going.

Nevertheless, this is an amazing collection of work and a wonderful example of the sheer brilliance of the writer. ( )
  eurohackie | Dec 12, 2020 |
Only read The Last Rung on the Ladder - 3* - which I found online http://www.krypta-smierci.neostrada.pl/ebooks/Stephen%20King%20-%20Night%20Shift...
  Seayla2020 | Dec 7, 2020 |
I remember reading this collection when I was a teenager. So happy to re-read again and refresh my memory. We get classic King here. I read this for the "American Horror Story" square due to all of these stories taking place in America. One started in space, but ended in Florida, so that one still counts too.

"Jerusalem's Lot" (5 stars)-taking place in the late 1800s in Maine. We get to read about the ancestors who came to stay at what will become a house of horror and terror for those in King's book, Salem's Lot. The tension in this story told via letters and excerpts grows until the ending which leads us to the events of the present day at Salem's Lot.

"Graveyard Shift" (4 stars)-this one had a lot of do with rats. So enjoy twitching while you read. A college educated man working at a factory gets fixated on the mean foreman. I thought the ending was a bit of a letdown. And I honestly didn't cheer for the main protagonist since I thought he was insane.

"Night Surf" (3 stars)-the only saving grace is that this can be considered a side story in "The Stand". We read about a group of teens who come together after Captain Trips hits America and everyone starts dying. I just didn't care for any of the characters.

"I am The Doorway" (5 stars)-just realized this story would fit the "Aliens" square. I thought it was very well don't and full or horror when you realize what is happening to a retired astronaut.

"The Mangler" (5 stars)-a haunted machine that gets a taste for blood. I remember watching this movie as a kid and I liked the crazy ending that got tacked on. The original story is just as good too.

"The Boogeyman" (5 stars)-this book still scared me via my re-read and is directly the reason for my inability to sleep with the closet door open. So kudos to King for that. I do wonder if the awful man who treats his wife with contempt and his children with benign neglect is the reason why the so called Boogeyman was focused on this man and his family.

"Gray Matter" (4 stars)-a man and his beer will not be parted. The ending leaves things up in the air so you don't know whether there will be a happy ending or not.

"Battleground" (3 stars)-weirdest story in this collection. I was fascinated by a tale of Army men come to life, but it ultimately didn't work for me.

"Trucks" (4 stars)-I consider this King's earlier version of "The Happening" with trucks. I still found it to be a bit hard to swallow though. How does a truck know Morse code?

"Sometimes They Come Back" (5 stars)-really great story of a man haunted by the death of his brother. I recall watching the original movie and sequels to this and enjoyed them.

"Strawberry Spring" (5 stars)- a man explains how during his college days, when a Strawberry Spring came, so did a serial killer. I thought when I read this for the first time how smart and surprising the ending for the story was that King wrote. Though I knew the ending, I still enjoyed this.

"The Ledge" (5 stars)-a man forced to bargain for his lover and his life by being forced to walk a ledge from several stories up. I have a far of heights so this story always freaks me out.

"The Lawnmower Man" (2 stars)-my least favorite in this collection. It was just weird, not scary.

"Quitters Inc." (4 stars)-what would you be willing to give up in order to quit smoking? The whole premise of this book seems far-fetched though I liked it.

"I Know What You Need" (5 stars)-the fact that King in the 70s gets that your inability to give consent is rape floors me since many people still argue about this. What would you do if you found someone could give you everything that you never knew you wanted?

"Children of the Corn" (5 stars)-the whole thing could have been avoided if the husband listened to his wife. Heck, I would have left him in this small town where no adults seem to exist. The description of this town and the smell of corn felt very real to me yesterday when I was reading.

"The Last Rung on the Ladder" (5 stars)-such a sad tale of what happens when an older brother is not there for his younger sister as they grow into adulthood.

"The Man Who Loved Flowers" (3 stars)-not that engrossing as "Strawberry Spring."

"One for the Road" (5 stars)- Salem's Lot, I think two years after the events in that book.

"The Woman in the Room" (3 stars)-i thought this was a weak story to end the book on. Would have been better to end the book with a Lot story since one opened up the collection.
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I am not a fan of short stories, but am a big fan of Stephen King. This book had many great stories. I think I enjoyed a lot of them due to my familiarity of King's style and settings. There were a couple that I did not like, but there were over 20 stories I think, so well worth the read.
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  mainrun | Jan 6, 2020 |
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Let's talk, you and I. Let's talk about fear.
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ISBN 0373588585 is for Night Shift by Nora Roberts; large print edition.
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