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Night Shift by Stephen King

Night Shift (original 1978; edition 1993)

by Stephen King

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Title:Night Shift
Authors:Stephen King
Info:Doubleday (1993), Edition: Reissue, Hardcover, 368 pages
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Night Shift by Stephen King (1978)

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As with any anthology, some stories will be awesome, some will be terrible. Lawnmower Man was (if I recall) my favorite. Quitters Inc and the Ledge were pretty good as well. ( )
  benuathanasia | Dec 11, 2014 |
I do not know where I found the ebook, but it is the usual Stephen King book. Weird and worth reading if you are a Stephen King fan. ( )
  kybunnies | Oct 19, 2014 |
I enjoyed Children of the Corn the best of all. ( )
  cassie.peters1 | Sep 6, 2014 |
I enjoyed Children of the Corn the best of all. ( )
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Read the full review at JohnnyCompton.com'

Stephen King’s first collection of short horror stories might still be his best. Then again, I might be a bit biased, since Night Shift is the first Stephen King book that I read. There's hard-hitting horror such as "Graveyard Shift" and "The Bogeyman." There are more measured, subtle and emotional tales with "The Woman in the Room" and "Night Surf." "I Am the Doorway" is horror mixed with science-fiction and "The Ledge" is pure, pulpy crime horror. In short, it has a little bit of everything, and most of it ranges from good to great.

As with just about any anthology–even the very best–there are some stories that don’t work, at least for me. “The Lawnmower Man” is a little too weird for my personal tastes. “Strawberry Spring" is defanged by predictability, and the premise to "Trucks" is a bit too silly to work.

Overall, though, Night Shift is essential King. ( )
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Short story collection containing the following stories:

Introduction by John D. MacDonald
Jerusalem's Lot
Graveyard Shift
Night Surf
I Am the Doorway
The Mangler
The Boogeyman
Gray Matter
Sometimes They Come Back
Strawberry Spring
The Ledge
The Lawnmower Man
Quitters, Inc.
I Know What You Need
Children of the Corn
The Last Rung on the Ladder
The Man Who Loved Flowers
One for the Road
The Woman in the Room
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451170113, Mass Market Paperback)

From the depths of darkness, where hideous rats defend their empire, to dizzying heights, where a beautiful girl hangs by a hair above a hellish fate, this chilling collection of twenty short stories will plunge readers into the subterranean labyrinth of the most spine-tingling, eerie imagination of our time.

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"Nineteen of [King's] most unsettling short pieces: bizarre tales of dark doings and unthinkable acts from the twilight regions where horror and madness take on eerie, unearthly forms, where noises in the walls and shadows by the bed are always signs of something dreadful on the prowl"--Dust flap.… (more)

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