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Night Shift (1978)

by Stephen King

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Stephen Kingâ??s first collection of short stories, originally published in 1978, showcases the darkest depths of his brilliant imagination and will "chill the cockles of many a heart" (Chicago Tribune). Night Shift is the inspiration for over a dozen acclaimed horror movies and television series, including Children of the Corn , Chapelwaite, and Lawnmower Man.
Here we see mutated rats gone bad (â??Graveyard Shiftâ?); a cataclysmic virus that threatens humanity (â??Night Surf,â? the basis for The Stand); a possessed, evil lawnmower (â??The Lawnmower Manâ?); unsettling children from the heartland (â??Children of the Cornâ?); a smoker who will try anything to stop (â??Quitters, Inc.â?); a reclusive alcoholic who begins a gruesome transformation (â??Gray Matterâ?); and many more shadows and visions that will haunt you l
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    artturnerjr: Another collection of King's early fiction where the rough edges are still intact.
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    GWoloszczuk: Mccammon's Short stories are very reminiscent of this collection of early King stories
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Just a gentle reminder that while he has written some great novels, King's strong point is his short stories. ( )
  everettroberts | Oct 20, 2023 |
Reading through this it's amazing to note how far the stories are from their later movie adaptations. Lawnmower Man in particular is something else entirely. And Jerusalem's Lot is a pitch perfect Lovecraftian horror. King makes great fun out of the simplest of premises, like in The Ledge. You also get a sense of his recurring pet themes in The Mangler (technology run amok/possessed by evil). Very diverse collection, most of it is good. ( )
  A.Godhelm | Oct 20, 2023 |
This is Stephen King's first short story collection published. It contains 20 stories. I had two that I did not like at all and five that I loved.

Jerusalem's Lot: 3.5 stars, kind of a prequel to 'Salem's Lot, written in letters, slow but creepy

Graveyard Shift: 1 stars, set in a factory, mutated rats are bloodthirsty, really did not enjoy this one at all

Night Surf: 4 stars, set up for The Stand

I Am the Doorway: 5 stars, a man is being controlled by some kind of creature and now has eyes on his hands

The Mangler: 4.5 stars, haunted machine in a factory

The Boogeyman: 4 stars, a man tells his therapist how his kids died

Gray Matter: 3 stars, an alcoholic becomes less human

Battleground: 2.5 stars, an assassin is attacked by toy soldiers

Trucks: 3 stars, trucks come to life to kill people, follows a few people hiding in a diner

Sometimes They Come Back: 5 stars, a teacher has experiences with ghosts from his past

Strawberry Spring: 5 stars, girls are being killed on campus

The Ledge: 3.5 stars, a man is challenged to walk around the ledge of a very tall skyscraper

The Lawnmower Man: 2 stars, a man hires a lawn service, one of the weirdest things I have read in my life

Quitters, Inc.: 4 stars, a man learns of a company that will allow him to quit smoking

I Know What You Need: 5 stars, a girl gets close to a guy with a strange past

Children of the Corn: 4 stars, evil kids in the middle of Nebraska need to appease the corn with sacrifices

The Last Rung of the Ladder: 4 stars, a man receives a letter from his sister and it prompts a memory from their childhood

The Man Who Loved Flowers: 5 stars, everyone assumes that the man walking down the street is in love

One for the Road: 4 stars, a short sequel to 'Salem's Lot

A Woman in the Room: 1 star, deals with a son trying to help his sick mother ( )
  CaitlinDaugherty | Aug 28, 2023 |
This is Stephen King's first short story collection published. It contains 20 stories. I had two that I did not like at all and five that I loved.

Jerusalem's Lot: 3.5 stars, kind of a prequel to 'Salem's Lot, written in letters, slow but creepy

Graveyard Shift: 1 stars, set in a factory, mutated rats are bloodthirsty, really did not enjoy this one at all

Night Surf: 4 stars, set up for The Stand

I Am the Doorway: 5 stars, a man is being controlled by some kind of creature and now has eyes on his hands

The Mangler: 4.5 stars, haunted machine in a factory

The Boogeyman: 4 stars, a man tells his therapist how his kids died

Gray Matter: 3 stars, an alcoholic becomes less human

Battleground: 2.5 stars, an assassin is attacked by toy soldiers

Trucks: 3 stars, trucks come to life to kill people, follows a few people hiding in a diner

Sometimes They Come Back: 5 stars, a teacher has experiences with ghosts from his past

Strawberry Spring: 5 stars, girls are being killed on campus

The Ledge: 3.5 stars, a man is challenged to walk around the ledge of a very tall skyscraper

The Lawnmower Man: 2 stars, a man hires a lawn service, one of the weirdest things I have read in my life

Quitters, Inc.: 4 stars, a man learns of a company that will allow him to quit smoking

I Know What You Need: 5 stars, a girl gets close to a guy with a strange past

Children of the Corn: 4 stars, evil kids in the middle of Nebraska need to appease the corn with sacrifices

The Last Rung of the Ladder: 4 stars, a man receives a letter from his sister and it prompts a memory from their childhood

The Man Who Loved Flowers: 5 stars, everyone assumes that the man walking down the street is in love

One for the Road: 4 stars, a short sequel to 'Salem's Lot

A Woman in the Room: 1 star, deals with a son trying to help his sick mother ( )
  CaitlinDaugherty | Aug 28, 2023 |
You know what? Stephen King can write pretty well. That shouldn't surprise me, but... damn. ( )
  dcunning11235 | Aug 12, 2023 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
King, Stephenprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Halvorsen, Thor DagTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Heidkamp, BarbaraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Herrmann, IngridTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kalvas, ReijoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
MacDonald, John DIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Marcellino, FredCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Murail, LorrisTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Proshkova, VeselaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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Fiction. Horror. Short Stories. Thriller. HTML:

Stephen Kingâ??s first collection of short stories, originally published in 1978, showcases the darkest depths of his brilliant imagination and will "chill the cockles of many a heart" (Chicago Tribune). Night Shift is the inspiration for over a dozen acclaimed horror movies and television series, including Children of the Corn , Chapelwaite, and Lawnmower Man.
Here we see mutated rats gone bad (â??Graveyard Shiftâ?); a cataclysmic virus that threatens humanity (â??Night Surf,â? the basis for The Stand); a possessed, evil lawnmower (â??The Lawnmower Manâ?); unsettling children from the heartland (â??Children of the Cornâ?); a smoker who will try anything to stop (â??Quitters, Inc.â?); a reclusive alcoholic who begins a gruesome transformation (â??Gray Matterâ?); and many more shadows and visions that will haunt you l

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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
Battleground
Trucks
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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