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I finished Skeleton Crew with tears in my eyes I thought I d read The Reach the story that closes out this collection before, but I guess I hadn t It was an entirely new experience for me, and it packed quite the emotional wallop As I write this review I m still trying to mentally recover from that one, so pardon me if my thoughts are a little scattered My Fornit died, and I m stuck doing the job myself By the time this collection was published in 1985, Stephen King was a bona fide literary rock star His fame was gargantuan, beaten in size only by his addiction to dope and alcohol According to the man himself, his study was the site of nightly parties for one, where the beer flowed and nose candy was always available Yeah, King wasn t in a great state of mind for most of the eighties He warns the reader in this book s introduction that the act of writing short stories hadn t gotten easier for him over the years instead, it had gotten harder Novel deadlines made it difficult to carve out time for shorter tales, and everything the man put into his Word Processor of the Gods wanted to be six hundred pages in length If this reviewer is being honest, that s painfully apparent with this collection A handful of the tales presented here should ve never made it off the cutting room floor and several others could have been trimmed a bit Most of what the reader is presented with is great hence the four stars , but King overwrites like crazy here That s my problem with a lot of his output from this decade excess verbosity After the reliably folksy, mood setting introduction to this collection from Sai King himself, things get rolling with The Mist, the first but not last story in Skeleton Crew about ordinary people stranded and facing likely death, due to out of this world circumstances The Mist is a novella, and I always enjoy every word of it Yeah, King overwrites in several places in this book but this story ain t one of em I have quite the fear of mist, thanks to this story Other favorites of mine include The Ballad Of The Flexible Bullet, a delightfully paranoid story King could have never written before or after cocaine The Raft, which was my very favorite in this collection for a long time The Monkey, a story that doesn t get as much love as it deserves The Reach, the previously mentioned story that moved me to tears The Jaunt, which, for my money, contains King s most haunting story ending yet and Cain Rose Up, a story that other reviewers like to rag on but I can t help but dig All that said, there are several stories here that should have gotten canned Here There Be Tygers makes no sense and is downright gimmicky the two Milkman stories also don t make much sense and go nowhere Uncle Otto s Truck, a story about you guessed it a haunted truck, feels worn out and old King has touched on this theme so many times in his career I also don t like For Owen at all, and Paranoid A Chant should have been folded into The Ballad Of The Flexible Bullet where it belongs It s a shame this collection is somewhat weighed down by so many DOA entries, because there are several genuine classics here This one just isn t very consistent, and if that s what you re looking for might I recommend Night Shift or Just After Sunset All in all, this is very much a collection worth checking out It was released during King s classic period, so of course it s worth a purchase The theme of external isolation and humanity s will to save itself is done really well in The Mist, Beachworld, Survivor Type, and The Raft I also like this book s Do you love motif it makes this collection hang together much better than it probably should This is definitely a strong read, and I will come back to my favorites for years to come King connections I tried to take actual notes for this one, as I knew there are connections to the King universe all over the place I know I missed some, but here s what I caught while reading Sorry my notes are a little scattered The Mist P 94 David Clayton, our main character, thinks of a character as looking like a crazy gunslinger in an existential comedy It is theorized that The Shop is at least partially responsible for the mist I could totally see that I m not sure if this is a connection or not, but when David and a few others make the courageous trek to the pharmacy next door, they encounter an otherworldly presence that takes the shape of a spider though they know it s something Any relation to IT Totally possible, as that book was published the following year Mrs Todd s Shortcut It takes place in Castle Rock, home of several King novels and short stories.P 182 Joe Camber of Cujo is mentioned.P 186 Haven gets a shout out The Man Who Would Not Shake Hands This one could be could be seen as a spiritual successor to The Breathing Method, even going so far as to reference that earlier novella It revoles around the same, strange story telling club that we first met in Different Seasons Nona It takes place in Castle Rock, firmly placing it in the same universe as Mrs Todd s Shortcut as well as several other King stories.The narrator of Nona mentions once getting messed up by Ace Merrill, the local baddie an antagonist in The Body and Needful Things.The narrator lets the reader know he grew up in Harlow, Maine the setting of N and Revival.P 347 Vern Tessio of The Body gets a brief mention Cool Uncle Otto s Truck Both Derry and Castle Rock play an important role in this one Gramma P 421 Cora Simard and Henrietta Dodd are mentioned George, the protagonist in Gramma, listens to one of the ladies phone conversations on a party line Cora s daughter, Rhonda, was a student of Ewen High School and was among Carrie White s tormentors Henrietta Dodd was the mother of Frank Dodd, as seen in The Dead Zone and mentioned in various other Castle Rock stories.Joe Camber gets another mention This story takes place near Castle Rock in 1977 ish I think , so before the major events of Carrie and Cujo Hmm Favorite story The Ballad Of The Flexible Bullet Least favorite story Big Wheels A Tale Of The Laundry Game Milkman 2 Favorite quote I sit on the bench in front of Bell s Market and think about Homer Buckland and about the beautiful girl who leaned over to open his door when he come down that path with the full red gasoline can in his right hand she looked like a girl of no than sixteen, a girl on her learner s permit, and her beauty was terrible, but I believe it would no longer kill the man it turned itself on for a moment her eyes lit on me, I was not killed, although a part of me died at her feet from Mrs Todd s Shortcut Up next It s everything you ever were afraid of It s IT. Read for Popsugar s 2018 Reading Challenge A book with a weather element in the title I m counting The Mist for this one, since that stands on its own as a book as well My favorite stories The Mist Cain Rose Up Survivor Type Morning Deliveries Milkman 1 The Ballad of the Flexible BulletI highly recommend those five stories, but the rest I either feel neutral towards or I actively didn t enjoy listening to them Michael C Hall s two stories were also highlights Ballad and Beachworld because I LOVE HIM Audiobook was definitely a good route because it would have taken me FOREVER to slog through the stories I didn t like However, the five stories that I mentioned above were SO GOOD so they made the experience worth it I can definitely see myself re reading any of those stories in the future #Free ⚷ Skeleton Crew ⚤ In This Brilliant Collection Of Stories, Stephen King Takes Readers Down Paths That Only He Could Imagine A Supermarket Becomes The Place Where Humanity Makes Its Last Stand Against Destruction A Trip To The Attic Becomes A Journey To Hell A Woman Driver Finds A Scary Shortcut To Paradise An Idyllic Lake Harbors A Bottomless Evil And A Desert Island Is The Scene Of The Most Terrifying Struggle For Survival Ever Waged Skeleton Crew is my least favorite Stephen King story collection Its not a bad collection, but something just felt off The six stories I loved are probably some of my favorite Stephen King stories but the rest were just blah The Good 1 The Raft is my favorite story in this collection A group of friends on a raft find themselves being picked off by some mysterious black slug in the water.2 Word Processor of the Gods A man who hates his life discovers he can delete or add people and things in his life through his new Word Processor 3 The Reapers Image is one of King s best stories period As someone who actually has seen an inexplicable image in a mirror, I love scary stories involving mirrors 4 Survivor Type is so disturbing that while I loved it, I will never read it again A surgeon is stranded on a island and finds that one particular meat is tastier than the rest 5 Uncle Otto s Truck, Stephen King loves a haunted car and I think this story is best of all of his haunted car stories 6 Gramma I ve heard or read this story before but I can t remember where Gramma never dies I m not going to go into detail on the bottom 3 because I just don t care enough The Mist was a disappointment because I had such high hopes The Wedding Gift was pointless and not funny in the least.Beachworld was boring Skeleton Crew is a good collection but with Stephen King I ve come to expect greatness If you love Stephen King I would still recommend this but for the casual King reader maybe skip it.Hooked On Books September Read A Thon Revisiting Skeleton Crew, Stephen King s collection of twenty two short stories published in 1985, for the first time since I was in 7th grade a time when I was trying to dress like Don Johnson and get Madonna s Into the Groove out of my head was a wonderful experience The horror stories I loved as a 12 year old were each better than I remember A couple I didn t have the patience for back then became new discoveries A lot of the stories I never cottoned to are still terrible Five stars The Mist This novella of apocalyptic doom and ravenous monsters at the threshold may be the most terrifying thing I ve ever read Imaginative and horrible, The Alamo meets H.P Lovecraft, I ve reread certain passages to make sure I read what I imagined I did King s depiction of how quickly good folk descend into a mob when confronted by their own mortality is one of his finest pieces ever I ve never looked at supermarkets the same way again Mrs Todd s Shortcut One of the stories I skipped at age 12 No monsters, no boogeymen, but love stuff Gross King s creativity bloomed for me this time around, as did his unabashed romance for Ophelia Todd, one of the compelling characters in what usually amounts to a rogue s gallery for him The Jaunt Spellbinding science fiction tale that documents the invention of teleportation in 1987 and how a family preparing for a jaunt to Mars hundreds of years later comes out the other end with a valuable lesson about space time travel This one still blows my mind The Raft Another one of King s most primal and terrifying tales In a lot of King s stories, I can imagine myself getting out of the predicament with logic and abundant knowledge of horror movie cliches, but this is one story I want no participation in whatsoever Uncle Otto s Truck This was another story I skipped over when I was younger Since, I ve come to appreciate a great yarn Everyone has a story to tell and I can hardly resist a first person account by a character who seems to be whispering to the reader that they have something they really want to get off their chest, something we might not believe, but really happened.Four stars The Monkey Not quite as scary as I remember it, but still wonderfully written A windup monkey with crashing cymbals doesn t quite scare me, but the journey the protagonist takes from orphaned boy to adult and his battle with this evil thing is compelling Nona Bumpy at the beginning, this is another terrific yarn, a jailhouse confessional by a convicted killer whose account of his raven haired, irresistible accomplice cannot be verified by any witness It s quite creepy The tie in to The Body was an unexpected treat Survivor Type Not terribly suspenseful, of a gross out story, but the lengths King goes to describe how a rogue doctor ended up marooned with surgical equipment and heroin is imaginative as hell The other stories range from decent The Reaper s Image, Word Processor of the Gods to godawful messes I can t even begin to unravel what the hell is going on in Milkman 1 or Milkman 2 I now remember why after The Raft, why Skeleton Crew becomes something of a chore to power through and finish There s junk mixed amid the treasures, but part of the fun was dumpster diving here and discovering that for myself. Skeleton Crew What a great name for this book of short stories Many pack a scare Some not so much I thought I d just highlight a few of my favorites The Mist It s by far the longest short story in the collection Really, it could be called a novella I m glad it was included here instead of a novella collection something that SK has become famous for doing The Mist starts things off with a bang, or should I say a storm After the storm comes the mist, and within that mist is the stuff of children s nightmares A crowd of people end up in turmoil together against that stuff, and at first there s only a feeling that something terrible is hidden in the mist Call it the calm before the shit hits the fan At this point SK explores some of the characters involved It s just what I love to see, and here I am pleasantly reminded of a few of SK s other full length novels The Mist is just long enough to glimpse some personalities Enough to get me invested even a second time around.The Monkey Holy shit did this toy monkey ever sell from the store s shelf again after this story And for those who already owned one think about it lying inside a box in the upstairs attic, eyes wide open, cymbals poised This scary good story may be the reason I never owned one myself.The Raft The title alone sets your mind to wondering A raft Water Isolation King s imagination takes you beyond the norm Give me a shark to contend with I want off this raft And what could be the most terrifying part of this story, is that fact that I felt like the fifth person on that raft, just trying to figure a way to shore.Word Processor of the Gods This is so good because it is the reimagining of the genie in the bottle, or The Monkey s Paw by WW Jacobs Again, it became the question of What would I do , while at the same time telling its main character to STOP, or at least SLOW DOWN because I need time to think first Fun and thrilling.The Reaper s Image An antique mirror, or looking glass as it was called, is locked away in the attic for a good reason Some people cannot help themselves Maybe that s because it s priceless, or maybe something else The story is short, and seems to have been purposely written with little crisis, but then end gets me all the same.Survivor Type This one proved that it s possible to hate the protagonist yet still love the story For me, that is a rarity Maybe that s what King set out to do Provide a desperate situation that keeps the reader riveted and place a dirtball in the center of it I don t know The shock value counts for a lot here, and I wonder, Would I like the story even with a character I cared for, or less The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet Again, what a great title It s the Crew s second longest story Not it s best Much of the first three fourths succumb to a slow pace All I can say is you got to make it through to the end because that s where the payoff occurs Saved by a great finale.King includes a nice afterward, at least in the 1985 HC edition, in what he calls such things that might interest the casual reader He includes a few notes for a few of the stories describing how each came about I love a peak into his mind Even SK is stumped for an idea at times, but then a most mundane experience occurs, and a story is born from real life. While this definitely isn t my favourite collection of King short stories, it does have some gems that I really loved My favourite by far were Nona, The Mist and The Monkey Something about each of those three stories really got to me and sunk their claws deep into me The rest of the stories were quite enjoyable as well but they just didn t leave me with the same delicious feeling of unease as the three stories I mentioned above. Some stories were awesome and some not so much but none were terrible.I reread some of these and finished the book I bumped my rating up from 3 stars to 4 I really enjoyed this collection my favorite 2 were the mist and GRAMMA OMG that one was so good and unexpected the only one I didn t care for was the jaunt I didn t listen to the whole story so it may have been great but spacey stuff just isn t my thing Dylan Baker reading the milkman stories was FANTASTIC Because of his stellar performance, I m putting them in 2 spot for favorite audio..story Kate Mulgrew reading NOS4A2 is 1 I think everyone should pick this book up if only to read The Mist and Gramma and the audiobook for Dylan Baker s reading Mr Wilkins from Trick R Treat 3 There will be some of you that think three stars is kinda harsh for this collection After all, it includes such amazing tales as The Mist and The Jaunt It must be amazeballs, right Not so much Even the epically awesome stories in this collection need to be trimmed down Most of them start slower than a Lars Von Trier movie, and over half of them never really pay off There are some serious WTF stories within this collection stories I didn t understand ten years ago and still do not understand today In other words, the reread didn t help That doesn t mean your experience will not be different It does not mean you will not understand the Milkman stories or appreciate King s cute ass poem about anthropomorphized fruit that he wrote for his youngest son Owen I understand why they are in this collection, but that doesn t mean I have to like them Mostly, this collection is tedious But, some of the time, if you can wade through the first unmpteen pages of bullshit, you might find a scare or two, or a meaningful story surrounded by bloat Here are my one sentence reviews of each story Feel free to discuss your favorites in the comment section The Mist Five epically awesome stars for this tale of mist borne monsters and flawed fathers Here There Be Tygers Three stars for this story about toileting tygers and tasty teachers The Monkey Two stars for this mostly mediocre, meandering monkey, because this one has never really scared me, but it sure has bored me Cain Rose Up Three confused stars because I don t know why this story is still in publication and Rage is not Mrs Todd s Shortcut Four stars for what could be the inspiration for Lisey s Story, because Boo ya Moon could very well be Mrs Todd s escape route The Jaunt Five stars for this tale that takes cues from The Langoliers The Wedding Gig Four stars for this story that fits the Hard Case Crimes series better than both The Colorado Kid and Joyland put together Paranoid A Chant I m sure this piece is brilliant and I m just too stupid to understand it, but yeah, one star The Raft All the stars Five, Six Ten a Hundred for what continues to be one of my favorite stories of all time The Word Processor of the Gods Gets three stars for being The Monkey s Paw with a happy ending The Man Who Would Not Shake Hands Finds three stars because the boys from 249B East 35th are still telling tales, even after Emlyn McCarron told them about The Breathing Method Beachworld Beachfront property this ain t, but one helluva four star story it is The Reaper s Image This three star story seems like the inspiration for that horrible Oculus movie Nona Gets four stars for being darkly dubious For Owen If I were King s kid I would expect something better than this two star cutesy crap from my old man Survivor Type While you ll never see Richard Pine on Food Network, his cooking gets five stars Uncle Otto s Truck Two stars for this done to death concept about a killer car Morning Deliveries Milkman 1One star for this outline of an idea for a possible short story Big Wheels A Tale of the Laundry Game Milkman 2If someone would like to explain this story and its predecessor to me, I might give it than one star Gramma Four stars for this creepy motherfucker because the beginning is slow as hell, but that ending shivers The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet This one starts even slower than Gramma but its payoff only raises it into three star territory The Reach Stephen King says he wants to be remembered for this four star beauty of a story, but he s done much better, at least in my opinion he has.In summation Skeleton Crew has a few gems, but is, overall, just okay Final Judgment I d rather take a jaunt on a raft through the mist. There are two short stories that I read over and over The Mist has always been a favorite, and I can t believe how many people haven t read Survivor Type It s awesome I ve lost three copies of this from lending it out Don t ask you can t borrow it o