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Toshio
PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2006 3:37 pm  Reply with quote



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NightShift was my favorite collection of horrific short stories when I was young.

There's a story about the boogeyman which terrified me...and I think that the mangler was also part of this collection.

Good read!
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brainee
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This was maybe the first King I read as a kid (I still have the hardcover from the 70s). Older King is a lot more streamlined (lean and mean) and less self-indulgent -- back when he still listened to editorial advice. Besides "Mangler" and "Boogeyman" (2 great stories) you've also got: "Children of the Corn", "Graveyard Shift", "Sometimes They Come Back", "Quitters Inc", "Trucks", "Battleground", "Lawnmower Man" (weird little story, though its funny to see how different it is from the movie), "One for the Road" (follows up Salems Lot), "Jerusalems Lot" (actually has nothing to do with Salems Lot -- instead its an early-King Lovecraft pastiche).
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Yeah I dug this one too. Must've been 14 when I read it. My favorite King collection and the one that had the most stories that actually creeped me out is "Skeleton Crew" but there's plenty of good stuff in "Night Shift" as well.

Nobody has mentioned "I Am the Doorway" yet, which is in there and which I remember quite well. There is a total of 1 second worth of material from the actual story in the LAWNMOWER MAN movie. King was right to sue the shit out of 'em. I don't think there's a single bad story in "Night Shift", only good and great ones.
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brainee
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Caterpillar wrote:
Nobody has mentioned "I Am the Doorway" yet, which is in there and which I remember quite well.


That is a good one. Another story that stuck with me is "Grey Matter" -- about how bad beer (with some funky grey stuff growing on it) turns a guy into a disgusting blob-monster. A simple story but I didn't forget it -- maybe because everyone can relate to an encounter with suspicious-looking beer.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2006 7:44 pm  Reply with quote
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One of the best, if not THE BEST short-story collection around!
'Skeleton Crew' is pretty damn good too.
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Cash Bailey
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NIGHT SHIFT was one of my earliest King reads. In fact I think it may have actually been second, after SALEM'S LOT.

I always preferred SKELETON CREW, which contains some of the best stuff King has ever written; like THE MIST (pull your finger out, Darabont!!), NONA and the brilliant SURVIVOR TYPE.

King's short fiction has its hits and misses, but thankfully for us mostly it's hits.
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Richard Bastard
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Night Shift kicks ass
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BarkAtTheMoon
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I remember being terrified of the cover of this book when I was a youngin'. If I recall correctly, it had a mummy hand with an eyeball on the palm, peeking out through the bandages.

I also remember seeing a half hour adaptation of the Boogeyman story (I saw it on videocasette, along with a short film version of "The Woman in the Room") back in the day. Anyone else see these?
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Cash Bailey
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BarkAtTheMoon wrote:
I remember being terrified of the cover of this book when I was a youngin'. If I recall correctly, it had a mummy hand with an eyeball on the palm, peeking out through the bandages.

I also remember seeing a half hour adaptation of the Boogeyman story (I saw it on videocasette, along with a short film version of "The Woman in the Room") back in the day. Anyone else see these?


Yeah, I lucked across of VHS copy of this. THE WOMAN IN THE ROOM was directed by a young film student named Frank Darabont.

From what I know, at the time King was quite willing to give the rights to his short fiction to young film-makers under the proviso that the film wasn't sold and that he retained the rights.

I actually had a similar arrangement with Lawrence Block for a short story of his which (shame on me) I never got around to shooting. It just seemed like too much work for a film that could never be screened.
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Yeah, I lucked across of VHS copy of this. THE WOMAN IN THE ROOM was directed by a young film student named Frank Darabont.


Frank Darabont? No shit? I haven't seen it in years but from what I remember he did a fantastic job. I vaguely remember a scene where the mother's corpse is in a wheelchair, that slowly turns around a la Mrs. Bates at the end of Psycho. Creepy. But I could be remembering it wrong.

Now if only Darabont would finally get around to making THE MIST...
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One for the Road is possibly the scariest vampire story ever. I love that story and Night Shift has a bunch of other good ones too.

I also remember that bandaged hand with the eyes. I saw that paper back at the library years and years and years ago.
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Nazdroth
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You really can't go wrong with early King, and his short stories were awesome. I still dig the guy, but his earliest stuff was some of his best. I remember when I first read "Children of the Corn", it was like he tapped right into some of the nightmares I've had. Fucking love that book. Skeleton Crew was good too, especially "The Mist".
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Zuni
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I love the book. Too many great stories for me to mention.
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xfoley8
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No-one's mentioned "Strawberry Spring" which, for a long time, was one of the only stories that scared me enough to put a book down and not pick it up for a day or two. That one really disturbed me.

The cover with eyeballs on the hand was an illustration for "I Am the Doorway".

I also prefer Skeleton Crew (I think King peaked with that, and Different Seasons), though I was a young-un when I read Night Shift, too (my second King book, after The Shining), and can still remember the thrill I got reading those stories for the first time. Great stuff.
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talthar
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Night Shift remains the best collection of King's short fiction to this day. I've liked all his collections, but this one still stands head and shoulders above the rest. I read it while I was in junior high and "The Boogey Man" scared the hell out of me. I couldn't go to bed without checking my closet for a while after that...

I loved "One for the Road" and "Jerusalem's Lot", one of the best Lovecraft patiches ever. The only story in the book I didn't care for was "The Woman in the Room"; otherwise they were all winners.

I've always been a big King fan but he is at his best with short fiction. Too many times his novels feel bloated, and in his longer fiction he has to explain the "why's", something even he admits he sucks at. King said it best when he said that in short stories you can just have stuff happen and not worry about an explanation.
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