Read Best Night ShiftAuthor Stephen King –

Never trust your heart to the New York Times bestselling master of suspense, Stephen King Especially with an anthology that features the classic stories Children of the Corn, The Lawnmower Man, Graveyard Shift, The Mangler, and Sometimes They Come Back which were all made into hit horror filmsFrom 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 timeContents Introduction John D MacDonald in Foreword fw Jerusalem s Lot nv Night Shift, Garden City, NY Doubleday,Graveyard Shift ss Cavalier OctNight Surf ss Cavalier AugI Am the Doorway ss Cavalier MarThe Mangler nv Cavalier DecThe Boogeyman ss Cavalier MarGray Matter ss Cavalier OctBattleground ss Cavalier SepTrucks ss Cavalier JunSometimes They Come Back nv Cavalier MarStrawberry Spring ss Ubris FllCavalier NovThe Ledge ss Penthouse JulThe Lawnmower Man ss Cavalier MayQuitters, Inc ss Night Shift, Garden City, NY Doubleday,I Know What You Need nv Cosmopolitan SepChildren of the Corn nv Penthouse MarThe Last Rung on the Ladder ss Night Shift, Garden City, NY Doubleday,The Man Who Loved Flowers ss Gallery AugOne for the Road ss Maine MarThe Woman in the Room ss Night Shift, Garden City, NY Doubleday, Night Shift

About the Author: Stephen King

Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father s family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, Maine, for good Her parents, Guy and Nellie Pillsbury, had become incapacitated with old age, and Ruth King was persuaded by her sisters to take over the physical care of them Other family members provided a small house in Durham and financial support After Stephen s grandparents passed away, Mrs King found work in the kitchens of Pineland, a nearby residential facility for the mentally challenged.Stephen attended the grammar school in Durham and Lisbon Falls High School, graduating in 1966 From his sopho year at the University of Maine at Orono, he wrote a weekly column for the school newspaper, THE MAINE CAMPUS He was also active in student politics, serving as a member of the Student Senate He came to support the anti war movement on the Orono campus, arriving at his stance from a conservative view that the war in Vietnam was unconstitutional He graduated in 1970, with a B.A in English and qualified to teach on the high school level A draft board examination immediately post graduation found him 4 F on grounds of high blood pressure, limited vision, flat feet, and punctured eardrums.He met Tabitha Spruce in the stacks of the Fogler Library at the University, where they both worked as students they married in January of 1971 As Stephen was unable to find placement as a teacher immediately, the Kings lived on his earnings as a laborer at an industrial laundry, and her student loan and savings, with an occasional boost from a short story sale to men s magazines.Stephen made his first professional short story sale The Glass Floor to Startling Mystery Stories in 1967 Throughout the early years of his marriage, he continued to sell stories to men s magazines Many were gathered into the Night Shift collection or appeared in other anthologies.In the fall of 1971, Stephen began teaching English at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels.

10 thoughts on “Night Shift

  1. Wil Wheaton Wil Wheaton says:

    I reread this book, because I m about to start working on my own collection of short stories, and I wanted to reconnect to the book that inspired me to be a writer, 35 years ago.I enjoyed it so muchas an adult than I did as a kid, because I have livedand haveof my own experiences to relate to the stories, characters, and experiences in the different chapters.But the thing

  2. R. R. says:

    What I learned from Night Shift It ain t easy to quit smoking.That I know what you need.That I am the doorway.That he walks behind the rows.That sometimes they come back.It ain t over in Salem s Lot.Don t drink bad beer Get off your ass and mow your own lawn, goddammit.

  3. Kat Kat says:

    cool, i m dnfing this and i m gonna try to find a different king book for april because i genuinely just cannot be bothered to keep trying to finish this, not even for the review i am desperate for a success, let s hope the next book i choose gets the job done

  4. Matthew Matthew says:

    King s first short story collection comes in at 4.125 stars As you can see below, I rated and reviewed each story Then, I added all the ratings together and took the average to get my overall rating This was my second time through and better than I remembered A few stories that could be skipped, but you might as well read them all to get the full experience Jerusalem s Lot 4.5 star

  5. Fabian Fabian says:

    These are short stories though not truly novellas which actually serve as delectable intros to popular King mythologies for a staggering example see or better yet, don t with the exception of Trucks a.k.a Maximum Overdrive for B level entertainment and Children of the Corn with its quaint moments of childlike chills all the movies made from like eight of these tales Here, King is at h

  6. Will M. Will M. says:

    Also posted at my blog find it really difficult to review short stories, especially anthologies Night Shift is a collection of King s short stories, and if I m not mistaken, this is a collection of the first short stories he wrote in his early years of writing The most shocking thing you have to know is that the writing is not outdated That s the thing about King, I ve read his first boo

  7. Erin Erin says:

    As I continue my Stephen King binge, I seem to be leaningtowards his short story collections As I ve said before Stephen King is one of the best short story writers around Night Shift was a bit of a mixed bag but there were waygreat stories then bad ones.My favorite stories were The Boogeyman in which a man learns to keep he s closet doors closed, Grey Matter in which we all learn that beer

  8. Edward Lorn Edward Lorn says:

    First read this collection when I was twenty, I think Not sure Does it matter Probably not Three things to mention before hitting you with my one sentence reviews I forgot how much of King s early work tied into these stories, and how much I enjoyed his non horror outings Truth be told, I probably didn t like theliterary stories that I read once upon a when because I was a tried and true idiot

  9. Alejandro Alejandro says:

    Stephen King s first anthology The general rating is an average result of each individual rating of the stories contained in the anthology. JERUSALEM S LOT Rating 3 stars This is a short story which serves as an introductory prequel if you later wanted to read Salem s Lot novel Set in 1850, Charles Boones inherited the Chapelwaite manor, which is feared by the people of Preacher s Corners town, a

  10. Beverly Beverly says:

    This is a good, creepy collection As in lots of short story books, he seemed to place the best ones towards the end My favorites are the ones that have no supernatural elements at all The Ledge , The Last Rung on the Ladder , The Man Who Loved Flowers and the very last story, The Woman in the Room King is a king of the horror and devastation we feel in real life and that is plenty scary.

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