Skeleton Crew by Stephen King

Into the Wild

Read Skeleton Crew Online Free - In the introduction to Skeleton Crew (1985), his second collection of stories, King pokes fun at his penchant for "literary elephantiasis," makes scatological jokes about his muse, confesses how much money he makes (gross and net), and tells a story about getting arrested one time when he was "suffused with the sort of towering, righteous rage that only drunk undergraduates can feel." He winds up with an invitation to a scary voyage: "Grab onto my arm now. Hold tight. We are going into a number of dark places, but I think I know the way."

And he sure does. Skeleton Crew contains a superb short novel ("The Mist") that alone is worth the price of admission, plus two forgettable poems and 20 short stories on such themes as an evil toy monkey, a human-eating water slick, a machine that avenges murder, and unnatural creatures that inhabit the thick woods near Castle Rock, Maine. The short tales range from simply enjoyable to surprisingly good.

In addition to "The Mist," the real standout is "The Reach," a beautifully subtle story about a great-grandmother who was born on a small island off the coast of Maine and has lived there her whole life. She has never been across "the Reach," the body of water between island and mainland. This is the story that King fans give to their friends who don't read horror in order to show them how literate, how charming a storyteller he can be. Don't miss it. --Fiona Webster


13 · Introduction · in
21 · The Mist · na Dark Forces, ed. Kirby McCauley, Viking, 1980
135 · Here There Be Tygers · ss Ubris Spr ’68
141 · The Monkey · nv Gallery Nov ’80
175 · Cain Rose Up · ss Ubris Spr ’68
181 · Mrs. Todd’s Shortcut · nv Redbook May ’84
203 · The Jaunt · nv Twilight Zone Jun ’81
227 · The Wedding Gig · ss EQMM Dec 1 ’80
241 · Paranoid: A Chant · ss *
245 · The Raft · nv Gallery Nov ’82
271 · The Word Processor of the Gods [“The Word Processor”] · ss Playboy Jan ’83
289 · The Man Who Would Not Shake Hands · ss Shadows #4, ed. Charles L. Grant, Doubleday, 1981
305 · Beachworld · ss Weird Tales Fll ’84
321 · The Reaper’s Image · ss Startling Mystery Stories Spr ’69
329 · Nona · nv Shadows #1, ed. Charles L. Grant, Doubleday, 1978
359 · For Owen · ss *
361 · Survivor Type · ss Terrors, ed. Charles L. Grant, Playboy, 1982
379 · Uncle Otto’s Truck · ss Yankee Oct ’83
395 · Morning Deliveries (Milkman #1) · ss *
401 · Big Wheels: A Tale of the Laundry Game (Milkman #2) · ss New Terrors #2, ed. Ramsey Campbell, London: Pan, 1980
415 · Gramma · nv Weirdbook #19 ’84
443 · The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet · na F&SF Jun ’84
487 · The Reach [“Do the Dead Sing?”] · ss Yankee Nov ’81
507 · Notes · bi

Title : Skeleton Crew
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ISBN : 0751504386
Edition Language : English
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Number of Pages : 612 pages


Karen rated it ★★★★★

August 01, 2008

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)

Edward rated it ★★★☆☆

April 08, 2015

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 slo...

Ron rated it ★★★☆☆

July 31, 2016

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...

Latasha rated it ★★★★☆

October 26, 2017

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 car...

Joe rated it ★★★★☆

September 02, 2014

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...

Cody | codysbookshelf rated it ★★★★☆

October 07, 2016

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 recove...

Brendon rated it ★★★☆☆

January 12, 2015

Stephen King seems to be a bit hit and miss with me. Sometimes there can be a Joyland and sometimes there can be a Under the Dome. But they have never been bad or unreadable, just seemingly poor, rushed and formulaic. I am noticing that I like his more modern tales greater than his 80s and 90s hu...

Cody | codysbookshelf rated it ★★★★☆

September 04, 2016

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 recove...

Damien rated it ★★★★☆

May 20, 2017

Overall, a great collection of short stories by the King. We've since seen a number of these made into films - notably The Raft being included in George A Romero's Creepshow 2 and The Mist which was brought to the screen by, he of the Shawshank Redemption adaptation, Frank Darabont. But it is som...

Charles rated it ★★★★★

July 17, 2008

A collection of short stories. I actually think some of King's best work is done in the short form.

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