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Stephen King – Night Shift

Posted by demonik on June 1, 2009

Stephen King – Night Shift (New English Library, 1979)

John D. MacDonald – Introduction

Jerusalem’s Lot
Graveyard Shift
Night Surf
I Am The Doorway
The Mangler
The Boogeyman
Grey Matter
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

Blurb from the 1987 edition (fourteenth impression):

A collection of horror stories that includes Children Of The Corn.

NIGHT SHIFT is a shudderingly detailed map of the dark places that lie behind our waking, rational world.

These are tales to invade and paralyse the mind as-the safe light of day is infiltrated by the creeping, peopled shadows of night. As you read, the clutching fingers of terror brush lightly across the nape of the neck, reach round from behind to clutch and lock themselves, white-knuckled, around the throat.

This is the horror of ordinary people and everyday objects that become strangely altered; a world where nothing is ever quite what it seems, where the familiar and friendly lure and deceive. A world where madness and blind panic become the only reality.

Stephen King’s screenplay for Cat’s Eye is based on —The Ledge and Quitters, Inc. — both in this collection.

See also Night Shift thread on Vault Of Evil

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