Skeleton Crew: Stories by Stephen King

October 13th, 2016 Kimberly Review 48 Comments

13th Oct
Skeleton Crew: Stories by Stephen King
Skeleton Crew
by Stephen King
Published by: Simon and Schuster
Narrator: Stephen King, Matthew Broderick, Michael C. Hall, Paul Giamatti, Will Patton, Norbert Leo Butz, Lois Smith, Dylan Baker, Kyle Beltran, Dana Ivey, Robert Petkoff, David Morse, Frances Sternhagen
Length: 22 hours and 37 minutes
Genres: Horror
Purchase: Amazon | Audible
Narration Rating: 4-5 cuppas
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The Master at his scarifying best! From heart-pounding terror to the eeriest of whimsy—tales from the outer limits of one of the greatest imaginations of our time!

In “The Mist,” a supermarket becomes the last bastion of humanity as a peril beyond dimension invades the earth…

Touch “The Man Who Would Not Shake Hands,” and say your prayers…

There are some things in attics which are better left alone, things like “The Monkey”…

The most sublime woman driver on earth offers a man “Mrs. Todd’s Shortcut” to paradise…

A boy’s sanity is pushed to the edge when he's left alone with the odious corpse of “Gramma”…

If you were stunned by Gremlins, the Fornits of “The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet” will knock your socks off…

Trucks that punish and beautiful teen demons who seduce a young man to massacre; curses whose malevolence grows through the years; obscene presences and angels of grace—here, indeed, is a night-blooming bouquet of chills and thrills.

Fave Narrator Halloween HORRIFIC Scary

I read most of the collection in Skeleton Crew previously but could not resist listening especially with a cast of narrators that include some of my favorites like Will Patton, David Morse and Robert Petkoff.

A mixed bag of stories, some amazingly creeptastic and others made me visibly shiver while others were downright strange. Typical of any anthology, but for fans of Stephen King it offers a wonderful collection of shorts all in one place.

“A short story is a different thing altogether – a short story is like a quick kiss in the dark from a stranger.”

Skeleton Crew is narrated by Stephen King, Matthew Broderick, Michael C. Hall, Paul Giamatti, Will Patton, Norbert Leo Butz, Lois Smith, Dylan Baker, Kyle Beltran, Dana Ivey, Robert Petkoff, David Morse, and Frances Sternhagen. What a fantastic group of narrators!

The short stories contained within this collection are The Mist, Here There Be Tygers, The Monkey, Cain Rose Up, Mrs. Todd’s Shortcut, The Jaunt, The Wedding Gig, Paranoid: A Chant, The Raft, The Word Processor of the Gods, The Man Who Would Not Shake Hands, Beachworld, The Reaper’s Image, Nona, For Owen, Survivor Type, Uncle Otto’s Truck, Morning Deliveries (Milkman #1), Big Wheels: A Tale of the Laundry Game (Milkman #2), Gramma, The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet, and The Reach.

“There are things of such darkness and horror—just, I suppose, as there are things of such great beauty—that they will not fit through the puny human doors of perception.”

Lord but some of these stories are terrifying on audio and others made me squirm. The Raft will freak you out and Survivor Type..nope, just nope. The Man Who Would Not Shake Hands was tantalizing, and The Monkey held me spellbound. One of my favorites was The Mist, and I loved that Will Patton narrated.

The stories are in varying length, some only a few minutes long, and others several hours. Each showcases King’s brilliant, quirky, horrifying imagination. To have coffee with this man would be amazing. For example The Word Processor of the Gods, allows you to delete things..all kinds of things and strange. I would love to hear about his inspirations for these tales.

Experiencing these stories on audio brought a whole new element. It is one thing to read about a man eating his flesh, or a creäture sucking you up bit by bit but to listen..OMG! This stellar cast of narrators added a whole new level of creepiness. I was seriously impressed with all of them.  Skeleton Crew is a must collection for Stephen King fans and the perfect listen for the witching season.

Listen to a sample: Skeleton Crew (Mist, narrated by Will Patton)

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About Stephen King

Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine in 1947, the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. He made his first professional short story sale in 1967 to Startling Mystery Stories. In the fall of 1973, he began teaching high school English classes 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. In the spring of 1973, Doubleday & Co., accepted the novel Carrie for publication, providing him the means to leave teaching and write full-time. He has since published over 50 books and has become one of the world’s most successful writers. Stephen lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. They are regular contributors to a number of charities including many libraries and have been honored locally for their philanthropic activities.

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48 Responses to “Skeleton Crew: Stories by Stephen King”

  1. Bookworm Brandee

    You know, I haven’t read King in a loooong time. But I might be willing to listen to this one with a lineup of narrators like this! I was thinking maybe it wouldn’t be quite as creepy if I’m hearing it rather than reading it? But you say it’s a whole new level of creepiness…*shudders* Hmm, I still think I might give it a try. I’m glad you enjoyed it, Kim! 🙂

  2. Emily Alfano

    I’ll be honest: I’ve never read any of his works before! But I love the idea of this short story collection! It could be a good way for me to start reading some of his writing and see how I feel about it! I’m not typically a huge fan of horror BUT around the fall it’s hard not to want to read a few scary stories!
    Great review Kimba!

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  3. Danielle

    I have this sitting on the shelf right next to me. Now I am half tempted to pull it down and read, but another part of me feels I need this as audiobook! I remember some of these stories, but could use a refresher 😉

  4. Heidi

    Oh gosh. I remember reading this one when I was in high school. The details are sketchy but I recall The Mist for sure. I would love to listen to these and Will Patton is always awesome. What a great list of narrators!

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Same here Heidi, although I was younger. Some came back to me as I listened and others almost felt new. Such an awesome cast of narrators :0

  5. Rowena

    I’m a giant scaredy cat so I can’t imagine myself reading or listening to anything by King. I don’t even watch his movies (only Carrie) because I’m that big a scaredy cat but I’m glad you enjoyed these. I still enjoyed reading your review too. 🙂

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  6. Kristin

    This is perfect for the season! And The Mist is on here 🙂 One of my favorite cheesy scary movies – Woot!!!!! Worse endings ever but still… 😉

  7. rae

    I am (soon) going to complete the Dark Tower Series (7 books). However, this group of short stories would be a pick up and put down I could go to from time to time. Thanks for calling it to my attention. Your review was very helpful and very well written, by the way.