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Mile 81: A Stephen King eBook Original Short Story featuring an excerpt from his bestselling novel 11.22.63 [Kindle Edition]

Stephen King
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A Stephen King eBook Original Short Story featuring a never before seen excerpt from 11.22.63, Stephen King's new full-length novel coming in November.

With the heart of Stand By Me and the genius horror of Christine, MILE 81 is Stephen King unleashing his imagination as he drives past one of those road signs . . .

At Mile 81 on the Maine Turnpike is a boarded up rest stop, a place where high school kids drink and get into the kind of trouble high school kids have always gotten into. It's the place where Pete Simmons goes when his older brother heads off to the gravel pit to play 'paratroopers over the side'.

Pete, armed with only the magnifying glass he got for his tenth birthday, finds a discarded bottle of vodka in the boarded up burger shack and drinks enough to pass out. That's why he doesn't notice a freshly mud-spattered station wagon (which is strange because there hadn't been any rain in New England for over a week) which veers into the Mile 81 rest area, ignoring the sign that reads 'closed, no services'.

The driver's door opens but nobody gets out . . .

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 728 KB
  • Print Length: 70 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (1 Sept. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,669 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Among his most recent are the Dark Tower novels, Cell, From a Buick 8, Everything's Eventual, Hearts in Atlantis, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, and Bag of Bones. His acclaimed nonfiction book, On Writing, was also a bestseller. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it! 8 Sept. 2011
By cait
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have to admit upfront that I love Stephen King - been reading his books for 23 years and have at least LIKED everything he's written. For me, reading his stories is always a pleasure because I love the way he writes. Not everyone likes short stories and by their nature, they are always going to be less satisfying than a full length novel. But that isn't the same as being less ENJOYABLE. And this little story is classic King in my opinion. King's ability to write from a child's perspective is evident here and in answer to the previous reveiwer's criticism of him for trying to be "hip" by mentioning Justin Beiber: why wouldn't he?!! As the mother of a 12 year old girl, I can assure you that he used the reference correctly and placed Beiber in exactly the context in which he exists for most post 8 year olds! Since when did pop culture references in a popular author's writings become something to criticise?

I think that far too many Amazon reviewers complain about short stories they've downloaded to their Kindles for a nominal sum (or for free) simply because they are short. These people should read the description before they download!! Keep them coming Mr King - I'll always want more!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Wanted more 18 Mar. 2012
By dnm
Format:Audio Download
Big fan of King so I guess I was expecting a lot more.
Finished this book in a couple of hours and was left wanting more. I felt cheated with the ending. What was it,where was it from. The story has a lot more to give.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Time Stephen King Reader 11 Dec. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I've never read Stephen King, can't remember watching (at least all the way through) a movie based on his books. So I can't compare this to any of his other work, and I liked this. Wasn't "horror" as I understand the genre (which is not one of my favorites), but it was scary. Perhaps I'll read one of his other books that fans like so I can see what I'm supposedly missing.

Didn't read the preview to 11/22/63, left it for later. I agree children don't talk like he wrote, but also cars don't drive themselves and eat people. 5 stars.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Blame the Editor! 10 Sept. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
King is so legendary that criticising his writing feels like questioning your doctor or correcting your kid's teacher. Sometimes, though, it has to be done. And I'm sure he gets very tired of being surrounded by sycophants, don't you think?
I love the early King books but haven't been keen since `From a Buick 8', if I'm honest. But King generally pens a good short story so I pre-ordered `Mile 81' on my Kindle. I liked the start of the tale, King is fond of - and good at - putting teenage boys together and observing the dynamic that runs between them.
`Mile 81' has car/unidentified demon horror running through it...we like. The story ends in such a way that it might happen to someone else....maybe even us or that annoying neighbour with the dog that barks at 3 am. We like this more because we know it won't really. King satisfies on a number of fronts in the story, he gives us what we know and love...some of the time.
However, King has an infuriating habit of clarifying what he says in brackets, like he doesn't trust the reader to get it first time. He's always done it to some extent but outdoes himself in `Mile 81' to the detriment of the story. When our young hero Pete skulks round the abandoned truck stop, we are told that Pete is careful not to run his bike tyres over any broken glass. Okay, fine....we understand. We don't need - (in brackets) - `there was a lot of it on this side of the fence'. When Pete lifts his bag, which holds a bottle of vodka, up onto a loading dock, King goes on to explain - (in brackets) - `being especially careful on account of the half-full vodka bottle'. It's okay! Stop fretting Legendary One! We remembered what was in the bag because you told us that just a few pages ago.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine story 6 Oct. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I've always considered the short, or maybe the not that long, writings of Stephen King as his best. No matter how much I enjoy his novels some of them I find kind of heavy, if you understand what I mean. But of course that doesn't apply here since Mile 81 is nothing more than a big short story.
It all begins one fine day when ten year old Pete Simmons decides to live a big adventure. So he runs away from home heading for the deserted rest area at Mile 81 on a highway in Maine. Pete is a very impressionable kid that imagines himself as an adventurer and an explorer, so he sets off to discover the dark secrets hidden in the abandoned fast-food restaurant that's situated there. The most exciting thing he comes up with though is a half-finished bottle of vodka and being the big boy that he is he decides to take a sip, and another, and another. As one would expect he gets drunk soon enough and since he doesn't want to go back home like that he thinks it best to sleep it off. Thus he doesn't realize that right outside very strange things are happening. First there comes a mud-covered station wagon, even though there hasn't been any rain in the area for ages. The driver door opens, but inside there's nobody to be seen. Right behind it arrives to park an insurance guy and part-time preacher who wants to be a Good Samaritan and soon enough a cowgirl, with her horse and everything, and a family follow suit. And poor Pete is still asleep. Well, evil lurks and it's maybe up to him to save the day; and if he's lucky enough he may even live to tell (especially to his know-it-all brother) the story of an adventure unlike any other. Will he manage to do that and how? Let's not forget that he's no more than a little boy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars King's short story
A great book although frustrating with a short story. Weird ending too. I missed a book like this from King, spooky, creepy and a book I didn't want to put down. Read more
Published 6 hours ago by Cicci
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
I enjoyed this and written by anyone else it would be very good, but compared to his other work it is only ok.
Published 1 day ago by Ben Price
1.0 out of 5 stars have not yet finished this book but it is looking good.I AM also very...
I was beginning to loose faith in his books but I have to say that this one has renewed my faith in Stephen King.
Published 3 days ago by Clive Hawkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant story recommend it highly
Published 8 days ago by jcburke
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A clever short story that is definitely worth a read!
Published 17 days ago by Geraint Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars High standard
Enjoyable story. Typical stephen king, lots of gore and imagination. I could have read more but stephen king always leave me like that, full of excitement and wishing I was still... Read more
Published 1 month ago by christine wright
4.0 out of 5 stars Short & sweet
This took an hour to read, so quite short, but good. Christine meets stand by me. Kind of.
Worth reading.
Published 2 months ago by kerry calland
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
SK never ceases to entertain, and give you the heebie-jeebies all at the same time. Loved it!
Published 2 months ago by christine robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars mile 81
Another great short story couldn't put this book down. I've read quite a few Stephen Kings books and this was another great one
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
Great short story. Classic Stephen king, normal life with a just enough supernatural thrown in. Touches of Christine as well.
Published 3 months ago by colin
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