Skeleton Crew and over 2 million other books are available for Amazon Kindle . Learn more

Buy Used
Used - Very Good See details
Price: £3.39

Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

Start reading Skeleton Crew on your Kindle in under a minute.

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

Skeleton Crew [Paperback]

Stephen King
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

Available from these sellers.


Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition £5.49  
Hardcover --  
Paperback £6.29  
Paperback, 8 May 2006 --  
Audio, CD, Audiobook, CD £22.10  
Audio Download, Abridged £14.85 or Free with 30-day free trial

Book Description

8 May 2006
King's second collection, contains twenty short stories, a short novel THE MIST, and two poems, each tale showing the distinctive blend of unimaginable terror and realism that typifies King's early work. We meet GRAMMA - who only wants to hug little George, even after she's dead; a primeval sea creature with an insatiable appetite in THE RAFT; an innocent-looking monkey with evil powers in MONKEY and a host of other memorable King creations as he takes the unsuspecting reader on a fantastic journey through the dark, shadowy areas of our innermost fears.

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

Product details

  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; New edition edition (8 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340899085
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340899083
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 11 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,275,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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.

Product Description

Amazon Review

In the introduction to Skeleton Crew, 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 once 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 certainly does. Skeleton Crew contains a superb novella ("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 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


Liable to leave the reader in a state of shock (Sunday Telegraph)

Deliciously scary (Cosmopolitan)

As a storyteller King is unbeatable (Mirror)

Inside This Book (Learn More)
Browse and search another edition of this book.
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
4.2 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic collection 11 Sep 2013
Usually I'm not a big fan of short story collections but this set of tales from Stephen King really did impress me. There are over 600 pages in this book, split over roughly twenty stories. Whilst one or two don't merit much discussion (Here There be Tigers and the few included poems, for example) the majority of the stories will keep you hooked enough to read each tale through to its conclusion in one sitting. There are a mixture of horror and sci-fi tales included in here and the science fiction stories, although not based on actual fact, are interesting enough anyway. The Jaunt, a tale about teleporting human beings, really was an enjoyable read despite the science being rather wonky (as King admits himself in the notes).

For me the stand out efforts of the book are Mrs Todd's Shortcut which follows a woman obsessed with saving time who finds an impossible shortcut between two cities that, whilst dangerous, has its benefits; The Monkey which follows a father who desperately tries to dispose of a cursed object that has haunted him since his childhood; The Jaunt, the aforementioned sci-fi effort about the discovery of human teleportation and a family moments away from their first trip using it; and Survivor Type, the disturbing tale of a surgeon stranded on a tiny desert isle who must resort to drastic measures to ensure his survival. King also returns to the mystifying building frequented by storytellers at 249B East 35th in The Man Who Would Not Shake Hands; the group of narrators and their freaky host are visited in another of King's short story collections, Different Seasons, and it was nice to return for another weird tale from that otherworldly building.

Some of the tales are showing their age now (some are older than I am!) but they are worth a read nonetheless. These bitesized tales are highly recommended for reading on the plane, in the bath or on the go. King fans who haven't read this tome yet will lap these offerings up.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing collection 11 Jan 2013
By Kelvin
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I first read these stories over twenty years ago on a family holiday and they're still fresh and exciting. My whole family read this book and we've talked about "The Jaunt" ever since, the concept of which will blow your mind if you think about it too much. This is one of the books that inspired me to write. Simply brilliant.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whatever you do - don't open your eyes 18 Jan 2002
By A Customer
This is by far the best collection of short stories King has released to date. Don't expect any great literary behemoths (I'm sure you weren't from Stephen King anyway) but do expect excellent, if highly implausible, bedtime tales of horror and fantasy that will both scare the pants off you and fill you with warmth. The Mist is almost a book in its own right and is one of the best things he has written (but it is kind of like the film The Fog). The Reach shows King at his haunting best, the sort of King you find guiding the pen over such excellent stories as The Body (from another excellent anthology of mini novels), Rita Hayworth & Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile. Inbetween these two masterpieces lie roughly 20 little slices of death that range from all-out horror (Gramma, The Raft) to dabblings in sci-fi (The Jaunt, Wordprocessor of the Gods) to just great little tales of interest (Mrs Todd's Shorcut - one of my favourites - , The Wedding Party and the Ballad of the Flexible Bullet.).
For first timers and constant readers alike.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful 2 Sep 2011
By Snikt5
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Having read Just after sunset recently, I was eager to read some of Stephen King's earlier short story compilations. With the birth of a new born baby, it was the perfect book to just pick and put down again.
Skeleton Crew consists of a variety of stories that encompass mainly horror tales with the odd sci-fi story thrown in for good measure. The stories also vary wildly in length, from 1 or 2 pages to one novella (the mist).
It is said novella that is the stand out story in the book for me. I had seen the film before reading this collection and so knew all about the Mist and how the end had been tweaked (brilliantly I might add) in the film. Normally, this would mean I would find reading the story a chore. Not so with the Mist. This is one of the best books that Stephen King has written. It is a terrific study of the human psyche under pressure. Atmosphere just oozes of the pages and although I prefer Frank Darabont's conclusion to the tale, Kings works very effectively just the same.
There are other stand outs in Skeleton Crew. The sci-fi story, "the Jaunt" is a superb piece of work, as a man tries to placate his family before the teleport for the first time by telling them out teleportation was invented. The other 10 out of 10 story is "the Raft." 4 friends decided to drunkenly swim out to a raft where they discover a rather unpleasant entity.
Special mention to other very good stories goes to: "Survivor Type," "Gramma" and "Word processor of the Gods."
Most of the other stories fall into the "good" category and there are only a few (mostly the flash fiction pieces) that fail to evoke any sort of emotion.
Overall, Skeleton Crew is a very good collection of stories with a few standouts, that really are top notch writing.
Was this review helpful to you?
4.0 out of 5 stars Another King Triumph 3 Sep 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a great collection of King short stories and I was amazed how many of them have been either made into movies or appeared on things like Creepshow. The Raft stands out as on of the really good short stories and whilst reading it I remembered that I'd actually seen the Creepshow movie that this was featured in.

I bought this book for the novella 'The Mist' because I'd seen the movie and it was definitely one of the better adaptions of King's work. When I seen the movie, I was fascinated with what caused the Mist and where the creatures from so I had to get the book to find out. King only glances over the origins of the monsters but it is suggested that there are links to King's multiverse - especially that of The Dark Tower.

If you are a King fan and fancy a change of pace from his normal Epic novel sizes, this is an enjoyable read but be warned, it's not for the squeamish!!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know
Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant bedtime surprise.
Personally I feel that this was the best short stories book that was ever written by Stephen King. If you are looking for a short story to scare you at bedtime this would be the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by John
4.0 out of 5 stars Great sampler of horror subgenres
Though a huge science fiction fan, I do occasionally dabble in the genre of horror, but the relationship is tetchy. Read more
Published 5 months ago by M-I-K-E 2theD
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
The first time I read this I was still in my teens. Now, in my fifties it's as good as ever.
Thank you Mr. King.
Published 6 months ago by VMJ
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite of the short stories collections
Maybe it's because it was the first set of his short stories I read, or maybe because it's from what I call his 'riding the crest' phase between '85 and '89 - where we would get... Read more
Published 8 months ago by P. T. Clifton
5.0 out of 5 stars Stephen King
A collection of short stories by Stephen King, real page turners and great late night reading in bed. Another book for my collection
Published 11 months ago by S. Cocking
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Great reading, this was a real page turner, i recommend it for any avid readers of suspense/thrill novels guarantee you will want more!
Published 13 months ago by jane
3.0 out of 5 stars King at his best
Another highly enjoyable collection of short stories, worth buying just for "The Mist", there wasnt a story in the book that I skipped over!
Published 15 months ago by Glosblue
3.0 out of 5 stars Skeleton crew
Lots of short stories some very good some not so good.first time with Stephen king,overall a good read and would try some other titles.
Published 19 months ago by Mr. T. goldsmith
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Good
Book of short stories - but they are not too short and not too long either. All really good especially 'The Mist'. Easy to dip in and out of.
Published 19 months ago by Miss J L Temple
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Old King
If I am not mistaken, this book was first published in the early '80s. So, it is very interesting for King fans, because it does not only have some great stories, but also because... Read more
Published 19 months ago by velissaria
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Look for similar items by category