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Night Shift Paperback – 7 Jun 2012
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About the Author
Stephen King is the author of more than sixty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes Sleeping Beauties (co-written with his son Owen King), the short story collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, the Bill Hodges trilogy End of Watch, Finders Keepers, and Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel, and shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger Award).
Many of King's books have been turned into celebrated films, television series and streamed events including The Shawshank Redemption, Gerald's Game and It.
King is the recipient of the 2014 National Medal of Arts and 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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the best one, in my opinion, is 'the boogeyman', where a man confesses to a local psychiatrist what happened when the boogeyman came knocking. although you're all familiar with the monster-in-the-closet scenario, something occurs in this story that you didn't think would be possible & as silly as it seems, it surprisingly works; it makes you realise just how ubiquitous the stretch of a monster can be. (see also 'oh, whistle & i'll come to you lad' by m. r. james for a similar feeling).
my other favourites were 'i am the doorway', 'battleground', 'sometimes they come back' & 'quitters inc.'
the first is the only short story with a sci-fi/horror element. an astronaut survives the crash-landing of his spaceship from an orbit of venus, only to discover that there are alien eyes peering up at him from his hands...
the second is strangely humorous: a professional hitman receives a mysterious parcel from the wife of a man he just killed & finds himself in combat with a sentient toy army with real-life weaponry...
the third is about a teacher recovering from a nervous breakdown. he is still haunted by the death of his brother by a gang of bullies & if he isn't mistaken, they're coming back for him too in the guise of transfer students at the school where he works...
the fourth takes quitting cigarettes to interesting extremes. a man determined to quit needs only the right incentive & the program will punish not just the man but also his wife & children...
what i wasn't so impressed with were 'strawberry spring' (the culprit & ending was too obvious), 'night surf' (really boring), 'the man who loved flowers' (made no impression on me apart from the charming descriptions of a man clearly in love), 'the woman in the room' (quite drab & had no suspense or passion whatsoever) & 'the lawnmower man' (became a little too ridiculous in the end for me).
all in all, "night shift" is quite enjoyable, teenage-friendly (in my opinion!) & offers a nice break from the soft, normal stories out there on the bookshelves. i would definitely recommend & will probably read another short story collection by stephen king.
My 1-star review is for the Kindle edition which is full of spelling errors which are NOT in the paperback version of the book, right down to an entire line of text missing from the story 'Battleground'. Okay, the line is only one word long, but it's pretty crucial to the story.
I contacted Amazon about the issue, but never received a response.
Alongside Pet Sematary this has to be one of the best Stephen King publications I’ve read, and I’ve read a lot of them! The Boogeyman is, quite simply, one of the scariest pieces of literature ever. Like the best of King, it’s terrifying but also filled with heart and the ending is truly devastating. Similarly, Sometimes They Come Back is absolutely brilliant for the same reasons.
And you would think a story about a box of toy soldiers coming to life and attacking a man would be stupid. It’s not, it’s entirely gripping.
Even the lesser stories here (Trucks, Night Surf, etc.) are fun, entertaining reads.
This really is vintage King. It’s scary, bloody, funny and there is a warmth to his writing that makes you really care what happens to his characters.
Don’t let the fact that this is a collection of short stories put you off – this is right up there with the best King has written.