Night Shift by Stephen King

Night Shift

Never trust your heart to the New York Times bestselling master of suspense, Stephen King. Especially with an anthology that features the classic stories "Children of the Corn," "The Lawnmower Man," "Graveyard Shift," "The Mangler," and "Sometimes They Come Back"-which were all made into hit horror films."Unbearable suspense." (Dallas Morning News)From the depths of darkness, where hideous rats defend their empire, to dizzying heights, where a be...

Details Night Shift

TitleNight Shift
Release DateApr 1st, 1979
PublisherNew English Library
GenreHorror, Short Stories, Fiction

Reviews Night Shift

  • R.
    What I learned from Night Shift:It ain't easy to quit smoking.That I know what you need.That I am the doorway.That he walks behind the rows.That sometimes they come back.It ain't over in 'Salem's Lot.Don't drink bad beer. Get off your ass and mow your own lawn, goddammit.
  • Fabian
    These are short stories (though not novellas) which actually serve as delectable intros to popular King mythologies (for a staggering example see [or better yet, don't {with the exception of "Trucks" a.k.a. "Maximum Overdrive" for B-level entertainment and "Children of the Corn" with its quaint moments of childlike chills}] all the movies made from like eight of these tales.) Here, King is at his most bizarre, most morbid. Most of his part-time h...
  • Will M.
    Also posted at my blog: find it really difficult to review short stories, especially anthologies. Night Shift is a collection of King's short stories, and if I'm not mistaken, this is a collection of the first short stories he wrote in his early years of writing. The most shocking thing you have to know is that the writing is not outdated. That's the thing about King, I've read his first book Carrie and...
  • Edward Lorn
    First read this collection when I was... twenty, I think. Not sure. Does it matter? Probably not. Three things to mention before hitting you with my one sentence reviews: I forgot how much of King's early work tied into these stories, and how much I enjoyed his non-horror outings. Truth be told, I probably didn't like the more literary stories that I read once upon a when because I was a tried and true idiot in those days (I'm still an idiot, but...
  • Councillor
    Many readers consider this book to be one of Stephen King's most popular short story collections, and I can't disagree with that opinion ... mostly because it's only the second anthology by King I have read so far. Many original horror stories are included in this collection, with most of them having been adapted into classic horror movies like "Children of the Corn", "Graveyard Shift" or "The Mangler". In its entirety, however, I consider "Night...
  • Christy
    In this book we are treated to much of Stephen King's earliest published writing, a full 10 stories (half of this book), were released in magazines, before his first novel, Carrie, was set loose on us. I was pleasantly surprised by these early works, as it seems to me King is not one of those authors who needs to develop a lot of skill over time....I have heard/read that often writers do their best work when their bellies are not too full (I am ...
  • Roula
    Λοιπον εμενα ο Κινγκ γενικως δε με ενθουσιαζει.δε μπορω την πολυυυυυυυυυλογια του.ενω τα θεματα με τα οποια καταπιανεται με ενδιαφερουν και με αφορουν πολυ και θαυμαζω το γεγονος οτι ο φοβος που προκαλει στον αναγνωστη εχει τις περισσοτερες φορε...
  • Adriana
    Note to self: do not read ANYTHING written by Stephen King after dark. Nothing. Not even if it happens to be comedy, or non-fiction, or freaking poetry. Haven’t you been traumatized enough? You can’t see a clown without pissing yourself! Not that it’s hard to scare me though. I’m the kind of girl that needs to have every light on when she goes downstairs to grab a glass of water, one of those people who knows something’s right behind re...
  • Anne
    I'm kind of torn on this collection. I think that every story had a good initial idea behind it, but many of them unfortunately lacked a good execution. I often felt that something was just missing...There was no problem with the writing style, these stories just didn't excite me very much and didn't stay in my mind for very long. However, the ones I really liked, were the type of stories I would love to see turn into full-length books!Individual...
  • destiny ☠ howling libraries
    I am stunned to admit that, at 25 years old, having been a fan of all things in the horror world for my entire life, I have only just now completed my very first Stephen King novel. I DNFed his books so many times in my teen years because his writing just wasn't for me. I appreciate his style tremendously more now than I ever did in years past, but won't say that I loved all of the stories in this collection. As I usually do with anthology review...
  • Ron
    Mr. Stephen King, you started scaring me when I was just a teen, then you go and try to do it again when I’m older, and often none-the-wiser. The best part: you can still do it. Not all of the 20 stories in Night Shift (his first short story collection) are terribly frightening. Some are not meant to be, and some just made me snicker. A few of them are simply fantastic. I could practically reread those right this second. Following is my short t...
  • Brandon
    Over the years I’ve struggled with short story collections as I’m very much a long-form kind of guy. I especially dislike the start/stop of short story collections – you get invested in a character or a story and in fifteen or twenty pages it’s done. Kind of like driving down a highway and smashing into a brick wall. That being said, Stephen King’s Night Shift is one of the few exceptions. I enjoyed the hell out of this collection.Night...
  • Johann (jobis89)
    "Let's talk, you and I. Let's talk about fear."Night Shift was Stephen King's first short story collection, released way back in 1978 and it contains quite a lot of his more popular short stories that ended up becoming movies. The prime examples being Children of the Corn and Sometimes They Come Back.King is often hailed as the master of the short story. Prior to this collection I had only read Nightmares & Dreamscapes and The Bazaar of Bad Dream...
  • Panagiotis
    Ο Στέφεν Κινγκ είναι ένας συγγραφέας που με έχει προβληματίσει: έχω πεισθεί πως είναι καλός, το σύνολο της αποδοχής που χαίρει (σχόλια αναγνωστών, κριτικές, συνεντεύξεις) δείχνει έναν συγγραφέα που πρέπει να έχιε πολλές αρετές που αναζητώ στη μυθ...
  • Trudi
    Make you pee your pants scary! In his introduction to Skeleton Crew, Stephen King writes: “a good long novel is in many ways like having a long and satisfying affair” whereas the short story “is like a quick kiss in the dark from a stranger.” My literary proclivities definitely lean towards those long affairs. I don’t read a lot of short stories nor am I a fan of the format. At least give me a novella! Stephen King is one of only a hand...
  • Stefan Yates
    Overall – I really liked the first story, but after that the stories really seemed to taper off quite a bit until I got to Battleground. After that one, my interested was piqued and the book continued at a high level through The Ledge and on to the end with a few exceptions here and there raising my overall rating from a 3 to a 4.Jerusalem’s Lot – The first story is an “historical” account of the events that take place when a man and hi...
  • Nandakishore Varma
    Usually short-story collections, especially by the same author, always tend to garner a three from me: because they are almost always a mix of the good, the bad and the indifferent, and follows the bell-shaped curve of the normal distribution. But not this one. These collection of early stories from King is filled with the excellent, the very good, the good... and a few mildly good. The distribution skewed heavily in the direction of the terrific...
  • Rinda Elwakil
    "لقد أتيت إليك لأحكي لك حكاية"قالها الرجل الممدد علي الأريكة في عيادة الطبيب هاربيرت."لا أستطيع الاعتراف لأني لست كاثوليكيًا، لا أستطيع الذهاب إلي المحامي لأنني لم أفعل شيئا استشير المحامي بشأنه، كل ما فعلا هو أني قتلت أطفالي، قتلتهم جميعًا"ستيفن ...
  • Carmine
    L'analisi dell'orrore La prima raccolta di racconti è la dimostrazione che King, etichettato con nonchalance come il famigerato e spaventoso "Re del brivido", in verità sia capace di sfruttare anche il contesto quotidiano per sviscerare con consapevole lucidità il male in tutte le sue sfumature.Appresa la lezione da Shirley Jackson, Ira Levin e Richard Matheson, tutti e tre autori accomunati dal narrare contesti reali che celano anfratti nasco...
  • Stephen
    6.0 stars. On my list of "All Time Favorite" books and second only to Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman as my favorite short story collection of all time. All of the stories are excellent and it is hard to pick favorites in this collection but I would say "Boogeyman", "Strawberry Spring", "Children of the Corn" and "Jerusalem's Lot" are definitely highlights. Highest Possible Recommendation!!!
  • Neil Walker
    Stephen King has been a huge influence on me as an author and this book of short stories will always be a particular favourite of mine. It was one of the books that I actually carried with me in my backpack when I was travelling around the world and making the original notes that would eventually become my novel, Drug Gang. I read it multiple times and never tired of it.There are so many fantastic stories in one book, it is hard to pick a favouri...
  • Oscar
    ‘El umbral de la noche’ (Night Shift, 1978), fue la primera antología publicada por el maestro del terror Stephen King. Si bien me gusta más el King en las distancias largas, se nota su saber hacer en estos relatos. Y es que King es un gran narrador.Estos son los veinte relatos incluidos en la antología:Los misterios del gusano. (*****) Un hombre hereda una casa que todo el mundo de la zona teme. Gran relato de tintes lovecraftianos.El úl...
  • Ruth Turner
    Audiobook - Narrated by John Glover - Good narration.John Glover did a really good job with these stories. Jerusalem's Lot, which I didn't really enjoy when I read it, came to life with Glover.The only slight criticism I have is that the female characters voices in Night Surf were annoying and Timmy's voice in Grey Matter was a little too high-pitched and grating.Also, I found the background music was too loud at times. ***Ebook:I don't generally...
  • Ashley Daviau
    This is by far my favourite collection of King stories that I've read so far! I absolutely loved every single one of them, they each creeped me out in there own ways! There were definitely a few that spooked me more than others though. The Mangler, The Boogeyman and The Lawnmower Man were my top three favourites out of the collection and definitely the stories that got to me the most. I read The Boogeyman right before going to sleep and I found m...
  • David Fleming
    This might sound a little strange but I think that this collection is a work of art. I'd put this right up alongside Chekhov and Poe. If you ever wondered why people make such a big deal out of Stephen King, I think his talents are fully on display here. King has a great ability in these stories to crunch a great deal of backstory and exposition in a small amount of page space and still make it seem natural. In certain paragraphs he'll stealthily...
  • Brian
    Some of the absolute best writing I have ever read. I think of another story in connection to this one. On my drive to work I listen to books on CD but have a hard time paying a lot of attention because traffic is bad in Cincinnati. I heard something in “Duma Key” that makes me think of this collection of stories. The main character narrates that the most effective motivation for writing is a hungry belly. From what I have heard, a lot of th...
  • Saša
    Ili Stiven King prodaje price.(ove su sa pocetka karijere)I to uglavnom lose, a ako nisu bile lose onda su imale ocajan kraj.Ili nisu imale kraj. Da, vise je bilo takvih. Citas pricu i odjednom- kraj. What?Ima nekoliko dobrih, zanimljivih prica, pomenucu Nocnu smenu, Sims, Malodusni A.D. i Bojiste,ali se i one zavrsavaju glupavo ili kao da fali poslednja stranica.King ocigledno NIKAD nije znao da zavrsi pricu ili roman. Ima i verovatno najgluplja...
  • Scott
    ** The Stephen King Goodreads Discussion Group is doing a re-read of his works from the beginning to the end. It’s been a long time since I have really immersed myself in Uncle Stevie’s world, but a rate of a book a month, I am all in. My goal is to read and review each one with as much honesty and reflection that I can give. ** Background – “Night Shift” was the first collection of twenty short stories published by Stephen King back in...
  • Adam Light
    Night Shift is perhaps the essential short horror story collection. While I was reading this for the third or fourth time, a friend commented that this is also a terrific example of King's writing before he bacame a household name. And I agree. These stories are gory, frightening, and raw. Jerusalem's Lot, one of my least favorite of the stories included here, actually floored me this time around. The same can be said for One for the Road - the o...
  • Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
    Sure, not every story is perfect, but as a collective whole this collection kicks it. Almost all the stories are unique, and of course many of them have made their way to the screen. He apparently was still highly in his Salem's Lot world as he put in not one, but two, stories about the town here. One was called Jerusalem's Lot, which is a big treat for Salem's Lot fans especially. Creepy and decent, told through letters, it's a bit slow and the ...