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
Number of pages409 pages
GenreHorror, Fiction, Thriller, Short Stories

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 (not novellas) which serve as delicious 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 heroes & (just a f...
  • 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 The most shocking thing you have to know is that the writing is not outdated.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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Johann
    "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...
  • 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!!!
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Franco Santos
    Este libro es la mejor recopilación de relatos de King, a mi parecer. Cada uno muestra una clase y una profundidad soberbia. Algunas historias me hicieron un nudo en el estomago, y otras me congelaron los huesos del terror. Tengo la sensación de que el autor le dio una atención más que especial a cada cuento. Basta, S.A. y El Último Peldaño de la Escalera son mis favoritos. De los mejores trabajos de King. Si buscan una buena novela que les...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Ben Loory
    i don't know how i never read this before; i've loved stephen king my whole life, i feel like an idiot! it's like i just found out that there was an old testament to the bible... or something, you know, less offensive... anyway, yeah, these stories are amazing! no wonder they made (shitty) movies out of virtually every single one of them. and it's really weird to read this and think that this is the same guy who went on to write all those 40,000 ...
  • Mindi
    The first time I read Night Shift I was a teenager. This was long before I knew anything about H.P. Lovecraft, or pretty much any of the horror writer who had such a strong influence on King. Some of the stories stuck with me. All this time later I still remembered the basement in Graveyard Shift, and the bloodthirsty Mangler from the story of the same name. However, I had forgotten about a number of these stories, or I didn't really understand t...
  • Jaro
    There are a few four-star stories in here, but overall they did not engage me as much as his other work has. My favorite was probably ”Children of the Corn.” I also very much enjoyed the foreword. King has always had a certain knack for those. As he often does he advocates the idea that story is more important for him than other aspects of writing. But when reading the stories I did not get the sense that story was central in almost any of th...
  • Brooklyn Tayla
    I can't not give this 5 stars. Oh my gosh. This book is literally the stuff of nightmares. I was chilled to the bone throughout, and not once did they grow tiresome. Each story was horrifically captivating, so, all in all, the perfect book to kick off my month of spooky reads. *shivers*.
  • Kevin Cambronero
    ¡Qué buen libro!Muchos dicen que ésta es la mejor recopilación de relatos de Stephen King; yo no puedo opinar porque es la única que he leído, pero realmente es buenísima. King es un verdadero maestro.El coco, El hombre de la cortadora de césped, Basta S.A, Sé lo que necesitas y Los chicos del maíz fueron mis favoritos, increíblemente buenos.Los demás fueron sólo buenos; pero ninguno malo, exceptuando Marejada nocturna, que fue el ú...
  • Reanna
    Overall an excellent collection here, loved more than I apparently did as a teenager. :)
  • Monica
    Pese a encantarme éste autor, y ser de los pocos que leo de género de Terror (aparte de los clásicos), uno de sus puntos débiles son los relatos cortos. KING SE MUEVE MEJOR Y MÁS CÓMODAMENTE EN LAS MEDIAS Y LARGAS DISTANCIAS, ES UN HECHO PARA TODOS LOS ASIDUOS DEL ESCRITOR, que llevan un cierto bagaje con él. No obstante, y pese a ser ésta una antología de relatos cortos ( los más largos no exceden las 40 páginas), HE DE RECONOCER QUE ...
  • Ken McKinley
    Night Shift is the first short story collection from Stephen King and it is quite simply the finest group of short stories that I've ever read. While not all of them are 5 star reads, as a whole the entire compilation is amazing. This is King at his utmost finest. Here is my breakdown of each story - Jerusalem's Lot - A short story that pre-dates the happenings in 'Salem's Lot. The story takes place in 1850 and is written in epistolary form where...
  • Javi
    Aunque algunos relatos no me han parecido gran cosa en ninguno de ellos he pensado tras terminarlo que ha sido una pérdida de tiempo haber leído ese relato, ninguno de todos ellos me ha desagradado; por eso, aunque no entra en mi lista de favoritos, creo que sí se merece las cinco estrellas de valoración. Unos por otros hacen una buena experiencia de lectura, y creo que a Stephen King se le dan muy bien los relatos, creo que debería de anima...