Saturday, June 2, 2012

Constant Reading Project: SKELETON CREW

Skeleton Crew
Released: June 21, 1985
Pages: 512
Screen adaptations: "The Mist," 2007, directed by Frank Darabont; "The Raft" was a segment in "Creepshow 2."

Raise your hand if you are one of the millions of people creeped out by that cymbal-clashing monkey on the cover of this book? Yeah, me, too. Fucking monkey.

Skeleton Crew is the second short story collection released by King. There are 22 pieces here, including two poems. (Having just spent 10 weeks in a poetry class, I may end up spending a little extra time with those.) A good portion of the book is taken up by the novella "The Mist." We'll have plenty to say about that, too.

Skeleton Crew was one of the first King books I picked up. I used to tell some of the stories out of it to scare other people. Imitation and flattery, you know? Being short stories, I'm hoping I can crank this out quickly. I know, you've heard that from me before. But this time I mean it. No distractions for a couple weeks.

I'll be reading a Signet paperback which clocks in at 573 pages, including the end notes. Here we go!

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