Author: Stephen King
Type: Fiction, short stories
I read it: September 2007
Another short story collection by Stephen King, although I didn’t like it as well as Everything’s Eventual (one of my faves) or even Nightmares and Dreamscapes. “The Mist,” the novella that kicks off the book, is definitely worth reading. Looks to be a good movie, too. Other notable tales are “Mrs. Todd’s Shortcut,” “Uncle Otto’s Truck,” and “The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet,” although that last is a bit lengthy. Despite these gems, there are one too many stories that just don’t quite hit hard enough to be memorable, hence only three stars.
Movie corner: The Mist was a pretty impressive movie. A blend of suspense and horror with an up-close analysis of human nature. Frank Darabont rewrote the ending to make it even darker, a bold move for such a well-advertised flick. Plus you can’t beat the slick Dark Tower reference.