Archive for the ‘Horror’ Category

Stephen King Short Story Project, #38: “One for the Road”

The story: “One for the Road,” collected in Night Shift. First published in 1977. Wikipedia entry here. Note that this post contains spoilers not only for “One for the Road,” but for the novel ‘Salem’s Lot. Spoiler-filled synopsis: An aging resident of small-town Maine relates a haunting story from his past involving the dead and […]

Stephen King Short Story Project, #37: “Umney’s Last Case”

The story: “Umney’s Last Case,” collected in Nightmares and Dreamscapes. First published in 1993. Wikipedia entry here. Spoiler-filled synopsis: A hard-bitten Chandler-esque gumshoe is plagued by the sense that something is “off” as he goes through a typical day on the job. In time, he learns that he is a character in a series of […]

Stephen King Short Story Project, #36: “The Night Flier”

The story: “The Night Flier,” collected in Nightmares and Dreamscapes. First published in 1988. Wikipedia entry here. Spoiler-filled synopsis: A cynical tabloid reporter stumbles upon what looks like an actual legitimate story: a serial killer who flies a private plane from one rural airport to another, leaving exsanguinated victims behind. The reporter finally tracks down […]

Stephen King Short Story Project Interlude: Richard Bachman’s “The Long Walk”

Well, I seem to have misplaced my copy of Night Shift. If you’ve ever been to our house, you know that any book lost amidst the sea of tomes therein is quite possibly lost forever. Hopefully I’ll locate my copy and get to “One for the Road,” but if not, I’ll switch the next story […]

Stephen King Short Story Project, #35, “Lunch at the Gotham Café”

The story: “Lunch at the Gotham Café,” collected in Everything’s Eventual. First published in 1995. Wikipedia entry here. Spoiler-filled synopsis: Steve Davis is reeling from his wife’s unexpected demand for a divorce. He agrees to meet her and her lawyer at a fancy restaurant to discuss divorce logistics, but the meeting goes south when an […]

Stephen King Short Story Project, #34: “The Cat from Hell”

The story: “The Cat from Hell,” collected in Just After Sunset. First published in part in 1977. Wikipedia entry here. Spoiler-filled synopsis: An aging man hires a hitman to murder his cat, which he believes to be an avenging demonic entity. The cat, he believes, has murdered his family and will soon kill him in […]

Stephen King Short Story Project, #33: “Dedication”

The story: “Dedication”, collected in Nightmares and Dreamscapes. First published in 1988. Spoiler-filled synopsis: A hotel maid recounts her interactions with a brilliant, but also deeply unpleasant, author who was a regular guest at her hotel in the 1960s. Despite the author’s racism and general misanthropy, she considers him the spiritual father of her son, […]

Stephen King Short Story Project, #32: “N.”

The story: “N.”, collected in Just After Sunset. First published in 2008. Wikipedia entry here. Spoiler-filled synopsis: A psychiatrist counsels a new patient who exhibits extreme symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder. The patient, referred to in the doctor’s notes as “N.”, claims that his compulsive, ritual behavior is necessary to prevent the incursion into this world […]

Stephen King Short Story Project, #31: “The Reaper’s Image”

The story: “The Reaper’s Image,” collected in Skeleton Crew. First published in 1969. Wikipedia entry here. Spoiler-filled synopsis: An arrogant art collector visits a private museum to inspect, and possibly purchase, a famous antique mirror. The mirror, however, is reputed to be cursed. Think something bad might happen when the scoffing collector gazes into it? […]

Stephen King Short Story Project, #30: “All That You Love Will Be Carried Away”

The story: “All That You Love Will Be Carried Away,” collected in Everything’s Eventual. First published in 2001. Wikipedia entry here. Spoiler-filled synopsis: A travelling salesman checks into a hotel in rural Nebraska intending to kill himself. However, his desire to pursue an unusual hobby/obsession just might be strong enough to keep him alive. The […]