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Author: Stephen King
240 Pages
Publisher: Signet (02 October 2007)
ISBN: 9780451223296
Price: US$6.99






To say the least, I’m more of a fan of Stephen King’s short stories than his usual slate of full-length novels. I always find the former more thought-provoking, terrifying and shocking to the senses. And the break neck speed of the stories does help accelerate the reading experience.

First published as part of the “Skeleton Crew” compilation, “The Mist” is a good example of King’s traits. With only 230 pages long and sub-divided into ten chapters, “The Mist” is told entirely from David’s point of view. David Drayton the main protagonist in the story is a budding artist who lives by the lake with his five year old son Billy and wife, Steff. King devoted the first few chapters introducing the family, talking about the dry spell that is hitting the country and a sudden wave of storm that nearly crushed the Drayton’s house.

It’s a captivating setup, underneath you know King is slowly concocting the atmosphere and tension to follow. The rest of the story took place in a local supermarket as this is where we follow David, Billy and their neighbour Norton to pick up some groceries after the storm. At the same time, there’s this huge mist brewing outside.

Panic ensues when a man dashed into the supermart with a bleeding nose exclaiming “Something in the fog!”

Instead of dwelling on the causes, origins of the mysterious fog or mist if you prefer, King introduces various characters in the supermart to the readers. Trapped with no where else to turn to, there’s Mrs Carmody the religiously-mouthing weird woman, Mr McVey the mild-mannered butcher, Dan Miller the leader, Ollie Weeks the supermart keeper turns shooter among others.

It’s a good character study on how different human beings behave under such bewildering circumstances. To his credit, King brought a certain soul, realism to each of the various headcounts without comprising on the terror brought on by the mist. The tentacles attack at the storage area is one chapter where only one “King” can pull off.

Perhaps the only misgiving is the ending, I’m sure there are some readers who thought the prolific horror writer just botched it. But to me, there’s no better way to end the story. “The Mist” is an excellent read not so much on the scale of H.G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds” or his own “Dark Towers” series, nevertheless a great thrilling drama that will keep you occupied throughout the pages.


“A tentacle came over the far lip of the concrete loading platform and grabbed Norm around the calf. My mouth dropped wide open. Ollie made a very short glottal sound of surprise – uk! The tentacle tampered from a thickness of a foot – the size of a grass snake – at the point where it had wrapped itself around Norm’s lower leg to a thickness of maybe four or five feet where it disappeared into the mist. It was slate gray on top, shading to a fleshy pink underneath. And there were rows of suckers on the underside. They were moving and writhing like hundreds of small, puckering mouths.”


One of King's best short stories you shouldn't miss.

Review by Linus Tee


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