Night Shift by Stephen King – A Book Review

This collection of short stories by Stephen King encompasses all that is great about one of our most prolific and talented writers.  I’ve given most of King’s latest work a hard time over the last few years, but only because I know how truly talented he can be.  These stories, most of which are from the middle or late 70s, are absolutely entertaining.  Creepy, engaging, perfectly paced, and utterly shocking, this is vintage King.

If you’re a King fan, this collection will remind you why you love him so much, despite his recent lackluster offerings.  If you’re looking to get acquainted with King, maybe for the first time ever, Night Shift is as King as it gets.  You will not be disappointed.

When King Is Being King, He Is Flawless

Note: Originally Published 9-9-06

So I’ve been reading a lot of “high brow” books lately and while I learned a great deal from them, I was ready to get back to a book that I wanted to read purely for the pleasure of it.  Since Chabon doesn’t have anything out at the moment, I decided to go to my Stephen King pile that I haven’t yet gotten to.  I’ve read about 18 Stephen King books and have absolutely loved about 10 of them.  While I’ve enjoyed them all, I wouldn’t say that most of his work from the 90s on have really compared to his earlier work., excluding his masterpiece Dark Tower series.  Sure, there a few exceptions, but for the most part, he hasn’t been the same Stephen King who gave us Carrie, The Shining, and ‘Salem’s Lot.  Granted, even at 75%, he’s still better than most, myself included, but I yearn for the old style that bequeathed us such great stories.

Okay, I got way off track there.  My point is, I have about four Stephen King short story collections that I received several years ago and have never gotten around to reading them.  Because I wanted to just relax when reading and enjoy myself, I picked up one of those short story collections called Night Shift.

I’m only about 25% through it, and this is vintage King-literally.  I believe this collection was published somewhere between ’76 and ’78, and it is utterly compelling.  Eerily engaging, wildly imaginative, this is the King I know and love.