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Sound so visual you're literally engulfed by its bonechilling terror! Stephen King's sinister imagination and the miracle of 3-D sound transport you to a sleepy all-American town. It's a hot, lazy day, perfect for a cookout, until you see those strange dark clouds. Suddenly a violent storm sweeps across the lake and ends as abruptly and unexpectedly as it had begun. Then c Sound so visual you're literally engulfed by its bonechilling terror! Stephen King's sinister imagination and the miracle of 3-D sound transport you to a sleepy all-American town. It's a hot, lazy day, perfect for a cookout, until you see those strange dark clouds. Suddenly a violent storm sweeps across the lake and ends as abruptly and unexpectedly as it had begun. Then comes the mist...creeping slowly, inexorably into town, where it settles and waits, trapping you in the supermarket with dozens of others, cut off from your families and the world. The mist is alive, seething with unearthly sounds and movements. What unleashed this terror? Was it the Arrowhead Project---the top secret government operation that everyone has noticed but no one quite understands? And what happens when the provisions have run out and you're forced to make your escape, edging blindly through the dim light? "The Mist" has you in it grip, and this masterpiece of 3-D sound engineering surrounds you with horror so real that you'll be grabbing your own arm for reassurance. To one side---and whipping around your chair, a slither of tentacles. Swooping down upon you, a rush grotesque, prehistoric wings. In the impenetrable mist, hearing is seeing---and believing. And what you're about to hear, you'll never forget.


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Sound so visual you're literally engulfed by its bonechilling terror! Stephen King's sinister imagination and the miracle of 3-D sound transport you to a sleepy all-American town. It's a hot, lazy day, perfect for a cookout, until you see those strange dark clouds. Suddenly a violent storm sweeps across the lake and ends as abruptly and unexpectedly as it had begun. Then c Sound so visual you're literally engulfed by its bonechilling terror! Stephen King's sinister imagination and the miracle of 3-D sound transport you to a sleepy all-American town. It's a hot, lazy day, perfect for a cookout, until you see those strange dark clouds. Suddenly a violent storm sweeps across the lake and ends as abruptly and unexpectedly as it had begun. Then comes the mist...creeping slowly, inexorably into town, where it settles and waits, trapping you in the supermarket with dozens of others, cut off from your families and the world. The mist is alive, seething with unearthly sounds and movements. What unleashed this terror? Was it the Arrowhead Project---the top secret government operation that everyone has noticed but no one quite understands? And what happens when the provisions have run out and you're forced to make your escape, edging blindly through the dim light? "The Mist" has you in it grip, and this masterpiece of 3-D sound engineering surrounds you with horror so real that you'll be grabbing your own arm for reassurance. To one side---and whipping around your chair, a slither of tentacles. Swooping down upon you, a rush grotesque, prehistoric wings. In the impenetrable mist, hearing is seeing---and believing. And what you're about to hear, you'll never forget.

30 review for The Mist

  1. 5 out of 5

    Pouting Always

    David and his son Billy go out to get grocery store to get supplies after a bad storm has hit town. Before leaving David had noticed a thick mist forming, and started to feel an apprehension building. Figuring it was nothing David and Billy went for supplies but end up sequestered inside the grocery store after someone comes in screaming about the things in the mist. The town is near a military base, where rumor has it nuclear testing is being conducted, and everyone in the store becomes unsure David and his son Billy go out to get grocery store to get supplies after a bad storm has hit town. Before leaving David had noticed a thick mist forming, and started to feel an apprehension building. Figuring it was nothing David and Billy went for supplies but end up sequestered inside the grocery store after someone comes in screaming about the things in the mist. The town is near a military base, where rumor has it nuclear testing is being conducted, and everyone in the store becomes unsure about how to proceed. Wondering about whether or not someone is coming to save them, decisions have to be made about the best course of action. I recently read The Thing and hated it but this one went over much better. The suspense was built up much better here and I got pretty on edge waiting to see if they would all make it. I haven't seen any of the TV or movie adaptions of this though so I came in this without any idea about the plot line. I also did like how it left off but someone told me the movie ending is a lot better. I just sometimes feel like Stephen King seems to really take his time when writing and maybe he should try to cut down on the details not related to the scary shit happening which is what I want to read about you know.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mario

    My 100th read book this year. And also, a damn good one. King surely knows how to write characters you want to strangle, and then feel happy about it. Even though I really liked the book I need to say one thing. Since I've seen the movie before I read the book, I gotta say that, even though ending of the book was interesting, ending of the movie was done so much better and it literally left me speechless. But never mind that, I couldn't give this book any less than 5 stars, because I honestly thi My 100th read book this year. And also, a damn good one. King surely knows how to write characters you want to strangle, and then feel happy about it. Even though I really liked the book I need to say one thing. Since I've seen the movie before I read the book, I gotta say that, even though ending of the book was interesting, ending of the movie was done so much better and it literally left me speechless. But never mind that, I couldn't give this book any less than 5 stars, because I honestly think that it deserves every single star. From page 1 it grabbed my attention and it didn't let go 'till I turned the last page. King is the king (ha-ha!) at writing stories that you can't stop reading, and with every book of his that I read, I gain more respect for the man.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    I don't know, I liked the movie more than the book on this one. Although, when I had the book on tape a million years ago it about scared me to death with all of the sound effects! I think I would like to get a narrated version of it again! It's been a really long time since I saw the movie but I just remember that it freaked me clean out and the book . . . not so much. I'm not sure if it was because the things in the mist were more surreal seeing them than imagining them. I don't know, who care I don't know, I liked the movie more than the book on this one. Although, when I had the book on tape a million years ago it about scared me to death with all of the sound effects! I think I would like to get a narrated version of it again! It's been a really long time since I saw the movie but I just remember that it freaked me clean out and the book . . . not so much. I'm not sure if it was because the things in the mist were more surreal seeing them than imagining them. I don't know, who cares! I still love Mr. King's books. Well, most of them! I also remember after this I never wanted to go out in the fog again!!!!!!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Sagan

    I used to fantasize about a zombie apocalypse after watching The Walking Dead. I used to fantasize about winning the Hunger Games after watching the movies/reading the books. I used to fantasize about alien invasions after watching alien movies. * Now I’m glad none of that happened because I wouldn’t have survived even an hour. Thanks, but no thanks. * Though I can’t deny, the novel has a certain appeal. What would I do? So I fantasized again. I imagined myself being there, alone or with certain peo I used to fantasize about a zombie apocalypse after watching The Walking Dead. I used to fantasize about winning the Hunger Games after watching the movies/reading the books. I used to fantasize about alien invasions after watching alien movies. * Now I’m glad none of that happened because I wouldn’t have survived even an hour. Thanks, but no thanks. * Though I can’t deny, the novel has a certain appeal. What would I do? So I fantasized again. I imagined myself being there, alone or with certain people. The supermarket had or had not supplies of certain stuff. In every scenario I knew how to fire a gun, because doh!, why would I daydream myself in an apocalyptic scenario not knowing how to do fire a gun?

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sr3yas

    3.5 Stars One of my friend's Dad used to throw a number of inspirational quotes all around to provide us with insight and direction to life and stuff. One of his favorites was: Don't be afraid to go into the mist, be excited because you don't know where you will end up. Clearly, he never had a chance to read The Mist. ❝ In the dream I could hear the rending crack and splinter of breaking trees as God stamped the woods into the shape of His footsteps. He was circling the lake, coming toward the Br 3.5 Stars One of my friend's Dad used to throw a number of inspirational quotes all around to provide us with insight and direction to life and stuff. One of his favorites was: Don't be afraid to go into the mist, be excited because you don't know where you will end up. Clearly, he never had a chance to read The Mist. ❝ In the dream I could hear the rending crack and splinter of breaking trees as God stamped the woods into the shape of His footsteps. He was circling the lake, coming toward the Bridgton side, toward us, and all the houses and cottages and summer places were bursting into purple-white flame like lightning, and soon the smoke covered everything. The smoke covered everything like a mist.❞ This dream belongs to David, our narrator/ family man who finds himself living in his own dreadful nightmare. It all began after a destructive storm and when a thick unnatural mist started rolling in. David and his young son Billy were in a crowded supermarket when the mist enveloped the building, effectively creating a prison for the people inside the market, guarded by things no man has ever seen. How bad is it? Let's just say stepping out to the mist is equivalent to signing your own death sentence. The Mist is an interesting novella with a very creepy premise. King plays with the horror of the unknown in the opening act and gradually raises the curtain to reveal the main attraction throughout the narration. It's a classic horror structure, and King does it quite well. Unfortunately, I had watched the 2007 movie adaptation of the story many times while I was in uni. It was one of gang's favorite movie and we always had conversations which went like: "Dude, remember The Mist's ending? That was crazy". For me, the movie is the reason I'm rating this lower. While The Mist has a "Hitchcock" style ending (Not my words), the movie had a definite one, and in this case, I'll take the definite one. Yet, The Mist is the glorious source material and it is really well written. One another thing King nails here is the mob mentality and the way people act under the pressure of horrors. If you're looking for a short SK story, this is the one to pick! Afterthought For some reason, I kept on thinking a scenario where The Mist finds its way to Derry during the reign of IT. Imagine you're running, and BOOM, IT comes out of the damn smoke. That would be a killer tale.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Karl

    This slip cased hardcover book is numbered 458 of 500 and is signed by artist Herbert Brandmeier on the title page. Nebel is the German word for fog. This is the First World Hard cover separate edition of the book, which I purchased at Forbidden Planet book shop, while on a business trip to London, England in 1986. Shortly after publication, Mr. King had customs officials destroy most copies for copyright infringement. It was first published as the first and longest story of the 1980 horror antho This slip cased hardcover book is numbered 458 of 500 and is signed by artist Herbert Brandmeier on the title page. Nebel is the German word for fog. This is the First World Hard cover separate edition of the book, which I purchased at Forbidden Planet book shop, while on a business trip to London, England in 1986. Shortly after publication, Mr. King had customs officials destroy most copies for copyright infringement. It was first published as the first and longest story of the 1980 horror anthology Dark Forces. A slightly edited version was included in King's 1985 collection Skeleton Crew.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nazanin

    3.5 Misty Stars The Mist was my first read by Stephen King. Well I loved the writing. It keeps you read it uninterrupted. Even though the idea of it wasn’t new, it was something that I watched on movies, but the writing is in such a a way that I couldn’t get enough of it! but I hated its ending! I really didn’t expect the author ends it like that! And by that I meant so open! The story is about a man, named David, that after a hurricane with his son and his neighbor goes to a supermarket and leave 3.5 Misty Stars The Mist was my first read by Stephen King. Well I loved the writing. It keeps you read it uninterrupted. Even though the idea of it wasn’t new, it was something that I watched on movies, but the writing is in such a a way that I couldn’t get enough of it! but I hated its ending! I really didn’t expect the author ends it like that! And by that I meant so open! The story is about a man, named David, that after a hurricane with his son and his neighbor goes to a supermarket and leaves his wife at home. But when they are at the supermarket, there is a weird fog everywhere. Something is wrong with this fog! Something really creepy and scary! The story is told in David’s POV, 1st person. It’s well-written and fast-paced. It’s a stand-alone novel. All in all, I enjoyed it (except the ending) hope you like it more than me!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Trish

    Starting off this year's October (horror month) with a classic author for when you want to shiver: Stephen King. I already know the story because I watched the movie adaptation many moons ago so I knew I would like it. The story is that after a massive storm the titular mist closes in on a community in Maine, but it is no ordinary mist and with it come unspeakable horrors, trapping a number of people in a supermarket. Stephen King managed to make the supermarket very chilly and claustrophic, giving Starting off this year's October (horror month) with a classic author for when you want to shiver: Stephen King. I already know the story because I watched the movie adaptation many moons ago so I knew I would like it. The story is that after a massive storm the titular mist closes in on a community in Maine, but it is no ordinary mist and with it come unspeakable horrors, trapping a number of people in a supermarket. Stephen King managed to make the supermarket very chilly and claustrophic, giving this novella a wonderfully haunting atmosphere. The characters were somewhat authentic. I say somewhat because a certain yellow-clad old lady was almost too over the top (on the other hand, I've seen some American preachers in tents and weird congregations that would be utterly unthinkable here so maybe my European mind just doesn't allow to take it seriously). And as usual, the story is an exploration of the human mind and heart more than it is a story about monsters (unless we call the humans monsters, then we'd be right). What didn't sit right with me at all was (view spoiler)[that David had sex with Amanda - I get that they were both emotional and stressed and all, but I will simply not excuse their behaviour (they were both married) (hide spoiler)] . Moreover, much like the author, I think the mind-fuck at the end of the movie was better than the ending of the novella (although this ending wasn't too bad either). It's funny, actually. I would have expected this kind of ending to be typically Hollywood and the movie's ending to be typically King. There were three very powerful realizations in this story, two of which I have already mentioned in my status updates: the horrible things that we imagine can happen to our loved ones, people following even the most bat-shit-insane person if they offer them the solution (no matter how unrealistic) to a bad situation, and finally when (view spoiler)[the group arrives at David's driveway only to discover that they cannot get to the house. To have come so far, only to be unable to make it the last few steps so to speak ... being completely helpless after clinging to hope for so long ... having to abandon your partner ... (hide spoiler)] - extremely haunting. Anyone looking for an atmospheric and creepy read will get exactly that (plus a character study that drives you up the walls but that is pretty "standard" King ;P).

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kostas Papadatos

    Μια περίεργη ομίχλη σκεπάζει το χτυπημένο από όλα τα κακά του κόσμου Μέην και οι κάτοικοί του δέχονται επίθεση από «χαριτωμένα» όντα όπως τεράστιες αράχνες, έντομα με μέγεθος Γκοτζίλα, χταπόδια της στεριάς και άλλα νηστίσιμα τερατάκια. Ωραίο βιβλίο, πέρασε ευχάριστα η ώρα.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*

    I saw the movie; I hated the movie. Just now getting to the novella, I'm relieved that it's better and isn't cursed with the horrible celluloid ending. One of the best perks is I didn't have to listen to as much detaield spiel from that religious woman, who goes down as one of the most annoying characters in horror movie history. The characters are fine - child is cute and convincing, the MC strong enough although he does distract himself with carnal cravings, and there's the fun disbonding groups I saw the movie; I hated the movie. Just now getting to the novella, I'm relieved that it's better and isn't cursed with the horrible celluloid ending. One of the best perks is I didn't have to listen to as much detaield spiel from that religious woman, who goes down as one of the most annoying characters in horror movie history. The characters are fine - child is cute and convincing, the MC strong enough although he does distract himself with carnal cravings, and there's the fun disbonding groups do when they face trouble together. Creepy mist is creepy - there are some nightmarish monsters out there, especially horrible for those like me who detest spiders. As awful as the other creatures were, I'd take them any day over the horrible spiders in this story. *shudder* It flies by pretty quickly, not only because it's a novella but because it's not weighed down with excessive prose. It sticks to the point and sets the creepy ambience well. It's not perfect just because I was only half interested in the storyline (I already knew it going in), but it's a horror novella worth reading, especially this time of the year.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Evelyn (devours and digests words)

    As a species we're fundamentally insane. Put more than two of us in a room, we pick sides and start dreaming up reasons to kill one another. Why do you think we invented politics and religion? The Mist is a novella mainly about survival and it is a terrifying one at that. Because how do one fight off something like the mist and the creatures that came with it? David and his young son Billy happened to be one of a few survivors holing up in a supermarket with more than 80 other people. For his As a species we're fundamentally insane. Put more than two of us in a room, we pick sides and start dreaming up reasons to kill one another. Why do you think we invented politics and religion? The Mist is a novella mainly about survival and it is a terrifying one at that. Because how do one fight off something like the mist and the creatures that came with it? David and his young son Billy happened to be one of a few survivors holing up in a supermarket with more than 80 other people. For his son's sake, David has to decide whether to stay inside (where resources and companions are plentiful) or to go outside (where Death is a high risk) and seek a way to find help. But inside the supermarket, people are starting to get unhinged. They're picking sides, rallying - their survival instincts turning them into something desperate and ferocious. The Mist served as a huge reminder for me. We now walk the grounds in superiority with our civilized minds and manners - top of the food chain. But stripped of all kinds of senses or safety and our primal sides surfaced like a clawing animal. Long short review, this story left me badly shaken inside. It made me question all sorts of What if's. Questions that I never bothered to ask myself. The story ended hopefully - whether David, his son and the others survive to live another day is entirely up to the readers to decide.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mia Nauca

    Una novela bastante corta de Stephen King que me gustó muchísimo, super entretenida y en algunos momentos incluso me llegué a asustar. Las primeras hojas son un poco lentas pero una vez que llegan al supermercado todo se vuelve un hermoso caos Me gustó mucho el final personalmente, sé que hay gente que no le gusta pero a mi shi

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mayke (acozyliving)☕️

    First October Halloween read of the year! I decided to read this book, because it's shorter than a lot of the other Stephen King books. Having many other reads as well, it seemed like a nice read beside the others. The movie of this book is one I haven't seen yet, since I don't watch horror movies since I find them too scary. For some reason I do like to read horror books. Stephen King writes so lively, that I feel completely engrossed into his books when I read them. When you can write a book t First October Halloween read of the year! I decided to read this book, because it's shorter than a lot of the other Stephen King books. Having many other reads as well, it seemed like a nice read beside the others. The movie of this book is one I haven't seen yet, since I don't watch horror movies since I find them too scary. For some reason I do like to read horror books. Stephen King writes so lively, that I feel completely engrossed into his books when I read them. When you can write a book that makes you scared, you do have an immense gift as a writer. The thought about being stuck in this mist is terrifying. Just the thought makes me shiver, and next time their will be mist where I live I will think completely different about it. The things in the mist sounded terrifying, and truly nightmare material. Still after finishing this book, I have so many questions. What and why? Also, the ending couldn't be more open than this. I can't stand it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Leo .

    Great book. The film was good too. The ripping of the veil and the monsters flood in. 🐯👍

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca McNutt

    The Mist is so much more than just horror. It's a short story and yet, like its fantastic 2007 feature film, it's probably one of the best studies of how humans act when all the little comforts of everyday life are ripped away from them. To quote Ollie from the book, "as a species we're fundamentally insane. Throw us all into a room together and we start picking sides and dreaming up ways to kill one another." Indeed, the biggest threat to David Drayton and his small group of friends trapped in The Mist is so much more than just horror. It's a short story and yet, like its fantastic 2007 feature film, it's probably one of the best studies of how humans act when all the little comforts of everyday life are ripped away from them. To quote Ollie from the book, "as a species we're fundamentally insane. Throw us all into a room together and we start picking sides and dreaming up ways to kill one another." Indeed, the biggest threat to David Drayton and his small group of friends trapped in a supermarket is not the violent monsters or the hoards of insects, but instead a religious fanatic, a group of small town rednecks and of course, those who deny that there is even anything in the mist at all.

  16. 4 out of 5

    SR

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 21W.758 - based on first 20 pages, if I didn't have to read this I'd've already returned it to the freaking library. admittedly only 25% into it: So this is my first King novel. I've read one short story by him which I liked. Does he always foreshadow with a sledgehammer? And is it him being all snark-snark-me-big-strong-man-protect-small-hot-wife, or is it the narrator? Because I can't tell, but I know I want to punch the narrator any time he says anything about his wife or any other women - it's 21W.758 - based on first 20 pages, if I didn't have to read this I'd've already returned it to the freaking library. admittedly only 25% into it: So this is my first King novel. I've read one short story by him which I liked. Does he always foreshadow with a sledgehammer? And is it him being all snark-snark-me-big-strong-man-protect-small-hot-wife, or is it the narrator? Because I can't tell, but I know I want to punch the narrator any time he says anything about his wife or any other women - it's all got this snobby air of protective superiority, and it's skeeving me out. Also, five-year-olds do not talk like that. Seriously, they don't. Nor does everyone say each other's names in dialogue all the time - they sound like a crowd of news anchors. "I don't know, Norton, let's go to Steff with the weather." Blah. end: SO LAME. CLOUD FULL OF DINOSAURS. SO. LAME. So I understand that King is all into the Everyman as Hero thing - characters are easy to relate to (or they're supposed to be; I found it hard to relate to sexist upper-middle-class-white-male artist), their thoughts are all narrated and up-front, narration itself is in plain English, nothing fancy. Except that makes it so boring - plain, bland sentence structure, littered with cliches, utterly toneless. Another apparent trademark is the Juxtaposition of Everyday Details And Anecdotes In Midst Of Horrifying Experience thing - and he flubs it here. We'll be getting up to some monster attack and there is some semblance of tension and then it just flatlines as the narrator pauses to describe the action with some simile that takes three times as many words as it needs to. Or there'll be some emotionally-fraught scene of potential character growth and the narrator will be off and running with some story about his hot wife and the futility of art. And I DID NOT CARE. That was the worst thing about this - King really wanted me to care about these characters, and he kept throwing in details to manipulate me into liking them, and it was so obvious. At the end I was left with Billy, and he was boring, too. I viscerally hated the narrator by page 125 (emphasis mine): "If I were her husband and proprietor of those green eyes and that full figure, I might not travel so much." PROPRIETOR. EXCUSE MY RAGE, BUT WHAT. THE FUCK. IS THAT. At that point, I was like, yeah, whatever, you could totally get eaten right now and I would not even care. So yes: lame-ass plot (THE MIST WAS COMING) with half-assed non-explanation (ARROWHEAD PROJECT. MAYBE) and awful characters (I AM MAN, HEAR ME MAN) that tried to manipulate me into liking them (LOOK I'M HUMAN LOOK HOW HUMAN I AM HERE'S A STORY FROM MY HUMAN LIFE) couched in hideously boring prose. Fail all around, basically. I'll enjoy having a rant about this.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Danger

    I feel like reading Stephen King is a rite of passage that I somehow completely missed out on. Which is strange. I operate artistically in bizarro fiction, which itself is on the fringes of horror. There are certainly elements of horror in my books to be sure. And with good reason. I love horror movies, horror shows, haunted houses. I spent a good portion of my childhood reading “true story” accounts of ghosts and aliens and wendigos and sasquatches. I obsessed over TV shows like In Search Of… a I feel like reading Stephen King is a rite of passage that I somehow completely missed out on. Which is strange. I operate artistically in bizarro fiction, which itself is on the fringes of horror. There are certainly elements of horror in my books to be sure. And with good reason. I love horror movies, horror shows, haunted houses. I spent a good portion of my childhood reading “true story” accounts of ghosts and aliens and wendigos and sasquatches. I obsessed over TV shows like In Search Of… and Unsolved Mysteries. And added to that, I was a voracious reader of just about everything I could get my hands on. But for whatever reason, I never read King. I can't explain why. Now I’m going to judge The Mist a bit harsher than I would, say, one of my friend’s books. Objectively, Stephen King has nothing left to prove and my silly rating isn’t going to help make or break the man’s career. Also, I’ve watched the movie they based off this novella a few times and it’s really one of darkest and most intense films I’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing in a theater. So I was coming in with some expectation. Turns out the film is a pretty decent to the source material, hitting most of the same beats. The movie, however, gets two things right that the book only touches on. The first being Mrs. Carmody’s character (played by Marcia Gay Harden) who in the film is much more prominent as the antagonist. I think it was Harden’s performance that really stole the show in that movie. She was so deplorable and pitch-perfect as a religious zealot that when *SPOILER* her character gets shot in the film, people in the movie theater literally clapped. The second place the film excels over the source material (and this will be apparent to anyone who has seen/read both version of this story) is the ending. The book ends with an ambiguous ending, which is literally referenced in the text itself by the narrator David Drayton. The movie, however, has one of the darkest and devastating endings I can remember. I’ll spare the spoilers for anyone who hasn’t seen, but it’s fucked up. Having only read this one book, it seems to me that Stephen King’s greatest strength as a writer is his almost limitless imagination. I mean, this book turning into a film is not fluke. Almost ALL his books are turned into films. For all his popularity, at least in this book, I imagine his work could’ve benefited from a content editor. Now this is only a 150 page novella and there were still quite a few inane details that added absolutely zero to the actually story. David talking about the lake they live and who lives where and his relationship to them has NOTHING to do with either building David’s character (who is actually kind of dull and douchey) or moving the plot forward. These are cardinal sins for us writer’s at the bottom and it’s one of the first hurdles you need to learn to overcome before anyone starts paying ANY attention to your work. But with King, whose prior success have made him a household name, I feel like content editors were actually AFRAID to touch his work. Think about it. If you were working for Random House and had to edit this VERY FAMOUS writer’s work, are you gonna be like, “Hey, cut the paragraph where you're prattling on about how the main character built some dumb boathouse with his dad”. It ain’t gonna happen. I can only imagine how bad these nonsense details are in some of his longer works which are undoubtedly bloated to fill some sort of expected page count. That said, once the *actual* story gets going, it moves along smoothly and effortlessly. When terrors come sweeping out of the mist, there’s not clunky language or prattling inanity to derail the imagination. I wasn’t TOO surprised by anything that transpired because, as I said, I’ve seen it’s pretty faithful film adaptation, but nevertheless, I was enthralled by all the action/gore sequences. So would I read King again? Absolutely. IN FACT, my copy of The Mist is included in a larger collection of short stories called Skeleton Crew, and I have about 400 more pages to go. And I’m looking forward to reading something I HAVEN’T seen the movie of. Overall, I’d give this 3.5 stars. But since I can’t do that here, I’ll lean towards 4. HAPPY READING, YOU JERKS!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Eliasdgian

    Υπάρχει ΚΑΤΙ στην ομίχλη! Υπάρχει ΚΑΤΙ ΜΕΣΑ στην ομίχλη! Κάτι που έφερε μαζί της, κρύβοντάς το στα κατάλευκα πέπλα της, κάτι που διαχέεται απειλητικά στο δυτικό Μαίην, σκορπώντας τρόμο, θάνατο και απόγνωση. "Είναι ο Θάνατος! Είναι ο Θάνατος!" Η θεοφοβούμενη κα Carmody παραληρεί: "Όλοι σας θα πεθάνετε εκεί έξω. Δεν καταλάβατε πως έχει έρθει το τέλος του κόσμου; Ο Δαίμονας έχει αφεθεί ελεύθερος!". Κι ένα ακροατήριο εύπιστων χωριατών δείχνει πρόθυμο και ικανό να πραγματοποιήσει κάθε παραλογισμό της Υπάρχει ΚΑΤΙ στην ομίχλη! Υπάρχει ΚΑΤΙ ΜΕΣΑ στην ομίχλη! Κάτι που έφερε μαζί της, κρύβοντάς το στα κατάλευκα πέπλα της, κάτι που διαχέεται απειλητικά στο δυτικό Μαίην, σκορπώντας τρόμο, θάνατο και απόγνωση. "Είναι ο Θάνατος! Είναι ο Θάνατος!" Η θεοφοβούμενη κα Carmody παραληρεί: "Όλοι σας θα πεθάνετε εκεί έξω. Δεν καταλάβατε πως έχει έρθει το τέλος του κόσμου; Ο Δαίμονας έχει αφεθεί ελεύθερος!". Κι ένα ακροατήριο εύπιστων χωριατών δείχνει πρόθυμο και ικανό να πραγματοποιήσει κάθε παραλογισμό της 'μάγισσας': θυσία αίματος! Υπάρχει άραγε διέξοδος και σωτηρία; Θα υποχωρήσει η ομίχλη και πότε; Θα αποκατασταθεί τελικά η ομαλότητα των πραγμάτων; Η απάντηση στη νουβέλα του King είναι διαφορετική από την αντίστοιχη της κινηματογραφικής μεταφοράς του Darabont (The mist, 2007). Οπότε, ακόμη κι αν έχετε δει την ταινία, διαβάστε και το βιβλίο. Το καλοκαίρι ενδείκνυται. Και οι 'κολασμένες' θερμοκρασίες επίσης. 3.5 αστέρια, όσα ακριβώς με άφησε να διακρίνω αυτή η πνιγηρή ομίχλη!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Amar

    Već nakon par stranica , King uspjeva stvoriti jednu mračnu atmosferu koja traje sve do kraja. Opasnost koja vreba vani zbog magle ( a i samim tim i sa čudovištima koji se nalaze vani ) najbolje je prikazana u scenama koji se dešavaju u supermarktetu gdje se strah tih ljudi doslovno može osjetiti. Vrhunac mi je onaj monstrum koji je veliki kao dinosaurus ( Cthulhu inspiracija ? ). Eh sad , kraj knjige mi je bio dobar... jako dobar čak. I tu moram uporedit ovaj kraj , sa onim krajem u filmu koji je Već nakon par stranica , King uspjeva stvoriti jednu mračnu atmosferu koja traje sve do kraja. Opasnost koja vreba vani zbog magle ( a i samim tim i sa čudovištima koji se nalaze vani ) najbolje je prikazana u scenama koji se dešavaju u supermarktetu gdje se strah tih ljudi doslovno može osjetiti. Vrhunac mi je onaj monstrum koji je veliki kao dinosaurus ( Cthulhu inspiracija ? ). Eh sad , kraj knjige mi je bio dobar... jako dobar čak. I tu moram uporedit ovaj kraj , sa onim krajem u filmu koji je bio ... puuuh. Pogledajte samo ako niste , i sad me nešto stegne kad pomislim na njeg. Jedina negativna strana ovdje mi je glavni lik David , koji tek tako prevario svoju ženu , iako nije ni 3 riječi sa ovom gospođom progovorio ,tek tako počinje cugat , agresivno ponašanje itd itd. David mi ne spada baš među draže likove. Po meni ,Kingova najbolja novela koju sam do sada pročitao ( i iskreno koje se i sjećam...trebao bih Godišnja doba obnoviti... ) Preporuka !

  20. 5 out of 5

    Gorgona Grim

    Kako je prošlo dovoljno vremena da sećanje na film izbledi, a u susret seriji koja treba da startuje uskoro, učinilo mi se zgodnim da ponovim gradivo. Na početku priče upoznajemo se sa članovima porodice Drajton dan pred oluju koja je pogodila Dugo jezero u Mejnu. Jutro nakon oluje, Dejvid sa sinom Bilijem i komšijom Nortonom odlazi u lokalni supermarket, ne znajući da više nikada neće videti svoju suprugu. Pre nego što su se odvezli kolima, Dejvid primećuje gustu maglu kako se spušta na drugoj s Kako je prošlo dovoljno vremena da sećanje na film izbledi, a u susret seriji koja treba da startuje uskoro, učinilo mi se zgodnim da ponovim gradivo. Na početku priče upoznajemo se sa članovima porodice Drajton dan pred oluju koja je pogodila Dugo jezero u Mejnu. Jutro nakon oluje, Dejvid sa sinom Bilijem i komšijom Nortonom odlazi u lokalni supermarket, ne znajući da više nikada neće videti svoju suprugu. Pre nego što su se odvezli kolima, Dejvid primećuje gustu maglu kako se spušta na drugoj strani jezera. U trenutku kada dolaze u supermarket i obavljaju svoju kupovinu, magla potpuno pada na Mejn. Struja ponovo nestaje i pale se generatori, a stanovnici koji su se u tom trenutku zadesili u marketu primećuju da se napolju dešava nešto neobično. Od magle se ništa ne vidi, a od spolja dopiru različiti zvukovi, od sirena do vrisaka. Tada na scenu stupa gospođa Karmodi sa rečima "Ne izlazite napolje, to je smrt, osećam da je smrt napolju". Tema religijskog fanatizma koja je ovde obrađena je još jednom isplivala ispred svih drugih tema. Strah od nepoznatog koji goni ljude ka očajanju i prihvatanju bilo kakvog "smislenog" naklapanja kao rešenja je za mene i dalje nešto najstrašnije ikad. (view spoiler)[Iako se da pretpostaviti da će se okupljena grupa ljudi verovatno podeliti na manje grupacije, potpuno mi je fantasnična opcija da bilo ko od njih poveruje osobi koja propoveda o krvnoj žrtvi i potom počne da podržava tu opciju. (hide spoiler)] Takođe, jedna od uzbuđujućih tema jeste razmatranje realnih scenarija preživljavanja i borba sa nepoznatim. Zanimljiv mi je momenat u kojem se greške apropo pokušaja izlaska iz marketa ponavljaju, iako svaki put naizgled dođe do pomaka. (view spoiler)[Sa druge strane, kada ti se stvara masa razularenih fanatika, smrt u magli deluje kao podnošljivija opcija. (hide spoiler)] Kritike kao i uvek idu na završnicu koja u ovom slučaju i nije pravi kraj. Umnogome me je podsetila na Mobilni telefon sa razlikom u tome da mi je ova priča iz nekog razloga bila prihvatljivija i realističnija od one u Mobilnom telefonu. (view spoiler)[ Možda je razlika u tome što su bića iz magle prikazana tek povremeno i dozirano, na vrhuncima napetosti, dok su zombiji u drugoj priči daleko prisutniji i uticajniji. A možda je i razlika u tome što su u pitanju vanzenmaljci protiv ljudi koji postaju vanzenmaljski odašiljači i igračke, preciznije, element dehumanizacije. (hide spoiler)]

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mohikanos

    Άμα είσαι μεγάλος συγγραφέας, μπορείς ακόμα και σε ένα βιβλιαράκι των 236 σελίδων να δείξεις την αξία σου!!! Ο Βασιλιάς γράφει μια δυστοπική ιστορία που ενώ φαντάζει απλή, εντούτοις καταφέρνει να περάσει τα μηνύματά του σχετικά με την καταστροφή του περιβάλλοντος και τις συνέπειες που σίγουρα θα έχει αυτή για την ανθρωπότητα, να διαμορφώσει πλήρεις χαρακτήρες και όχι καρικατούρες, να δημιουργήσει συναισθήματα και κλειστοφοβική ατμόσφαιρα, και να γελοιοποιήσει και σατιρίσει για άλλη μια φορά τον Άμα είσαι μεγάλος συγγραφέας, μπορείς ακόμα και σε ένα βιβλιαράκι των 236 σελίδων να δείξεις την αξία σου!!! Ο Βασιλιάς γράφει μια δυστοπική ιστορία που ενώ φαντάζει απλή, εντούτοις καταφέρνει να περάσει τα μηνύματά του σχετικά με την καταστροφή του περιβάλλοντος και τις συνέπειες που σίγουρα θα έχει αυτή για την ανθρωπότητα, να διαμορφώσει πλήρεις χαρακτήρες και όχι καρικατούρες, να δημιουργήσει συναισθήματα και κλειστοφοβική ατμόσφαιρα, και να γελοιοποιήσει και σατιρίσει για άλλη μια φορά τον αμερικάνικο τρόπο ζωής και την αμερικάνικη αφέλεια (ή βλακεία)! Και, βέβαια, να μας δώσει ένα τέλος που πραγματικά αξίζει σε ένα βιβλίο με τέτοιο θέμα, αφήνοντας μια μικρή χαραμάδα ελπίδας, και όχι να καταφύγει σε ευκολίες. ΟΚ, δεν μιλάμε για μια από τις κορυφαίες του στιγμές, όμως η αρτιότητα της ιστορίας είναι αξιομνημόνευτη. Διαβάστε το (7/10). Υ.Γ.: Εξακολουθώ να πιστεύω - και πάντα θα υποστηρίζω - ότι ο Κινγκ είναι καλύτερος όταν μιλάει για τα εγκόσμια και αφηγείται ιστορίες καθημερινές, παρά όταν γράφει για φαντάσματα και τέρατα, που προσωπικά δεν με πείθουν...

  22. 5 out of 5

    Gianfranco Mancini

    Un angosciante racconto breve dal Re dell'horror, che ha ispirato un bellissimo film del 2007 ed una orrenda serie tv fermatasi fortunatamente alla prima stagione, pieno di elementi lovecraftiani: il diario raccontato in prima persona dal protagonista e le letali creature provenienti da un'altra dimensione, alcune talmente disturbanti da far impazzire chi le vede, sono infatti topoi ricorrenti nei racconti del Solitario di Providence. A questi King aggiunge una attenta ed arguta analisi sulle rea Un angosciante racconto breve dal Re dell'horror, che ha ispirato un bellissimo film del 2007 ed una orrenda serie tv fermatasi fortunatamente alla prima stagione, pieno di elementi lovecraftiani: il diario raccontato in prima persona dal protagonista e le letali creature provenienti da un'altra dimensione, alcune talmente disturbanti da far impazzire chi le vede, sono infatti topoi ricorrenti nei racconti del Solitario di Providence. A questi King aggiunge una attenta ed arguta analisi sulle reazioni umane in caso di situazioni estreme e fuori dall’ordinario: anche qui c’è chi dà il meglio ed il peggio di sé, il gruppo di sopravvissuti prigionieri all’interno del supermercato non tarda a dividersi in due schieramenti, uno dei quali degenera rapidamente in una delirante congrega di fanatici religiosi assetati di sangue, mentre l’altro si rende presto conto che i loro compagni resi folli da terrore e claustrofobia sono un pericolo decisamente maggiore rispetto agli abomini in attesa nella nebbia. Le disavventure di David Drayton e suo figlio Billy mi hanno appassionato e terrorizzato, essendo io stesso padre di una bambina di quasi quattro anni, mi hanno fatto divorare il libro in due serate e mi hanno spalancato davanti due lunghe notti piene di incubi, tuttavia (eresia!) questo è uno dei rari casi in cui preferisco di gran lunga la bersione cinematocrafica a quella letteraria che l’ha ispirata: il film del 2007 di Frank Darabont, creatore e showrunner della stagione 1 di The Walking Dead, è un truculento capolavoro, ed il suo finale molto più tetro e disperato rispetto a quello aperto e speranzoso del libro. Una gran bella storia in entrambe le sue versioni, da leggere e vedere se siete patiti di orrori cosmici, weird e lovecraftiani, se siete facilmente impressionabili lasciate perdere.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nora|KnyguDama

    Vėl grįžtu į King’o karalystę. Nors tikrai baugina tas jo pasaulis, bet pasiilgstu to šiurpo, mistikos ir įtampos, kurią autorius taip meistriškai kuria. Pasigirsiu dar ir tuo, jog šiandien eisiu į kino teatrą žiūrėti pagal jo knygą „Tas“ sukurto filmo! Tiesa, 1990 metais viena itin sėkminga ekranizacija jau buvo, tad iš naujosios nieko mažiau nesitikiu. Įdomus faktas – knygoje, klounas Penivaisas pasirodo ir žudo žmones kas 27erius metus. Pirmoji ekranizacija buvo 1990 metais, antroji 2017. Pra Vėl grįžtu į King’o karalystę. Nors tikrai baugina tas jo pasaulis, bet pasiilgstu to šiurpo, mistikos ir įtampos, kurią autorius taip meistriškai kuria. Pasigirsiu dar ir tuo, jog šiandien eisiu į kino teatrą žiūrėti pagal jo knygą „Tas“ sukurto filmo! Tiesa, 1990 metais viena itin sėkminga ekranizacija jau buvo, tad iš naujosios nieko mažiau nesitikiu. Įdomus faktas – knygoje, klounas Penivaisas pasirodo ir žudo žmones kas 27erius metus. Pirmoji ekranizacija buvo 1990 metais, antroji 2017. Praėjus lygiai 27 metams? Šiurpu, tiesa? Tačiau nenukrypkim nuo temos ir pakalbėkim apie mano ką tik perskaitytą jo knygą „Rūkas“. „Rūką“ sudaro 4 šiurpūs apsakymai: „Kukurūzų vaikai“, „Pragaro katė“, „Korporacija „Meskite rūkyti“ “ bei „Rūkas“. Apie kiekvieną iš jų trumpai: 1) “Kukurūzų vaikai“; Taip jau nutiko, kad pirmasis siaubo filmas kurį mačiau ir buvo „Kukurūzų vaikai“ („Children of the corn“). Ir jis man tada pasirodė toks baisus, toks kraupus, kad užsimaniau ir visas kitas jo dalis pažiūrėti (taip, jų yra kelios). Bet pirmoji filmo dalis būtent ir yra šio King‘o apsakymo ekranizacija. Sutuoktiniai Bertas ir Vika kelionės automobiliu metu partrenkia iš kukurūzų lauko staiga išbėgusį vaiką. Tačiau vaikas ant kelio guli ne tik parblokštas mašinos, bet ir perpjauta gerklę. Šoko ištikta pora susupa kūną į drobę ir įsimeta į bagažinę. Jie įvažiuoja į iš pažiūros visiškai tuščią miestelį, kuris nukabinėtas keistomis religinėmis iškabomis... Staiga per radiją pasigirsta itin jauno pamokslininko balsas. Lyg vaikas šnekėtų... Bertą ir Viką apima kaista baimė, jie įtaria kažką labai negero. Bet neįtaria nė pusės to siaubo, kuris dedasi kukurūzų laukuose. 2) „Pragaro katė“ Turtingas farmacininkas nusisamdo žudiką, kad šis nudėtų jo katę. Senis – labai turtingas, mat jo kompanija išrado itin reikalingus vaistus. Tačiau prieš juos išrandant visi bandymai buvo atliekami su gyvūnais – pagrinde katėmis. Tad šios katės savo namuose jis laikyti nenorėjo. Pastaroji tiesiog atsirado prie jo namo durų. Jo garbaus amžiaus sesuo, užsimanė auginti šią katę, taip ji name ir liko. Tačiau nuo jos apsigyvenimo kartu, namuose keistomis mirtimis mirė visi jo gyventojai. Liko tik pats senis. Dėl to jis ir nusprendė kate atsikratyti. Žudikas apsiėmė šį darbą atlikti ir tai buvo prasčiausias sprendimas jo gyvenime. 3) „Korporacija „Meskite rūkyti“ “ Morisonas – užkietėjęs rūkalius. 3 pakeliai į dieną jam yra visiškai normalu, nors tam jo žmona ir nepritaria. Morisonas sutinka savo vaikystės draugą, kuris atrodo nepalyginamai geriau už jį. Draugas jam atskleidžia paslaptį – paslaptingos korporacijos dėka jam pavyko mesti rūkyti ir pradėti sveikesnį gyvenimo būdą. Jis duoda Morisonui įmonės adresą ir vyras ten nueina. Niekuo neišskiriantis ofisas iš pradžių Morisonui keistas nepasirodo. Jis susipažįsta su savo gydytoju ir įkvėptas draugo pokyčių, su gydymu sutinka. Vėliau gydytojas paaiškina jam gydymo planą: visur, visada, jam žinant ir nežinant, vyrą stebės korporacijos žmonės. Jei tik jis užsirūkys – jo lauks nuobaudos. Pirma nuobauda – jo žmoną kratys elektra. Kitą – bus sumuštas jo neįgalus vaikas. Ir su kiekviena cigarete nuobaudos didės. Morisonas nebenori gydymo, bet kelio atgal nebėra. O kuo toliau, darosi vis panašiau, kad iš korporacijos ištrūkti ir visai neįmanoma. 4) „Rūkas“ Didžiulė audra nusiaubia Naujosios anglijos šiaurinę pusę. Visur mėtosi didžiuliai medžiai, namai sugriauti, nėra elektros ar radijo ryšio. Deivido ir Stefos namai taip pat nukentėjo. Deividas su mažuoju sūneliu Biliu tvarko aplinką, pjausto medžius ir bando grąžinti viską į vietas. Tačiau pritrūksta įrankių, maisto ir kartu su kaimynu nusprendžia nuvažiuoti į artimiausią prekybos centrą pasirūpinti atsargomis. Stefa lieka namie. Atvažiavę vyrai ir Bilis renkasi produktus, tačiau staiga viskas pasikeičia – aplinką apsupa rūkas. Kartu su rūku atkeliauja ir milžiniškos, pavojingos ir nuodingos pabaisos primenančios antgamtiškus vabalus. Grupelė žmonių esančių parduotuvėje privalo išsigelbėti ir nukakti atgal pas savo artimuosius. Deja, toli gražu ne visi juos namuose ras gyvus... Trumpai ir aiškiai – man labai patiko. Viskas ko tikiesi iš Kingo čia sudėta pačiu gražiausiu pavyzdžiu. Jei reiktų iš eilės sudėlioti visus apsakymus pagal jų gerumą – pirmąją vietą skirčiau „Kukurūzų vaikams“, antrą – „Korporacijai“, tada eitų „Pragaro katė“ ir tada „Rūkas“. Nesakau, jog „Rūkas“ yra blogas apsakymas – ne , jis net labai stiprus. Tačiau aš paniškai bijau vabzdžių )) Be to, skaitydama šį apsakymą dar sužinojau jog ir filmas buvo sukurtas pagal jį! (“The Mist” 2007m.) Taigi, knyga man tikrai patiko ir rekomenduočiau ją visiems siaubo ir King‘o mylėtojams. O kas dar ir siaubo filmus mėgstat, būtinai pažiūrėkit jau klasika tapusius „Kukurūzų vaikus“!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Doreen Petersen

    A fascinating and tormenting tale. What caused the mist? What was it made of? Did the 4 people who made it out of the supermarket survive? There are no answers to these questions which might possibly leave an opening for a sequel?

  25. 5 out of 5

    Andrea ❤Ninja Bunneh❤

    BEWARE. The creatures.... of.... THE MIST. Anyway, we all know that this was originally a short story in . A story of men fucking with nature/forces beyond their knowledge, and basically causing the world to go to hell in a handbasket. There is blood, gore, death, guts, entrails, and terror. Typical Mr. King fun. However, the ending of the movie version actually works better for me in this case. If you haven't seen it or read the book do not click on the spoiler link. (view spoiler)[ I mean seriou BEWARE. The creatures.... of.... THE MIST. Anyway, we all know that this was originally a short story in . A story of men fucking with nature/forces beyond their knowledge, and basically causing the world to go to hell in a handbasket. There is blood, gore, death, guts, entrails, and terror. Typical Mr. King fun. However, the ending of the movie version actually works better for me in this case. If you haven't seen it or read the book do not click on the spoiler link. (view spoiler)[ I mean seriously, what the FUCK was that movie ending? It was epic, that's what it was. (hide spoiler)] Just for shits and giggles, if you're a Walking Dead addict, the movie version is like a family reunion. The Mist is a perfect book to read for the creeptastic month of screamtober. Pennywise agrees. 4 Ninja Bunnehs With Tentacles

  26. 4 out of 5

    Obsidian

    I read this book as a teenager, as a young adult, and now as a woman in her 30s. This story definitely holds up. I remember the first time I read "The Mist" (in the Skeleton Crew collection) that I was floored by how well King captured how human beings end up turning on each other in a crisis. This whole book is pretty much an adult "Lord of the Flies." Told in the first person, David Drayton tells how the Mist came to their little corner of the world. After a huge summer thunderstorm leaves them I read this book as a teenager, as a young adult, and now as a woman in her 30s. This story definitely holds up. I remember the first time I read "The Mist" (in the Skeleton Crew collection) that I was floored by how well King captured how human beings end up turning on each other in a crisis. This whole book is pretty much an adult "Lord of the Flies." Told in the first person, David Drayton tells how the Mist came to their little corner of the world. After a huge summer thunderstorm leaves them without power and needing some repairs, David and his son Billy along with their neighbor Brenton Norman leave David's wife Steffy at home to visit the local store. While there all of the shoppers realize a strange mist is moving fast and it appears that something sinister lurks in the mist. The way that the story sets up all of the parts to it (the headers give one some clue what is about to occur) was very well done. I recall being totally surprised by the ending as a kid because I was ready for some total end of days stuff here. David becomes one part of the defacto leader in this story with the other townspeople being drawn to Mrs. Carmody. Mrs. Carmody would definitely be that person who would blame a woman being out at night for why she was attacked. I recall hating her as a kid and my distaste for her came roaring back when I read and finished this again. I think it's because as an adult I have definitely met this character in real life more times than I would like to even admit to myself. I also thought how well King showed how many people just to protect their own sanity refuse to even believe what has happened and instead blame others around them (Brenton). The writing was typical King and to me that is not a complaint. The man knows how to turn a phrase. The flow from beginning to end was pitch perfect. What I thought was great was that King just gives a little nudge here and there with how the Mist and what comes out to play could be and he doesn't try to sit and over explain things. He knows the reader is going to be more interested in the people and what befalls them, not how did this thing get happen. This is one of the reasons why I love his earlier short story works. The setting of "The Mist" is mostly the store. Some of the action eventually does move, but for most of the book this is where everyone is situated. The ending does leave things a bit hopeful, but still sad all the same. I think the movie "The Mist" actually had the better ending just due to shock and also horror at bad choices the character of David made.

  27. 4 out of 5

    ᴥ Irena ᴥ

    The Mist is a great monster story. The whole plot mostly takes place inside the supermarket (at least the largest horror one). After a nasty storm a strange mist appears. And the things in it. People escaped the mist and what is lurking in it and now they either have to wait for it to pass or to do something horrible. It isn't surprising, then, that you get a couple of stereotypical characters (an old crazy doom-sayer, a lawyer who is full of himself, a unassuming good guy and so on). The protago The Mist is a great monster story. The whole plot mostly takes place inside the supermarket (at least the largest horror one). After a nasty storm a strange mist appears. And the things in it. People escaped the mist and what is lurking in it and now they either have to wait for it to pass or to do something horrible. It isn't surprising, then, that you get a couple of stereotypical characters (an old crazy doom-sayer, a lawyer who is full of himself, a unassuming good guy and so on). The protagonist is stuck with his five-year-old son there. As I said, it is a great monster story. I really liked that part. Unfortunately, in a story like this I need to root for the main character or at least to accept his actions on some level. That definitely doesn't happen here. I loved the story up to a particular moment that was completely unnecessary. It didn't move the story forward. All it did was to make me lose my interest.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Leore

    This was my first Stephen King novel I have read so far. And for me, it was a definite 4 stars. I think his writing and storytelling lives up to what people say and I understand where people are coming from when they say King is the 'King of Horror'. Gripping, emotional and you never know what's about to happen. I bloody loved it! I'm ready to delve more into King's novels as they have now peaked my interest and I hope I discover more great things in his other stories. Away!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mario

    Well that was fun to listen. If you have already read the book I suggest giving this a try. It's pretty short and pretty fun to listen to on a short ride (like I did).

  30. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    My slow and steady quest to read everything Stephen King continues! I finished this in two days & then made the mistake of not writing my review immediately, so this is going to be a little disjointed. This seems to be one of King's most well-known novellas, and deservedly so: it's tense and claustrophobic, almost Lovecraftian in nature, and plays well into the best sides of horror in that the mist obscures. The most frightening things are the unseen, after all: that childlike fear of the dar My slow and steady quest to read everything Stephen King continues! I finished this in two days & then made the mistake of not writing my review immediately, so this is going to be a little disjointed. This seems to be one of King's most well-known novellas, and deservedly so: it's tense and claustrophobic, almost Lovecraftian in nature, and plays well into the best sides of horror in that the mist obscures. The most frightening things are the unseen, after all: that childlike fear of the dark, of what you cannot see, of what might be lurking just out of view. All of King's usual tricks are in play too, in that our first-person narrator is narrating this from an indeterminate future, so sometimes he'll drop in some delicious dramatic foreshadowing that things are going to go awry, that certain people will never be seen again. It puts you on edge, waiting to find out what comes hurtling around the pike. And like in Under the Dome, King is interested in what happens when people are trapped in a space together, in how logic & rationality breaks down and fear takes its place, as civility is scoured away and leaves behind animal instinct and panic. Honestly, the most frightening aspects of The Mist to me was the other people rather than the ineffable monsters in the mist, because we are our own worst enemies, and it reminds you that society's always teetering on a delicate knife's edge anyhow. Hell is other people. The novella is also about coping mechanisms, and the different ways that people rail or cope or adjust to disaster. Some people's logic falls apart, others turn to religion, others muster and show unknown heroic sides of themselves. Our main character here, David, is a pretty cut-and-dried straight white male father & husband of good integrity, but I also like that he has his ugly and weak and helpless moments. He isn't infallible. He loses his temper, he succumbs to blind numbing distraction, he's a coward sometimes. So, it's just a really good, solid novella. Probably a good place to start for anyone who wants to get into King but is daunted by the length of his usual novels, too. And now, let's talk about the ending! And the movie! A lot of the chatter in our Horror Aficionados group read has been about the endings of both movie vs.novella, and for good reason (I gather it's been... pretty controversial...). HUGE SPOILERS FOR BOTH NOVELLA & MOVIE BELOW. (view spoiler)[The novella ends inconclusively, with David thinking he hears the word "Hartford" on the radio, so our merry crew driving off into the mist, hoping to find some remnants of civilisation. I absolutely hate cliffhanger endings, but this works, sorta, for a short novella where you haven't been waiting that long for payoff. (Even so, King still apologises for it via David's narration.) It leaves it up to the reader to decide whether or not they survive. It's about hope, and maintaining hope. (As they say in The Road: keeping the light alive.) And I could be okay with that. I guess. But the movie exists, and the fact that Frank Darabont rewrote the ending to be so conclusive and bleak is fantastic to me -- it's a punch in the gut, and one which Stephen King has also praised. In short: Trapped in the car, in the mist, surrounded by monsters and with no way out, David uses the last of the bullets to kill his family and friends, then stumbles out into the mist in despair, ready to be killed by the monsters. Then literally two minutes later, the army comes sweeping through, killing the monsters and burning away the mist and restoring normalcy, while David falls to his knees, having destroyed his entire world himself. So the movie is also about hope and not letting go of it, but in more of a 'cautionary tale' way: it illustrates the sheer mind-numbing horror of giving up, giving in to despair. I saw it 9 years ago but it's still carved into my memory, it is just that much of a shocker. It's hugely contentious! A lot of people love it, a lot of people hate it. Me, I fall into the former camp. It would have been godawful if it was the ending to a long book or a series, one where you'd grown deeply attached to the characters, but as a short, punchy tale? Yes. Yes. Because it raises all those questions of hope and survival, and what would you do. (When playing games like Silent Hill, I keep thinking about the fact that I would not survive this: my first encounter with a monster and I'd probably pee myself and maybe opt out with a gun, because jesus, I just cannot deal.) And to quote The Road again, because it's fitting: Can you do it? When the time comes? ... What if it doesnt fire? It has to fire. What if it doesnt fire? Could you crush that beloved skull with a rock? Is there such a being within you of which you know nothing? Can there be? Hold him in your arms. Just so. The soul is quick. Pull him toward you. Kiss him. Quickly. It's hugely painful and despairing, but I think that's the point. The point is to not give up. (hide spoiler)] --- In short, I think I'm going to rewatch the film this week. Also, my favourite easter egg/tie-in is that for the movie, they got Drew Struzan -- i.e. the best movie poster artist of all time, he's the one who did the photorealistic paintings for Star Wars, Indiana Jones, etc -- to paint a fake movie poster for The Dark Tower, which movie!David is seen working on. All things serve the beam. Fifth book of my Horror Aficionados reading challenge. Favourite quotes below, spoilery per usual: (view spoiler)[One of those terrible visions came to me--I think they are reserved exclusively for husbands and fathers--of the picture window blowing in with a low, hard coughing sound and sending jagged arrows of glass into my wife's bare stomach, into my boy's face and neck. The horrors of the Inquisition are nothing compared to the fates your mind can imagine for your loved ones. *** I stayed awake for another half hour with one lit candle for company, listening to the thunder walk and talk outside. *** [ Just insert the entire scene here of the hysterical woman going out into the mist to get back to her children, and begging everyone for help and to come with her, and everyone shutting down and not meeting her eye and making their excuses -- including our narrator, who even uses his own son as a human shield to deflect his shame. It's incredible. The fact that, at the end of the movie, we see her safe-and-sound is another twist of the knife in the viewer's gut. If only, if only. ] *** I sat down on the floor and took Billy on my lap and held his face against my chest and rocked him and talked to him. I told him all the lies parents keep in reserve for bad situations, the ones that sound so damn plausible to a child, and I told them in a tone of perfect conviction. *** There was a sound. A soft sliding sound. It stopped, then started again with a stealthy little bump. Everything inside me went loose. I regressed magically to four years of age. *** "David," Ollie said. "What--" He stopped, then made himself go on. "What if they get in? The tentacles?" "How could they?" Jim asked. "You guys shut the door." "Sure," Ollie said. "But the whole front wall of this place is plate glass." An elevator shot my stomach down about twenty floors. I had known that, but had somehow been successfully ignoring it. *** The next four hours passed in a kind of dream. There was a long and semihysterical discussion following Brown's confirmation, or maybe the discussion wasn't as long as it seemed; maybe it was just the grim necessity of people chewing over the same information, trying to see it from every possible point of view, working it the way a dog works a bone, trying to get at the marrow. It was a slow coming to belief. *** Blood sacrifice--the words hung there, slowly turning. Even now, when I know better, I tell myself that then what she meant was someone's pet dog--there were a couple of them trotting around the market in spite of the regulations against them. Even now I tell myself that. She looked like some crazed remnant of New England Puritanism in the gloom... but I suspect that something deeper and darker than mere Puritanism motivated her. Puritanism had its own dark grandfather, old Adam with bloody hands. *** Billy was crying. "Shh, Billy shh," I said, rocking his head against me, but he went on crying. It was the sort of crying that only mothers know how to fix right. *** Norton ran his hands through his hair, a gesture as calculated as any ever made by a Broadway actor. I had liked him better pulling the cord of his chainsaw fruitlessly, cussing and thinking himself unobserved. I could not tell then and do not know any better now if he believed in what he was doing or not. I think, down deep, that he knew what was going to happen. I think that the logic he had paid lip service to all his life turned on him at the end like a tiger that has gone bad and mean. *** Terror is the widening of perspective and perception. The horror was in knowing I was swimming down to a place most of us leave when we get out of diapers and into training pants. I could see it on Ollie's face, too. When rationality begins to break down, the circuits of the human brain can overload. Axons grow bright and feverish. Hallucinations turn real: the quicksilver puddle at the point where perspective makes parallel lines seem to intersect is really there; the dead walk and talk; a rose begins to sing. [NOTE FROM JULIE: I'm really happy that I read TDT before any other of King's work, so I can spot the lil' Easter eggs everywhere.] *** Even a zombie lurching through the night can seem pretty cheerful compared to the existential comedy/horror of the ozone layer dissolving under the combined assault of a million fluorocarbon spray cans of deodorant. *** That is what happened. Or nearly all--there is one final thing I'll get to in a moment. But you mustn't expect some neat conclusion. There is no And they escaped from the mist into the good sunshine of a new day; or When we awoke the National Guard had finally arrived; or even that great old standby: It was all a dream. It is, I suppose, what my father always frowningly called "an Alfred Hitchcock ending," by which he meant a conclusion in ambiguity that allowed the reader or viewer to make up his own mind about how things ended. My father had nothing but contempt for such stories, saying they were "cheap shots." [NOTE FROM JULIE: This bit reads even more as King's own voice than just David's; the fourth wall breaking slightly, as King steps outside the story to offer his apologies. It reminds me of his afterword to The Dark Tower, in which he notes how much he hates writing endings.] (hide spoiler)]

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