Cover of: Skeleton crew | Stephen King

Skeleton crew

  • 4.5
  • 2 Ratings
  • 26 Want to read
  • 2 Have read

Published by New American Library in New York .
Written in English.

About the Book

The collection features 22 works, which includes nineteen short stories, a novella ("The Mist"), and two poems ("Paranoid: A Chant" and "For Owen"). In addition to the introduction, in which King directly addresses his readers in his signature conversational style, Skeleton Crew features an epilogue of sorts entitled "Notes" wherein King discusses the origins of several stories in the collection. The stories are collected from science-fiction and horror anthologies (Dark Forces, Shadows, Terrors, and New Terrors) genre magazine publications (Twilight Zone, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Startling Mystery Stories, Weirdbook and Fantasy and Science Fiction) and popular magazines (Redbook, Gallery, Yankee and Playboy).

Although published in 1985, the stories collected in Skeleton Crew span seventeen years from "The Reaper's Image" (King's second professional sale when he was just eighteen years old) to "The Ballad of The Flexible Bullet" which was completed in 1983.[3]

Skeleton Crew is critically held as showing King as a maturing writer[4] with greater breadth and depth than his previous short works.[5]

The collection also features some more personal works, including "For Owen", the poem he wrote for his son, and "Gramma" a horrific tale from an eleven-year old boy's perspective that seems to recall King's own horrors living with his invalid grandmother.[6]

Of one of the stories in the collection, King says: "As far as short stories are concerned, I like the grisly ones the best. However the story "Survivor Type" goes a little bit too far, even for me."[7]

Table of Contents

The mist
Here there be tygers
The monkey
Cain rose up
Mrs. Todd's shortcut
The jaunt
The wedding gig
Paranoid: a chant
The raft
Word processor of the gods
The man who would not shake hands
The reaper's image
For Owen
Survivor type
Uncle Otto's truck
Morning deliveries (Milkman #1)
Big wheels: a tale of the laundry game (Milkman #2)
The ballad of the flexible bullet
The reach.

Edition Notes

"A Signet book."

Signet -- AE 4293
Copyright Date


Library of Congress
PS3561.I5746 S55 1986

The Physical Object

573 p. ;
Number of pages

ID Numbers

Open Library
Internet Archive

Readers waiting for this title: 2

Download ebook for print-disabled Download Protected DAISY

Other editions of this book may be available:

Check Other Editions

Prefer the physical book? Check nearby libraries with:

Buy this book

Amazon $0.10 (used)
Better World Books $3.98 (used)


Download catalog record: RDF / JSON / OPDS
November 5, 2011 Edited by WorkBot add editions to new work
August 12, 2011 Edited by ImportBot add ia_box_id to scanned books
October 6, 2010 Edited by ImportBot Added new cover
October 6, 2010 Created by ImportBot Initial record created, from Internet Archive MARC record.