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Titre : SKELETON CREW .
Éditeur : Scream Press, [Santa Cruz, California]
Date d'édition : 1985
Reliure : Hardcover
Signé : Signed by Author(s)
Small folio, full black leather, spine panel stamped in silver, blind skull in hard hat on front panel, zipper, silk moire endpapers, silver edges. Limited edition. The "zipper issue" was limited to 69 copies produced from first state sheets comprising seventeen "special" copies (publisher's presentation copies, etc.) and 52 lettered copies, this being letter "X" signed by King and artist J. K. Potter. This edition adds story, "The Revelations of 'Becka Paulson." Folded poster with illustration by Potter laid in. The stories "Gramma," "Word Processor of the Gods," and "The Revelations of Becka Paulson" were made into episodes for anthology television series; the story "Here Be Tygers" (as Tyger) was made as a short film. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 4-174. A fine "as new" copy. (#128881). N° de réf. du libraire 128881
Synopsis : "Different Seasons" comprises four spine-chilling stories by a master of the supernatural: "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption", "The Body", "The Breathing Method" and "Apt Pupil". "Skeleton Crew" is made up of a bumper 23 tales.
Critique: In the introduction to Skeleton Crew (1985), his second collection of stories, King pokes fun at his penchant for "literary elephantiasis," makes scatological jokes about his muse, confesses how much money he makes (gross and net), and tells a story about getting arrested one time when he was "suffused with the sort of towering, righteous rage that only drunk undergraduates can feel." He winds up with an invitation to a scary voyage: "Grab onto my arm now. Hold tight. We are going into a number of dark places, but I think I know the way."
And he sure does. Skeleton Crew contains a superb short novel ("The Mist") that alone is worth the price of admission, plus two forgettable poems and 20 short stories on such themes as an evil toy monkey, a human-eating water slick, a machine that avenges murder, and unnatural creatures that inhabit the thick woods near Castle Rock, Maine. The short tales range from simply enjoyable to surprisingly good.
In addition to "The Mist," the real standout is "The Reach," a beautifully subtle story about a great-grandmother who was born on a small island off the coast of Maine and has lived there her whole life. She has never been across "the Reach," the body of water between island and mainland. This is the story that King fans give to their friends who don't read horror in order to show them how literate, how charming a storyteller he can be. Don't miss it. --Fiona Webster
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