The Mist is a horror novel by the American author Stephen King, in which the small town of Bridgton, Maine is suddenly enveloped in an unnatural mist that. The Mist book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers . It's a hot, lazy day, perfect for a cookout, until you see those strang. The Mist is a novella written by Stephen King. It was first published in an anthology named Dark Forces in It was later published in book Skeleton Crew in.
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Stephen King's terrifying novella about a town engulfed in a dense, mysterious mist as humanity makes its last stand. The Mist by Stephen King (). +. Carrie. +. It: A Novel. Total price: $ Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. These items are shipped from and. Stephen King lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. He has written more than forty books and two hundred short stories. He has won the .
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.
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.
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!
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. View all 4 comments. Apr 13, Evelyn devours and digests words rated it liked it Shelves: 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. 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. View all 9 comments. Jul 08, Mia Nauca rated it really liked it. View 1 comment. May 21, Rebecca McNutt rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Mist is so much more than just horror.
It's a short story and yet, like its fantastic 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. Feb 08, Leo. Great book.
The film was good too. The ripping of the veil and the monsters flood in. Aug 06, Leore rated it really liked it Shelves: 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. Sep 06, SR rated it did not like it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 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.
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. 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. 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.
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 emphasis mine: At that point, I was like, yeah, whatever, you could totally get eaten right now and I would not even care.
So yes: Fail all around, basically. I'll enjoy having a rant about this. View all 7 comments. May 31, Danger rated it really liked it. 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. 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. 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. 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 mean, this book turning into a film is not fluke. Almost ALL his books are turned into films.
Now this is only a page novella and there were still quite a few inane details that added absolutely zero to the actually story. Think about it. 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. So would I read King again? View 2 comments. Vrhunac mi je onaj monstrum koji je veliki kao dinosaurus Cthulhu inspiracija?
Eh sad , kraj knjige mi je bio dobar I tu moram uporedit ovaj kraj , sa onim krajem u filmu koji je bio Mar 04, Celeste rated it really liked it Shelves: You can find this review and more at Novel Notions.
And, as with Carrie , my visit to the Mist completely altered my perception of a story I thought I knew. All that being said, The Mist is a quick little journey into the frightened mind, a dissection of mob mentality and the way fear plays itself out within a group of strangers who are thrown together by sudden and unexplained danger. One thing that King excels at in my opinion is developing believable characters who make believable if unfortunate decisions based on their fear.
Our main protagonist and his son find themselves trapped in a supermarket with a bunch of other bystanders, ranging from strangers on holiday to year-round neighbors.
In the aftermath of a terrible storm, a strange mist rolls into town. Unfortunately, the mist is much more than the dense fog it appears to be; hidden within the mist are horrid, unearthly creatures that want nothing more than to feed, and humans are evidently pleasing to their palates. Unable to leave the market for fear of being eaten, this motley crew of strangers and neighbors must decide what to do in order to survive.
I found it absolutely fascinating to see how group dynamics were fostered and altered by such a large group being trapped together. Little tribes were formed, and leaders of those tribes battled for dominance and greater numbers. We see inhibitions lowered, animal instincts rear their ugly heads, and heroism revealed in the unlikeliest of candidates.
We see bravery and cowardice, greed and selflessness, adaptation and blatant closed-mindedness, all writ small within a glass menagerie of a microcosm. I found seeing these big ideas played out on such a small stage incredibly telling of the mixed bag that is humanity. We are capable of such brilliant good, and such mind boggling evil. And all that separates one from the other is the path we choose to follow.
Something I really appreciate about King is his ability to convey belief in something as right and true even in the midst painting religion as horrid and garish. And yet King does a brilliant job of not portraying religious belief itself as evil. Instead, he shows these villains to be fanatics who have twisted religion in some way to suit them. So far, this has always been some twisted form of Christianity, and yet I have never once felt that King was poking fun at Christians.
He is instead showing the evil that can be wrought in the name of religion, and how Christianity can become a horribly twisted and dangerous entity when approached from a desire to judge and appear superior instead of a desire for forgiveness and acceptance and love. I have seen my faith twisted in such ways in real life, and it always both saddens and infuriates me. I honestly kind of like ambiguous endings for the very reason King gives us here from the lips of his protagonist.
The chaos has caused society to break down and a radical religious zealot, Mrs. Carmody, has risen to power. Carmody believes that a human sacrifice must be made to defeat the mist. She decides that Billy and a young woman named Amanda who happens to be David's love interest are to be killed. But Ollie shoots and kills Mrs.
Carmody before the sacrifice can take place, thus dismantling her congregation. Ollie isn't the hero for long, a creature from the mist kills him shortly after his courageous act. It seems he is chopped in half by a giant monster that looks like a lobster. They drive aimlessly through a mist of monsters — they see massive creatures that resemble spiders and squids and a monster so large they drive under it.
The novella ends on a grim note when the car radio picks up a static-riddled broadcast with the word "Hartford.
The Mist was first published in a collection of supernatural horror edited by Kirby McCauley, entitled Dark Forces , in It was later released in the Stephen King anthology Skeleton Crew in and then as a standalone novella in In addition to print versions of the story, it has been adapted as a film and inspired many other media projects.
Its plot of scientists tearing a hole into an alternative dimension was derived almost exclusively off The Mist.
The game even goes so far as to include the pterodactyl like monsters which terrorize the grocery store. Moreover, many of Stephen Kings other works reference The Mist. These include The Dark Tower series. It is has been suggested that Project Arrowhead opened a door into this alternative dimension.
The Mist is a must read for fans of cosmic horror. It is, perhaps, the most underrated story written by Stephen King. In writing an ode to H. Lovecraft, he surpasses him. This is the reason The Mist is often cited as an inspiration by other authors, video game developers, and other practitioners of media. It is one of the greatest horror stories ever. Order it here. That ending stays with you. Like Like. It is a good film. I am not sure it is my favorite Stephen king movie, but it is faithful to the story.
In general, I am not sure cosmic horror translates well to movies. It certainly has not translated into box office gold. The few mainstream cosmic horror releases have failed to make much money when compared to other horror film subgenres.