Date Started: March 22, 2021
Date Finished: March 26, 2021
Reason Book was Chosen: As I’ve mentioned previously I’ve challenged myself to read all of King’s work in almost publication order (some are a little out of sync which I’ll explain in these entries as we go through). This is King's fifth published book (including Rage). Nine of the twenty short stories in the book had first appeared in various issues of Cavalier Magazine from 1970 to 1975; others were originally published in Penthouse, Cosmopolitan, Gallery, Ubris, and Maine Magazine. The stories "Jerusalem's Lot", "Quitters Inc.", "The Last Rung on the Ladder", and "The Woman in the Room" appeared for the first time in this collection. (I’ve stolen this last sentence from Wikipedia). In reading this collection I’ll have read all of King’s published works from the 1970’s. The full list of short stories appearing in this collection are: Jerusalem's Lot, Graveyard Shift, Night Surf, I Am The Doorway, The Mangler, The Boogeyman, Gray Matter, Battleground, Trucks, Sometimes They Come Back, Strawberry Spring, The Ledge, The Lawnmower Man, Quitters Inc., I Know What You Need, Children of the Corn, The Last Rung on the Ladder, The Man Who Loved Flowers, One For The Road and The Woman in the Room.
I really enjoyed this collection, all pretty quick reads and a lot of the characters and places you’ll see in a lot of other King’s works.