Skeleton Crew Picture

Description

Stephen King Skeleton Crew - A collection of short stories

Published

1985 Putnam

Dedication

This book is for Arthur and Joyce Green

Story List




The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet

Description

Editor Henry Wilson is casually chatting to a small group of friends, and tells the story of when he received a story from author Reg Thorpe. Thorpe was having a hard time selling stories, and during the letters and conversations between them, Thorpe tells of his strange belief in Fornits.

Fornits are magical creatures, one of which Thorpe believes lives in his typewriter. Thorpe did many things to protect his valuable Fornit, and his belief was strengthened when Wilson said he believed in Fornits as well.

The Thorpe's housekeeper brought her son to work, and Thorpe discovered that the boy was trying to kill his Fornit, so in a fit of anger he took his gun and shot the boy before committing suicide.

Published

1984, June - Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine
1985 - Skeleton Crew

People

NameDescription
?, MarshaWife of the agent that was at Henry Wilson's party and heard the story of 'The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet'
?, MegWife of Paul. She was at Henry Wilson's party and heard the story of 'The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet'
?, PaulWriter and husband of Meg. He was at Henry Wilson's party and heard the story of 'The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet'
Baker, HowardMentioned in passing
Baker, JaredAssistant fiction editor at Esquire Magazine
BellisHenry Wilson's Fornit, and brother of Reg Thorpe's Fornit, Rackne
Bellis, MissMaiden name of Henry Wilson's mother
d'Arc, JeanneHeard voices from "heaven"
Dennis the MenaceCharacter mentioned in passing
Dohegan, JimBoss of Henry Wilson at Logan's Magazine
Fitzgerald, F ScottWriter mentioned
Galilei, GalileoMentioned in passing
GodMentioned in passing
Hagen, TomWriter who comitted suicide
Hemingway, ErnestWriter mentioned
Jackson, ShirleyWrote "The Lottery"
Lindsay, JohnOn the cover of Logan's magazine in 1969
Lockridge, RossA writer who committed suicide
Marx, GrouchoComedian mentioned in passing
McCarthy, ?Name shown on a sticker on the back of Henry Wilson's Chevy
Moore, MarianneAuthor who coined the phrase "Flexible Bullet"
Morrison, JaneyJim Dohegan's secretary at Logan's
Plath, SylviaWriter who committed suicide
RackneThe fornit in Reg Thorp's typewriter. Brother of Bellis. Died when Jimmy Rulin shot it with his space blaster pistol
Rivers, AndyEditor of fiction for American Crossings magazine
Rulin, GertrudeBlack woman hired by Thorpe to help clean the house. Her son Jimmy "shot" the Fornit in Reg Thorp's typewriter
Rulin, Jimmy6 year old son of Gertrude Rulin. Shot the Fornit in Reg Thorp's typewriter, so Reg then shot and injured him
Rulin, MrHusband of Gertrude and father of Jimmy
Sexton, AnneWriter who committed suicide
Sinatra, FrankSinger Henry Wilson heard on the radio
Steinbeck, JohnWriter mentioned in passing
Strong, MertWorked in Logan's publicity office
Thorpe, JaneWife of Reg Thorpe. She was worried about his strange behaviour. She was shot by Reg in the elbow and head, but survived. After Reg's death she moved to New Haven
Thorpe, RegThe writer that was slowly going insane. He wrote "Underworld Figures" and the short story "The ballad of the flexible bullet". He believed there was a small creature, called a Fornit living in his typewriter. He snapped after Jimmy Rulin shot and killed his fornit, Rackne. He then he shot Jimmy Rulin, Gertrude Rulin and his wife, Jane before turning the gun on himself and committed suicide with a shot to the head
Updike, JohnWriter whos story in Logan's was cancelled
Vadar, SamOn the board of directors for Logan's magazine
Vaughan, SarahSinger Henry Wilson heard on the radio
Wilson, HenryEditor of fiction for Logan's magazine. Slowly went insane with Reg Thorpe, and started to believe the stories they told. He almost died in 1969 when he crashed his car while drunk. He told the story of 'The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet' to some friends at a party
Wilson, MrBrother of Henry Wilson
Wilson, MrsWife of Henry. She left him because of his excessive drinking
Wilson, MrsMother of Henry. Married name of Miss Bellis
Younger, KateWorked in Logan's add department



Beachworld

Description

A spaceship crash-lands on a world consisting entirely of sand. Before the rescue ship arrives the crew of 2 discover that there is life after all, but one living below the shifting dunes. Only one of the crew are rescued.

Published

1984, Fall - Weird Tales
1985 - Skeleton Crew

People

NameDescription
2 AndroidsOn the Clan Ship
AndroidOn the Clan ship. Got sand inside it and it malfunctioned
Beach Boys, TheBand liked by Rand
ChangMentioned by the Captain of the Clan Ship (Weird Tales only)
Dud, ?On the rescue ship that arrived to save Rand and Shapiro. Gave water to Bill Shapiro
GodMentioned in passing
Goldfish, ThePets kept by Grimes, but killed in the crash
Gomez, ?Pilot of the rescue ship that arrived to save Rand and Shapiro
Grimes, ?Died in the crash of the FedShip ASN/29. His body was in pieces in the storage compartment. Kept goldfish that were also killed in the crash
Holmes, SherlockMentioned in passing
Montoya, ExcellentOn the rescue ship that arrived to save Rand and Shapiro. He tried to tranquilise Rand but failed
Rand, ?Survived the crash of the FedShip ASN/29 but became stranded on the strange sandy planet that was really alive. Lost his mind and died in the sand
Shapiro, BillSurvived the crash of the FedShip ASN/29 but became stranded on the strange sandy planet that was really alive. Saved by a clan ship. He was the Astrogator
Shapiro, MrsMother of Bill Shapiro
YorickCharacter from a Shakespeare play mentioned in passing



Big Wheels: A Tale of the Laundry Game

Description

Leo Edwards and Johnny Rockwell approach Bob Driscoll of Bob's Gas and Service to inspect Rocky's 1957 Chrysler so it can be registered. Soon after leaving drunk, Leo and Rocky crash head on into a 1959 Mercury, and are killed in the accident. Bob Driscoll returns home, strangles his wife and burns down his house.

This story was substantially modified from the original New Terrors 2 version.

Published

1982 - New Terrors 2
1985 - Skeleton Crew

People

NameDescription
Andress, UrsulaTinker Johnson posted a picture of her on old lady Freemantle's bulletin board
Blier, RockyHis picture was on a can of Iron City beer. A Steeler
Drew, MarcyMaiden name of Marcy Driscoll
Driscoll, BobOwner of Bob's Gas and Service. Went to school with Johnny Rockwell. Husband of Marcy.f1~ After an evening drinking with Leo Brooks and Johnny Rockwell he returns home to kill his wife and set fire to their house
Driscoll, MarcyWife of Bob Driscoll, and married name of Marcy Drew. Strangled by her husband
Edwards, LeoWorked at the New Adams Laundry as a washroom helper. He was killed in a car smash.f1~ The car was driven by Johnny Rockwell while drunk
Edwards, MrsMother of Leo Edwards
Freemantle, ?Tinker Johnson posted a picture of Ursula Andress on old lady Freemantle's bulletin board
Green, JoeHis picture was on a can of Iron City beer.f1~ A Steeler
Harris, FrancoHis picture was on a can of Iron City beer. A Steeler
Johnson, TinkerHe posted a picture of Ursula Andress on old lady Freemantle's bulletin board
Milligan, ?The child of Spike and Rockwell's ex-wife
Milligan, SpikeA milkman, he got Johnny Rockwell's wife pregnant in 1970, and she and her two older children moved in with him.f1~Worked for Cramer's Dairy.~ He saw the accident in which Johnny Rockwell and Leo Edwards were killed. He was then heading to the Driscoll house
Rockwell, ?Johnny Rockwell had two daughters with his wife before she left him for Spike Milligan
Rockwell, ?Johnny Rockwell had two daughters with his wife before she left him for Spike Milligan
Rockwell, Johnny (Rocky)Worked at the New Adams Laundry. His wife left him after getting pregnant to Spike Milligan. He was killed while drunk driving after leaving Bob's Gas and Service with Leo Edwards in the car. Hit head on by a 1959 Mercury.
Rockwell, MrsJohnny's wife.f1~ She had an affair with Spike Milligan and fell pregnant in 1970, and then moved in with him, taking her elder 2 daughters with her.
Rucklehouse, DianaBob Driscoll said she had large breasts
Shaw, TerryHis picture was on a can of Iron City beer.f1~ A Steeler
Swann, LynnHis picture was on a can of Iron City beer.f1~ A Steeler wide receiver



Cain Rose Up

Description

Curt Garrish finally snaps and goes on a killing spree. He takes his .352 Magnum rifle out of storage and up to his dorm room. He begins randomly shooting at students and their parents. At least four people are brutally murdered.

Published

1968, Spring - Ubris
1985 - Skeleton Crew

There are no characters listed for this story.


For Owen

Description

A father and young son walk to school, and the boy tells him that students on Fruit Street are all fruits. The father imagines the tiny blueberries to patrol boy bananas and tardy, fat watermelons.

There are no listed characters in this 2 page story, although it is assumed that the father and son are Stephen and Owen King.

Published

1985 - Skeleton Crew

There are no characters listed for this story.


Gramma

Description

11 year old George Bruckner is left in the house, just outside Castle Rock, with his insane Grandmother. George discovers that Gramma has died, but the body grabs him. Even the special words given to him by his Aunt Flo could not stop the attack. His mother, Ruth, returns home, but does not realise that something special had been passed from Gramma to her son, and now he was determined that things would change.

Published

1984, Spring - Weird Book magazine
1985 - Skeleton Crew (Revised)

People

NameDescription
?, FloAunt of George. Daughter of Gramma. Lived in Salt Lake City before she died of a massive brain haemorrhage the same day Gramma died
?, Franklin (Frank)Uncle of George. Son of Gramma. He died of a burst appendix after he crossed Gramma
?, GeorgeUncle of George. Son of Gramma. George was named after him
?, LarsonUncle of George. Eldest son of Gramma
?, MabelHenrietta Dodd spoke with her on the phone
Arlinder, DrDoctor of Gramma
Bruckner, BuddyBrother of George and son of Ruth. He broke his leg causing George to be left alone with Gramma
Bruckner, George11 year old boy who was left along with Gramma. She died, but transferred her powers, or even herself, into George. He then killed Aunt Flo using ancient words
Bruckner, MrFather of George and Buddy. Killed by a drunk driver
Bruckner, RuthMother of George and Buddy. Daughter of Gramma. Her house was bought by all the children of Gramma so she could look after her
Burdon, MrSchool Principal
Camber, JoeMentioned in passing. He owned the hill where George and Buddy liked to go sledding
Cornwallis, LordGeorge read about him
Dodd, HenriettaBusy body on the same party line as the Bruckners
GrammaInsane, fat, blind grandmother of George. She lived with her daughter, Ruth. A schoolteacher for 15 years, she was sacked for using Magic Books to help her have children. She died, but her dead body came back to life and attacked George. Her personality may have taken over the boy
GranpaHusband of Gramma. A carpenter who died of heart attack
Harham, MrsLived up the road from George Bruckner until she died when Gramma had a 'bad spell'
HasturThe name of Gramma's "Taken Father"
JesusMentioned in passing
MacArdle, HeatherGeorge told Buddy that he liked her, so Buddy told everyone at school the next day
Redenbacher, MrsTeacher at school
Simard, CoraBusybody friend of Henrietta Dodd



Here There be Tygers

Description

Charles wanted to go to the bathroom badly, but was too embarrassed to ask his teacher. Once at the bathroom Charles encountered another problem - there was a hungry tiger there. The tiger attacked Kenny Griffen, and later Miss Bird, the teacher.

Published

1968, Spring - Ubris
1985 - Skeleton Crew

People

NameDescription
?, BillCharacter in a book "Roads to Everywhere" which was read by Charles after he returned from the bathroom
?, CharlesA student in Miss Bird's 3rd grade class. He knew about the tiger and also the grizzly fate of Kenneth Griffin and Miss Bird
Bird, MissCharles' third grade teacher who was eaten by the tiger in the boys toilet when she went to see why Kenneth Griffin and Charles were taking so long
Griffen, KennethKilled by the tiger after Miss Bird sent him to see why Charles was taking do long in the toilet
Kinney, MissThird grade teacher. Young and blond
Scott, CathyIn Miss Birds third grade class with Charles. She never had to visit the bathroom during class
The TigerHungry beast who lived in the school bathroom
Trask, MrsThird grade teacher



The Jaunt

Description

An interesting idea from a professor leads to the development of teleportation on a mass scale 350 years in our future. There is one drawback though - people must be unconscious in order to teleport, or else they turn insane.

12 year old Ricky Oates holds his breath and stays awake during the Jaunt procedure. On arriving at the other end he is insane and tears his eyes out.

Published

1981, June - Twilight Zone
1985 - Skeleton Crew

People

NameDescription
Bell, Alexander GrahamMentioned in passing
Bester, AlfredWrote "The stars My destination" where the term 'Jaunte' was used for a type of teleportation
Buffington, ?In Charlotte
Carson, ?In New Jersey
Carune, VictorInventor of the Jaunt - a teleportation device that can transport people over vast distances extremely quickly. Once he got the Jaunt equipment working, the government took over the project
Edison, ThomasMentioned in passing
Foggia, RudyConvicted murderer that teleported while awake, with disastrous consequences. He died shortly after the Jaunt, but just before dying he said that it was an eternity in there
Gordon, FlashMentioned in passing
Hart, MrPresident
Heinlein, RobertWrote a novel in which identical standins are used by some people in the public arena
Hoffa, JimmyMentioned in passing
Lincoln, AbrahamMentioned in passing
Michaelson, ?Daughter of Lester
Michaelson, LesterJaunt researcher that killed his wife by sending her on a Jaunt while awake, but he also failed to select a destination so she never materialised. He was convicted of murder and executed
Michaelson, MrsUnlucky wife of Lester who was sent on a jaunt while awake. There was no destination selected so she never materialised
Mosconi, DrVet who examined dead mouse that was teleported in order to find out how or why it died
Oates, MarilysWife of Mark Oates and mother of Patricia and Ricky
Oates, MarkHusband of Marilys, and father of Patricia and Ricky. He told the story of the early days of the Jaunt, and the reasons why you must never Jaunt while awake
Oates, Patricia (Patty)Daughter of Mark and Marilys
Oates, RickySon of Mark and Marilys who, after listening to his father tell the story of the development of the Jaunt, decided to teleport while awake. On exiting he looked old and insane, and tore his eyes out
PatrickA goldfish that died after teleporting awake
Pecos BillMentioned in passing
PercyGoldfish of Carune. The first thing that survived being teleported
Sumner, C KAuthor of 'The Politics of the Jaunt'
Thurgood, GovernorFlorida Governor who signed a release for Rudy Foggia on a successful jaunt
Watson, ?The first words spoken by Alexander Graham Bell over a telephone was to him
Whitney, EliMentioned in passing



The Man Who Would Not Shake Hands

Description

A tale told at 249B East 34th Street , New York involves the death of a young boy in India caused by the car driven by Henry Brower. Henry was cursed in such a way that any living thing he touched with his hands would die.

Jason Davidson grabbed and shook Henry's hand, but died soon after. Henry left and soon committed suicide - by shaking his own hand.

Published

1982 - Shadows 4
1985 - Skeleton Crew (Revised)

People

NameDescription
?, RosalieFiancee of George Gregson
Adley, DavidAt the club
Andrews, PeterAt the club
Baker, DarrelPoker playing friend of George Gregson
Brower, HenryThe man who would not shake hands
Davidson, JasonPoker playing friend of George Gregson. Died after shaking hands with Henry Brower
French, AndrewPoker playing friend of George Gregson
Greer, RaymondFriend of Henry Brower. Worked for the City Trade Commission
Gregson, GeorgeTold the tale
Johannsen, ?At the club
McCarron, EmlynAt the club
Oxley, GeorgePoker playing friend of George Gregson. Broke his leg
StevensButler at the club
WallahHoly man that cursed Henry Brower after his son was killed in Brower's car
Wilden, JackPoker playing friend of George Gregson



The Mist

Description

A strange and deadly mist takes over the small town of Bridgton, near Long Lake, on 17th of July. Some survivors take shelter in a Federal market, but discover they are not safe inside, because the mist is not just mist - it's alive and after them!

Published

1980 - Dark Forces
1985 - Skeleton Crew (Substantially revised)

People

NameDescription
?, NormBag-boy in the Federal Store. Eaten by tentacles in the fog
?, ReubenUncle of David Drayton
?, SallyCheckout girl at the Federal Store
?, VictorBrother of Wanda. His mother was in the Federal Store
?, Wanda8 Year old sister of Victor. Her mother was in the Federal Store
Bibber, AggieBusy body neighbour of the Drayton's
Brown, BudFederal Store manager in Bridgton
Carmody, MrsRan the Brigton Antiquary, and a keen history buff
Cornell, AmbroseIn the Federal market. Had a gun in his car
Crockett, DavyMentioned in Passing
Drayton, AndrewPossibly the father of David
Drayton, Billy5 year old son of David and Stephanie
Drayton, DavidFather of Billy, and husband of Steffy. He is the teller of the tale. An Artist
Drayton, Stephanie (Steffy)Mother of Billy and wife of David
Dumfries, AmandaHad a gun in her purse in the market. Became a lover of David Drayton
Eagleton, BuddyWorked in the Federal store
Ellitch, TommyOwner of a barn destroyed in the storm
Frovin, John LeeMechanic at the Texaco service station. Taken by something in the Fog
Gault, MrWriter friend of David Drayton
Giosti, BillOwner of Giosti's Mobil in Casco village. 70 tears old. ran the place with his 3 sons
Grondin, JimIn the Federal Market. Friend of Myron LaFleur
Grondin, PaulineSister of Jim
Hartgen, VincentMentioned in Passing
Hatlen, MikeSelectman in Bridgton and trapped in the Federal store
Jasser, ?Neighbour of the Drayton's. Their dock was smashed by the water cyclone
LaFleur, MyronFriend of Jim Grondin. In the Federal Store
Lawless, JaninePostlady for the Draytons
Martin, ?Owners of a dock that washed up on the lake
McAllister, VictorSpoke to Billy Drayton about letting a flag touch the ground
McKeon, ?Owner of a house in Bridgton
McVey, MrButcher in the Federal Store
Michaelson, BenSpoke about the Arrowhead Project
Miller, DanOwns a place on Highland Lake and trapped in the Federal Store
Muehler, DickDraytons insurance agent
Neary, MrsSaid that everything is full of atoms to Billy Draton
Norton, BrentonNext door neighbour to the Draytons. A lawyer from New Jersey. Husband of Carle
Norton, CarlaWife of Norton. Died of cancer the previous November
O'Brien, WillyWriter mentioned in passing
Reppler, HildaWorked as a 3rd grade school teacher in the Federal Store
Robards, JustineSpoke about the Arrowhead Project
Simms, ArnieIn the Federal Store. Almost blind
Smalley, TomIn the Federal Store. Attacked by a creature in the store
Stepanek, StephanieMaiden name of Stephanie Drayton
Tattinger, LouAlcoholic who ran the Pine Tree car wash
Tochai, NickSpoke about the Arrowhead Project
Trumbull, DouglasWriter mentioned in passing
Turman, AlanHusband of Hattie
Turman, HattieBabysitter of Billy Drayton. In the Federal Store
Vannerman, HankIn the Federal Store
Weeks, OllieFederal Store manager in Bridgton



The Monkey

Description

A toy windup monkey has a secret. Every time it hits it cymbals together somebody dies, and Hal Shelburn just can't get rid of it. Thrown out twice, it mysteriously finds its way back, but this time is different. Placed in a bag filled with rocks, the Monkey is dumped into Crystal Lake.

Hal almost becomes the next victim of the monkey as his boat breaks up on the way back to shore. Soon after there are reports of dead fish in Crystal Lake.

Published

1980, Nov - Gallery
1985 - Skeleton Crew (Significantly revised)

People

NameDescription
?, IdaWife of Will. Died of a stroke
?, MillyFriend of Aunt Ida
?, WillUncle of Hal Shelburn. Husband of Ida
Culligan, AmosOwner of a Studebaker that is at the bottom of Crystal Lake
DaisyUncle Will's dog
McCabe, JohnnyFriend of Hal Shelburn who broke his neck falling from a treehouse
McCaffery, BeulahBabysitter of Bill and Hal Shelburn. Shot and killed by Leonard White, her boyfriend
Moriarty, BetsyWrote about hundreds of dead fish in Crystal Lake
Shelburn, BillBrother of Hal. Husband of Colette
Shelburn, ColetteWife of Bill
Shelburn, Dennis12 year old son of Hal
Shelburn, HalThe man to whom the Monkey keeps appearing. Husband of Terry
Shelburn, MrFather of Hal and Bill. Disappeared
Shelburn, MrsMother of Hal and Bill. Worked at Holmes Aircraft, and died of a brain embolism at work
Shelburn, Petey9 year old son of Hal
Shelburn, TerryWife of Hal
Silverman, CharlieFriend of Bill Shelburn. Hit by a car and killed
Stukey, MrsTold Hal and Bill of their mothers death
The MonkeyA toy of Hal Shelburn that keeps coming back when it is thrown away
Tremont, SallyShot and killed by Leonard White
White, LeonardBoyfriend of Beulah McCaffery who shot her and Sally Tremont



Morning Deliveries

Description

Spike Milligan, a milkman, decides to make some unusual deliveries. A tarantula in a chocolate milk carton, acid gel in the all-purpose cream, Belladonna in the eggnog , and cyanide gas in a bottle.

Published

1985 - Skeleton Crew

People

NameDescription
Blier, RockyFriend of Spike that worked in an industrial laundry (New Adams Laundry)
Collins, ?Had milk delivered
Jenner, ?Had milk delivered
Kincaid, ?Had milk delivered, but empty bottle was filled with cyanide gas
MacKenzie, NellaHad milk delivered
McCarthy, MrsHad chocolate milk delivered, but instead it was an empty bottle with a spider in it
Merton, ?Canceled milk deliveries, and it looks like they were all killed
Milligan, SpikeDriver for Cramers Dairy - killed some of his customers
Ordway, MissHad milk delivered and there was belladonna in the carton of eggnog
Webber, MrHad milk delivered. Cream was filled with an acid gel



Mrs. Todd's Shortcut

Description

Set in Castle Lake, near Castle Rock and Bangor, a woman is obsessed with shortcuts, and eventually makes the impossible happen - the trip is actually shorter that the straight line distance between the two towns!

Published

1984, May - Redbook magazine
1985 - Skeleton Crew (Revised)

People

NameDescription
Amesbury, MrShot himself
Bascomb, GeorgeHomer Buckland plowed his field
Brugger, HenryHad Whitetails in his back field
Buckland, FranklinBrother of Homer
Buckland, HomerCaretaker of the Todd house on Castle Lake
Buckland, MeganWife of Homer. Killed in a tractor accident
Camber, JoeKilled by his Dog Cujo
Corbridge, EstoniaDead woman
CujoRabid dog of Joe Camber
DianaThe name Ophelia felt like when she was travelling her shortcuts
Murray, ProfessorMaths professor at Maine University
Owens, DaveSpoke to Homer about Ophelia Todd
Scott, ?Owners of a local house
Todd, OpheliaWent missing in 1973 while taking a shortcut between 2 towns. Worked in the library
Todd, WorthHusband of Ophelia



Nona

Description

The author of the notes tells of his murderous rampage along with Nona, his beautiful friend. People who later saw him say that he was alone and the girl never existed. At one stage in his life the author was beaten up by Ace Merrill when he kissed Ace's girlfriend.

Interesting Facts: In the Spanish version of Nona (Which was never published in Skeleton Crew!) there are a number of changes in characters and places. Castle Rock is changed into a town called Blainesville; Ace Merril into Ace Carmody; Betsy Malenfant into Shelley Robertson; Charlie Hogan (Ace's friend in The Body) into Jimmy Donner; Vern Tessio (the boy from The Body, Gordon LaChance's friend) into John Dano; and Emonds (Nona's "uncle") into Barlow. Thanks to Luis from El Universo de Stephen King for pointing this out.

Published

1978 - Shadows
1985 - Skeleton Crew
1997 - Gallery Of Horror

People

NameDescription
?, CurtState ward looked after by the Hollis family
?, DrakeBrother of the prisoner
?, NonaWoman who met the prisoner and guided him to kill more people
Blanchette, NormanGave Nona and the prisoner a ride
Craig, CherylName Nona used to Norman Blanchette
Emonds, ?"Uncle" of Cheryl Craig
Essegian, OfficerKilled by the prisoner
Hogan, CharlieFriend of Ace Merrill
Hollis, MrTook in the prisoner as a ward of the state. Lived near Castle Rock
Hollis, MrsWife of Mr Hollis. Fat
Kennedy, BillWorked at Castle Rock Youth League
Malenfant, BetsyWent to school with the Prisoner. Girlfriend of Ace Merrill
Merrill, John (Ace)Picked on the prisoner when he thought he was chatting up his girlfriend
Prisoner, TheAn unnamed person who is telling the story from his jail cell
Tessio, Vern (Penny)Friend of Ace Merrill



Paranoid

Description

A short chant-type story.

Published

1985 - Skeleton Crew

There are no characters listed for this story.


The Raft

Description

Four University students take a trip to Cascade Lake and decided to swim out to a raft. While on the raft, an odd looking oil slick surrounds them. Rachel touches it, and is pulled into the water and eaten by the creature. Deke was pulled between the boards and devoured, and LaVerne was taken while making love to Randy. Randy becomes the final victim soon after.

Published

1969 - Adam (As "The Float". Never published, although King was paid for it)
1982, Nov - Gallery (rewritten)
1985 - Skeleton Crew (revised)

People

NameDescription
?, DekeOwner of the Camaro that takes the uni students to the lake. Boyfriend of Rachel, and room mate of Randy
?, LaVerneGirlfriend of Randy. Went to the lake
?, RachelGirlfriend of Deke. Went to the lake
?, RandyWent to the lake. Boyfriend of LaVerne
DeLois, BillyFriend of Deke
Duncan, SandyGirl on White Rock labels



The Reach

Description

The Reach is a body of water separating the mainland from Goat Island, where Stella Flanders has lived her whole life. She remembers the past and present, but is more than a little frightened when she starts seeing her long-dead husband more and more often. Her persuades her to walk over the reach when it has frozen over for the winter, and once she reaches the mainland she dies, in the company of her long-dead friends.

Published

1981, Nov - Yankee Magazine (As "Do the Dead Sing")
1985 - Skeleton Crew

People

NameDescription
?, AnnabelleMaiden name of Annabelle Frane. Best friend of Stella Flanders when they were at school
Abersham, CarlDied in the "Dancer" in 1941
Bensohn, JohnRecognised the cap on the dead body of Stella Flanders as belonging to her dead husband Bill
Blood, HarleyFriend of Alan Flanders. Lived on Goat Island
Bowie, ?Daughter of Russell and Missy. She was born 2 months after her father died
Bowie, MissyWife of Russell. She was pregnant when he died, and later had a daughter
Bowie, RussellDied trying to cross the frozen reach. He and Missy had 4 children and Missy was 7 months pregnant with their 5th when he died in 1980
Child, FrankOwner of a boat. Lived on Goat Island
Curry, AlOwner of a boat. Lived on Goat Island
Daniels, ?Killed for molesting 3 little girls, and he was buried on Goat Island
Dinsmore, FreddyOldest man on Goat Island until he died of the flu in early 1980. He owned the Goat Island store and later sold it to Larry McKeen
Dinsmore, GeorgeSon of Freddy Dinsmore
Dodge, MaryWife of Richard Dodge. Lived on Goat Island, and was a midwife for over 100 births
Dodge, RichardWent to Stella Flanders birthday party with his wife Mary. Lived on Goat Island and suffered from bad arthritis
Dostie, MrJeweler on the mainland
Flanders, AldenSon of Bill and Stella. Lived on Goat Island and fished for lobsters
Flanders, BillHusband of Stella and father of Stella and Alden. Died of Cancer in 1977
Flanders, StellaMarried name of Stella Godlin. Wife of Bill, she suffered from Cancer. Crossed the frozen Reach when asked to do so by her dead husband. She died during the trip, but was surrounded by her long-dead friends
Frane, AnnabelleMother of Sarah and wife of Tommy. Lived on Goat Island until her death
Frane, SarahDaughter of Annabelle and Tommy. Married to George Havelock
Frane, TommyHusband of Annabelle and father of Sarah. Lived on Goat Island until his death
GodMentioned in passing
Godlin, ?Child of Louis and Margaret. Died at 1 week of age
Godlin, LouisFather of Stella and husband of Margaret. He lived on Goat Island, and had previously and had worked as an apprentice for the grandfather of Bull Symes
Godlin, MargaretMother of Stella and wife of Louis. Died of cancer
Godlin, StellaMaiden name of Stella Flanders. Daughter of Margaret and Louis
Havelock, George (Big George)Died of Axe wound in 1967. Hired Daniels to work on his house on Goat Island
Havelock, SarahMarried name of Sarah Frane. Wife of George
Henreid, GerdBroke a blood vessel in his chest while on Goat Island. The town raised money to send him for an operation
JesusMentioned in passing
Jolley, NormOwner of a Ford on the mainland
Maxwell, BradleyLived on Goat Island. He helped ferry children across to the mainland
McClelland, StewieFriend of Russell Bowie. Tried to cross the Frozen Reach without success, and lost a foot in the process
McCracken, EwellMinister on Goat Island
McCracken, JustinSon of Ewell. He broke his ankle on Godlin pond
McKeen, LarryOwner of Goat Island store. He recognised the cap on Stella Flanders head as belonging to her dead husband
Perrault, DavidHusband of Lois, father of Hal, Lona and Tommy
Perrault, HalSon of Lois and David
Perrault, LoisWife of David. Married name of Lois Wakefield, and mother of Hal, Lona and Tommy
Perrault, LonaDaughter of Lois and David
Perrault, TommySon of Lois and David
Phillips, AnnieSpoke to Vera Spruce on the phone. She lived on Goat Island and was the mother of Toby
Phillips, TobySon of Annie Phillips
Spruce, VeraHelped to make Stella's 95th birthday cake. She lived on Goat Island, and was Hattie Stoddard's best friend
Stoddard, HattieHelped to make Stella's 95th birthday cake. She lived on Goat Island
Stoddard, MadelineMother of Hattie. Died of Pleurisy
Stoddard, MrFather of Hattie
Symes, BullMailman. He died of a heart attack while fishing
Symes, GertMolested as a child. Maine state teacher of the year in 1978
Symes, HaroldSon of Bull
Wakefield, JaneMarried name of Jane Flanders. Mother of Lois and wife of Richard Wakefield
Wakefield, LoisDaughter of Jane and Richard. Maiden name of Lois Perrault
Wakefield, RichardHusband of Jane, father of Lois
Wilson, ?Baby child of Ettie and Norman. Born a mongoloid and died soon after birth
Wilson, EttieHad a mongoloid baby that died. Wife of Norman
Wilson, NormanHad a mongoloid baby that died. Husband of Ettie



The Reaper's Image

Description

Jonathan Spangler investigates a mirror with a unique history. The DeIver looking glass is one of just five created by John DeIver, and Spangler is interested in its authenticity, not its historical rumors. Spangler sees a mark in the corner, and soon finds out that it is true what they say.

Those people that see the Reaper in the reflection disappear forever.

Published

1969, Spring - Startling Mystery Stories
1985 - Skeleton Crew

People

NameDescription
Bates, ?Brother of Sandra that seen the Reaper and disappeared
Bates, SandraTried to smash the DeIver Looking Glass
Carlin, MrTour guide
Claggert, SamuelPrivate museum owner
DeIver, JohnMade the magical mirror
Spangler, JohnsonCame to see the mirror, then seen the Reaper
The ReaperEvil image that when seen, causes the people to disappear



Survivor Type

Description

Richard Pine washed up on a deserted island with 2kg of Heroin, but no food. He writes in his journal that he decided to amputate his foot after badly breaking his ankle. Because he was extremely hungry, he eats the amputated foot, and later decided to amputate the other foot and then each leg in turn, eating the flesh as he went.

Published

1982 - Terrors
1985 - Skeleton Crew

People

NameDescription
Brazzi, RickyBelted up Howie Plotsky for money
Hailley, FatherPriest at Holey Family church
Hammersmith, WillFriend of Richard Pinzetti
Hanelli, RonniePlayed football with Richard Pinzetti in College
Li Tsu, HenryDrug dealer that liked to substitute fake drugs for the real stuff
Li Tsu, MrsWife of Henry - killed
Lowenthal, ?Caught on tax evasion and dobbed into the IRS by Richard Pinzetti. Killed himself
Mockridge, ProfessorBasic anatomy teacher
Ngo, SolomTested drugs for purity
Pine, Dr RichardTeller of the story. Stranded on a desert island
Pinzetti, MrFather of Richard. Died of cancer
Pinzetti, MrsMother of Richard
Pinzetti, RichardThe birth name of Richard Pine. He later changed it to Pine. Sold drugs and prescription pads
Plotsky, HowiePicked on Richard
Steinbrunner, MrGrocer down from the Pinzetti's



Uncle Otto's Truck

Description

Otto Schenck lives in a one room house he built for a school house, but the town did not want it. Outside is a truck that he used to kill his partner, George McCutcheon , and he believes it is going to come and run him down one night.

Otto's nephew, Quentin, found him dead, with his mouth full of motor oil, and a sparkplug jammed in his throat.

Published

1983, Oct - Yankee
1985 - Skeleton Crew (substantially revised)

People

NameDescription
Baker, ?Bought Creswell's truck tyres for $20
Barger, ChuckiePainter in town
Dodd, BillyOwner of a wrecker, and father of crazy Frank Dodd
Dodd, FrankCrazy Frank Dodd, son of Billy Dodd
Durkin, CarlCastle Rock Town undertaker
McCutcheon, GeorgePartner in a land deal with Otto Schenek. He was found crushed under the front of his truck
Schenck, MrFather of Otto
Schenck, MrsMother of Otto
Schenck, OttoLand baron. Partner of George McCutcheon. Found dead, and undamaged - except it did look like the truck killed him!
Schenck, QuentinTeller of the story. Nephew of Otto



The Wedding Gig

Description

Small time racketeer Mike Scollay hires a Jazz Band to play at the wedding of his 300 pound sister Maureen, and her 90 pound future husband. Scollay's enemy, The Greek, forces a man to come to the wedding reception and insult Maureen in front of the guests. Shortly after, Mike is shot down in a hail of gunfire from The Greek's men.

Maureen takes over his business until she died of a heart attack years later.

Published

1980, Dec 1 - Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine
1981 - Skeleton Crew

People

NameDescription
?, CharlieIn Jazz band
?, HenryWorked at setting up the wedding decorations
?, MannyIn Jazz band
BiffDrummer in Jazz Band
Englander, TommyRan a Jazz joint
Gibson, MissIn charge of setting up Maureen's wedding
Katzenos, DemetriusThe Greek told him to insult Maureen Scollay about her weight at her wedding
Katzenos, MrsWife of Demetrius. Held captive by the Greek until her husband insults Maureen
Romano, MaureenWife of Rico. Married name of Maureen Scollay
Romano, RicoHusband of Maureen
Scollay, MaureenFat sister of Mike Scollay
Scollay, MikeSmall time racketeer and brother of Maureen
The GreekEnemy of Mike Scollay
Williams, Billy BoyPiano player in Jazz band



Word Processor of the Gods

Description

Richard's brother, sister in law and nephew were just killed in a car accident. His wife is fat and lazy, and his son is not much better, but his life changes when he receives a birthday present - a wordprocessor built from scrap parts by his nephew.

But this is no ordinary wordprocessor - type something on the screen and it becomes real!

Published

1982, Jan - Playboy (As "The Wordprocessor")
1985 - Skeleton Crew (Substantially revised)

People

NameDescription
Epstein, BernieFriend of Richard Hagstrom
Hagstrom, Adelina Mabel (Lina)Wife of Richard and mother of Seth. Fat and lazy
Hagstrom, BelindaMother of Jonathan and wife of Roger. Killed in car accident
Hagstrom, JonathanSon of Roger and Belinda. Built the wordprocessor for his uncle Richard
Hagstrom, RichardWriter and teacher, brother of Roger
Hagstrom, RogerBrother of Richard and husband of Belinda. Wife beater and drunk
Hagstrom, SethLazy son of Richard and Lina
Nordhoff, MrHelped Richard move in the new wordprocessor from Jonathan
Phillips, FatherRan the local bingo
Warren, Adelina MabelMaiden name of Lina Hagstrom