Night Shift (Feb 1978)

Stephen King's first collection of short stories contains 20 stories, including Jerusalem's Lot, Night Surf, The Lawnmower Man, and Children of the Corn.

Common King themes:

  • The number 19 (In "Sometimes they come back", the car that the thugs drove was a 1954 Ford sedan.)
  • Red Sox Fans ("The Lawnmower Man" )

Night Shift has connections to the following books:

Children of the Corn : Randall Flagg

It has been theorized (and seems likely) that Randall Flagg was "He Who Walks Behind the Rows" from Children of the Corn. The hint comes in a sobriquet that includes all of the letters, in order, of the name Walter: "he Who wALks behind ThE Rows".

She looked. Neatly pegged white letters under glass read: THE POWER AND GRACE OF HE WHO WALKS BEHIND THE ROWS. The date was 27 July 1976 - the Sunday before. 'He Who Walks Behind the Rows,' Burt said, turning off the ignition. 'One of the nine thousand names of God only used in Nebraska, I guess. Coming?'

One for the Road : Jerusalem's Lot, ME

The short story "One for the road" is a prequel to the events in the novel Salem's Lot.

'Sign?' He looked up at Tookey blankly and wiped the end of his nose. 'Of course I did. It was on my instructions. Take Jointner Avenue through Jerusalem's Lot to the 295 entrance ramp.' He looked from Tookey to me and back to Tookey again. Outside the wind whistled and howled and moaned through the eaves. 'Wasn't that right, mister?'

The Last Rung on the Ladder : Hemingford Home, NE

Hemingford Home is the setting of the short story "The Last Rung on the Ladder".

We grew up eighty miles west of Omaha in a town called Hemingford Home - my dad, my mom, my sister Katrina, and me.

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