Skeleton Crew (Jun 1985)

Contains 22 short stories, including The Mist.

Common King themes:

  • The power of religion over vulnerable people (Mrs. Carmody in "The Mist")
  • Evidence that reality is thin (In "Mrs. Todd's Shortcut," the titular driver cuts through from one dimension to the next to find faster routes to her destinations.)

Skeleton Crew has connections to the following books:

Citation needed : Derry, ME

Derry is mentioned in both "Uncle Otto's Truck" and "Mrs. Todd's Shortcut".

Citation needed : The Shop

The Shop was involved in the Arrowhead Project, which resulted in the supernatural disaster in The Mist.

Mrs. Todd's Shortcut : Cujo

The narrator mentions how the local folk of Castle Rock are still talking about how Joe Camber was killed by his own dog.

"But folks are still not done talking about Joe Camber, who got killed by his own dog."

Nona : Ace Merrill

“We’re going to Castle Rock. It’s a small town just south and west of Lewiston-Auburn.” Castle Rock. That made me feel strange. Once upon a time I had been on pretty good terms with Castle Rock. But that was before Ace Merrill messed me up.

Word Processor of the Gods : Norm Irving

Richard mentions his son's band, which has a lead guitarist named Norm. Seems like a stretch, but maybe...?

The group’s lead guitarist, Norm somebody, drove a monstrous and somehow sinister old LTD station wagon in which the group carried their equipment to their infrequent gigs. It was not parked in the driveway now. Perhaps it was somewhere in the world, tooling down some highway or parked in the parking lot of some greasy hamburger hangout, and Norm was also somewhere in the world, as was Davey, the bassist, whose eyes were frighteningly blank and who wore a safety pin dangling from one earlobe, as was the drummer, who had no front teeth.

References will be here!