The Mist (1980)
Well-turned horror novella of small-towners trapped in a grocery store when an unnatural mist concealing terrible creatures engulfs their town. King successfully maintains an atmosphere of menace throughout, with characters who are sharply, if broadly, drawn. (One character looks at a woman’s chest and he’s scum; another commits adultery and he’s a hero.) King, who rewrote the last few paragraphs for the story’s inclusion in his own Skeleton Crew, calls the story the literary equivalent of a B-picture.
Reviewed by: Nat Hocken