The Mist is a horror novel by the American author Stephen King, in which the small town of A film of the book, titled The Mist (), was directed by Frank Darabont and starred Thomas Jane. This adaptation changes the ending: the. The Mist book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers . It's a hot, lazy day, perfect for a cookout, until you see those strang. #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephen King's terrifying novella about a town engulfed in a dense, mysterious mist as humanity makes its last stand.
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The Mist is a novella written by Stephen King. It was later published in book Skeleton Crew in The story was adapted into the supernatural thriller film of the same name as well as a shortlived tv series. But the strange white mist that lingered on the lake has followed them to town, stranding them all in the store. Because something in the fog is taking people. Carrie, The Shining, It, Cujo, and more — Stephen King's books have been adapted over and over again into terrifying movies, television.
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What Happens In 'The Mist' Book? Stephen King's Novella Is Still Chilling
When you can write a book that makes you scared, you do have an immense gift as a writer. The thought about being stuck in this mist is terrifying.
Just the thought makes me shiver, and next time their will be mist where I live I will think completely different about it. The things in the mist sounded terrifying, and truly nightmare material. Still after finishing this book, I have so many questions.
What and why? Also, the ending couldn't be more open than this. I can't stand it. View all 4 comments. Apr 13, Evelyn devours and digests words rated it liked it Shelves: As a species we're fundamentally insane. Put more than two of us in a room, we pick sides and start dreaming up reasons to kill one another.
Why do you think we invented politics and religion? The Mist is a novella mainly about survival and it is a terrifying one at that.
Because how do one fight off something like the mist and the creatures that came with it? David and his young son Billy happened to be one of a few survivors holing up in a supermarket with more than 80 other people. For his As a species we're fundamentally insane. For his son's sake, David has to decide whether to stay inside where resources and companions are plentiful or to go outside where Death is a high risk and seek a way to find help.
But inside the supermarket, people are starting to get unhinged. They're picking sides, rallying - their survival instincts turning them into something desperate and ferocious. The Mist served as a huge reminder for me. We now walk the grounds in superiority with our civilized minds and manners - top of the food chain.
But stripped of all kinds of senses or safety and our primal sides surfaced like a clawing animal. Long short review, this story left me badly shaken inside. It made me question all sorts of What if's. Questions that I never bothered to ask myself. The story ended hopefully - whether David, his son and the others survive to live another day is entirely up to the readers to decide.
View all 9 comments. Jul 08, Mia Nauca rated it really liked it. View 1 comment. May 21, Rebecca McNutt rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Mist is so much more than just horror. It's a short story and yet, like its fantastic feature film, it's probably one of the best studies of how humans act when all the little comforts of everyday life are ripped away from them.
To quote Ollie from the book, "as a species we're fundamentally insane. Throw us all into a room together and we start picking sides and dreaming up ways to kill one another. Feb 08, Leo. Great book. The film was good too. The ripping of the veil and the monsters flood in.
Aug 06, Leore rated it really liked it Shelves: This was my first Stephen King novel I have read so far. And for me, it was a definite 4 stars. I think his writing and storytelling lives up to what people say and I understand where people are coming from when they say King is the 'King of Horror'. Gripping, emotional and you never know what's about to happen. I bloody loved it! I'm ready to delve more into King's novels as they have now peaked my interest and I hope I discover more great things in his other stories.
Sep 06, SR rated it did not like it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. So this is my first King novel. I've read one short story by him which I liked. Does he always foreshadow with a sledgehammer? And is it him being all snark-snark-me-big-strong-man-protect-small-hot-wife, or is it the narrator?
Because I can't tell, but I know I want to punch the narrator any time he says anything about his wife or any other women - it's 21W. Because I can't tell, but I know I want to punch the narrator any time he says anything about his wife or any other women - it's all got this snobby air of protective superiority, and it's skeeving me out.
Also, five-year-olds do not talk like that. Seriously, they don't. Nor does everyone say each other's names in dialogue all the time - they sound like a crowd of news anchors.
So I understand that King is all into the Everyman as Hero thing - characters are easy to relate to or they're supposed to be; I found it hard to relate to sexist upper-middle-class-white-male artist , their thoughts are all narrated and up-front, narration itself is in plain English, nothing fancy. Except that makes it so boring - plain, bland sentence structure, littered with cliches, utterly toneless. We'll be getting up to some monster attack and there is some semblance of tension and then it just flatlines as the narrator pauses to describe the action with some simile that takes three times as many words as it needs to.
Or there'll be some emotionally-fraught scene of potential character growth and the narrator will be off and running with some story about his hot wife and the futility of art. That was the worst thing about this - King really wanted me to care about these characters, and he kept throwing in details to manipulate me into liking them, and it was so obvious. At the end I was left with Billy, and he was boring, too.
I viscerally hated the narrator by page emphasis mine: At that point, I was like, yeah, whatever, you could totally get eaten right now and I would not even care.
So yes: Fail all around, basically. I'll enjoy having a rant about this.
View all 7 comments. May 31, Danger rated it really liked it. I feel like reading Stephen King is a rite of passage that I somehow completely missed out on. Which is strange.
I operate artistically in bizarro fiction, which itself is on the fringes of horror. There are certainly elements of horror in my books to be sure. And with good reason. I love horror movies, horror shows, haunted houses. And added to that, I was a voracious reader of just about everything I could get my hands on.
But for whatever reason, I never read King. I can't explain why. So I was coming in with some expectation.
Turns out the film is a pretty decent to the source material, hitting most of the same beats. The movie, however, gets two things right that the book only touches on. The first being Mrs. The book ends with an ambiguous ending, which is literally referenced in the text itself by the narrator David Drayton. The movie, however, has one of the darkest and devastating endings I can remember.
I mean, this book turning into a film is not fluke. Almost ALL his books are turned into films. Now this is only a page novella and there were still quite a few inane details that added absolutely zero to the actually story.
Think about it. I can only imagine how bad these nonsense details are in some of his longer works which are undoubtedly bloated to fill some sort of expected page count. So would I read King again? View 2 comments.
Vrhunac mi je onaj monstrum koji je veliki kao dinosaurus Cthulhu inspiracija? Eh sad , kraj knjige mi je bio dobar I tu moram uporedit ovaj kraj , sa onim krajem u filmu koji je bio Mar 04, Celeste rated it really liked it Shelves: You can find this review and more at Novel Notions. And, as with Carrie , my visit to the Mist completely altered my perception of a story I thought I knew.
All that being said, The Mist is a quick little journey into the frightened mind, a dissection of mob mentality and the way fear plays itself out within a group of strangers who are thrown together by sudden and unexplained danger. One thing that King excels at in my opinion is developing believable characters who make believable if unfortunate decisions based on their fear. Our main protagonist and his son find themselves trapped in a supermarket with a bunch of other bystanders, ranging from strangers on holiday to year-round neighbors.
In the aftermath of a terrible storm, a strange mist rolls into town. Unfortunately, the mist is much more than the dense fog it appears to be; hidden within the mist are horrid, unearthly creatures that want nothing more than to feed, and humans are evidently pleasing to their palates.
Unable to leave the market for fear of being eaten, this motley crew of strangers and neighbors must decide what to do in order to survive. I found it absolutely fascinating to see how group dynamics were fostered and altered by such a large group being trapped together. Little tribes were formed, and leaders of those tribes battled for dominance and greater numbers. We see inhibitions lowered, animal instincts rear their ugly heads, and heroism revealed in the unlikeliest of candidates.
We see bravery and cowardice, greed and selflessness, adaptation and blatant closed-mindedness, all writ small within a glass menagerie of a microcosm. I found seeing these big ideas played out on such a small stage incredibly telling of the mixed bag that is humanity.
We are capable of such brilliant good, and such mind boggling evil. And all that separates one from the other is the path we choose to follow. Something I really appreciate about King is his ability to convey belief in something as right and true even in the midst painting religion as horrid and garish. And yet King does a brilliant job of not portraying religious belief itself as evil.
Instead, he shows these villains to be fanatics who have twisted religion in some way to suit them. So far, this has always been some twisted form of Christianity, and yet I have never once felt that King was poking fun at Christians. He is instead showing the evil that can be wrought in the name of religion, and how Christianity can become a horribly twisted and dangerous entity when approached from a desire to judge and appear superior instead of a desire for forgiveness and acceptance and love.
I have seen my faith twisted in such ways in real life, and it always both saddens and infuriates me. I honestly kind of like ambiguous endings for the very reason King gives us here from the lips of his protagonist.
Without a blatant end, readers are free to imagine up their own conclusions, and such stories often live on in our mind longer than their neatly tied counterparts. This is why I think King excels at short stories, because ambiguous endings are for some reason more acceptable when delivered in that format. I can see the flaws, but I was in no way deterred by them.
This novella as engrossing as a story set predominantly in a grocery store can hope to be. I just so happened to read the majority of this book on an unusually foggy day, which definitely added on odd ambiance to my reading experience. U trenutku kada dolaze u supermarket i obavljaju svoju kupovinu, magla potpuno pada na Mejn. View all 3 comments. Un angosciante racconto breve dal Re dell'horror, che ha ispirato un bellissimo film del ed una orrenda serie tv fermatasi fortunatamente alla prima stagione, pieno di elementi lovecraftiani: A questi King aggiunge una attenta ed arguta analisi sulle rea Un angosciante racconto breve dal Re dell'horror, che ha ispirato un bellissimo film del ed una orrenda serie tv fermatasi fortunatamente alla prima stagione, pieno di elementi lovecraftiani: Le disavventure di David Drayton e suo figlio Billy mi hanno appassionato e terrorizzato, essendo io stesso padre di una bambina di quasi quattro anni, mi hanno fatto divorare il libro in due serate e mi hanno spalancato davanti due lunghe notti piene di incubi, tuttavia eresia!
Her line in the movie to the effect of "If I ever want a friend like you, I'll just have myself a little squat and shit one out" isn't in the book. Neither is most of her other name-calling from the film. I think this is mostly there to make the audience frustrated and helpless over how simultaneously self-righteous and viciously hateful she is. Again, this feels political to me—an attack on how people can claim to be Christians and simultaneously call for everyone who disagrees with them to die, die, die.
Ann Coulter comes specifically to mind. Carmody goes off and prays by herself, asking God to help her lead the people in the grocery store, and save whatever few might be saveable, "even though most will swim in the lake of fire. It makes her more a dangerous, deluded three-dimensional person, rather than a generic villain. From a narrative perspective, it's worth proving that she exists offscreen, when no one is looking at her. Which novella-Carmody doesn't seem to do. From a personal perspective, the scene is partly about showing what a fanatic she is—she's already pretty much judged all the people around her and decided on God's behalf that they're unworthy—and partially about showing that she really does believe the things she says.
She doesn't necessarily just want attention or power; she's the same creepy, Bible-thumping fanatic even when no one's watching her.
And she's utterly convinced that everything she says is gospel truth straight from God, which makes her even scarier. I'm not entirely sure what that scene was about; it seems a little like it's there to help justify the mob's later belief in her as an arbiter of God's will. Or maybe just in the hope that the audience will catch its collective breath, hoping against hope that she's about to die. In part, I think this whole plotline serves to up the body count, and to further erase some plot ambiguities, which I'll get to in a minute.
But it also underlines the threat Mrs. Carmody poses. In the book, the point where she whips the crowd up into a frenzy and they go after Billy Drayton is the first time it's really clear how dangerous she and they are. In the film, by the time they decide to kill Billy, they've already got one corpse on the tally sheet: I think that her much-increased presence in the film has one major interesting effect, whether intended or not.
In King's novella, ultimately, the monsters are the big threat, and "Mother Carmody" and her increasingly violent band of followers are just the force that drives Drayton, his son, and a few desperate evacuees to face that threat head-on. In the movie, it feels far more like Mrs.
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Carmody and her fellow humans are the threat, and the monsters and the mist are just the plot contrivance that forces David and company to stay in proximity to that threat as long as they do. Drayton has heard about a local military experiment called The Arrowhead Project, and when things go wrong in the area, it comes to his mind again. There's a brief dialogue where another local guy says some ominous things about how they're messing about with "different atoms" over there, and there's a little theorizing about how something must have gone wrong with the project in the storm.
And when the mist descends, two soldiers from the Arrowhead Project's military base are in the store, and they sneak off and commit suicide, leading Drayton to further speculate that the military is responsible.
But that's all we know. Whereas in the film, the business with the first two soldiers is more or less the same, but there's the third soldier, who at Mrs. Carmody's instigation, is grabbed, stabbed, and questioned, and he delivers a complete though brief explanation of what's going on: After escaping the supermarket, he tries to go back for her, but finds the rural road to his home blocked with fallen trees.
In the end, he has to cry and give up and move on. The film, on the other hand, makes a point of showing us her spiderwebbed corpse, making it clear not only that she's dead, but exactly how she died.
Whoo, that ending. The novella ends on a minorly positive but wide-open note, with Drayton, his son, and a few surviving refugees traveling south in his truck, hoping to find the edge of the mist and other survivors. The story ends like this: Flipping stations on the radio, he thinks he maybe heard "one single word… through some minute shift in the dampening mist, an infinitesimal break that immediately closed again.
But first I'm going to kiss my son and whisper two words in his ear. Against the dreams that may come, you know. Two words that sound a bit alike. One of them is Hartford.
The other is hope. I never liked that ending. Maybe it's a Maine pronunciation thing.
The movie ends… differently. Stephen King himself has apparently said that anyone who reveals it should be strung up, but I choose to assume that a he was talking against springing the ending on people without warning, and b that he hasn't actually set up lynch mobs for the purpose, so I'm relatively safe. Still, if you haven't seen the movie, and you're ever planning to, I'd skip on down to "What the book does better.
Okay, here's how the film ends: Drayton, escapes the supermarket and makes it to the truck with his son Billy, a local woman named Amanda Dumfries, and sixtysomething, tough-as-nails third-grade teacher Mrs. Reppler, plus a fourth escapee who wasn't in the book, an old man who makes the group feel weirdly like a double date.
They drive off together, checking on Drayton's wife Steff and encountering a giant monster that doesn't notice them. Eventually, they run out of gas. They give each other some meaningful looks and nods, and then Drayton shoots them all to death, starting with his son, who wakes up just in time to see the gun pointed at his face and register horror before Darabont cuts away to an exterior view of the truck.
Unfortunately, Drayton only has four bullets, which doesn't leave one for him. So he gets out of the truck and goes rambling through the mist, screaming for something to come get him and get it over with already.
Instead, what comes out of the mist is the military, with tanks, trucks, and flamethrowers, and the mist clears to reveal an organized Army operation burning down the shriveled remnants of mist-creatures, gathering up human refugees, and generally putting things in order.
Drayton, realizing there was no need for him to kill his son and his surviving friends, screams in despair and drops to his knees by the truck. The end. More than anything, the ending reminded me of a New Twilight Zone episode I saw way back when, in which a woman is beaten and raped by a man who follows her and breaks into her house.
What Happens In 'The Mist' Book? Stephen King's Novella Is Still Chilling
Afterward, her meek husband vows revenge. As he takes her home from the hospital, she points at a man and says "That's him, it was him, he's the man who attacked me. Then he returns to his wife in the car and they resume driving—and she points out the next man she sees, and says "That's him, that's the man who attacked me! Which is why the ending of Darabont's version of The Mist didn't really work for me. The problem isn't that it tosses ambiguity out the window, or that it's so unremittingly bleak that it's almost comically manipulative.
It's that the timing seems off. After they run out of gas, Drayton seems awful damn eager to whip out his gun. Do they wait until they're hungry, or thirsty, or it's dark and horrible creatures have found the car, or until someone has to pee and risk getting eaten by stepping out of the truck? Nope, it's "Whoops, outta gas," then kaboom, straight to the mass murder.
The others in the supermarket do not believe their story. A small group from the store led by David's neighbor Brent Norton attempts to leave, but they are, of course, killed. Also, there's a trip to a pharmacy that goes awry. Something is definitely in the mist, y'all. Two soldiers among the supermarket group have been working near the town on something called "The Arrowhead Project. The chaos has caused society to break down and a radical religious zealot, Mrs.
Carmody, has risen to power. Carmody believes that a human sacrifice must be made to defeat the mist. She decides that Billy and a young woman named Amanda who happens to be David's love interest are to be killed. But Ollie shoots and kills Mrs. Carmody before the sacrifice can take place, thus dismantling her congregation.Published October 2nd by Signet first published These have the ability to project acidic ropes that can burn through materials like cloth and flesh.
Chief among them is the story's narrator, David Drayton and his son Billy. Development[ edit ] Director Frank Darabont first read Stephen King 's novella The Mist in the Dark Forces anthology,  and originally expressed interest in directing a film adaptation for his directing debut.
Shortly after publication, Mr. And yet King does a brilliant job of not portraying religious belief itself as evil. Billy and Amanda. View all 12 comments.
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