Review: The Mist by Stephen King
For: RIP Challenge and Readathon
From: Sheesh, I've had this one kicking around so long I have no idea where it came from! Thrift store maybe?
I was killing two birds with one stone by reading this book over the weekend. First, it was one I had on my RIP list, because why not put a quick fast Stephen King read on your RIP list, right? And second I thought a scary short story would make for perfect readathon reading.
The story is a pretty simple one. A storm comes. Afterwards, there's this really creepy fog rolling in. Our main character and his son decide to go to the store really quick, and while they are there, the mist envelopes the store. They are trapped!
Well, unless of course, they decide to brave the mist and they've seen what happens to people who do that and it's not pretty.
This was an interesting study on what might happen to people stuck in this scary situation. Some go crazy, some rise to be leaders and keep a straight head. Some totally freak out and make things worse for everyone else. I enjoyed the intensity of this little tale. It didn't really scare me or freak me out though. (I'm told there are much better King books if I'm looking for that.) I found the mist itself to be much more creepy than what was actually in the mist.
The story seemed sort of familiar and made me wonder if I've seen the movie or something. But I don't think that's what it was. I think it's because it had a similar premise as The Passage, a story still rolling around in my brain. But, I did find the movie trailer, so I share that here with you so you can get a better feel for it. After watching it, I can see that the movie looks much more freaky than the book actually was. But, it is a perfect Halloween type read, that's for sure!