I couldn't resist commenting on Everything's Eventual, one of many Stephen King collections I own. Thinking of camping out in room 1408? Heed Mr. Olin's warning and don't do it! Mike Enslin, the main character, chooses to ignore Mr. Olin's advice and sleep in the room overnight, even after repeated warnings and tales of suicides in the room over the years. Then Mike comes to realize that Mr. Olin was right about the time the walls begin to melt and a smell like a lion-house permeates the room. Where did the Great Stephen King come up with this? It's brilliant!! You can almost see the monster approaching, an apparition which affects Mike to the point he sets his own shirt on fire to try to escape the something which was fast approaching!
Riding The Bullet is just as good. Alan gets word that his mother is ill and hitchhikes his way to her bedside. He accepts a ride from George Staub, whose Mustang is one fast machine. Too fast, as Alan finds out. They reminisce about riding the Bullet, a carnival ride, and then George Staub reminisces about what happened to him and his fast Mustang on the day George rode the Bullet, what he really is, and about the awful life-changing (life-ending?) decision Alan must make. And who can forget That Feeling, You Can Only Say What It Is In French? Here, you have Bill and Carol Shelton, flying to Florida for their second honeymoon! Only Carol gets the feeling she's been here before...then the story gets sinister as Carol slowly realizes what is going to happen to them-again! And by the way, who's Floyd?
My absolute favorite was Everything's Eventual, about Dinky, the pizza-delivery guy who works at the local Supr Savr and who has a very special talent. A talent the grocery store bully, Skipper, discovers when he picks on Dinky one too many times. And the line his friend Pug says: Yippy-ti-yi-yo, get along little shopping cart! Hilarious!! Dinky is hired by Mr. Sharpton, who knows about Dinky's special talent, to turn on the bullies of the world. Dinky accepts, especially since Mr. Sharpton knows what happened to Skipper. He is given a house, a new car, but must lead a cashless existence. In the end Mr. Sharpton finds out what happens when you push your employees too far.
Now...what are you doing sitting there and reading this post when you could be reading a copy of Everything's Eventual?