The Mangler

Discussion in 'Night Shift' started by Mr. Crandall, Jan 17, 2014.

  1. Mr. Crandall

    Mr. Crandall Member

    I've always enjoyed the Mangler. As someone who has worked around heavy machinery like the industrial laundry press, I know that those machines are loud, powerful, and remorseless. I've seen fingers lost in the blink of an eye. This story strikes home in a powerful way, and I enjoy the mysticism in the accidental demon summoning. Plus, the last image of the Mangler prowling outside the residence of the main characters, bursting with malice and infernal purpose, it's the best. A classic King ending through and through.

    Anybody else like this one?
  2. mustangclaire

    mustangclaire There's petrol runnin' through my veins.

    Yep, it's a cracking tale. All I want to do when I read it is shout "run you fools!" Some brilliant story's in that collection. He's so descriptive and I can hear the steaming and rumbling when reading it. Welcome to the board.
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  3. Autumn Gust

    Autumn Gust Well-Known Member

    "The Mangler" really resonated with me. It reminded me of my grandmother's old wringer washing machine when I was little and the fear/fascination I had watching her use it. I could picture long hair or a hand getting caught up so easily in that wringer. From that time on, most mechanical equipment has seemed menacing to me!
  4. Walter Oobleck

    Walter Oobleck keeps coming back...or going, and going, and going

    Heh! I got my hand caught in one of those old wringer-washers this once! I musta been about four, summer, "nothing to do" although that phrase hadn't as yet become a part of my vocabulary...I step into the basement and the washer is there, the arm swung over the...tank...the rollers spinning, the agitator swishing the laundry back and forth and one of my sister's dolls there on the floor, its dress in bad-need of a wash. Or so I thought. So I disrobe the doll, dip the dress into the suds to get it wet and start pushing it through the rollers only I pushed too far and the roller grabbed my way could I pull back. My howls brought Ma running down the basement steps. I recall that you slapped something on the top of the arm to release the ringers. I've heard some horror stories about machines taking off arms, hands, so forth so on...there one moment gone the next.
  5. notebookgirl

    notebookgirl Well-Known Member

    He does a good job on descriptions of the place and making almost dingy and dark. That's what I imagine. Then there's the big machine.

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...yep, I liked it...shore nuff....and he drew on his own experience in working around one of those beasts...
  7. Chuggs

    Chuggs Well-Known Member

    The thing is, when you look at this story from the outside, you think, that's just a silly story. But when you actually read it, it sucks you in. ;)
  8. prufrock21

    prufrock21 Well-Known Member

    Actually the story, um, "mangles" you in.
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  9. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    Just don't put me through the wringer, okay?
  10. mal

    mal Active Member

    I just reread the Mangler after many years and there is a line "I'm scared green.". I wonder if that is from The Odyssey where, every so often it will say, "and the green fear came upon them/me". Which I think is a fear of the supernatural. I forgot how the story just pulls you in.
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  11. Riot87

    Riot87 Warrior of the Light

    Welcome to the skmb

    This is one of my favorites stories in the book as well.

    I would be so scared of that machine especially after it got the demon in it lol.

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