The Raft

Discussion in 'Skeleton Crew' started by NightShifter, Nov 19, 2013.

  1. NightShifter
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    NightShifter Well-Known Member

    I read "The Raft" when I was a kid and it freaked me out. Even now as an adult I get nervous when I'm swimming in a lake. I remember there was a raft in one of the lakes in Baxter State Park, Maine along with plenty of loons. All the other kids were having a blast while I was keeping an eye out for an oil slick.
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  2. SharonC
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    SharonC Well-Known Member

    Great story. So scary even now.
  3. staropeace
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    staropeace Richard Bachman's love child

    Just about scared the crap out of me.
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  4. 91rewoT
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    91rewoT Backwards Sister Member

    Pets and I ran across this on one of our sister vacations...not sure which is creepier though, the raft or the house!

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  5. Chuggs
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    Man oh man, I remember seeing the film version as a kid, and it freaked me out. When I grew up, I read the story, and it freaked me out! One of my favorites, for sure.
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  6. 91rewoT
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    91rewoT Backwards Sister Member

    I never saw the film version...but I'm sure it would have scared the crap out of me as much as reading the story did!
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  7. prufrock21
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    prufrock21 Well-Known Member

    I read the story and saw the film version. Creepy, especially when Deke's foot gets sucked in between the boards.
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  8. not_nadine
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    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    Oh, and the ring!
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  9. prufrock21
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    prufrock21 Well-Known Member

    Ditto, the ring.
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  10. OldDarth
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    OldDarth Well-Known Member

    I love this story!
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  11. Riot87
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    Riot87 I has Pyrokinesis

    This story freak me out as well but in a good way. Now when i go swimming i also look around the water first haha:O_O:
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    Rrty Well-Known Member

    Here's a question about that story. I don't have "Skeleton Crew" in front of me, but I seem to recall that King mentioned in the introduction that he lost the original manuscript but had seemingly sold it to a men's magazine. I believe the title at that time was "The Float." He wrote that he could never locate the story in any of the magazines the company he submitted to published, but that he had received a check and assumed it had been published. He had asked if anyone had seen it and if someone had, then perhaps said someone could send him a copy of it. I was curious if that mystery was ever solved, if he ever did in fact receive a copy.
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  13. Moderator
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    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    No, he never did.
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  14. Bev Vincent
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    Bev Vincent Well-Known Member

    I think it would have turned up by now if it had ever gone to press. I've sold stories to places and had them never see print, so maybe that happened here.
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    [​IMG]the good news is if you have dry hair,then at least you'll die with a nice healthy sheen to your noggin..
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  16. Bryan James
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    Bryan James Well-Known Member

    I've also been paid before the ragazine "went under," unpublished.

    Most of my low-end targets had long lead times and a tenuous existence.

    Probably why they accepted my stuff.

    ~~~

    I've been on freshwater lakes before. A lot.

    Vacation idiots who use outboard engines once a year screw up. A lot.

    Whenever I see an oil slick, I wonder. A lot.

    I still swim, though. Not much.

    Because this scares the hell outt'n me:
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