Jaunt, The
  Fan submitted reviews of Jaunt, The (Short Story):
Posted By: Capt. Cyn - September 5th, 2012 9:49:23 pm EDT

This is the most disturbing, horrifying story I've ever read. This and the Richard Matheson short story "Dance of the Dead" are just forever haunting to me. "The Jaunt" so clearly shows that there are some fates worse than dying-much worse. I like the under current of whether human advancement brings us into territories we are not meant to tread- maybe some knowledge is not for us to have.

Posted By: Anonymous - August 20th, 2012 2:44:45 pm EDT

This story has stayed with me for years, I am a big fan but this is my favourite. Every time I hear the 'Carol of the Bells' I think of this story and wrestle with the emotions felt by all the characters. Thank you!

Posted By: Storm - November 12th, 2010 7:03:29 pm EST

Ack! .... misquoted ... Was trying from memory and just looked it up. "The thing that had been his son".......

Posted By: Storm - November 12th, 2010 10:19:24 am EST

This is my favorite of all the short stories. I shudder when I think of the woman who was pushed through, screaming, with no destination gate. To be awake, aware, and alone, for all eternity - not being able to end it, not being able to do anything about it.... it boggles the mind. Horrifying. I would love to see this story updated with new dates, and made a screenplay/movie. I would be first in line. "The thing that was his son...." Terrifying!

Posted By: WADE82270 - May 13th, 2010 1:44:41 pm EDT
Another intriquing story from Skeleton Crew. What I love most about this one is the realism, the attention to detail, and the brilliant pace of the timeline as Mark Oates goes from relaying the jaunt invention story of Victor Carune, to assuring his family about how well practiced the process had become. Typical of King's works, this one has an amazing level of creativity in the details and as usual, makes you feel a strong connection to the story. The author leaves you to think about some interesting possibilites. The concept brought out of auto-cannibalization of the mind when awake during the jaunt is inventive and this is one short story with a very big scope. Just how King gets all this fascination into just a few scant pages without ever feeling rushed is a tribute to his creativity and to his immeasurable skill as an author.
Posted By: Al - May 3rd, 2010 3:51:28 am EDT
I love this short story. The science behind is quite good it seems almost real, intriguing, and quite terrifying. Whenever I read this story, I am always left asking the question: What did the kid see in the jaunt? Very cool story!
Posted By: Delfino - April 20th, 2010 3:39:03 pm EDT
i read this when i was alone in my house, parents and sister went to the store, when i finished it i grabed a hammer, (god knows why, theres no actual killer or monster in the story) sat in my room and jumped at every sound i heard. Scary as hell!! I still get nightmares!!
Posted By: Dblock - March 23rd, 2010 5:53:58 am EDT
After reading this story for the 3rd time I had to leave an opinion on how badass this story is, its like it sets you up perfectly with alittle background on The Jaunt and then boom. I have to conclude this is my favorite story of his...truly terrifying.
Posted By: Mingle - February 21st, 2010 8:36:18 pm EST
Reading the line which states that "in some cases, the act of reemerging had actually seemed to shock them to death" is amazing... To see this turned into film would be one worth seeing...
Posted By: James Baxter - October 21st, 2009 6:02:49 am EDT
He clawed his eyes out, that is f**king terrifying I was so intrigued the whole story to know what was inside the jaunt and the build up was great, i would rank this the same as other stories i love such as Children of the Corn, Quitter's Inc, and may be my favorite of his stories. I can't blame Rick, i probably wouldn't have done the same thing.
Posted By: Bonedaddy - July 30th, 2009 3:58:14 pm EDT
This is undoubtedly one of my favorite Stephen King stories. I seem to like the stories where there is a trek involved. The Jaunt, Talisman, The Stand, Mrs. Todd's Shortcut, etc. I agree that the urge to try it and find out is eerie. This should be on audio book like Mrs. Todds shortcut. I would love to hear this.
Posted By: Wilv79 - June 18th, 2009 5:48:58 am EDT
I absolutely LOVED this story. I think if it was adapted for tv or theater it would strike a chord giving the similar tones it has w/ regards to the flashbacks of the economic crisis and the gas prices skyrocketing. It wasn't an out and out scary story more of a suspenseful sci-fi story but the possibility that you mind could be left wondering for what seems like untold ages is unnerving.
Posted By: Roger - March 12th, 2009 1:48:25 pm EDT
This story is the scariest story in Stephen King's catalog. Not immediately terrifying as some of his other, more notable works. But if you really sit and consider the Jaunt, really consider it, then it will hit you like a ton of bricks. Who among you gets bored waiting at a doctor's office? Ever had cabin fever? One might say that fear of lonliness and isolation is the most gripping of all fears, worse than fear of death itself. As I always say to myself when confronting the grief of mortality: "Well its better to die than to live foever".
Posted By: Chuckles - February 20th, 2009 2:59:33 pm EST
Adam, I'm also a little disappointed that there isn't some discussion here about this excellent short story. To me, what is most terrifying is the inescabable feeling that, given the same circumstances, I could have gone the way of little Rick and dared to face the infinite. Its like my fear of heights - I don't know if I'm more afraid of an accidental fall or being overcome by some hidden urge to leap. Is there some small part of me that would risk insanity to see infinity? I don't know and don't want to find out.
Posted By: Eriks - February 4th, 2009 4:11:45 pm EST
Great! Great! Though I consider myself as a quite critical reader, I admire this story - I think it is a best of Stephen's works. The thought that you are locked in the eternal silence and the boy who takes a challenge... And father who sees his son as the screaming creature with the eyes "older than time"... Perfect!!!
Posted By: Anonymous - January 27th, 2009 11:25:51 pm EST
This would make a great movie, i read it years ago, and its still my fav short story..
Posted By: Adam - November 24th, 2008 1:44:15 am EST
Wow! No comments on "The Jaunt" I'm sorry but being trapped in limbo for an infinite amount of time and completely conscious is about the most terrifying idea anyone could possibly come up with! Favorite short story of all time! I just finished "On Writing" and had never realized that there was a Stephen King website, not that Joe Camel probably doesn't have his own website. Anyway I just thought I'd leave something for whoever reads this.


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