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  • Title: Mile 81
  • Author: Stephen King
  • ISBN: 9781451665604
  • Page: 289
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  • At Mile 81 on the Maine Turnpike is a boarded up rest stop on a highway in Maine It s a place where high school kids drink and get into the kind of trouble high school kids have always gotten into It s the place where Pete Simmons goes when his older brother, who s supposed to be looking out for him, heads off to the gravel pit to play paratroopers over the side Pete,At Mile 81 on the Maine Turnpike is a boarded up rest stop on a highway in Maine It s a place where high school kids drink and get into the kind of trouble high school kids have always gotten into It s the place where Pete Simmons goes when his older brother, who s supposed to be looking out for him, heads off to the gravel pit to play paratroopers over the side Pete, armed only with the magnifying glass he got for his tenth birthday, finds a discarded bottle of vodka in the boarded up burger shack and drinks enough to pass out Not much later, a mud covered station wagon which is strange because there hadn t been any rain in New England for over a week veers into the Mile 81 rest area, ignoring the sign that says closed, no services The driver s door opens but nobody gets out Doug Clayton, an insurance man from Bangor, is driving his Prius to a conference in Portland On the backseat are his briefcase and suitcase and in the passenger bucket is a King James Bible, what Doug calls the ultimate insurance manual, but it isn t going to save Doug when he decides to be the Good Samaritan and help the guy in the broken down wagon He pulls up behind it, puts on his four ways, and then notices that the wagon has no plates Ten minutes later, Julianne Vernon, pulling a horse trailer, spots the Prius and the wagon, and pulls over Julianne finds Doug Clayton s cracked cell phone near the wagon door and gets too close herself By the time Pete Simmons wakes up from his vodka nap, there are a half a dozen cars at the Mile 81 rest stop Two kids Rachel and Blake Lussier and one horse named Deedee are the only living left Unless you maybe count the wagon

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      Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father s family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, Maine, for good Her parents, Guy and Nellie Pillsbury, had become incapacitated with old age, and Ruth King was persuaded by her sisters to take over the physical care of them Other family members provided a small house in Durham and financial support After Stephen s grandparents passed away, Mrs King found work in the kitchens of Pineland, a nearby residential facility for the mentally challenged.Stephen attended the grammar school in Durham and Lisbon Falls High School, graduating in 1966 From his sopho year at the University of Maine at Orono, he wrote a weekly column for the school newspaper, THE MAINE CAMPUS He was also active in student politics, serving as a member of the Student Senate He came to support the anti war movement on the Orono campus, arriving at his stance from a conservative view that the war in Vietnam was unconstitutional He graduated in 1970, with a B.A in English and qualified to teach on the high school level A draft board examination immediately post graduation found him 4 F on grounds of high blood pressure, limited vision, flat feet, and punctured eardrums.He met Tabitha Spruce in the stacks of the Fogler Library at the University, where they both worked as students they married in January of 1971 As Stephen was unable to find placement as a teacher immediately, the Kings lived on his earnings as a laborer at an industrial laundry, and her student loan and savings, with an occasional boost from a short story sale to men s magazines.Stephen made his first professional short story sale The Glass Floor to Startling Mystery Stories in 1967 Throughout the early years of his marriage, he continued to sell stories to men s magazines Many were gathered into the Night Shift collection or appeared in other anthologies.In the fall of 1971, Stephen began teaching English at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels.

    208 thoughts on “Mile 81”


    1. This was crap. Seriously. Crap. It was actually embarrassing to read. I've read a long, long list of SK books, and found something good in all of them. This had me wishing he had actually retired. Let's start with the names. Every character had a made-up sounding name. Or at least one that didn't make sense for the story being set in the present day. I mean seriously, it's 2011 and the kids are Pete and George? Then there's the cringe-worthy self-referencing. Pete has American Vampire in his bag [...]


    2. It is two weeks surrounding the Easter holidays the slowest time of the year on the nation's turnpikes, and the afternoon is the second-slowest time of the day, the hours between midnight and 5 am is the slowest time. One abandoned service stop on Mile 81 is about to receive some helpful traffic. We have all driven on the rapid fast lane but time and tiredness takes it toll on our souls and a long overdue rest is always advised but where? After reading this you may think twice on exactly where y [...]


    3. (Collected in The Bazaar of Bad Dreams)Shades of Christine and Buick 8.I loved Christine…didn't even like Buick 8…and this one?…well, it's well written, as to be expected, but that's about all I can say, other than thank God it was short. And as for the ending sucked!***CONNECTIONS COINCIDENCES AND CHESTNUTS:Christine, the movie, rates a mention – “Jimmy Golding hadn’t believed in monster cars since he saw that movie Christine as a kid.”Auburn (Revival)Falmouth (One For The Road, J [...]


    4. Great story for a quick flight from Logan to New York. I'm not going to say too much about the plot, since the story's so short, but I'll say that, once again, it's the people not the monsters that King draws best. Something bad happens at an abandoned rest stop, do you really need more? Most of the characters meet a terrible fate, and it's King's ability to make you care so quickly about them that steals the show. Also, the atmosphere of the abandoned rest stop is outstanding. Loved every creep [...]


    5. 3.5Bizarre and creepy, interesting and light. A good Sunday fast read. No estoy segura si me gusto el final o no, pero disfrute mucho la lectura. Es una novela corta, fácil te lo puedes leer un Domingo en la media mañana cuando nadie hace nada. Te tomara a lo mucho 3 horas.King tiene ese estilo bastante tenebroso y lo cuenta de forma muy fácil. Creo que es una de sus mayores aptitudes. Y como este es el Mes Stephen King, no me quería quedar como la retrasada que no leyó nada de el ni siquie [...]


    6. Pete Simmons, un chico de 11 años al que su hermano no lleva con su pandilla, decide ir solo al área 81, donde está situada una estación de servicio abandonada, típico lugar al que acuden adolescentes a beber y demás. Tras las primeras exploraciones y experimentos con la bebida, Pete cae dormido, y es entonces cuando empiezan a llegar algunos coches…‘Área 81’, del escritor Stephen King, es un relato de terror que recuerda inevitablemente a ‘Christine’ y ‘Buick 8’. Es un rela [...]


    7. 4.5 starsRemind me never, ever to get in Stephen King's car. OK, who am I kidding. I'd get in. :DI really enjoyed this story. I liked the fact that we have two different stories converging in this little novella - a kind of self-discovery adventure and a classic gore-horror. But there is more to it than even that. The little things are what make King's books and stories so awesome. The little details that bring his characters to life, and have us rooting for them, despite only knowing them for [...]


    8. All right, Mile 81 seems to be a little novella thrown out there to make us desperate and starving King fans happy, if only for an hour or so. It did not impress me at all though. The story was fun, but it seemed like different versions of several of King's short stories and novels including Christine (obviously), From A Buick 8, The Raft, and The Mangler. A car comes out of nowhere and for some reason decides to stop at a closed road stop at Mile 81. If anyone touches it, they die, horribly. I [...]


    9. A long time ago I remember seeing Stephen King on a talk show telling the host about this idea he had for a story. I think it was going to start with this guy who pulls over at a rest stop area so his wife can use the restroom. She runs in and he waits in the car. 5 minutes pass. Then 10. The guy keeps waiting and waiting for his wife to come out of the damn bathroom. But she never does. Then he notices a whole bunch of people have gone into the women's bathroom, but no one seems to be coming ou [...]


    10. Yes I gave it three stars but this little not-quite-a-novella irritates the hell out of me for two reasons.First, that description and half the reviews. If you read the description above you have basically read 60% of the story. Way too much information and not much else to read. There should be a law.Second, what is this about Stephen King and monster cars? First Christine, Then From a Buick Eight, and now this. Add the fact that the two mentioned novels are among my least favorite of King's w [...]


    11. Stephen King’s novelette, MILE 81, released today in digital format, tells the story of an abandoned rest stop, or rather the peculiar car that chooses to park there, and what that car does when the curious get too close.Ten year old Pete Simmons, brushed off by his older brother and his gang and looking for something to do, decides to investigate a nearby rest area, which, once a popular stop for hungry and weary travelers on the I-95 stretch of highway, is now little more than a dilapidated [...]


    12. Mile 81 was pretty good. I actually thought the store would be the crux of the horror, but I was proved wrong. I kind of like how sometimes King just ends a story abruptly, and this is one instance I did think the ending fit, especially with how sudden the car appears, does what it needs to do, and is gone. This is a quick read. One you can read in 45 minutes or so.


    13. Demasiado fantástico para mi gusto, pero si es verdad que no acostumbro a leer a Stephen King y puede que sea por eso que me ha chocado algo la historia.


    14. Una historia que se lee muy rápido, que por momentos se torna aterradora y por otros es aburrida. No es un cuento espectacular, tiene partes que destacan aunque la resolución hace que se tornen un tanto mediocres (view spoiler)[desaparecido o destruido, que un niño con una lupa "eliminará" a este ente es algo que no termina de convencerme (hide spoiler)]. El personaja de Rachel me gusto mucho, una niña mandona y asustada, mientras que Peterpues tiene su razón de ser aunque bien podrían ha [...]


    15. Mile 81Mile 81 is a really short story, a classic King, featuring an evil car, Maine, and a few kids. 4 stars, but i felt that the end is a bit rushed.


    16. I don't know exactly what King was going for here. At the end, he throws out a dedication to a few people who supported his earlier work, so I'm guessing he was going on nostalgia?This thing reads like a really bad B-movie. Not in a good way. I could've done without the blatant and unnecessary plug for AT&T wireless internet. Also, all the mentioning of an ongoing series that he's working on (American Vampire) and a film adaptation from his previous work (Christine) was kind of distracting a [...]


    17. Corto pero aterrador, la verdad. Ha habido algún momento en el cual lo he pasado un pelín mal. "Elemental, mis queridos huevones."




    18. This is the short story/novella version of every 1950’s Creature Feature B movie, where the teenagers witness everything and frantically try to get help, only to have all the adults dismiss them as crazy kids pulling a prank. Except in this case, it’s little kids instead of teenagers. Good entertainment, SK style. The “bonus story” The Dune is much shorter story, with fairly classic SK story elements, but there’s no horror or gore here, just an odd little story of mysterious events, wi [...]


    19. Not much to speak of. The ever-prolific King of Horror produced a short (70 pages) novelette comprised of interlinked stories about several characters who all reach the same place and the same terror: a filthy car whose door is open, "line an invitation".Fans will undoubtedly recognize the theme which appeared in Christine and From a Buick 8, among with many other tropes from King's work, but I doubt that many of them will be satisfied. The whole thing seems more like an outtake from writing ses [...]


    20. This a slight King tale, good but nothing that will stick with you for very long. For some unknown reason, King uses foreshadowing sentence which tell you in no uncertain terms who is going to die before they do, which is really annoying and only serves to eliminate any tension or suspense that is created by their approach of the mysterious car. I don't recall King using such over-the-top foreshadowing to this extent before, and not sure why he felt the need to use it here. Nevertheless, the gru [...]


    21. The King loves his cars :) I preferred his story "Trucks" from the Night Shift collection over Mile 81 but this is a decent Stephen King tale that fellow Constant Readers will enjoy.Mile 81 will make you think twice of station wagons with muddy-covered windows and car doors that creak open. No spoilers but the ending was underwhelming and seemed a bit rushed. The best parts for me were King's signature characterization skills (man, he's good!) and King's cleverly scattered horror humor.The sampl [...]


    22. The story itself was fun. Another King story with vehicles included. From Christine, a Buick 8, Pet Semetary, Big Trucker and others, vehicles seem to be popular characters or have a role in the storyline in many stories. A small cast that struck home with me and sucked me in was great. However the ending seemed to be cut short. Similar to the Colorado Kid, I'm left thinking what next. Maybe elongated to a novella with more character development and increased conflict with the cast would ease my [...]


    23. I liked this one!King does like his monster cars doesn't he!This was only a shorty, but it was creepy and fun. I wouldn't say it's scary. You could probably read this to kids aged 10 and up as a scary story. But it is a good story.I enjoyed it.


    24. One of the better little shorts from Bazaar of Bad Dreams, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Note to self, stay away from overly grimy old cars and abandoned places along the interstate!


    25. Avoid reading plot summary here on if possible. Too spoilery!! The less you know what to expect, so much the better.Many readers have been underwhelmed by this one: too short to be a novella, too long to be considered a short story, King fans have been left feeling he'd written a tepid, and ultimately forgettable, little piece. The reception has been split though, because many other fans enjoyed it immensely. I am lucky enough to fall into the latter category. This story really gripped me and I [...]


    26. You can debate for years about Stephen King's place in modern literature but you have to hand it to the man -- he's prolific as hell and has about the most distinctive voice ever heard in fiction. Whether you love him or hate him, you'll recognize his writing by about three paragraphs into whatever it is you're reading.I'm one of the folks King calls his "Constant Readers" -- we've been together since I was a kid. I saw 'Salems Lot on tv in the 70s and immediately ran out and bought the book. I' [...]


    27. I don't give everything by Stephen King five stars, although he is the most consistently entertaining author alive today, IMHO. Here are some of the reasons that I gave this novella the gold prize: It reminded me of his best and funnest works in his old anthologies. It has all the elements of great everyday characters, everyday objects and situations that are turned on their head and gruesome horror. Is it brilliant? No, probably not, but it was pure and delicious entertainment. Many of the char [...]


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