31 Days Of King – Day 3: The Raft

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King’s bloody tribute to the monster sci-fi horror stories of the 1950s, ‘The Raft’ is a gruesome tale of 4 co-eds who take an ill-fated trip to a deserted lake in early October for one last summer hurrah. Once there, they find out something is waiting for them in the water, and it’s hungry.

The Raft’ (published in the King collection Skeleton Crew) is a prime example of the pulpy, gruesome early days of King. There’s little room for introspective character building here. King gets right to the action. Booze, sex and terror are all at the forefront as our unfortunate heroes are fed to a monster that seems much smarter than they are.

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I’ll give King extra points here for the grisly deaths in this story’s 28 pages. In his early days, King was very interested in the different ways he could splatter blood all over his tales, and he gets very creative in ‘The Raft.’ Steel yourself for plenty of ‘bursts,’ ‘jets’ and ‘streams.’ Enjoy!

Trey Wydysh is The Geekiverse’s resident Stephen King superfan. You can find all of our 31 Days Of Stephen King posts here. Got a King question? Looking for a recommendation? Feel free to ask Trey on Twitter.

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