Mile 81: A Stephen King eBook Original Short Story featuring an excerpt from his bestselling novel 11.22.63

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Hodder & Stoughton, Sep 1, 2011 - Fiction - 70 pages
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With the heart of Stand By Me and the genius horror of Christine, MILE 81 is Stephen King unleashing his imagination as he drives past one of those road signs . . .

At Mile 81 on the Maine Turnpike is a boarded up rest stop, 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 heads off to the gravel pit to play 'paratroopers over the side'.

Pete, armed with only 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. That's why he doesn't notice a freshly mud-spattered station wagon (which is strange because there hadn't been any rain in New England for over a week) which veers into the Mile 81 rest area, ignoring the sign that reads 'closed, no services'.

The driver's door opens but nobody gets out . . .

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User Review  - Carol420 - LibraryThing

The good folks in Maine are once again under attack. The alien car must be the little brother of Buick 8 and gas guzzler does not apply here. A very quick and enjoyable read which once again has you warning the protagonists not to approach the entity at hand, but alas, to no avail. Read full review

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User Review  - bibleblaster - LibraryThing

A quick, enjoyable read, kinda corny, but with some of the quality of the old pulp writers. Reminded me a little of Theodore Sturgeon/Ray Bradbury, both of whom I like. A great choice to read as you decide what you want to read next. Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Stephen King is the No. 1 bestselling author of more than 50 titles. King is one of those rare authors who has received first-rate acclaim for both his full-length novels and his story collections. He lives in Maine, where Mile 81 is set.

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