Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Review - Flight or Fright

Title:   Flight or Fright
Author:  Edited by Stephen King and Bev Vincent
Genre:   Anthology / Mysteries/Thrillers 
Publisher:  Scribner
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   352
Date of Publication:  June 4, 2019
My Rating:  4.5 Stars

Authors in this Anthology:

Stephen King (Editor), Bev Vincent (Editor), E. Michael Lewis, Arthur Conan Doyle, Richard Matheson, Ambrose Bierce, E.C. Tubb, Tom Bissell, Dan Simmons, Cody Goodfellow, John Varley, Joe Hill, David J. Schow, Ray Bradbury, Roald Dahl, Peter Tremayne, James Dickey


#1 New York Times bestselling author and master of horror Stephen King teams up with Bev Vincent of Cemetery Dance to present a terrifying collection of sixteen short stories (and one poem) that tap into one of King’s greatest fears—air travel—featuring brand-new stories by King and Joe Hill, “an expertly compiled collection of tales that entertain and scare” (Booklist).

Stephen King hates to fly, and he and co-editor Bev Vincent would like to share their fear of flying with you.

Welcome to Flight or Fright, an anthology about all the things that can go horribly wrong when you’re suspended six miles in the air, hurtling through space at more than 500 mph, and sealed up in a metal tube (like—gulp!—a coffin) with hundreds of strangers. Here are all the ways your trip into the friendly skies can turn into a nightmare, including some we’ll bet you’ve never thought of before... but now you will the next time you walk down the jetway and place your fate in the hands of a total stranger.

Featuring brand-new “standouts” (Publishers Weekly) by Joe Hill and Stephen King, as well as fourteen classic tales and one poem from the likes of Richard Matheson, Ray Bradbury, Roald Dahl, Dan Simmons, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and many others, Flight or Fright is, as King says, “ideal airplane reading, especially on stormy descents…Even if you are safe on the ground, you might want to buckle up nice and tight.”

Each story is introduced by Stephen King and all will have you thinking twice about how you want to reach your final destination.


I have never read a Stephen King book before, but figured reading an anthology shouldn't scare me too much. Wrong. First of all, the title and image on the cover says it all. Frightful tales while suspended in the air. Fortunately I have no plans on flying any time soon, so I was able to really enjoy these little stories.

For one thing, look at some of the names included: Arthur Conan Doyle, Roald Dahl, Ray Bradbury. I haven't read these authors since I was a teenager, so I loved that aspect. Stephen King, who edited this scary air travel book, had a story, as did his son Joe Hill. Many other well-written authors were included as well.

What I never knew is that as scary as Stephen King writes, he actually has a paranoia about flying. What a great way to face this fear!

That is about all I will say in this review. The description above says it all. Each story is rather short, one being a poem, and that makes this a quick, enjoyable read.

Many thanks to Scribner and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

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