Flight or Fright

Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
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Number one New York Times best-selling author and master of horror Stephen King teams up with Bev Vincent of Cemetery Dance to present a terrifying collection of 16 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 14 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. 

©2018 Stephen King, Bev Vincent (P)2018 Simon & Schuster Audio
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Enjoyable read

I really enjoyed the short stories. Some I liked more than others. Two of them I listened to twice. I have a fear of flying and this didn’t play into my anxiety. I would listen to this on a plane.

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Only Joe shines

Just so so. The only story that lifted me up and at the same time had that deep underlying The-Sky-is-falling feeling was the one from Joe Hill. Not precisely dad's level, yet, but it would make a wonderful first chapter for a his own post-apocalyptic novel.

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A Great Anthology

An excellent compilation of stories about the horrors in the sky. A brilliant concept, with equally exceptional execution.

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Every single story a gem!

And the collection really did creep me out, but without causing me to fear getting on a plane. The situations are clever, horrid, remarkable and sometimes sad, but generally outside what I think would kill me up there.

The story that got to me the most was Joe Hill's, but that's no surprise. Then there was James Dickey's poem, which, for me, will be unforgettable.

If you love great, scary writing, get this anthology and enjoy!

Jay Thomas

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love this anthology <br />

all of these stories brought a different kind of flying fear to me. not sure I can ever get on a plane again. I really enjoyed how Stephen King gave a short synopsis at the beginning of each one, and the banter between him and Bev at the end was great.

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Not very scary

The majority of the stories weren’t scary although a few made up for it. If you’re looking to be scared this isn’t the book.

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Not very good at all

Most of the time I can trust King to provide entertaining stories, whether he writes them or not. This collection is not in the least interesting, or entertaining. I struggled all the way though it. l

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Not my favorite

I love Steven King but if all his were like this I doubt if I would read them. Not frightening. A few good stories but quite a few were boring. I hate to say this about a Steven King book because I do truly love most of his books. Disappointed

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Unfortunately, Just So So

Some stories are very good, one I skipped past because it just droned on an don, none were particularly scary. Happy to have the book, but I won't re-listen to it, I'm sure.

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Again & again and AGAIN!!!!

The authors are true to the bone. The readers are top-notch. A few had me looking for a few days. Some of the authors are new to me. Not for long. Every anthology King "throws" together is well worth the top shelf in my library. I've been reading his books most of my life. Gory, bloody, evil and even funny. I can't wait until the next one. Stephen King, "I'm your number 2 fan (Tabby is your first 🙃)