Mile 81 by Stephen King
Includes bonus story 'The Dune'

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Mile 81 is Stand by Me meets Christine—the story of an insatiable car and a heroic kid.

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, 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.
     By the time Pete Simmons wakes up from his vodka nap, there are half a dozen cars at the Mile 81 rest stop. But two kids and a horse are the only living things left...unless you maybe count the wagon. 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.
     In the bonus story “The Dune,” originally published in Granta’s October 2011 horror issue, retired Florida Supreme Court Judge Harvey Beecher tells his lawyer about a mysterious sand dune on an unnamed island a short distance off the Gulf coastline of his family’s property. Harvey first visited the island at the age of ten in 1932, after his grandfather, a scoundrel and land speculator who’d created the family fortune, told him Blackbeard’s treasure might be buried there. Traveling to the island became a daily addiction for Harvey…and now his lawyer is about to discover the shocking reason why.
 

About Stephen King

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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His most recent include 11/22/63, Full Dark, No Stars, Under the Dome, Just Past Sunset, and Lisey’s Story. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.
 
Published January 10, 2012 by Simon & Schuster Audio. 2 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In King’s short story, just off the highway in Maine a mud-covered car sits quietly at an abandoned rest stop where a young boy named Pete Simmons is exploring a boarded-up burger joint.

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Examiner

King couldn't get the story to go anywhere, so he slaps an amazingly stupid ending and calls it an e-book.

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Examiner

I mean, King already gave us the definitive killer car with Christine (which actually does get mentioned in the story, well the movie anyway).

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Fear Net

In an essay titled "The Horror Writer and the Ten Bears," Stephen King not only lists the ten best fears – "bears" – on which a horror writer can reliably base stories, but also the best markets for those writers.

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This is Horror

Despite the modern references this story wouldn’t feel out of place in the company of stories from his superb 1978 collection Nightshift , it is King at his best, where he takes you by the hand and shows you the events of the story as if you were there observing for yourself.

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Bending the Bookshelf

While it doesn't have the personality of Christine , or dangerous allure of a certain Buick 8 , this is still one bad-ass car.

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Horror Happy Hour

“Mile 81″ is another e-reader exclusive by Stephen King, similar to his short story “UR”, and it is also available on CD in audio book format.

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