Flight or Fright

Flight or Fright


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Stephen King hates to fly.

Now he and co-editor Bev Vincent would like to share this 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 (likegulp!a coffin) with hundreds of strangers. 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 stories 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, 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."

Book a flight with Cemetery Dance Publications for this terrifying new anthology that will have you thinking twice about how you want to reach your final destination.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780594839668
Publisher: Cemetery Dance Publications
Publication date: 09/04/2018
Sales rank: 22,256
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Stephen King is the author of more than sixty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes The Institute, Elevation, The Outsider, Sleeping Beauties (cowritten with his son Owen King), and the Bill Hodges trilogy: End of Watch, Finders Keepers, and Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel and an AT&T Audience Network original television series). His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller. His epic works The Dark Tower and It are the basis for major motion pictures, with It now the highest grossing horror film of all time. He is the recipient of the 2018 PEN America Literary Service Award, the 2014 National Medal of Arts, and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

Bev Vincent is a contributing editor with Cemetery Dance magazine, where he has been writing “News from the Dead Zone” for each issue since 2001. He is the author of several books, most recently The Dark Tower Companion, and over eighty short stories, including appearances in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, several SHIVERS anthologies, and two MWA anthologies. His work has been nominated for the Edgar Award, the Bram Stoker Award (twice), and the ITW Thriller Award. He can be found lurking in various corners of the internet, including at BevVincent.com, his book review blog OnyxReviews.com, and @BevVincent on Twitter.

Simon Jones Broadway credits include: The Real Thing, Benefactors, The School for Scandal, The Herbal Bed, and Waiting in the Wings (Outer Critics Circle nominee). Off-Broadway credits include: Woman in Mind, Terra Nova, Privates On Parade (Drama Desk nominee). Film and TV highlights: Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, Brazil, Twelve Monkeys, The Devil's Own, Brideshead Revisited, PBS's Liberty and HBO's Oz.

Malcolm Graeme has appeared on and off Broadway in Aida, The King and I, Lincoln Center's Hapgood, and M. Butterfly (National Tour). His television appearances include Law & Order, Follow the River, and Mr. Halpern and Mr. Johnson (with Laurence Olivier). Film credits include A Further Gesture, The Adventures of Sebastian Cole, and Reunion.


Bangor, Maine

Date of Birth:

September 21, 1947

Place of Birth:

Portland, Maine


B.S., University of Maine at Orono, 1970

Table of Contents

Introduction by Stephen King
Cargo by E. Michael Lewis
The Horror of the Heights by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Nightmare at 20,000 Feet by Richard Matheson
The Flying Machine by Ambrose Bierce
Lucifer! by E.C. Tubb
The Fifth Category by Tom Bissell
Two Minutes Forty-Five Seconds by Dan Simmons
Diablitos by Cody Goodfellow
Air Raid by John Varley
You Are Released by Joe Hill
Warbirds by David J. Schow
The Flying Machine by Ray Bradbury
Zombies on a Plane by Bev Vincent
They Shall Not Grow Old by Roald Dahl
Murder in the Air by Peter Tremayne
The Turbulence Expert by Stephen King
Falling by James L. Dickey
Afterword by Bev Vincent

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Flight or Fright 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic read. Loved all the stories and it sure makes you think twice about flying. I think I'll stay grounded for awhile.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have bought anything by Stephen King since 1982. Was surprised and delighted that this was short stories from a couple very interesting authors including Stephen King and Joe Hill. Enjoyed and have found some new authors to read.
Anonymous 2 days ago
An excellent read. Everyday people going about life when air travel takes them to a different "plane"! Don't start reading before your flight or on a layover. You MAY not make it to your intended destination.
Anonymous 3 months ago
All good stories except 2 I won't spoil it and say which 2
Selena 8 months ago
A very intense and interesting collection of 17 short stories. Each story is by a different author (one being Stephen King and another Joe Hill) and the book was edited by Stephen King and Bev Vincent. All the stories are centered around flight and they are sure to give you a fright. Happy reading my friends!
Anonymous 8 months ago
The only truly great stories in this book were from Joe Hill and Bev Vincent. Even the one from Stephen King fell flat. I patiently waited for this book to come out with expectations of some great scary stories as that was what was promised by Stephen King, but what a let down. I dont recomend anyone buying this book, especially if theyre looking for true horror stories. As I said before, the ONLY two authors that delivered were Joe Hill and Bev Vincent.
diane92345 9 months ago
A collection of fifteen previously published stories plus two new ones fill Flight or Fright. If you haven’t read Nightmare at 20,000 Feet, or seen the iconic Twilight Zone episode, join one man’s solo terror when he sees a man (or does he?) trying to destroy the wing of his plane. One of the stories original to this collection is You are Released by Joe Hill. It is a too-close-to-true story about air travelers during a possibly nuclear incident. Stephen King’s original story, The Turbulence Expert, is about a mysterious organization that perhaps Mr. King is a member of in real life? The stories are varied enough for most readers’ taste. There are a few stories written when flight was still brand new and are more curiosities than entertaining. There are stories about time travel, terrorism, and even a poem about a real life incident. The majority are horror stories. Spend an enjoyable few hours reading Flight or Fright and you won’t be sorry. Joe Hill’s story alone is worth picking up the book. 3.5 stars rounded up to 4 stars! Thanks to Scribner and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
Dianne57 9 months ago
Remember that Stephen King didn't write this whole book, he wrote one story, the introduction to the book and a short introduction to each 'chapter'. All in all, a good book of short stories. Some are better than other's, but that is to be expected. Mr. King did an excellent job of introducing each author, which gave me the ability to understand some of these better. This is really not a horror book per se, although some of them do hit that 'horror' mark. I have to admit I was much impressed with Mr. King's story. I once had a problem when nobody told me that taking off from Denver had issues with turbulence. I was sobbing, my husband was trying to comfort me, and the stewardesses just stared at me... 1) "Cargo" by E. Michael Lewis - Interesting but not heart pounding. 2) "The Horror of the Heights" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle -Meh. 3) "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" by Richard Matheson I think I liked the Twilight Zone version ever so much more. 4) "The Flying Machine" by Ambrose Bierce - Truly a boring story that had no fright value. 5) "Lucifer!" by E.C. Tubb - I liked the premise but the ending, while frightening, just didn't do it for me. 6) "The Fifth Category" by Tom Bissell - So very political. More politics than anything to do with flying. This tale had a scary ending if you believe in Karma! 7) "Two Minutes Forty-Five Seconds" by Dan Simmons - Why oh why did so many of these stories have to be so technical. I'm not an aviator, and I don't know anything about planes. I started losing interest in this story as soon as I couldn't understand what they were talking about. However, it did end up being another good Karma story 8) "Diablitos" by Cody Goodfellow - This was the freakiest story so far in this collection. Again another Karma tale, but done with enough grossness to make me a happy camper. 9) "Air Raid" by John Varley - An enjoyable Sci-Fi that would make an excellent long novel. 10) "You Are Released" by Joe Hill - A scary 21st-century story in that this may someday very soon may all come true. Again, I must say that this was a bit more politically incline than I feel comfortable with. 11) "Warbirds" by David J. Schow -This was about WWII and was most uninteresting until the very end. It took a little too long to get to the point, but the point was quite clear. 12) "The Flying Machine" by Ray Bradbury I believe this was an allegory. Simple but thought-provoking. 13) "Zombies on a Plane" by Bev Vincent -I'm not a particular fan of zombies, which is so popular nowadays. But though short, this was an interesting story that would have made a great full-length book. 14) "They Shall Not Grow Old" by Roald Dahl -The idea of this story was quite clear and an interesting one, but the execution of the story was a little too long in my opinion. I ended getting a tad bored before it ended. 15) "Murder in the Air" by Peter Tremayne -Since I am reviewing these as I read each story, I must say that this one is my favorites so far. I do so love a good 'locked door' mystery! 16) "The Turbulence Expert" by Stephen King -Okay I demand a book based on this story!!! Well, I suppose I really can't do that can I? Maybe a novella? NO? Oh well, this was by far the most heart-pounding story in this anthology for me. 17) "Falling" by James Dickey - Generally, poetry does not interest me, and neither did this. *ARC supplied by the publisher.
FrancescaFB More than 1 year ago
Twink More than 1 year ago
I fully admit it - I hate flying - or rather flying scares me - a lot. So why in the world would I want to read '17 turbulent tales' about flying? Well, I do love a good, scary read! Flight or Fright is edited by Stephen King and Bev Vincent and features 17 tales (and one poem) from King himself, his son Joe Hill and fourteen other noted authors. There's a wide variety ranging from modern day horror writers such as Dan Simmons and Richard Matheson to historic writers such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and a wealth in between. I loved the intro from King - his story of flying only cemented my unwavering fear. The stories range from horror to mystery to sci-fi, so there's a little bit of something for everyone. I do love short story collections - you can read or listen to one when you have a limited amount of time and still have the satisfaction of an ending. And the same applies to listening. I did listen to Flight or Flight. There are eleven different narrators, some of whom I was familiar with and some new to me. This was a great opportunity to sample new readers. King prefaces each story with an introduction to the author and a quick overview of the tale. Favorite story? Hmm, hard to pick but I have to say I really liked Joe Hill's You Are Released. My next two faves were The Horror of the Heights by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. A fascinating tale considering air travel was quite new at the time of writing. (1913) And of course King's The Turbulence Expert. Listen to an excerpt of Flight or Fright. And by the end? Yup, still scared of flying....perhaps even more....
357800 More than 1 year ago
Welcome Aboard....or maybe not. It all begins with a scary as hell intro by KING. Yikes! What a horrific flying experience he had! As for me, back in the olden days of 1969 on the way to Japan, we briefly stopped in Alaska and slid off the runway all the way to the fence. May not sound it, but it was indeed frightening (don't remember any warnings). And, once on a flight from Los Angeles to Detroit...also in the late 60's....I experienced flying in a horrendous thunderstorm with lightening that seemed to last forever. We rocked and bobbed up and down; at times it felt like an elevator, but that wasn't the scariest part. I was flying without a companion and the big jetliner was practically empty....truly practically empty. Really felt alone....ominous flight for me. Anyway, FLIGHT OR FRIGHT is a variety of horror, sci-fi and murder-mystery....plus one poem. There are plenty of spooked passengers (for various reasons), zombies, aliens and some super weird and creepy monster stuff as you travel these skies. My top six of seventeen favorites: 1) Joe Hill's - YOU ARE RELEASED. By far, the best. (for me) Real life fear. 2) Roald Dahl's - YOU SHALL NOT GROW OLD. Memorable time travel. 3) Arthur Conan Doyle's - THE HORROR OF THE HEIGHTS. Wait till you see what's way up there in the danger zone! 4) Richard Matheson's - NIGHTMARE AT 20,000 FEET. Remember the freakish Twilight Zone episode? Here you go. 5) E. Michael Lewis' - CARGO. Creepy sad. 6) Stephen King's - THE TURBULENCE EXPERT. Mortal fear of flying required! Overall, a pretty fine anthology of old and new. Oh and....Would I fly again. Absolutely! Just hope I don't forget to pack FLIGHT OR FRIGHT! ------------- ----------- ---------- ----------
Anonymous More than 1 year ago