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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 goes when his older brother, who’s supposed to be looking out for him, heads off to the gravel pit to play “paratroopers over the side.” Pete, 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.

Doug Clayton, an insurance man from Bangor, is driving his Prius to a conference in Portland. On the backseat are his briefcase and suitcase and in the passenger bucket is a King James Bible, what Doug calls “the ultimate insurance manual,” but it isn’t going to save Doug when he decides to be the Good Samaritan and help the guy in the broken down wagon. He pulls up behind it, puts on his four-ways, and then notices that the wagon has no plates.

Ten minutes later, Julianne Vernon, pulling a horse trailer, spots the Prius and the wagon, and pulls over. Julianne finds Doug Clayton’s cracked cell phone near the wagon door – and gets too close herself. By the time Pete Simmons wakes up from his vodka nap, there are a half a dozen cars at the Mile 81 rest stop. Two kids – Rachel and Blake Lussier – and one horse named Deedee are the only living left. Unless you maybe count the wagon.

Book Reviews

Mile 81
Average rating
3.7 / 5
Ripped
September 14th, 2015
Not worth the nickel. 80 pages , sure hope they don't make the movie. Like King stuff but this one lacks effort
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1 review
Could have been better
August 19th, 2015
Sometimes I expect too much from King's stories. Mildly intriguing but mostly a story of "this grown up didn't get it, neither did this one, but this little kid saved the day." Almost like if Robert Munsch wrote a violent story.
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Mile 81
July 25th, 2015
Another one of SKs stories that ends too soon and inexplicably. I always want more..to find out about what cused this and what happened to the peopleand why...but, i guess this is what short stories are for_ moreso than Books. Just to peak our imagination.
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Mile81
July 22nd, 2015
Starts out tame then seds you into a terrifing spiral of horror and humans disregard of youngsters ,thinking they know better
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Mile 81
July 9th, 2015
I liked the story. I thought it could have been longer. Maybe gone into more detail. For a short read it definitely worth the time.
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1 review
A "Mile" too short
June 4th, 2015
Vintage Stephen King but far too short. I wish Kobo would include more info their bookstore site, such as date of publication and whether this is a short story, novella, novel etc.
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1 person found this helpful
Typical King
January 1st, 2015
He quickly draws you into the story and doesn't release you until he brings it to an end. Could this really happen? Of course not. But with King you can't be sure.
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Mile 81 by stephen king
September 24th, 2014
"One awesome book" king always gives his readers what they want!!!!
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Mile 81
August 26th, 2014
I enjoy reading everything Stephen King writes
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1 review
Very good.
June 16th, 2014
I liked it a lot. Not great but a good quick read.
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Mile 81
June 8th, 2014
Classic King! Fell in love with your writing style with 'Carrie' back in '74 and have been a fan since. Thank you for the chills and thrills Mr. King.
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Milr 81
June 2nd, 2014
Typical Mr. KING. Would have liked a longer read. Too short.
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Mile 81
May 12th, 2014
This is the worst book Steven King has ever written. A child could have done better. If not for the profanity, I would have thought a child had written it.
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1 review
Weak
April 29th, 2014
There have been far better from King's pen.
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Mile 81
February 14th, 2014
Yet again an awesome short story!
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Awersome
February 10th, 2014
Again king has done it,amazing story
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1 review
Childish novel.
February 8th, 2014
Waste of time and brain cells
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1 review
Ugh
January 9th, 2014
Great til the abrupt ending!!!!! I wanna know what happened!
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1 review
Great short story
December 29th, 2013
Like most if not all Stephen King books, this one is well done and quite worth the read. Being a short story, you can be done in an hour or two. Keep up the awesome work Mr. King !!!
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Mile 81
December 29th, 2013
Pretty good for a short story. Stephen King can be hit or miss in that regard but I quite enjoyed this one.
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Mile 81
December 18th, 2013
Big King fan... not the best ending.
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1 review
November 3rd, 2013
I enjoyed the book. It was my 1st Stephen King book. it's a short story but kept me interested throughout.
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Mile 81
October 23rd, 2013
Excellent afternoon read that leaves you wanting more.
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1 review
Good
October 13th, 2013
I loved this book also everything but the ending. The ending just left me there wanting more & with ?s.
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September 3rd, 2013
Was an interesting read and the book is not too long so you can read it in a couple of days.
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1 review
Exciting short story - per usual!
September 2nd, 2013
I love, love, love reading anything, and ALL things written by Stephen King - the man sure can write! Mile 81 is an exciting little short story, with just the right amount of suspense and scare - and I'm confident that anyone looking for a quick read, will enjoy it immensely.
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Mile 81.
August 9th, 2013
Libro breve pero con muy buen suspenso, te mantiene entretenido e interesado en descubrir lo que va a pasar.
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Real Short
August 5th, 2013
Read it in two days probably over two hours. Was not amazing but for such a short read it did its job. Like how it took place over a few hours I suppose.
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Buono ma...
July 22nd, 2013
Mi aspettavo di più dal buon vecchio Stephen King...
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1 review
Short story
June 26th, 2013
Interesting story. I just hope I didn't pay money for it. Took me a half hour to read it!
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Mile 81
April 28th, 2013
Not bad for Stephen King short story. As always it leaves your imagination running at the end.
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Mile 81
March 27th, 2013
I'm a gr8 fan of Kings work. When I purchased " Mile 81", I too thought I was buying a full length novel. It's almost as if Mr.King had a few good ideas laying around & decided to throw them into a "crazy car" story..oh wait he has already done that. Remember CHRISTINE??? Still,all in all, I rather enjoyed "Mile 81". I wish it would stated up-front that this was a short story, then, perhaps my $4.00 might have been better spent.
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1 review
It's missing a few miles.
March 14th, 2013
A decent enough story, but the ending felt rushed.
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Didn't like
March 6th, 2013
I thought this was a real book and I didn't like it at all
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1 review
Hmmmm...
March 2nd, 2013
As much as I love Stephen King's stories, Mile 81 felt like he suddenly grew tired of writing the story and just stopped. Too bad because the story line was just getting interesting when the short story abruptly ended. Loved the concept but wished there had been more to it.
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1 person found this helpful
My favorite Author...
February 16th, 2013
He can do no wrong :-)
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2 reviews
My favorite Author...
February 16th, 2013
He can do no wrong :-)
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Mile 81
February 10th, 2013
Interesting but needs more--left me hanging with so many questions
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1 review
Mediocre
February 9th, 2013
By no means my favorite Stephen King....
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1 review
Review
January 14th, 2013
This one left out a lot. It should be a part 2 to it.
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