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Adapting Stephen King's Graveyard Shift: The 1990 Rat Fest Is The Textbook Definition Of A 'Bad Stephen King Movie'

CinemaBlend
CinemaBlend
 2021-09-15
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CinemaBlend participates in affiliate programs with various companies. We may earn a commission when you click on or make purchases via links. “Graveyard Shift” is a work with a pretty important legacy in the Stephen King canon. While The Long Walk was the first novel he ever wrote, and Carrie was the first novel that he got published, “Graveyard Shift” was the first short story he was able to sell to a mass market publication for a real payday. King had graduated from the University of Maine in 1970, and by October of the same year the rat-centric prose was printed in an issue of Cavalier magazine, earning him compensation of $200. It was a monumental event for King in his early career hoping to become a professional writer, and, as noted in Douglas E. Winter’s Stephen King: The Art Of Darkness, it also began his relationship with editor Nye Willden (whose name you may remember from last week’s column about Tales From The Darkside: The Movie).

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