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Flight or Fright

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  654 Ratings  ·  132 Reviews
Fasten your seatbelts for an anthology of turbulent tales curated by Stephen King and Bev Vincent. This exciting new anthology, perfect for airport or airplane reading, includes an original introduction and story notes for each story by Stephen King, along with brand new stories from Stephen King and Joe Hill.

About the Book:
Stephen King hates to fly.

Now he and co-editor Be
Hardcover, 332 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Cemetery Dance Publications
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Mike Redmond If you find air travel unsettling, then I think it is safe to say that many of these stories will creep you out, or full bore frighten you. It evokes…moreIf you find air travel unsettling, then I think it is safe to say that many of these stories will creep you out, or full bore frighten you. It evokes a completely different type of fear than It but they are on par when it comes to quality stories that will leave you thinking about what lies outside of your metal cylinder in the sky.(less)

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Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
Stephen King is afraid of something that I’m not. He’s afraid of flying. Don’t get me wrong, I have a lot of funky little fears and phobias, it’s just that flying isn’t one of them. So I saw this new anthology, aptly titled, Flight or Fright and I saw it as a personal dare from the King himself! Could he and his co-editor, Bev Vincent, curate a collection of stories that would seep through the cracks and unsettle my nerves enough to make me afraid to fly?
There is a definitive answer here but bef
Welcome Aboard....or maybe not! It all begins with a scary as hell introduction from 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. 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


Flight or Fright is a collection of horror/mystery short stories solely happening in midair.
It is edited by Stephen King and also includes one of his short stories.
My favorites were
Two Minutes Forty-Five Seconds by Dan Simmons,
You Are Released by Joe Hill
and obviously The Turbulence Expert by Stephen King.
Before each story there is also an introduction by the master himself.
So, buckle up and fly high!
I received this beauty in the mail today and am very excited to get started on this collection. I absolutely adore the synopsis of this one! I HATE flying with every fiber of my being. Yep. This should be great for my travel anxiety. 😑😯😝😨

Me when I fly:
FLIGHT OR FRIGHT, edited by Stephen King and Bev Vincent (who also each contributed a story of their own), is an anthology of plane-horror stories. While I would say that most of these stories were above average, the only thing that disappointed me was that I had already read the majority of them before--some of them several times.

Here you'll find classic reprints from Richard Matheson and Ambrose Bierce, to newer tales from Joe Hill and Cody Goodfellow. A solid collection from older flying mach
Eh. Definitely not worth the $9.99 I paid for this. A new anthology edited by Stephen King though equals I have to read it though. There were some truly what the hell did I just read reactions to some of the short stories, and a few good grief this is boring. I only really enjoyed four stories out of this collection (gave them five stars), and one of them is a story I am already familiar with. I did give some four stars, but the majority are three stars and below.

"Cargo" by E. Michael Lewis (3
Сибин Майналовски
Красота! Няма такава красота! Е, има и едно-две недоразумения (какво, в името на пресветата Дева, е „Летящата машина“ на Амброуз Биърс и кой дебил е решил да го включи в тази перла???? А за пишман-поемата в края не ми хрумва нищо, освен нецензурни думи...), но като цяло книгата мачка! Стивън Кинг, естествено, е на върха, но Джо Хил, Едуин Ч. Тъб, Дан Симънс (няма такъв майндфак, честно!), Дейвид Дж. Шоу (романтика!), Роалд Дал (просълзи ме...)... Препоръчвам горещо! Задължително четиво за всички ...more
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this a lot. As in other anthologies some of the stories were great, some not as much but overall a solid lineup. I was sold as soon as I knew that King and Hill and new stories in it. They did not disappoint.
Bill Lynas
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stephen King has spent his life frightening his readers, but what scares the world's best selling horror writer ? Flying it seems. So here, appropriatley, is a collection of short stories set around the world of flight.
It's a mixed bag of quality, but there are some real gems to be found here. Richard Matheson's Nightmare At 20,000 Feet has always been a favourite story of mine, as has the classic Twilight Zone episode it inspired. Arthur Conan Doyle's The Horror Of The Heights is a wonderful ta
Leo Robertson
Yeugh—some good stories but they're the minority here.

Did y'all know it was Stephen King's 71st birthday recently? I almost avoided finding out because I muted his name and @StephenKing on Twitter. (But not on Facebook! Damn you, gushing horror friends! Legend has it that if you say his name three times in quick succession... you're in the minority.) I'm an expert Twitter muter—though there is one conundrum I have not yet solved: I've muted "word count", but that's not enough, but I can hardly m
Once upon a time in a faraway decade there existed short story collections that would knock your socks off. If the book contained fourteen stories then at least eight of them would be considered decent and four of them would send you on a mission to find better fitting socks. Then one day the world got greedy and it was decided that everything was worth publishing and quantity became more valuable than quality. Readers found themselves beginning to doubt the authors they once trusted, not unders ...more
Dez Nemec
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, arc, horror
I am not a good flier. I flew to FL for spring break a few months after 9/11, and there were armed guardsman all over our tiny airport. Ever since then, I get a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach starting the night before we leave that doesn’t abate until after we land. Yes, I know it’s safer than driving. Yes, I know that there is an infinitesimal chance of something going wrong. No, I don’t care. I’m not unhappy in the least that I haven’t been on a plane in over 3 years.

Needless to say, th
Lars (theatretenor) Skaar
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Did love this one! Some of the stories were a little “eh” but a lot of them were really good. Especially in the second half of the book! No surprise but Joe Hill, Roald Dahl, Stephen King, and Bev Vincent were fantastic! With a special nod to Peter Tremayne who I had heard of before but loved his locked room murder mystery on a plane!
Димитър Цолов
В началото на набързо стъкменото си ревю искам да изкажа адмирации за смелостта на Pleiad Publishers, които започнаха да ни радват с хорър сборници и скоро след "Сияние в мрака" бял свят на български видя нова читава жанрова селекция. При това с корица, която май ме кефи повече от оригиналната и подобно на предната антология пусната в два варианта - по-евтин и по-луксозен (ха познайте с кой се сдобих!). Сега по няколко думи за "турбулентните" творби, подбрани от чичо Стив и Бев Винсънт.

Товар / Е
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
From passengers and cargo, to unexpected and unwanted visitors on a plane, to Zombies or a Gremlin, and a plane flying through something comparable to The Stand setting, all the mystery, terror, and the supernatural at 20000 feet to 34000 feet and decreasing.

There is splendid reading awaiting, some tales thrilling and have you hooked in with great anticipation of what will happen next.

Holidays over for most, all flying one needs to do could be over, good timing for reading these tales before the
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fave stories:
Cargo by E. Michael Lewis
Nightmare at 20,000 Feet by Richard Matheson
Lucifer! by E.C. Tubb
You Are Released by Joe Hill
Zombies on a Plane by Bev Vincent
The Turbulence Expert by Stephen King

Particular shout-out to Joe Hill for You Are Released - that story gave me genuine anxiety...
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
After having been somewhat disappointed in recently read anthologies, I was pleased to find this one to be quite good. It's really been some time since I've read a collection like this where all but one or two were not just perfectly fitting of the theme, but were all pretty enjoyable. And Stephen King was correct when he said the most terrifying tale of all those in the book was by Joe Hill.
Reading a short story compilation always reminds me of the good ol' days when I used to buy old timey fun timey CDs from my favorite band.

I disliked shelling out $15 bucks because there was a good chance I would only like 3 songs out of 12; if I was really lucky, I liked half.

The same feelings apply to Flight or Fright.

The stories were a mixed bag, the only ones I liked were from the King of Horror himself, his son and Richard Matheson's classic Nightmare at 30,000 feet.

I've never read the s
Chris DiLeo
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful collection of creepy, thrilling, fascinating stories. If like me, you already find flying a precarious challenge, these stories are ready-made for you. They will get your heart racing, and you will be soon flipping pages rapidly, hoping for a smooth landing. The best pieces are "Cargo"; "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet"; "Two Minutes Forty-Five Seconds"; "You Are Released"; "The Turbulence Expert" and "Falling."
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite part about starting anything with King's name on it is his introductions. It's impossible not to be sucked into his world and feel that he is talking to and reading with you. I was excited from the start, and the first story in this collection did not disappoint. I was especially impressed by Hill's short story You Are Released. This story had the feel of a full length novel and I was disappointed it wasnt. It was the first work by Joe Hill that I've read and I plan to go purchase mo ...more
Mike Duguid
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hills was the stand out for me, classic short story
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Zombies on a Plane! Yes!
Joey B.
Sep 10, 2018 rated it liked it
A random hodgepodge of hit or miss stories spanning 100+ years of storytelling.
Alex Bear
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
The one by Joe Hill was the star of the collection. Cargo by E Michael Lewis at the beginning wasn't a bad hook, but everything else didn't really...take off.
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The stories are very different, but this is a very good anthology !

They range from very scary ("Cargo" & "Diablitos" ) to some more realistic (but therefore more scary) stories like the one from Joe Hill (my favorite), and some other occurring in different time and places (eg, the ancient China).

Overall, it was a very good anthology, and I like the tone that Bev Vincent has put into his afterword.
Furthermore, but not the least interesting, this is definitely a mandatory reading for any Steph
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Who better to compile a collection of scary stories on any topic than the master bogeyman himself, Stephen King, aided by Bev Vincent? But King and Vincent are focused on stories of flight by established authors, a topic that can already give any of us fits of fright, and the result is a bumpy ride that fortunately ends with a soft landing.
Carol Irvin
Sep 18, 2018 marked it as abandoned-books
Can’t read this book since I am getting to get on a plane ✈ ...more
Sep 11, 2018 marked it as stricken
not great stories
Sep 10, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars I liked some stories more than others
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Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, M ...more
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