“The Boogeyman” and “Sometime They Come Back” are short stories written around the same timeframe. Both stories are very similar in theme. “The Boogeyman” is about a man coming face to face with his worst fear. Lester Billings’ fear mounts as his children are killed one by one. With the first child’s death, Lester refuses to acknowledge what he knows is true. However, with the second child’s death, Lester is certain he is dealing with something otherworldly. Though he does not admit it, he knows the children are not dying by natural means. Lester sacrifices his third child’s life, even though he admits this child is his favorite, to save his own life. Consumed...
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... of view. Likewise, the tone is also the same for both tales: supernatural/demonic action that moves at a fast pace. Here differences begin to occur. The setting, plot, and characterization in the stories are not consistent with one another.
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King, S. "The Boogeyman." Night Shift. New York, NY: First Anchor Books. 2012. 100-112. Print.
King, S. "The Raft." Skeleton Crew. New York, NY: Signet. 1986. 278-306. Print.
King, S. "Sometime They Come Back." Night Shift. New York, NY: First Anchor Books. 2012. 152-181. Print.
King, S. "Strawberry Spring." Night Shift. New York, NY: First Anchor Books. 2012. 182-191. Print.
Terror. (2014). In Merriam-Webster online. Retrieved from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terror?show=0&t=1399240204
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