Mile 81 - Stephen King

Mile 81

By Stephen King

  • Release Date: 2011-09-01
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
4 Score: 4 (From 1,756 Ratings)


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.


  • Wow

    By ItsJaBoi
    It is really hard to wrap my head around this book. 👍👍
  • Great short

    By TheeAmishPsycho
    A great short story that had me on the edge of my seat the whole time wondering what was going to happen. I only wish it was longer !
  • 81

    By CwCal
    As always Stephen King's incredible story telling excels. Great tale again.
  • Waste of Money and Time

    By SuzBrady
    I think I just wasted 14.95 for one really bad short story. I thought it was at least a collection but it was not. Been a fan for a long time and feel cheated.
  • Waste

    By DooWane
    Sorry, but this was a waist of time. I read the whole book and the ending was rediculous. I’m almost doubting Stephen King wrote it.
  • Great Book!!!!!

    By R2468
    This book is great!!!!! I wish it would have been longer!
  • Short stories with abrupt ending

    By Pong mania
    there was some good amount of build ups in the beginning, but as with most of his short stories all that building up didn't weave well into the climax of the story. I was very disappointed with how it ended as story just didn't lead to a good ending.
  • Highway to Hell

    By AlanReid
    A great short story by King. I read it in one sitting. I could compare it to two of his previous full length novels but I don't want to give anything away. I read this without knowing the premise and I'm really glad I did... I never saw it coming 😉
  • Don't Buy

    By DumDumGuy
    Ok, it is King, and it is an entertaining story. BUT IT IS A SHORT STORY NOT A BOOK. Whats worse is that about 25% is just a preview for 11/23/66. DAMNED RIPOFF! I'm gonna ask for a refund
  • So good!

    By Ugh's answer
    I love this book! ❤️ My dad told me about it when I was little. I haven't touched a strangers car sense. 😂 It was great to finally read it