History Literature / NightShift

10th Aug '16 11:10:16 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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** Warwick. As detailed below, he isn't very nice to his subordinates in the mill and makes Hall descend into the very lowest level of the basement, seemingly as revenge for threatening to blow the whistle about the mill's vermin problem. Hall might also count, as it's hinted that he's losing his marbles and led Warwick to his death.

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** Warwick. As detailed below, he isn't very nice to his subordinates in the mill and makes Hall descend into the very lowest level of the basement, seemingly as revenge for threatening to blow the whistle about the mill's vermin problem. Hall might also count, as it's very strongly hinted that he's losing his marbles and led Warwick to his death.



* {{Cult}}: The aforementioned CorruptChurch in "Jerusalem's Lot", [[spoiler:whose leader charmed the protagonist's ancestor into joining]].

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The aforementioned CorruptChurch in "Jerusalem's Lot", [[spoiler:whose leader charmed the protagonist's ancestor into joining]].joining]].
** The "church" of Gatlin in "Children of the Corn", as well.
* CuriosityKilledTheCast: It's part this and part spite that keeps Burt from listening to his wife's desperate pleading for him to heed the numerous warning signs that something is very, ''very'' wrong with the little town of Gatlin, Nebraska. It doesn't end well for either of them.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Even if your foreman is a grade-A jerkass, [[spoiler:tricking him into getting eaten alive by a giant rat matriarch]] may be just a ''little'' too extreme, as far as payback goes.


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* LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler:Hall's plan after killing his foreman falls apart when the high-pressure hose he expected to clear his escape with is chewed up by the rats, reducing the water flow to a harmless trickle. He doesn't last long after that.]]


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* MurderTheHypotenuse: Elizabeth in "I Know What You Need" discovers at the end of the story that her boyfriend's accidental death on the job wasn't so accidental after all. [[spoiler:Ed arranged it through a Voodoo-like hex]].
26th Jul '16 4:49:18 PM WillBGood
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* {{Homage}}: "Jerusalem's Lot" is a [[Creator/HPLovecraft Lovecraft]] pastiche, written in [[EpistolaryNovel epistolary]] style with sprinklings of PurpleProse, and contains a ShoutOut to that ''other'' TomeOfEldritchLore from the Cthulu Mythos, "De Vermis Mysteriis".

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* {{Homage}}: "Jerusalem's Lot" is a [[Creator/HPLovecraft Lovecraft]] pastiche, written in [[EpistolaryNovel epistolary]] style with sprinklings of PurpleProse, and contains a ShoutOut to that ''other'' ''another'' TomeOfEldritchLore from the Cthulu Mythos, CthulhuMythos, "De Vermis Mysteriis".
26th Jul '16 4:46:49 PM WillBGood
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* GenreAdultery: "The Last Rung on the Ladder", a melancholic story with no supernatural or horror elements.
** "The Ledge" is a straightforward crime-and-revenge story that also lacks any supernatural content.
** "The Woman in the Room" is much like "The Last Rung on the Ladder" in that it's more a tragedy than a horror story. It's painfully realistic, being about a man agonizing over the decision to euthanize his elderly, terminally ill mother.
** "The Lawnmower Man" has an unusually comedic style for a Creator/StephenKing story (though the protagonist [[spoiler: still gets slaughtered by an autonomous lawnmower]]).
17th Jul '16 10:10:12 AM Scoutstr295
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* "Graveyard Shift": Workers cleaning up the basement of an old textile mill meet giant rats.

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* "Graveyard Shift": Workers cleaning up the basement of an old textile mill meet giant rats. Basis for the [[Film/GraveyardShift film of the same name]].
17th Jul '16 10:08:22 AM Scoutstr295
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** Warwick. As detailed below, he isn't very nice to his subordinates in the mill and makes Hall descend into the very lowest level of the basement, seemingly as revenge for threatening to blow the whistle about the mill's vermin problem. Hall might also count, as it's hinted that he's losing his marbles and led Warwick to his death.
17th Jul '16 10:00:26 AM Scoutstr295
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** Burt and Vicky Robeson. Burt is slightly better than Vicky, but both of them do nothing but argue with each other throughout the story. They are irredeemably mean-spirited and annoying compared to [[Film/ChildrenOfTheCorn their film counterparts]]. [[spoiler:Unlike the film, both end up being sacrificed to He Who Walks Behind The Rows.]]
17th Jun '16 1:56:42 AM Farnham
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* VillainProtagonist: Renshaw in "Battleground". He's a hitman who killed a toymaker, Hans Morris; the murderous toy soldiers are sent to him by Morris's mother as a revenge.

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* VillainProtagonist: Renshaw in "Battleground". He's a hitman who killed a toymaker, Hans Morris; the murderous toy soldiers [[spoiler:and miniature thermonuclear weapon]] are sent to him by Morris's mother as a revenge.
27th May '16 9:07:35 AM DougDevilsMutt
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* [[spoiler: Asshole Victim:]] Lester Billings. It gets a little lost in the horrific tragedy of his story, but paying attention to all his dialogue reveals he is racist, homophobic, and casually misogynistic and abusive (he speaks of hitting his wife in the same terms one would describe taking out the garbage in terms of problem solving, and also at least once struck one of his young children to silence them, not to mention he slut shames his own wife by talking about 'how easily she went to bed with him before they were married'). While those traits could sort of be chalked up to being the average whitebread man of the 60's and 70's, he crosses the line when [[spoiler: scared of the Boogeymen, he purposely moves his son out of his room because the Boogeymen will go for him first. Because he's weaker.]] Whatever fate he suffers, he probably deserved worse.

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* [[spoiler: Asshole Victim:]] AssholeVictim:]] Lester Billings. It gets a little lost in the horrific tragedy of his story, but paying attention to all his dialogue reveals he is racist, homophobic, and casually misogynistic and abusive (he speaks of hitting his wife in the same terms one would describe taking out the garbage in terms of problem solving, and also at least once struck one of his young children to silence them, not to mention he slut shames his own wife by talking about 'how easily she went to bed with him before they were married'). While those traits could sort of be chalked up to being the average whitebread man of the 60's and 70's, he crosses the line when [[spoiler: scared of the Boogeymen, he purposely moves his son out of his room because the Boogeymen will go for him first. Because he's weaker.]] Whatever fate he suffers, he probably deserved worse.
23rd Apr '16 10:25:13 AM falcon2484
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** In "The Bogeyman", the protagonist tries for years to escape the bogeyman who killed his offspring and stalked him endlessly. [[spoiler:At the end of the story it turns out that the therapist he's been telling the tale to was the bogeyman in disguise, who evidently gets him.]]

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** In "The Bogeyman", Boogeyman", the protagonist tries for years to escape the bogeyman boogeyman who killed his offspring and stalked him endlessly. [[spoiler:At the end of the story it turns out that the therapist he's been telling the tale to was the bogeyman boogeyman in disguise, who evidently gets him.]]
23rd Apr '16 10:17:57 AM falcon2484
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** All things considered, Warwick is more of a MeanBoss. He doesn't force any of his employees to clean up the basement; they do so because they're getting paid time-and-a-half (double-time on the Fourth of July). He does, however, yell at, belittle and patronize the mill workers, and threatens to fire anyone who walks out because of the rats.
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