History YMMV / NightShift

16th Aug '17 5:07:41 AM ClintEastwood
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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Just what ''is'' "The Boogeyman," exactly, and why does it apparently [[ItsPersonal target Lester Billings and his family]]? Some readers have speculated that the boogeyman is in actuality a boogey''woman''; [[OurGhostsAreDifferent the ghost of Lester's mother]] (or possibly her rotting corpse), seeking to destroy Lester Billings and his family just because she hates them.
* AndIMustScream: Possibly, for the alien coexisting in the astronaut's body. It's never clear if the alien took control deliberately, or was inadvertently trapped there.
* 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]]).
* JerkAss: Lester Billings, the protagonist of "The Boogeyman", is this in spades. He cares very little for his wife, constantly slut shaming her like his mother did and [[spoiler: criticizing her for mourning their dead children because "when they're little, you don't get so attached to them."]] Even his children are no exception as he treats his first son like a sissy when he's scared of the dark (he was THREE). Nothing in his dialogue suggests any sort of warmth for his family except for his second son, the only one who looked like him, despite insisting that he loved his family. [[spoiler: But then he also sold out his "favorite" child to the Boogeyman to save his own skin.]] When his wife knows the truth and finally divorces him, it's hard to even ''try'' feeling sorry for him.
* NauseaFuel: In "Gray Matter", we have the charming tale of a man who is transformed into a fungoid blob caused by a bit of gray slimy guck infesting one of his nightly cans of beer. Later, we hear his son's story of seeing what's become of his father eating the bloated, putrefying, maggot-ridden corpse of a cat.

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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Just what ''is'' "The Boogeyman," exactly, and why does it apparently [[ItsPersonal target Lester Billings and his family]]? Some readers have speculated that the boogeyman is in actuality a boogey''woman''; [[OurGhostsAreDifferent the ghost of Lester's mother]] (or possibly her rotting corpse), seeking to destroy Lester Billings and his family just because she hates them.
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* AndIMustScream: Possibly, for the alien coexisting in the astronaut's body. It's never clear if the alien took control deliberately, or was inadvertently trapped there.
* GenreAdultery: "The Last Rung on the Ladder", a melancholic story with no supernatural or horror elements.
NauseaFuel:
** "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]]).
* JerkAss: Lester Billings, the protagonist of "The Boogeyman", is this in spades. He cares very little for his wife, constantly slut shaming her like his mother did and [[spoiler: criticizing her for mourning their dead children because "when they're little, you don't get so attached to them."]] Even his children are no exception as he treats his first son like a sissy when he's scared of the dark (he was THREE). Nothing in his dialogue suggests any sort of warmth for his family except for his second son, the only one who looked like him, despite insisting that he loved his family. [[spoiler: But then he also sold out his "favorite" child to the Boogeyman to save his own skin.]] When his wife knows the truth and finally divorces him, it's hard to even ''try'' feeling sorry for him.
* NauseaFuel:
In "Gray Matter", we have the charming tale of a man who is transformed into a fungoid blob caused by a bit of gray slimy guck infesting one of his nightly cans of beer. Later, we hear his son's story of seeing what's become of his father eating the bloated, putrefying, maggot-ridden corpse of a cat.
19th Apr '17 12:52:04 AM shamblingdead2
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** The blind, wriggling little babies suckling a giant mama rat, also blind and legless, in the basement of the mill in "Graveyard Shift."



* TheWoobie : Quite a few, but special mention to Richie's son, Timmy in "Gray Matter." He lives alone with his father who's slowly turning into a BlobMonster. After a while, he cannot bear any light and only consumes beer that he demands to be heated.

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* TheWoobie : Quite a few, but special mention to Richie's son, Timmy in "Gray Matter." He lives alone with his father who's slowly turning into a BlobMonster. After a while, he Richie cannot bear any light and only consumes beer that he demands to be heated.
15th Nov '16 1:35:57 PM Cush1
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* AndIMustScream: Possibly, for the alien coexisting in the astronaut's body. It's never clear if the alien took control deliberately, or was inadvertently trapped there.
26th Jul '16 4:46:43 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]]).
23rd Apr '16 10:44:34 AM falcon2484
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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Just what ''is'' "The Boogeyman," exactly, and why does it apparently [[ItsPersonal target Lester Billings and his family]]? Some readers have speculated that the boogeyman is in actuality a boogey''woman''; [[OurGhostsAreDifferent the ghost of Lester's mother]] (or possibly her rotting corpse), seeking to destroy Lester Billings and his family just because she hates them.



* NauseaFuel: In "Gray Matter", we have the charming tale of a man who is transformed into a fungoid blob caused by a bit of gray slimy guck-infesting one of his nightly cans of beer. Later, we hear his son's story of seeing what's become of his father eating the bloated, putrefying, maggot-ridden corpse of a cat.

to:

* NauseaFuel: In "Gray Matter", we have the charming tale of a man who is transformed into a fungoid blob caused by a bit of gray slimy guck-infesting guck infesting one of his nightly cans of beer. Later, we hear his son's story of seeing what's become of his father eating the bloated, putrefying, maggot-ridden corpse of a cat.



-->Can you feature that? The kid all by himself in that apartment with his dad turning into, well, into something... an' heating his beer and then having to listen to him - it - drinking it with awful thick slurping sounds, the way an old man eats his chowder: can you imagine it?

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-->Can you feature that? The kid all by himself in that apartment with his dad turning into, well, into something... an' heating his beer and then having to listen to him - it - drinking it with awful thick slurping sounds, the way an old man eats his chowder: can you imagine it?
1st Jun '15 10:04:53 PM Mdumas43073
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* JerkAss: Lester Billings, the protagonist of "The Boogeyman" is this in spades. He cares very little for his wife, constantly slut shaming her like his mother did and [[spoiler: criticizing her for mourning their dead children because "when they're little, you don't get so attached to them."]] Even his children are no exception as he treats his first son like a sissy when he's scared of the dark (he was THREE). Nothing in his dialogue suggests any sort of warmth for his family except for his second son, the only one who looked like him, despite insisting that he loved his family. [[spoiler: But then he also sold out his "favorite" child to the Boogeyman to save his own skin.]] When his wife knows the truth and finally divorces him, it's hard to even ''try'' feeling sorry for him.

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* JerkAss: Lester Billings, the protagonist of "The Boogeyman" Boogeyman", is this in spades. He cares very little for his wife, constantly slut shaming her like his mother did and [[spoiler: criticizing her for mourning their dead children because "when they're little, you don't get so attached to them."]] Even his children are no exception as he treats his first son like a sissy when he's scared of the dark (he was THREE). Nothing in his dialogue suggests any sort of warmth for his family except for his second son, the only one who looked like him, despite insisting that he loved his family. [[spoiler: But then he also sold out his "favorite" child to the Boogeyman to save his own skin.]] When his wife knows the truth and finally divorces him, it's hard to even ''try'' feeling sorry for him.
22nd May '15 2:23:05 PM needlessexposition
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* Jerkass: Lester Billings, the protagonist of "The Boogeyman" is this in spades. He cares very little for his wife, constantly slut shaming her like his mother did and [[spoiler: criticizing her for mourning their dead children because "when they're little, you don't get so attached to them."]] Even his children are no exception as he treats his first son like a sissy when he's scared of the dark (he was THREE). Nothing in his dialogue suggests any sort of warmth for his family except for his second son, the only one who looked like him, despite insisting that he loved his family. [[spoiler: But then he also sold out his "favorite" child to the Boogeyman to save his own skin.]] When his wife knows the truth and finally divorces him, it's hard to even ''try'' feeling sorry for him.

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* Jerkass: JerkAss: Lester Billings, the protagonist of "The Boogeyman" is this in spades. He cares very little for his wife, constantly slut shaming her like his mother did and [[spoiler: criticizing her for mourning their dead children because "when they're little, you don't get so attached to them."]] Even his children are no exception as he treats his first son like a sissy when he's scared of the dark (he was THREE). Nothing in his dialogue suggests any sort of warmth for his family except for his second son, the only one who looked like him, despite insisting that he loved his family. [[spoiler: But then he also sold out his "favorite" child to the Boogeyman to save his own skin.]] When his wife knows the truth and finally divorces him, it's hard to even ''try'' feeling sorry for him.
20th May '15 1:05:16 PM needlessexposition
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* Jerkass: Lester Billings, the protagonist of "The Boogeyman" is this in spades. He cares very little for his wife, constantly slut shaming her like his mother did and [[spoiler: criticizing her for mourning their dead children because "when they're little, you don't get so attached to them."]] Even his children are no exception as he treats his first son like a sissy when he's scared of the dark (he was THREE). Nothing in his dialogue suggests any sort of warmth for his family except for his second son, the only one who looked like him, despite insisting that he loved his family. [[spoiler: But then he also sold out his "favorite" child to the Boogeyman to save his own skin.]] When his wife knows the truth and finally divorces him, it's hard to even ''try'' feeling sorry for him.
18th Apr '15 2:38:09 AM Aquila89
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* TheWoobie : Quite a few, but special mention to Richie's son in "Gray Matter."

to:

* TheWoobie : Quite a few, but special mention to Richie's son son, Timmy in "Gray Matter." He lives alone with his father who's slowly turning into a BlobMonster. After a while, he cannot bear any light and only consumes beer that he demands to be heated.
-->Can you feature that? The kid all by himself in that apartment with his dad turning into, well, into something... an' heating his beer and then having to listen to him - it - drinking it with awful thick slurping sounds, the way an old man eats his chowder: can you imagine it?
11th Dec '14 1:56:48 AM shamblingdead2
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* TheWoobie : Quite a few, but special mention to Richie's son in "Gray Matter."
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