is a short story by Stephen King
. It was first published in Cavalier
magazine in 1972, and it was collected in the Night Shift
collection in 1978. It tells a story of a laundromat in Maine, which has a demon-possessed industrial pressing machine killing people.
The short story has the examples of:
- Attack of the Killer Whatever
- Bolivian Army Ending: The story ends with the mangler breaking free of its factory moorings and going on an apparently unstoppable rampage.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Anyone who gets caught in the mangler.
- Demonic Possession
- Eye of Newt: Possible ingredients for a demon summoning include virgin's blood, a bat, horse's hooves, graveyard dirt, and belladonna/the hand of glory.
- From Bad to Worse: And how. The horribly botched exorcism results in the mangler uprooting itself from the very foundations, escaping from the factory, and going on a rampage.
- Haunted Technology
- Homicide Machines
- It Won't Turn Off: When the mangler catches the arm of Stanner, the laundry foreman, Diment, the maintenance man turns it off. It doesn't stop. Diment removes the fuses; everything turns off except the mangler. Diment is eventually forced to hack Stanner's arm with a fire axe.
- Locked into Strangeness
- Post-Modern Magik
- Too Dumb to Live: When Jackson and Hunton are planning the exorcism, Jackson explains that demons who have been summoned with the hand of glory are much harder to kill. Since the hand of glory doesn't grow anywhere in the surrounding region, they both assume that this particular demon was summoned without it. Consequently, they expect an easy exorcism, and arm themselves accordingly. They don't even bother taking any extra precautions, just in case they're wrong. Boy, does that turn out to be a big mistake...
- Vomiting Cop: Officer Hunton in the beginning after seeing the remains of a woman caught in the machine.