Read the last rung on the ladder by Stephen King Online


Published in 'Night Shift'...

Title : the last rung on the ladder
Author :
Rating :
ISBN : 20776217
Format Type : ePub
Number of Pages : 398 Pages
Status : Available For Download
Last checked : 21 Minutes ago!

the last rung on the ladder Reviews

  • Virag Padalkar
    2019-04-26 22:34

    Once in a while you read something that really moves you. I mean really moves you. Last Rung on the Ladder is one such tale. One would think Stephen King is all about horror. This tale is horrific indeed; but not for the reasons you'd think. The simple way in which King has built this story left me spellbound. Starts off innocously enough and continues with its tale of childish innocence. A heart-warming tale. And then suddenly twists you into knots. In the space of a few paragraphs it achieves its intent - that of gut-wrenching emotion. If the efficacy and skill of an author is gauged by looking at how large an impact he or she made with the least amount of words, this tale wins hands down.

  • Alicia
    2019-05-14 00:42

    Un cuento excelente

  • Katie
    2019-05-07 23:31

    Nothing more sad than realizing someone needed you after it's too late.

  • Jessica Draewell
    2019-04-19 22:46

    I would give it more stars if it were possible. Very touching and strikingly normal story. Great quick read but have a few tissues.

  • Medhat The Book Fanatic
    2019-05-13 23:37

    A sweet and moving story!

  • Danielle
    2019-05-02 00:25

    The type of horror story that King has written with this story (and a few others, including "The Woman In The Room") is something much different to his usual fare - but it's still horror. This story is heartbreaking, but also chilling. The most sad and unsettling part of the story, I think, is just how well it describes harsh reality taking an innocent optimist and stripping them of all their hope. Kitty, who was once so trusting that she willingly dropped from a lethal height because she trusted her brother to save her, becomes somebody who believes that...nobody can save her. The idea that Larry could have saved her if only he'd done something as simple as send her a change of address card...that's pretty upsetting as well. However, the part of the story that really gives me a chill down my spine is that, in jumping from the hayloft as a child, Kitty was effectively (but unknowingly) rehearsing her eventual suicide over and over again, years before it took place - and you can picture her as an adult, teetering on the ledge of the building she suicided from, unafraid and smiling to herself, because she'd jumped from a great height so many times before. And worse - Larry, remembering how Kitty looked falling from the hayloft as a child, will forever be stuck with the mental image of his adult sister looking similarly as she dove to her death. It's just...fridge horror nightmare fuel, I think, in a deeper and more psychological way than King's stories usually are. I first read this story in the 90s, and it's stuck with me to such a degree that I am still re-reading it and now reviewing it almost 20 years later. While I've managed to overcome my fear of Cujo and Pennywise, this story still scares and moves me. It's a really profound and underrated piece of writing.

  • Missy Morris
    2019-04-22 23:35

    Ok.....a ten page short story that has stuck with me my entire life. The theme: (keep in mind I'm a math teacher, therefore do NOT expect to be impressed by high level reviews) LOVE THE ONES YOU'RE CLOSE TO AND FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE DON'T FORGET THEM. It is easy to find a free pdf of this short story on line. One of my very all time favorites

  • Cameron Olson
    2019-04-23 23:36

    My favorite short story of all time!

  • Ricardo Matta
    2019-04-28 00:40

    Was written well, I definitely felt some strong emotions during that story.

  • Brian
    2019-05-03 23:31

    So so so very sad =(

  • Jason
    2019-05-18 01:26

    This was unexpected. Many people define Stephen King as strictly a horror writer, and I believe that's where he does some of his best work, but he's so much more than that and evidently was able to step out of that box with his early stories. This is definitely not horror. It has elements of tragedy, and elements of suspense, and shows that he doesn't have to write about monsters and terror to affect you. I found the story rather poignant, myself, but I won't give away any spoilers. Hell, the story's only 11 pages, so you'd be better served by just reading it instead of a warmed over version on here. Basically it involves a man's relationship with his sister with details about an episode during their childhood. There's nothing spooky, or kinky, or weird about it; it's King showing us his understanding of the human condition, and giving us a normal story about real life troubles. I was affected.It's a little out of place in the Night Shift collection with all these other horror stories. I felt like I was reading a story from an English Lit class textbook. It seems like one you'd read in class, and then spend a half hour discussing with the teacher pointing out nuances to this and that. In fact, there are probably literary things in this that I missed, for I always needed the teach's help in seeing those kinds of things.I would've given this two stars, but like I said, I was affected by the ending, and so I gave it a third.

  • Dmitry Butsenets
    2019-05-04 01:31

    иногда трудно понять и принять тот факт как может измениться человек. как он может сломаться. иногда в рутине своей жизни кто-то проскальзывает мимо тебя как песок.порой кто-то важный. как песок он отмерил свое время.. и отмеряет твое. а ведь казалось что тебе всегда хватит его для самого важного. в этой песчаной буре самое простое убежать от себя, и куда сложноее разглядеть и принять тот факт что ты облажался. п.с. наконец-то отличный рассказ.

  • Cat Ellington
    2019-05-13 23:30

    A terrifying and classic collection containing twenty of King’s most legendary tales. I reviewed Night Shift as a composed body, rating each short story therein individually.To read the actual review, search: Night Shift

  • Rei Esponilla
    2019-05-01 22:45

    This really got to me, and I remember writing a similar piece from the sister's pov.

  • Lance Lasalle
    2019-05-15 00:29

    Not a horror story. A genuinely sad story, infused with emotion; lovely nostalgic imagery at the beginning.

  • Cat Ellington
    2019-04-24 00:35

    A terrifying and classic collection containing twenty of King’s most legendary tales. I reviewed Night Shift as a composed body, rating each short story therein individually.To read the actual review, search: Night Shift