Night Shift is the first book for which King wrote a foreword. This foreword, in which the writer humbly introduces himself, sets up his characteristic "fire-side storyteller" tone. He begins the foreword directly addressing the reader; "Let's talk, you and I. Let's talk about fear." This friendly, conversational tone, will become a hallmark of Stephen King's writing style - especially his non-fiction writing. He closes the foreword on a note that would become familiar to his 'Constant Readers' (a term of endearment that King reserves for his fans).
The introduction was written by one of King's favorite authors, John D. MacDonald.
|Title||Originally published in|
|"Jerusalem's Lot"||Previously unpublished|
|"Graveyard Shift"||October 1970 issue of Cavalier|
|"Night Surf"||Spring 1969 issue of Ubris|
|"I Am the Doorway"||March 1971 issue of Cavalier|
|"The Mangler"||December 1972 issue of Cavalier|
|"The Boogeyman"||March 1973 issue of Cavalier|
|"Gray Matter"||October 1973 issue of Cavalier|
|"Battleground"||September 1972 issue of Cavalier|
|"Trucks"||June 1973 issue of Cavalier|
|"Sometimes They Come Back"||March 1974 issue of Cavalier|
|"Strawberry Spring"||Fall 1968 issue of Ubris|
|"The Ledge"||July 1976 issue of Penthouse|
|"The Lawnmower Man"||May 1975 issue of Cavalier|
|"Quitters, Inc."||Previously unpublished|
|"I Know What You Need"||September 1976 issue of Cosmopolitan|
|"Children of the Corn"||March 1977 issue of Penthouse|
|"The Last Rung on the Ladder"||Previously unpublished|
|"The Man Who Loved Flowers"||August 1977 issue of Gallery|
|"One for the Road"||March/April 1977 issue of Maine|
|"The Woman in the Room"||Previously unpublished|
With the publication of Night Shift and the rise in King's popularity as a best-selling author, also with the success of Brian De Palma's motion picture adaptation of Carrie (1976), student film and theatre makers began to submit requests to King to make adaptations of the stories that appeared in the collection. King formed a policy he deemed the Dollar Deal, which allowed the students the permission to make an adaptation for the consideration of just $1.
In the 1980s, entrepreneurial film producer Milton Subotsky purchased the rights to six of the stories in this collection with the intention to produce feature films and a television anthology based on multiple stories. Although Subotsky was involved with several King adaptations (Cat's Eye, Maximum Overdrive, Sometimes They Come Back, The Lawnmower Man) the television series never came to fruition due to problems with the network's Standards and Practices.
The following is a list of film, television or theatre adaptations made from the stories collected in Night Shift: