A collection of short stories by Stephen King, published in 1978. It was King's first short story collection and his fifth published book. I suspect it's his best-known collection and the most widely read, too. More than likely, you're familiar with at least a half-dozen of the stories here, either because you read them at some point, or because you saw one of the movies that were based on these stories.
The stories here include:
Some of these stories are wonderful tales -- "One for the Road" is a beautiful, atmospheric vampire story made even greater by the snowbound setting. "The Ledge" is astonishingly tense, "I Am the Doorway" is excellent sci-fi pulp, and "Gray Matter" is squishy and gross but still creepy. "Sometimes They Come Back" is weird and eerie -- and still bloody and intense when it comes time to summon the demon. "Children of the Corn" seems like it'd be easy to dismiss, what with the infinite movie sequels -- but the atmosphere and mood are glorious, and the fantastic creep-factor of the corn fields carries helps lift it up to a true classic. And the non-supernatural stories -- "The Woman in the Room" and "The Last Rung of the Ladder" -- are sustained by King's mastery of tragedy, empathy, and anguish.
Other tales aren't that great. "Battleground" and "The Lawnmower Man" feel like King wasn't taking them seriously when he was writing them. "The Man Who Loved Flowers" is predictable, "The Boogeyman" is cheesy, and "Jerusalem's Lot" is fairly unreadable.
And in a way, the reputation of this book hasn't been helped by all the low-quality movies that came out of this. Most of those aren't King's fault! (Except "Maximum Overdrive" -- he wrote the screenplay and directed it, so he can't avoid the blame there.) But when you know that so many cinematic stinkers came out of this, it can make you feel like maybe the stories themselves are bad. And for the most part, that's definitely not true.
This isn't my favorite King collection -- the stories are just a bit early in his run, and you can still see plenty of rough edges. But if you want to read some of his most famous short stories, this collection has what you need.