13 Best Stephen King Short Stories Of All Time

13. The Moving Finger

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M42_OLV4qgk This entry from King's nineties collection, Nightmares & Dreamscapes, sees an average accountant get the heebie jeebies when a human finger appears from his plug hole. Tapping into feelings of paranoia and confused terror, King takes full advantage of a New York apartment setting by cranking up the claustrophobia factor as his fretful protagonist panics over what to do with this seemingly endless digit that has invaded his sink. With time ticking before his other half returns from the shops, he has to resort to desperate measures. On the face of it, this is a throwaway Twilight Zone esque scribble, but by intercutting the creeping horror extending from the bathroom, with what is happening on the box - his protagonist has a fondness for Jeopardy - this emerges as one of King's quirkiest tales to date, which is capped off grimly with a frenzied and bloodied finale.
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