5. "The Ballad Of The Flexible Bullet" (Short Story)

Original publication date: 1984
Included in: Skeleton Crew (1985)

Only a twisted writer like Stephen King could manifest insanity through evil elves that live inside an author’s possessed typewriter, or so the main character thinks. Powered by a particularly strange concept, “The Ballad Of The Flexible Bullet” takes a look at how one man’s fractured mind can become contagious, infecting his friend, and fellow wordsmith, with fears of the elfin Fornits while telling him paranoid memories during an otherwise normal cookout.

As King sees it, the “flexible bullet” is one’s lunacy, bouncing around inside the poor bastard’s mental like a ricocheting slug. Reading this odd mind-bender of a story, you’re liable to feel your own bullet in the head.