Short Story Review: Premium Harmony

Man, I’m on a roll today you guys!

I finished a short story just now after finishing Heaven Bound early this morning, so I’m hoping that means that my reader’s block is o-v-e-r.

Anywho, the short story I chose this time was Premium Harmony by Stephen King.


Fun fact, this short story is a freebie! Simply click here to read this baby for free on The New Yorker’s website. If it’s free, it’s me, I always say.

Okay, review time!


Sorry, none available this time. For some odd reason on GoodReads it just starts with the first sentence or two of the story. 

The Review



I gave this short story four bickering stars! (Believe me, you’ll understand when you read it)

Okay, so you’re probably wondering what Swiss Rolls and a pack of cigs have to do with this story. Well, actually, quite a bit, but let’s not focus on that.

This short story is essentially about a husband and his wife taking a drive through Castle Rock. They stop by a general store of sorts to pick a thing or two up and things commence from there. Staying spoiler free is going to be hard, so I’ll just leave the summary at that.

Overall, I really enjoyed this story. It was short and entertaining. I basically took this story as a cautionary tale of how bad a relationship can get. 

While I’ve never been married, I found the conversation between Ray and his wife to be interesting if not somewhat hilarious and depressing at the same time. They’ve been married for years, and I wondered to myself if all couples fight like this. I certainly haven’t fought with any of my ex’s quite like they did.

Anyways, their fighting reminded me of a bunch of old birds picking at each other. So much so that I actually thought Ray and his wife were a lot older than was said later in the story. I do find something of a flaw in that since by then I had a completely different mental image of the two of them fighting in the car.

The plot for this story was super simple but well-written and enjoyable, ending on a relatable, bittersweet note.

Ultimately, I’d recommend this short story to anyone. It’s free, it’s entertaining, and it’s Stephen King. What have you got to lose?

Definitely worth a quick read!

That’s A Wrap!

Well that’s it for this short story review. I hope you enjoyed it!

Have you read this story? Are there other short stories you’ve read that you simply have to gush about? Feel free to leave a comment. I’d love to start a conversation!

Have a great day!

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  1. OMGosh, I’ve read this! I didn’t recognize the title or the artwork. The hubster and I definitely do NOT spat like that! We’re kind of easy going and polite when we talk to each other. Makes life sweeter.:-)

    • Oh yay! Did you like it?

      Lol thank goodness. I didnt really have you pegged that way anyways, but am super happy at least your relationship isn’t like that. Man, talk about a rollercoaster!

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