Yes. It’s a Stephen King story. No, it’s not one of the ones that have been made into a movie. However, I will tell you right now, even thinking of the story…it is one that I’ve read twice and not one that I will come back to any time soon.
It’s a story about a shipwreck, just like Cast Away, but King grabs your hand and forces you down a path to make you closely examine the situation: You are stranded on a desert island with little hope of rescue…and little food. How far will you go to survive?
You’ll see what one man’s desperation will lead him to.
The story is not available as a stand alone, as far as I know, but as part of Skeleton Crew, an older selection of stories that are King at his best, at least in my opinion. (Not that it matters, really, right?)
Oh, and look at the creepy cover with the monkey with the symbols. (Shivers). That story, ugh. I can’t even.
Skeleton Crew also contains “The Mist”, “The Raft” (another ordinary day gone terribly wrong), the aforementioned “Survivor Type”, and “The Monkey”.
These older King stories are excellent for a howling night next to the fire. Just check the locks before you go to bed and put that stuffed monkey with the clanging cymbals in the garage.