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Author Stephen King
Country United States
Language English
Genre(s) Horror, Science fiction
Published in Weird Tales (1st release),
Skeleton Crew
Publication type Magazine
Media type Print (Periodical)
Publication date 1984

"Beachworld" is a short science fiction story by Stephen King, first published in Weird Tales in 1984, and collected in King's 1985 collection Skeleton Crew.[1]

Plot summary[edit]

"Beachworld" is set at an unspecified time in the distant future. Among the few clues to the date is the passing reference that the last of the Beach Boys had died eight thousand years previously.

The catastrophic crash landing of a Federation spacecraft on an uncharted planet made up entirely of sand leaves crewman Grimes dead, while Rand and Shapiro survive. Rand stares out over the sand dunes and both men associate the endless rolling dunes with a beach. Rand is becoming hypnotized by the dunes and refuses to move from the dune he is standing on or drink water. Shapiro also feels drawn to the dunes but, unlike Rand, finds this hypnosis frightening and is relieved to go inside the ship where the dunes are out of sight. When a trader spacecraft arrives in response to Shapiro's beacon, the trader's crew initially treat Shapiro's account of events with skepticism but become convinced when they are unable to get Rand away from the dunes. Rand resists leaving the planet, and the sand reveals itself to be sentient. It prevents Rand's rescue by damaging a sampler android sent from the ship and sending a hand of sand up to stop a tranquilizer dart. The rescue ship escapes just in time, with Shapiro and the trader's captain both narrowly avoiding a giant hand of sand. Rand, left alone, stares up at the ship as it disappears, and then begins to pile handfuls of sand into his mouth.


Short animated film by Maria Ivanova. Official site

In February 2012 Filmmaker Christian Skibinski acquired the rights to adapt "Beachworld" into an animated short film, which is scheduled to be released later that year.

A live action version of Beachworld was released in 2015.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Wiater, etc; Stanley Wiater; Christopher Golden; Hank Wagner (2006). The Complete Stephen King Universe: A Guide to the Worlds of Stephen King. Macmillan. p. 479. ISBN 0-312-32490-1. 

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