Mrs. Todd's Shortcut

"Mrs. Todd's Shortcut" is a short story by Stephen King, first published in the May 1984 issue of Redbook magazine, and collected in King's 1985 collection Skeleton Crew.wikipedia
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"Mrs. Todd's Shortcut" is a short story by Stephen King, first published in the May 1984 issue of Redbook magazine, and collected in King's 1985 collection Skeleton Crew.

Stephen King short fiction bibliography

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"Mrs. Todd's Shortcut" is a short story by Stephen King, first published in the May 1984 issue of Redbook magazine, and collected in King's 1985 collection Skeleton Crew.

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"Mrs. Todd's Shortcut" is a short story by Stephen King, first published in the May 1984 issue of Redbook magazine, and collected in King's 1985 collection Skeleton Crew.

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"Mrs. Todd's Shortcut" is a short story by Stephen King, first published in the May 1984 issue of Redbook magazine, and collected in King's 1985 collection Skeleton Crew.

Wormhole

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Mrs. Todd compares the shortcuts to folding a map to bring two points closer together, suggesting she has discovered a warped version of reality, akin to a wormhole.

Rodent

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Nonetheless, Mrs. Todd is changing and growing younger with each trip she takes, and the appeal of this overwhelms Homer, despite him discovering a horrifying rodent-like creature on the grill of her car.

Missing person

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It's implied that Mrs. Todd (who by this time is considered to be a missing person together with her car) will now take him into whatever new world which she has found a shortcut to.

Cujo

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A reference to Cujo is made when the story mentions Joe Camber getting killed by his own dog.

The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla

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The roads that Mrs. Todd discovers bear a strong resemblance to the "highways in hiding" in The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla.

'Salem's Lot

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Father Callahan, introduced in 'Salem's Lot, travels these roads through todash space, discovering parallel versions of the United States.

Groundhog

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After Mrs Todd returns from one of her travels, hanging from the front grill of the car is a " horrifying rodent-like creature" described in the book as "something that came from a mating of a woodchuck and a weasel... there was claws sprung from the pads of its feet like a cat's claws only longer. It had big yellowy eyes....and long thin teeth looking like needles sticking out of its mouth."

The Talisman (King and Straub novel)

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The method of travelling quickly using a parallel world is also used to good effect in The Talisman, a novel by Stephen King and Peter Straub, where the characters 'flip' between worlds and can reduce their journey times in the 'real world' by travelling for part of the time in the 'parallel world'.

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