by Chris Calderon
I don't know what influenced Stephen King to write his much liked novella The Mist. By his own word, the idea almost seemed to spring whole in his mind while he was out shopping one day and wondered what would happen if a pterodactyl were suddenly to come flying over the food aisles.However that hasn't stopped some from speculating. For instance, an earlier entry in Wikipedia once noted "The Mist bears resemblance to the earlier H.F. Arnold short story "Night Wire," in which a radio operator details how a malevolent mist falls over a city, containing creatures that consume townspeople "piecemeal." The page also contains a link to a copy of the Arnold story.