The Bazaar of Bad Dreams
This book can be downloaded and read in iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.
Includes the story “Premium Harmony”—set in the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine
The masterful #1 New York Times bestselling story collection from O. Henry Prize winner Stephen King that includes twenty-one iconic stories with accompanying autobiographical comments on when, why and how he came to write (or rewrite) each one.
For more than thirty-five years, Stephen King has dazzled readers with his genius as a writer of short fiction. In this new collection he introduces each story with a passage about its origins or his motivations for writing it.
As Entertainment Weekly said about this collection: “Bazaar of Bad Dreams is bursting with classic King terror, but what we love most are the thoughtful introductions he gives to each tale that explain what was going on in his life as he wrote it."
There are thrilling connections between stories; themes of morality, the afterlife, guilt, what we would do differently if we could see into the future or correct the mistakes of the past. In “Afterlife,” a man who died of colon cancer keeps reliving the same life, repeating his mistakes over and over again. Several stories feature characters at the end of life, revisiting their crimes and misdemeanors. Others address what happens when someone discovers that he has supernatural powers—the columnist who kills people by writing their obituaries in “Obits;” the old judge in “The Dune” who, as a boy, canoed to a deserted island and saw names written in the sand, people who then died in freak accidents. In “Morality,” King looks at how a marriage and two lives fall apart after the wife and husband enter into what seems, at first, a devil’s pact they can win.
“I made these stories especially for you,” says King. “Feel free to examine them, but please be careful. The best of them have teeth.”
-Batman and Robin Have an Altercation
-Bad Little Kid
-The Bone Church
-Herman Wouk Is Still Alive
-Under the Weather
-The Little Green God of Agony
-That Bus Is Another World
From Publishers Weekly
© Publishers Weekly
These teeth are sharp!
In the foreword Stephen King writes that the best of these stories have teeth and he wasn't kidding. Some of them have very sharp teeth. All the stories are well written and most are quite dark and nasty. If you're willing to go there you won't regret it
A collection of short stories and a poem, with comments from Mr King before each story. Some of the stories have been published before (individually in magazines, the internet, etc) and are conveniently collected here. The rest are new. I've been a Constant Reader since Carrie was published, and I found this book to be very different from previous published books. More clinical, and much more depressing. The new short stories ended rather abruptly, and seemed odd. Still added to my collection for completeness.
Quantity over Quality
I was hoping for more horror or twilight zone twists and turns or irony. Many of the stories seemed to promise this but ended anti-climatic. I liked Full- Dark better even thought it had less stories they were richer and more twisted.