Bazaar of Bad Dreams: Stories, The

Stephen King
A master storyteller at his best—the O. Henry Prize winner Stephen King delivers a generous collection of stories, several of them brand-new, featuring revelatory autobiographical comments on when, why, and how he came to write (or rewrite) each story.Since his first collection, Nightshift, published thirty-five years ago, Stephen King has dazzled readers with his genius as a writer of short fiction. In this new collection he assembles, for the first time, recent stories that have never been published in a book. He introduces each with a passage about its origins or his motivations for writing 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. “Afterlife” is about a man who died of colon cancer and 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. Other stories 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, the names of 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. Magnificent, eerie, utterly compelling, these stories comprise one of King’s finest gifts to his constant reader—“I made them especially for you,” says King. “Feel free to examine them, but please be careful. The best of them have teeth.”

Reviews

Reviewed: 2016-04-30

Love this collection. It is the one with the iPad that sees into the future. The rest stop at mile 81. The sand dune with messages of upcoming deaths, The bad kid who only shows up to one guy. The guy who kept eating coins so the cops wouldn’t know he was the killer. And many more. 

 

Reviewed: 2016-01-16
The next short story collection containing many of the previously published but hard-to-find short stories published since Just After Sunset. 1. Mile 81 2. Premium Harmony 3. Batman and Robin Have an Altercation 4. The Dune 5. Bad Little Kid 6. A Death 7. The Bone Church 8. Morality 9. Afterlife 10. Ur 11. Herman Wouk is Still Alive 12. Under the Weather 13. Blockade Billy 14. Mister Yummy 15. Tommy 16. The Little Green God of Agony 17. That Bus is Another World 18. Obits 19. Drunken Fireworks 20. Summer Thunder
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