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The Bazaar of Bad Dreams: Stories - Stephen King
The Bazaar of Bad Dreams: Stories
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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,... show more
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.”
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781501111679 (1501111671)
ASIN: 1501111671
Publisher: Scribner
Pages no: 512
Edition language: English
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Horror
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TonyTalbot
TonyTalbot rated it
3.0 3/5: Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Stephen King
A short story collection from Stephen King.There was nothing technically wrong with the stories contained inside this collection. What was wrong was my expectations of the kind of stories I’d be reading. A lot of them were character driven, and the stories felt flat to me. Herman Wouk is still Alive...
runner
runner rated it
5.0 Soulful Observations
There is a lovely story that the author tells towards the end of this excellent collection when he is approached by a lady in a supermarket who declares: You're Stephen King. You write those scary stories." SK would dispute this..."Yes I like horror stories. I also love mysteries, tales of suspense,...
Lindsay's Book Log
Lindsay's Book Log rated it
3.5 Bazaar of Bad Dreams
I some how have missed Stephen King which seems a little bit odd to me but then again as a kid the idea of It horrified me. But I finally picked up this because I wasn't sure where to start of if I'd even like his style. Overall I really like it, though there were some that were good but just a bit ...
Char's Horror Corner
Char's Horror Corner rated it
3.0 The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King
Not exactly a thrilling collection is The Bazaar of Bad Dreams. One of the main reasons why I'm less than thrilled is because I have purchased a couple of these stories already, for $3.00 or $4.00, each. (UR and Mile 81, I'm looking at you.) I think it really sucks to be asked to pay for these aga...
YA Anonymous
YA Anonymous rated it
This wasn't my favorite collection of short stories, but it wasn't all bad. I think UR and Obits were, to me, the best of the bunch. It was fun reading, as any Stephen King is.
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