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The Bazaar of Bad Dreams: Stories by Stephen King

The Bazaar of Bad Dreams: Stories - Stephen King


Description: 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.”

Mile 81 has a killer station wagon RAWR

Premium Harmony: marriage on the rocks in cash-strapped Castle Rock. A sad tale.

Batman and Robin Have an Altercation: dementia is inconsistent and unpredictable.

Dune: Bradburyesque theme with no sand worms, just names on a beach and turkey vultures.

Bad Little Kid: no, not Bobby from Eastenders, rather a vile carrot head with green eyes and evil in his heart.

A Death: a recycled dollar

The Bone Church: hm, not so much

Morality: sheep's lips, wolf's teeth

Afterlife: over and over again

UR: A Kindle Single: I loathe both the product and its placement

Herman Wouk is Still Alive: the body weakens but the words never do

Under The Weather: the thing under the bed, the elephant in the room, don't be in denial

Blockade Billy: ugh

Mister Yummy: AIDS and old age

Tommy: short.

The Little Green God of Agony: bucket time

That Bus in Another World:

Obits: Excellent

Drunken Fireworks: oneupmanship

Summer Thunder: apocalypse

As with most collections, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams is home to the good, the bad, and the downright ugly. The best of this bunch was 'Obits' and 'Dune' IMHO