The Bazaar of Bad Dreams

The Bazaar of Bad Dreams

Stories

Book - 2016
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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."

Stories include:
-Mile 81
-Premium Harmony
-Batman and Robin Have an Altercation
-The Dune
-Bad Little Kid
-A Death
-The Bone Church
-Morality
-Afterlife
-Ur
-Herman Wouk Is Still Alive
-Under the Weather
-Blockade Billy
-Mister Yummy
-Tommy
-The Little Green God of Agony
-Cookie Jar
-That Bus Is Another World
-Obits
-Drunken Fireworks
-Summer Thunder
Publisher: New York : Pocket, 2016.
ISBN: 9781501127878
Branch Call Number: PB King
Characteristics: xii, 686 pages ; 20 cm.

Opinion

From Library Staff

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. Magnificent, eerie, utterly compelling, the... Read More »

Short stories. The king of horror does it again in this great sampling of King's dark imagination.


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rcschoen
Nov 28, 2017

I love Stephen King, but some of these stories were a bit bland. My favorite was Morality.

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hunterpapp
Dec 03, 2016

Fantastic and would recommend. However, I have read several of his collections and I would agree that some of the stories contained in this collection needed a little more "edge" or excitement. Still has several stand out stories and is worth the read!

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trevordunfordswife
Apr 01, 2016

Good but not great - as one commenter said, "needed more with teeth."

Cynthia_N Mar 23, 2016

Quirky and odd! Just the way I like them!

KateHillier Mar 03, 2016

There are some stories that stand out really well for me "Mile 81", "Afterlife" to name two specifically. Some fall into so-so territory. Nothing is terrible by any means - Stephen King has been going so long for a reason - but it was an alright entry of his in comparison to other short story collections he's done.

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wiltonsugiyama
Feb 12, 2016

Wanted to like this more. Have I outgrown SK? Not sure. I wanted more stories with teeth, I guess. SK hits the same notes, and they're good notes, but the repetition of them gets tedious. Pet peeve: his habit of adding sentences that add nothing but tedium to the narrative. A good case of familiarity breeding contempt: he always brings the same things to the table, which is comforting I guess. Personal fave: Night Shift.

BookReviewer2015 Feb 04, 2016

Pretty good collection here by Stephen King!

Ur is one of the best stories on here, especially if you are a fan of the Dark Tower saga!

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claireswazey
Jan 17, 2016

King seems to be writing more about his feelings about aging and death than anything else. Not as good as his other story anthologies.

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Rah9248
Jan 06, 2016

I enjoyed reading this book. As others have already said the collection of stories are odd. I like that he gave short background for each of these stories like what he was thinking which stories reminded him of people he knew and/or met. My favorite story was "the obituary." I couldn't help but laugh at the witty writing.

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thomqui
Dec 19, 2015

I was disappointed by this collection. I like my King to be dark and twisty; many of the stories in this collection are variations on a theme, e.g. parallel universe, bad luck, which King has done before. OK as an introduction, I still prefer the collection "Skeleton Crew"

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