The Bazaar of Bad Dreams

The Bazaar of Bad Dreams

Stories

Paperback - 2015
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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 Books, c2015
ISBN: 9781501127878
150112787X
Branch Call Number: PB FIC KIN
Characteristics: xii, 686 pages ; 19 cm
Contents: 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
That bus is another world
Obits
Drunken fireworks
Summer thunder

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brudadoug
Nov 15, 2018

Not like the old works... it was like Different Seasons took a s$#@ and the result was this book
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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.

ReadingAdviser_Sally Sep 29, 2017

My favorite story was Mile 81.

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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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paisano
Jul 21, 2016

Probably the lowest ranked Stephen King piece I have ever given. Some of the stories in this collection were quite good ( UR, Blockade Billy, Mile 81, Obits ), others were predictable or even boring, I did not care for his poetry at all. The best part of this, on the audio side is the variety of narrators, including Stephen King, whom I always enjoy listening to.

deborahtorok Jun 11, 2016

I absolutely love SK's writing. He pulls you in and before you know it you cannot put this story down. If it is an audiobook, I have been known to waste a lot of gas so I can see what happens next. In my humble opinion the man is a genius.

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.

ChiPubLib_Adults Feb 19, 2016

Library Journal recently awarded a starred review to Stephen King's latest story collection noting, "...narrators, 16 total are, are perfectly matched to their pieces..." Stand outs include those narrated by Edward Herrmann, Mare Winningham, Will Patton and Cotter Smith.

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