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The Bazaar of Bad Dreams : Stories

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  • ISBN13: 9781501111679
  • Publisher: Scribner Book Company
  • Publication Year: 2015
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Pages: 512

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"A collection that includes stories never before in print, never published in America, never collected and brand new--with the ... bones of interstitial autobiographical comments on when, why, and how Stephen King came to write each story"-- 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

Specifications

Publisher
Scribner
Book Format
Hardcover
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
512
Author
Stephen King
ISBN-13
9781501111679
Publication Date
November, 2015
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.25 x 6.12 x 1.90 Inches
ISBN-10
1501111671

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Most helpful positive review
Proves what Ive alway...
Proves what I've always said, that King is labelled wrongly as a horror writer. He's a storyteller. I can see where some may label this collection as self-indulgent but then, as a storyteller, he no doubt wants to share these tales and has earned some forbearance. Not that there's no other reason to read this collection. I liked it. I didn't adore it, but some stories I liked more than others, a few I loved, and there were none I hated. Short story collections are books I dip in and out of and often take me weeks, even months to complete, while I soar through novels, but I found King's writing here so familiar and familiarly 'comfortable', I finished the book off without setting it aside. Some stories are a tad silly, some fun, some questioning...I wouldn't say any are scary but then I'm seldom scared by King's work, or by anyone's, so I'm not singling him out in that regard. As a 'constant reader' adding this to my bookshelves was a no-brainer and while it's not the best of his work, I wasn't disappointed.
Most helpful negative review
Ok Im going to admit ...
Ok I'm going to admit it, I didn't finish this book. I seriously just could not get into it. I have yet to figure out what everyone sees in Stephen King's writing. I really wanted to like this book but I honestly didn't.
Most helpful positive review
Proves what Ive alway...
Proves what I've always said, that King is labelled wrongly as a horror writer. He's a storyteller. I can see where some may label this collection as self-indulgent but then, as a storyteller, he no doubt wants to share these tales and has earned some forbearance. Not that there's no other reason to read this collection. I liked it. I didn't adore it, but some stories I liked more than others, a few I loved, and there were none I hated. Short story collections are books I dip in and out of and often take me weeks, even months to complete, while I soar through novels, but I found King's writing here so familiar and familiarly 'comfortable', I finished the book off without setting it aside. Some stories are a tad silly, some fun, some questioning...I wouldn't say any are scary but then I'm seldom scared by King's work, or by anyone's, so I'm not singling him out in that regard. As a 'constant reader' adding this to my bookshelves was a no-brainer and while it's not the best of his work, I wasn't disappointed.
Most helpful negative review
Ok Im going to admit ...
Ok I'm going to admit it, I didn't finish this book. I seriously just could not get into it. I have yet to figure out what everyone sees in Stephen King's writing. I really wanted to like this book but I honestly didn't.
1-5 of 42 reviews

Having been a Constant...

Having been a Constant Reader of Mr. King's for a very long time, I've been highly anticipating this collection of short stories. And I wasn't in the slightest disappointed with this presentation. Although there were a few stories that weren't new to me, Mr. King's work is worth a second read, and there were many more new ones than those previously read. He has always been a connoisseur of character development and he's at the height of his profession with these masterful characterizations. "Batman and Robin Have an Altercation" is a heartfelt story of a man visiting his father who is suffering from Alzheimer's and the unexpected turn that a road rage incident takes. "Morality" is an insightful study of the lure that sin can sometimes have on mankind. "Herman Wouk is Still Alive" was a truly depressing but fascinating tale made more so as it was based on a true incident. Although "Under the Weather" didn't have a surprise ending as you could see it coming almost from the start, it was such a sad, moving tale. "The Little Green God of Agony" was a truly scary story with a perfect ending. In my opinion, "Summer Thunder" was one of the most touching apocalypse stories I've ever read. I also very much enjoyed that each story was preceded by a short commentary written by the author as to his inspiration for the story. While these comments were geared toward other authors, they gave a lot of insight into the author's work. Mr. King packs a lot of punch into each tightly drawn short story and I enjoyed each and every one of them. As usual with his work, the book went by much too quickly. Fortunately, he's a prolific author and his next book is due in less than a year. Highly recommended to those who enjoy O'Henry-type books with a bite.

This is a marvellous c...

This is a marvellous collection of stories, that really showcase the author's storytelling ability. The variety is amazing; in length, tone and subject. I also enjoyed reading the introductory pieces he wrote for each story. The only story that didn't hold me completely revolved around baseball. I have no knowledge of the game at all, as I'm not American, so the terminology etc was lost on me, but the story as a whole still kept me interested.

Proves what Ive alway...

Proves what I've always said, that King is labelled wrongly as a horror writer. He's a storyteller. I can see where some may label this collection as self-indulgent but then, as a storyteller, he no doubt wants to share these tales and has earned some forbearance. Not that there's no other reason to read this collection. I liked it. I didn't adore it, but some stories I liked more than others, a few I loved, and there were none I hated. Short story collections are books I dip in and out of and often take me weeks, even months to complete, while I soar through novels, but I found King's writing here so familiar and familiarly 'comfortable', I finished the book off without setting it aside. Some stories are a tad silly, some fun, some questioning...I wouldn't say any are scary but then I'm seldom scared by King's work, or by anyone's, so I'm not singling him out in that regard. As a 'constant reader' adding this to my bookshelves was a no-brainer and while it's not the best of his work, I wasn't disappointed.

A huge collection of S...

A huge collection of Stephen King short stories, some are horror filled, some have a hell of a plot twist, some are creepy, and others just make you think. There's a little something for everyone, especially the dedicated King fan. He writes an introduction for each story and talks about when he wrote it and what his inspiration was; it really added to the overall feel for each story. Some stories were better than others but it didn't subtract from the overall awesomeness of the collection; King is a master storyteller and his character building is literally out of this world. I hear the audiobook is amazing and I wouldn't mind checking that out as well. For fans of horror, short stories, and the macabre.

The Bazaar of Bad Drea...

The Bazaar of Bad Dreams is a collection of short stories Stephen King has written over the years. I liked how he wrote a short introduction for each story explaining where he got the idea from and just kind of explains what being a writer means. The stories aren't necessarily scary, but do have some disturbing aspects in them.

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