The Bazaar of Bad Dreams Stories Author:Stephen King Now in a mass-market paperback premium edition?the instant #1 New York Times bestseller! Stephen King delivers an ?outstanding? (USA TODAY) collection of stories, featuring revelatory autobiographical comments on when, why, and how he came to write (or rewrite) each story. — ?I?ve made some things for you, Constant Reader. ?Feel free to examine t... more »hem, but please be careful. The best of them have teeth.?
Since Nightshift, published thirty-five years ago, Stephen King has dazzled an entire generation of readers with his genius as a prominent writer of short fiction. Now in his latest collection, he once again assembles a generous array of unforgettable, tantalizing tales?including those that, until recently, have never been published in a book (such as the story ?Cookie Jar,? which is exclusive to this edition). There are thrilling connections between these works?themes of mortality, the afterlife, guilt, and what we would do differently if we could see into the future or correct the mistakes of the past. Magnificent, eerie, and utterly compelling, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams is one of Stephen King?s finest gifts to readers everywhere?a master storyteller at his very best.« less
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This collection of King short stories (many of which were published previously elsewhere) is uneven, as most collections are, and also more varied than I expected. Several of the tales are not horror at all but "literary" shorts, well observed and nicely written slice-of-life pieces, and these are the entries I liked best. The rest were more typical, but all showed King's craftsmanlike approach. I particularly liked the brief prologues he included for each story, providing a glimpse of how and why the story ideas developed.