Quite a few good tales in this collection, including those upon which the recent Nightmares & Dreamscapes TV series was based. Includes both the excellent non-fiction baseball piece "Head Down" and the poem "Brooklyn August" which I've read first appeared in a big-league baseball program.
A solitary finger pokes out of a drain. Novelty teeth turn predetory. Flies settle and die on an old pair of sneakers in New York and the Nevada desert swallows a Cadillac. Meanwhile, the legend of Castle Rock returns...a collection of 23 Stephen King Stories.
I ordered this book because it was titled "Volume II" of Nightmares and Dreamscapes - which is a book of short stories I had already read. I just want to point out that these audiocassettes have the same stories as the book Nightmares and Dreamscapes, in fact the former book has more stories. Despite it's title as "Volume II" there are no new/different stories in this collection. I thought that was worth pointing out.
23 formerly uncollected works, with King as bizarre as ever. A handful of the stories have been rewritten or dressed up for this occasion. King's introduction (a defense against the ivory tower opinions of his critics) and endnotes mentions several sources, including The New Yorker, which printed the lengthy ``Heads Down''--about Little League teams up in Maine--that King calls ``the best nonfiction writing of my life.''
Wouldn't give this up except that I finally got a hardback copy.
Another good group of King's stories. His introductions and conclusions are really insightful. I have favorite stories, and stories I couldn't wait to get through. I'm sure you will too. King is detail HEAVY, and I wonder if I don't like that style anymore. I have a "just get to the point" feeling sometimes lol...
Here are twenty superlative stories devilishly designed by Stephen King to take you where you never dreamed of going before. Included, too, are a telescript that made home screen history, a startling poem, and an essay that Stephen King regards as his best nonfiction writing.
These versatile selections vary widely in style and subject matter and vividly display the full range of Stephen King's matchless imagination. And to add to his readers' pleasure and curiosity, King includes his own entrancing inside accounts of how the stories came into being and why.
Stephen King calls this extraordinary retrospective Nightmares and Dreamscapes. But don't let his title fool you. When you read it, sleep will be the furthest thing from your mind.
Here are twenty superlative stories devilishly designed by Stephen King to take you where you never dreamed of going before.Included,too,are a telescript that made home screen history,a startling poem,and an essay that Stephen King regards as his best nonfiction writing.
I know better, I know better, I know better. Damn it I know better than to read short stories. They are so boring, pointless and worthless. I picked up three volumes of Nightmares and Dreamscapes in a used bookstore for $1 each and now I know why they are in perfect condition because no one could get past the first set. UGH. I was able to get through the first five but even listening to this in the car, I cannot force myself to listen to anymore of this crap. Stephen King writes monster-sized books for a reason because he cannot come to the damn point and even in a short story he rambles to the point of madness about inconsequential details that detract from the story or just have no bearing. I gave up on Stephen King a long time ago and should have stuck to my guns and passed up this great deal. Damn it I knew better!
First, I found his introduction to be a very longer winded and disconnected bit of self-indulgence. The stories themselves, fine given the genre. What ever it is about horror, it's never been of much interest to me. They don't scare me, but neither do they interest me. I think it really comes down to the characters, I just can't connect with them.