The Bazaar of Bad Dreams
The short story OBITS won the 2016 Edgar for best short story. The No. 1 bestselling writer Stephen King presents a generous collection of thrilling stories and introduces each with a revelatory piece on when, where or how he came to write it. There is a treasure here for every reader: a man who keeps reliving exactly the same life, repeating his mistakes over and over again; a columnist who kills people by writing their obituaries; a poignant tale about the end of the human race and a firework competition between neighbours which reaches an explosive climax. 'I made them especially for you,' says King. 'Feel free to examine them, but please be careful. The best of them have teeth.' TABLE OF CONTENTS FOR THE BAZAAR OF BAD DREAMS Introduction 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
This collection of short works... reveals King's mastery of the novella Guardian A tense inventory of stories... King manages to portray a remarkable depth of character within the swiftness of a short story and manoeuvres a vast range of plots...There are treasures to be found in The Bazaar of Bad Dreams and those who love King... will find much to savour Independent He seduces you with an intimate author's note introducing each tale, then proceeds to chill you to the bone. Do not read before bed Daily Mail King is a laureate of small towns; his ear for dialogue is unerring ... He is also one of those rare authors who can write well about childhood. Most potently, King can sketch a full-blooded character in just a few pen strokes. This gift comes to the fore in his short stories, where every syllable counts Sunday Telegraph A more versatile writer than you might imagine Sunday Times The Bazaar of Bad Dreams is the title it more than lives up to, but just as interesting as the stories themselves are their prefaces, in which he reveals what inspired each one. Who besides King would conjure a flesh-eating station wagon from a drive to see his college sweetheart? Observer Some of King's strongest work in recent years brought together to form an excellent collection Sci-Fi Bulletin Short stories have a famous place in the King oeuvre, with the likes of The Body and Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption finding second lives on the big screen as Stand By Me and Shawshank Redemption... Like all the greats, though, his ability to grip the reader's mind, body and soul with his prose makes it all look easy USA Today A meaty collection with interesting insights into the creative process of a writer who caused many sleepless nights Washington Post One of the best aspects of his new collection of short stories, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, is the commentary that prefaces each one, describing the creative process through which it travelled from brain to page GQ
Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes DOCTOR SLEEP, REVIVAL and MR MERCEDES, winner of the prestigious Edgar Award for best novel. Many of his books have been turned into successful films or TV series including UNDER THE DOME, THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, CARRIE and MISERY. King is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.