Nightmares and Dreamscapes

Nightmares and Dreamscapes

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by Stephen King, Butterworth

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A terrifying collection of twenty short stories and other writings by the bestselling master of horror.  See more details below


A terrifying collection of twenty short stories and other writings by the bestselling master of horror.

Editorial Reviews

A King-sized success.
Chicago Tribune
Thoroughly exciting...scary and real.
Houston Chronicle
Gather around the pages of his literary campfire, and he'll weave you a darn good yarn.
Columbia Herald
A King-sized success.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This is a wonderful cornucopia of 23 Stephen King moments (including a teleplay featuring Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, a poem about Ebbet's Field and a brilliant New Yorker piece on Little League baseball) that even the author, in his introduction, acknowledges make up ``an uneven Aladdin's cave of a book.'' There are no stories fans will want to skip, and some are superb, particularly "You Know They Got a Hell of a Band," in which a husband and wife drive through a town that may literally be rock-and-roll heaven; "The Ten O'Clock People," about unredeemable smokers; and "The Moving Finger," which chronicles a digit's appearance in a drain. Together with Night Shift and Skeleton Crew, this volume accounts for all the stories King has written that he wishes to preserve. The introduction and illuminating notes about the derivation of each piece are invaluable autobiographical essays on his craft and his place in the literary landscape. An illusionist extraordinaire, King peoples all his fiction, long and short, with believable characters. The power of this collection lies in the amazing richness of his fevered imagination -- he just can't be stopped from coming up with haunting plots.
Ray Olson
When you're reading him, you can think that Stephen King is the best writer in America. His first collection of shorter stuff in eight years includes plenty of reasons for harboring that litcritically heretical thought. Mind you, nothing in it suggests King's about to go toe to toe with Updike, Mailer, Bellow, et al. But which of them has, all at once, his color and vitality, his sheer joy in words and the power of the imagination? Okay, he's a "genre writer," but one who's brilliantly revivified the visceral poetry and allure of the fantastic, emblematic romance tradition that, traceable back to the Bible and Greek mythology, flowers in America most famously in Hawthorne. Yet it is Dickens and Kipling whom King's verve and dynamism most powerfully bring to mind, even if, when he decides to flat-out imitate an old master, he chooses -- as he does here, in fact -- Conan Doyle and Raymond Chandler. (For the record, the Doyle pastiche is a delightful Holmes case that Dr. Watson solves first, and the Chandler "hommage" propels the whole hard-boiled milieu into the empyrean of metaphysics while managing to be funny.) In less direct imitations, King pens a hard-boiled vampire story that's both amusing and thoroughly chilling, sets up Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock Presents situations and works them out better than those excellent TV series would have, and creates striking variations upon themes by Shirley Jackson. But star of this volume, and a nonfiction piece, is "Head Down," which traces the winning season of a little league team that included King's son. This may be the most suspenseful and moving writing he's ever done, a sports story that everyone who cares about American prose should read.
Kirkus Reviews
King's third collection, after Night Shift (1978) and Skeleton Crew (1985), offers 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." Other oddities are a nostalgic baseball poem and a downbeat teleplay, "Sorry, Right Number," which appeared on Tales from the Darkside. Some pieces display King's charging, looser, richly vulgar style ("Dolan's Cadillac," a revenge tale in which the narrator gets even with a Mafia chieftain who killed the hero's wife, and buries him alive in his Caddie), while others occasionally show an unusually neat style hardly different from any other journeyman writer's, aside from the magical King touches ("The Moving Finger"—perhaps the best in the collection, about a man haunted by a live finger that keeps climbing out of the drain of his bathroom sink and finally grows to seven feet). Still others strive for human feeling ("Dedication"—about a longtime black cleaning maid in a fancy hotel who gets whammied by a voodoo lady and made pregnant by sperm on the bedsheets of a white novelist whose writing style gets passed on to her son)—and then some are just the King ticket readers expect: 'The End of the Whole Mess'—about a polymathic genius who discovers the way to end man's inhumanity to man by altering his drinking water. Addicts, fearnot: the King lives.

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bloodrain666 More than 1 year ago
I love Stephen King's novels, but I think I love his short stories even more. This has got to be my favorite of those collections.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think the short stories are so good in this book. I expecially liked the on called ' They got one heck of a band', the one about the car, and the really weid one called 'Rainy Season'. Note if your favorite animal is a frog skip it. Trust me! If you like to scare yourself then go for it. Don't let me stop U. I personally own this book. I'm almost done with it , but the stories that I read so far I had liked. All exept for the 'Night Flier'' . 'Chattering teeth' and 'Moving fingers' are creepy too. I would go out and try it. If you are a Stephen King fan then you are sure to like it. Later.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable. Couple were predictable. Still a good read. Looking for another title
RexTheTex More than 1 year ago
Great anthology. Some stories I skimmed through, but the vast majority I enjoyed and I've read this book many times. King is a master and I've read all his work. I think this book ranks in his top five on my list. Perhaps it's my appreciation of a short story.
DavidParker90 More than 1 year ago
Love this book! Nearly all of the stories were five star. King at his best!
chris soucy More than 1 year ago
alot of these stories are out there but could be called near real scenarios
LookingCalifornia More than 1 year ago
A collection of creepy, disturbing, and thought provoking short stories. Since King is the "King" of horror, be prepared for some chilling and freaky tales in this book. I actually thought Graveyard Shift was a better compilation of King's tales, but this one was good too. Read this book at night!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book usually after late nights, where the sensation of imagination is unlimited. Nothing much is spooky in there but the complication of the well constructed storie lines. What I like the most is ' You know they got a hell of a band'. This book I read, published in year 1993, comes with notes and a little story replicated from a Hindu parable at the last chapter that certainly held my interest throughtout.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She curked her tail around him comfortingly and whspered in his ear "i can help if you let me. I can help you tower over her and help her see you are not your father and you never will be.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great start for anyone who wants to dive into the Stephen King collections.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the first Stephen King book I read, and I fell in love with it. I have worn through a copy already, and the second one is covered in dog-ears and bookmarks. I recently passed it on to one of my friends, who loves Mr.King as much as I do, but hasn't read it yet. I take care of all my books, making sure they're in the best condition in case I want to re-read them for like the twentyith time. This book entranced me. I especcially loved 'Home Delivery'(I'm a huge zombie fan,) 'Sorry, Right Number,' and 'The House on Maple Street.' I got this book when I was twelve, and now I'm a horror-loving, creepypasta-writer, teenager. Anyone who buys this book won't be dissapointed. Signing off now, ~TheFullmetalHomunculus~
Ariana-Browning More than 1 year ago
What to say about this one. . . . There were a lot of great stories in it. Then a lot of the stories were ones I skipped. I'm no longer a huge fan of short stories that are all clumped together. Or rather, I'll say . . . I'm not a fan of them right now. That could always change. Not sure why that is. Just a personal preference. I think the ones that I didn't really get into and I just skipped/skimmed over, were the regular stories. I know, I'm terrible, they were normal human stories. Right now to me, I'm in a phase of needing to read something that captures me and I'm yet to be held by regular old stories. That isn't anything to Stephen King as a writer, or anyone else, it's a personal preference of mine at this moment. However, as to the writing, it was engaging and compelling. Typical Stephen King. I'll probably come back to this later on (years down the road) and end up reading the stories that I skimmed. I'd suggest reading this if you're interested in some different short stories from Stephen King, or short stories that you can read here and there. Skip if you don't like short story anthologies and anything abnormal from typical Stephen King writing. Helpful? Definitely! lol
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I have problems. T-T
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good King short stories
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I love all his books it is so fun
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