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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
-Herman Wouk Is Still Alive
-Under the Weather
-Blockade Billy
-Mister Yummy
-The Little Green God of Agony
-Cookie Jar
-That Bus Is Another World
-Drunken Fireworks
-Summer Thunder

Mysteries & Thrillers
November 3

Customer Reviews

ES the horror fan ,

Not his best collection, but still great!

This collection of short stories from Stephen King disappointed me in only one way: Most of the stories were not as scary as they could have been. Otherwise, the book is totally enjoyable! Every story is a good story, but these are the best if you’re mainly looking for horror stories, as I was: Mile 81, the first story in the book, and quite a stunning opener, The Dune, which can best be summed up in one word: CREEPY, Bad Little Kid, which proves why there is probably no horror writer who handles the “bad seed” sub genre than King, Under the Weather, which is creepy and sad, The Little Green God of Agony, which seems to redefine the word TERRIFYING, That Bus is Another World, which is nothing short of horrifying, and Obits, which is compelling and disturbing! I received The Bazaar of Bad Dreams as a Christmas gift; I wanted the book because, while I am a huge Stephen King fan, I’m a bigger fan of his short stories than his novels. I’m a fan because I love horror stories, which is why I am a huge fan of his first two short story collections, Night Shift and Skeleton Crew, the only other short story collections I’ve read by him. This is the only reason I was slightly disappointed with this book. Still, I highly recommend it not only for his horror fans, but for any fan of his short story collections! Main reason: These 21 stories are all amazing!

Boy outdoor ,

Sweetly shortly

I like a long story. I love the Dark Tower Series the best. BUT
these stories are wonderful and Drunken Fireworks was pure T bliss and euphoria!

BookWorm1218 ,

Love some, others are meh

Some of the short stories in this collection are just plain incredible, while others leave me bored. It’s typical of such a large volumn of work, and I think it’s not possible for someone to like absolutely everything an author makes. But otherwise it’s a great book and I’m so glad I bought it!

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