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Dark Visions [Paperback]

Stephen King , George R. R. Martin , Dan Simmons
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Aug. 10 2000
Stephen King leads off with three stories, including 'Sneakers', about a very unusual haunting, and 'Dedication', one of the most powerful and unsettling of all his works. Dan Simmons pays homage to Philip K Dick with 'Metastasis', one of three highly accomplished stories. And George Martin rounds off the book with the brilliant werewolf novella, 'The Skin Trade'. Dark Visions is a brilliantly original showcase from three masters of the macabre.

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Stephen King, the world's bestselling novelist, lives with his wife, the novelist Tabitha King, in Bangor, Maine.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing Jan. 10 2013
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i dont know if it is because im getting older and the horror genre is losing its effect on me, or if this collection of stories just did not cut the grade ( perhaps why this collection was made, just to make more money)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Seven horror stories. Three lackluster entries by Stephen King. One great story by Dan Simmons and one by George R.R. Martin. Jan. 5 2006
By David - Published on Amazon.com
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"Dark Visions" (2000) is a new edition of a 1988 anthology called "Night Visions 5: The Skin Trade."

It includes 3 short stories by Stephen King, 3 more by Dan Simmons, and one by George R.R. Martin.

King's contributions are "Reploids", "Sneakers", and "Dedication." Reploids is very short and goes nowhere. "Sneakers" is okay. Some parts are pretty cool. It's basically about a haunted men's room. (I kid you not.) "Dedication" is pretty gross. (As part of a black magic spell, a woman eats a man's congealing semen off of his sheets.) It gets points for the originality of its disgusting premise, but it's not a great story. Plus, if I'm not mistaken, all three stories are reprinted in King's collection "Nightmares & Dreamscapes."

Dan Simmons' contributions are "Metastasis" -- which is great -- "Vanni Fucci is Alive and Well and Living in Hell", and "Iverson's Pits." Metastasis is about supernatural slug-like creatures that cause cancer. They're usually invisible. Only one man is able to see them, and he invents a technique for drawing them out of their victims. "Vanni Fucci" is about a damned man and is slightly comedic. It's an okay story. A lot of Dan Simmons' fans think "Iverson's Pits" is the best of the three, but I liked it least. It's about Civil War ghosts, I think. (It's been a while since I read it.) Like Stephen King's stories, these three Dan Simmons stories were reprinted elsewhere. I think they're in the collection "Prayers to Broken Stones."

The best story is the last and also the longest. It's George R.R. Martin's werewolf story "The Skin Trade." I don't remember the whole plot, but I remember the story was *good*. And I don't think this story is available in another book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best horror anthologies around Feb. 2 2006
By oakstream - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this collection of works originally in its 1988 "Night Visions" release, primarily for its Stephen King contributions - and promptly work the cover off reading and re-reading the absolute masterworks by Dan Simmons and George R.R. Martin. I was literally jumping out of my chair when I happened across this new edition!

First off King's works are as good as always, both entertaining (Reploids, Sneakers), disturbing (Dedication) and thought-provoking.

Dan Simmons' contributions were an unexpected surprise. "Metastasis" had me on the edge of my seat, and "Vanni Fucci is Alive and Well and Living in Hell" had me laughing out loud and shouting triumpantly at the same time. Bravo, Mr. Simmons!

George R.R. Martin's "The Skin Trade" definitely saves the best for last. This short story has become my favorite horror tale of all time, hands down. As of my writing this, I have read it at least twenty times, and it hasn't lost a bit of its appeal. For those of you who only know Mr. Martin through his "Song of Ice and Fire" series, this will show you why he is one of the greatest storytellers of our generation. It is a must-have for any reader's shelf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Visions - awesome book April 12 2010
By M. Letteer - Published on Amazon.com
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This was an awesome book and I would love to find more along these lines. seller had this to me quickly and in mint condition
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent May 5 2014
By S. Griffith - Published on Amazon.com
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All books by Stephen King are excellent & this one was too. I read everything he writes & always enjoy it, some more than others of course.
1.0 out of 5 stars same book, different title March 23 2014
By Fuzzy Bidali - Published on Amazon.com
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be careful, this was published a while ago under the title "Skin Trade". i hate it when they do this.
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