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Many people who write about horror literature maintain that mood is its most important element. Stephen King disagrees: "My deeply held conviction is that story must be paramount.... All other considerations are secondary--theme, mood, even characterization and language."
These fine stories, each written in what King calls "a burst of faith, happiness, and optimism," prove his point. The theme, mood, characters, and language vary, but throughout, a sense of story reigns supreme. Nightmares & Dreamscapes contains 20 short tales--including several never before published--plus one teleplay, one poem, and one nonfiction piece about kids and baseball that appeared in the New Yorker. The subjects include vampires, zombies, an evil toy, man-eating frogs, the burial of a Cadillac, a disembodied finger, and a wicked stepfather. The style ranges from King's well-honed horror to a Ray Bradbury-like fantasy voice to an ambitious pastiche of Raymond Chandler and Ross MacDonald. And like a compact disc with a bonus track, the book ends with a charming little tale not listed in the table of contents--a parable called "The Beggar and the Diamond." --Fiona Webster --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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. 1,500,000 first printing; BOMC main selection.
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It was ok. Some of the stories were pretty good but mostly they bored me. Not my favorite book.Published 10 months ago by B. Cavener
I love Stephen King, however after reading this book, I have re-confirmed that short stories really are not my cup of tea. Read morePublished on March 27 2010 by Sarah Lynn Barnim
If you're a King fan, I'd read this pretty good collection of short stories. A few stories are amazing (Umney's Last Case, Crouch End, and Dolan's Cadillac to name a few), and most... Read morePublished on May 20 2004 by Denny Gibbons
This collection of stories is typical King--you may not like every single one, but you're sure to find at least one that scares you and one that makes you laugh. Read morePublished on Sept. 11 2003 by Reviewer Dr. Beth (Ph.D.)
I recommend this to anyone out there who love steven king and/or short stories. this is an excelent collection!Published on Sept. 10 2003 by Amanda Wright
i like SK particularly as a short story writer. if he has a good story he never fails then. considering his other collections, this was not as inventive as the two previous. Read morePublished on May 15 2003 by jan erik storebø
I'm not a big Stephen King fan but Nightmares & Dreamscapes is quite good. I worked for three years as a summer camp counselor and when you have a group of 15 year old boys,... Read morePublished on Dec 17 2002 by Aaron Marks
Good old fashioned horror, and when the master speaks we listen. I dug into a used copy of this after finishing "Night of the Beast," Harry Shannon's rollicking,... Read morePublished on Dec 8 2002