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Nightmares & Dreamscapes by Stephen King

Nightmares & Dreamscapes (original 1993; edition 2009)

by Stephen King

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Title:Nightmares & Dreamscapes
Authors:Stephen King
Info:Pocket Books (2009), Edition: Reissue, Mass Market Paperback, 912 pages
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Nightmares & Dreamscapes by Stephen King (1993)


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i've long loved dolan's cadillac and chattery teeth so those were fun to revisit even though it hadn't been that long. night flier i thought, this time, would have been really good if it was what the main character thought it was - some guy who thinks he's a vampire but actually isn't. i know king's whole thing is the scare that it's actually a vampire, but i'd be much more interested in what the story would look like if it was just someone who genuinely thought he was a vampire when he wasn't but was creating havoc as if he was. but then, i don't generally prefer vampire stories. i just loved umney's last case, which is no surprise as i can't get enough of the writer/character/reader that he often plays with. at some point recently he said he'd stop revisiting this and i hope he never does because i love seeing both where he goes with this, but also just exploring the interplay between author and character and author's imagination and reality, and where there is overlap or crossover or intermingling or bleeding/fuzzy edges between them. i always love where he takes these stories and this one was fun even though he's paying homage to raymond chandler, whom i've never read. this was my favorite in the collection, along with chattery teeth and i liked seeing in the back - the notes on most stories, which are fantastic and all books (not just books of story collections) should totally have this - that this story was his favorite as well.

the strongest part of most of these stories is the characterizations and the little things that make the relationship between the characters strong or tenuous. he makes you understand, quickly, with little details exactly the way these relationships work. this is always his strength and it's true here, too, even though on the whole this isn't a collection of my favorite of his stories. (they're nearly all supernatural in scope, which isn't my thing.) i'm thinking specifically of you know they got a hell of a band and rainy season but he's able to capture an entire marriage or relationship with just a few details and sentences that lets you right in to the truth and realness of how things are.

there are some fun stories here and they're generally worth reading. even the overlong head down, which i have trouble believing the new yorker printed the entirety of, is a good read. solid collection with a few outstanding stories and a couple that don't live up.

all of these quotes are from the introduction, except the last, which is from the notes to umney's last case.

"...belief is the cradle of myth."

"I think that myth and imagination are, in fact, nearly interchangeable concepts, and that belief is the wellspring of both."

"...I still see stories as a great thing, something which not only enhances lives but actually saves them. Nor am I speaking metaphorically. Good writing - good stories - are the imagination's firing pin, and the purpose of the imagination, I believe, is to offer us solace and shelter from situations and life-passages which would otherwise prove unendurable."

"The question which haunts and nags and won't ever completely let go is this one: Who am I when I write? Who are you, for that matter? Exactly what is happening here, and why, and does it matter?"

from march 2013:
because this is a book of short stories, this is a bit of a mixed bag. on average, i suppose, somewhere around 2.5-3 stars. i didn't like all of what was in here, although i also didn't actively dislike any of the stories. there were two vampire stories and one zombie story - neither topic interests me at all and i was disappointed when that ended up being the subject matter, but like all of stephen king's stories, it's actually less about that subject matter and more about the feelings and the characters, so even those stories weren't bad. just not my favorites. speaking of favorites, there are a couple of really stand out stories in this volume that are truly superb. and i really liked how virtually every single story in here references reading and specific authors. i love how often he does that in general, and it was really obvious when seen in this format. ( )
  overlycriticalelisa | Jun 22, 2018 |
A fast paced quick story, very visual and emotive. Shows that disgust and things not being as they should is still up there with the best horror themes. ( )
  KatiaMDavis | Dec 19, 2017 |
NIGHTMARES AND DREAMSCAPES BY STEPHEN KING is a series of short& novella stories that goes back to Kings early days . He always has said he likes short stories & in my opinion I think NIGHTMARES AND DREAMSCAPES is one of his best short stories books. So , Constant Reader, as Mr.King calls us fans of his, fasten your seatbelts and enjoy the ride. Of all of his short stories I have to think my total favorite is CHATTERY TEETH which is in this book. My son, who is also a King Constant Reader agrees. While on vacation I happened to find a set of Chattery Teeth & brought it home as a gag present for my son! He loved them! So sit back, turn the lights on, put on your favorite tunes & enjoy NIGHTMARES AND DREAMSCAPES BY STEPHEN KING! ( )
  DDJTJ1 | Apr 11, 2017 |
Nightmares & Dreamscapes. . .
Works like this are a prime example of why I don’t consider myself a Stephen King fan – but a “Student.”When I was in my twenties, I sent numerous drafts to publishers, receives the dreaded rejection letters and vowed to do better. Not only have I learned more about the art of writing from reading Stephen’s works, but I have been vindicated by his wide array of subjects, characters, themes and plots. The word “WILD” does not come close when describing Stephen’s imagination and works. Here we have a man who has cut the ties of conformity and dived deep into the “What If’s and Why Not’s,” after all, isn’t that what fiction is supposed to do – cause us to question, think, ponder and – most of all – imagine?

•Dolan’s Cadillac:
This story of revenge and grief made me ask myself if I am capable of putting in the work needed to acquire my goals? To what end am I willing to go to protect me and mine in the face of a threat? Incredibly: I read the story, then stumbled across the DVD. I enjoyed it as much as I did the story.
Watch the trailer on YouTube: https://youtu.be/71Mv-f_08j4

•Suffer The Little Children:
It would seem that Stephen had a premonition of the school-shootings that would rock our nation, over and over again. The mental breakdown that ended with the deaths of school-children is a nightmare, indeed. But to think that it was carried out, not by a pedophile, a bullied youth or a deranged madman, but a respected member of the faculty. . . Hmmm?

This is EVERY PARENTS NIGHTMARE! A child wonders off – never to be found again. When my children were small, I received much scorn and criticism because I purchased a wrist-tether. I was accused of parading my youngest (a rambunctious toddler) on a dog leash. Regardless of the nasty comments, I was adamant about doing everything in my power to keep my children off the milk cartons. Wasn’t it said that perfect paranoia is perfect awareness? Unlike people who tend to think bad things only happen to bad people; Check out my blog on that subject: http://securechick7.blogspot.com/2014/06/lock-down.html
I happen to know that anything can happen to anyone at any time. So I took the comments and continued to tether my youngsters until I knew they were old enough to understand the dangers posed by other people (all people) because there are genuine monsters out there (and sometimes under our own roof) and it was my job to teach them to recognize what those monstrous behaviors were and to report to me if they ever felt threatened by them.
I must add that I really liked the depth of this story and the cute ending.

•Chattery Teeth:
Darn good horror. Full of everything we’ve come to appreciate form the master, himself.

•Rainy Season: I held my breath while reading this one because, as a divorcee, I hate the way men can have a tendency to dismiss my concerns as “silly.” I know that my internal-alert-system may hover at high-alert quite often at times, but that’s only because I have been through a lot and I know that danger loves striking the moment we get comfortable.
Check out this YouTube clip: https://youtu.be/j9FIw8Nb6KM

•My Pretty Pony:
Reading this story made me think of my Dad and the deep conversations we shared while working in the fields on his farm.

•Sorry, Right Number: Scared the bejeebers out of me.

•The House on Maple Street and Ten O’Clock People were great.
I don’t even like sports, but “Head Down” kept me glued till the very end.
Thanks again, Steve – for the thrills & Chills…SMILE!!! ( )
1 vote Madamxtra | Feb 25, 2017 |
Review: Nightmares & Dreamscapes by Stephen King.

In this book, story after story, several published here for the first time, Stephen King will take you to places you’ve never been before, places that are both dark and vividly illuminated. However, I have to say if you’re looking for any strong revelations or groundbreaking creative work from King you will not really find it here. I am a great fan but this book of stories was not motivating or captivating. Some stories I enjoyed but a lot of them didn’t justify King’s work. They lacked all substance of a completed story. Some would start out good but fall apart with no reasonable meaning for the ending. I know there will be readers who will like some of the stories, in fact, I did too…

I enjoyed “The House on Maple Street”, “The Moving Finger”, “My Pretty Pony””, and others but they were not the written style of Stephen King I’m use to. I’m glad I read this book, because it did have some potential. It showed another side to Stephen King. I have read other short stories of his and in my opinion I like his novels better. I was left disappointed and kept hoping the next story was going to be the highlight and rush I was looking for…I’m still a fan, and yes, I will read more of his stories. I believe all authors’ work hard at what they write and sometimes it’s just hit or miss, graciously said…….
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  Juan-banjo | May 31, 2016 |
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NIGHTMARES AND DREAMSCAPES BY STEPHEN KING is a series of short& novella stories that goes back to Kings early days . He always has said he likes short stories & in my opinion I think NIGHTMARES AND DREAMSCAPES is one of his best short stories books. So , Constant Reader, as Mr.King calls us fans of his, fasten your seatbelts and enjoy the ride. Of all of his short stories I have to think my total favorite is CHATTERY TEETH which is in this book. My son, who is also a King Constant Reader agrees. While on vacation I happened to find a set of Chattery Teeth & brought it home as a gag present for my son! He loved them! So sit back, turn the lights on, put on your favorite tunes & enjoy NIGHTMARES AND DREAMSCAPES BY STEPHEN KING
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In memory of Thomas Williams, 1926-1991: poet, novelist, and great American storyteller.
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Short story collection containing the following titles:

| Dolan's Cadillac
| The End of the Whole Mess
| Suffer the Little Children
| The Night Flyer
| Popsy
| It Grows on You
| Chattery Teeth
| Dedication
| The Moving Finger
| Sneakers
| You Know They Got a Hell of a Band
| Home Delivery
| Rainy Season
| My Pretty Pony
| Sorry, Right Number
| The Ten O'Clock People
| Crouch End
| The House on Maple Street
| The Fifth Quarter
| The Doctor's Case
| Umney's Last Case
| Head Down
| Brooklyn August
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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

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A collection of short stories including classic tales of the macabre and the monstrous, cutting-edge explorations of the borderlands between good and evil, brilliant pastiches of Chandler and Conan Doyle and much more.

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