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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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Tags:horror, short stories

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Nightmares & Dreamscapes by Stephen King (1993)


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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 |
At 692 pages, "Nightmares & Dreamscapes" is a doorstopper of a book. I planned to read it a story at a time over a period of weeks, but as usual got hooked on King and read it straight through, right from his usual folksy introduction (each of which I am sure he writes solely for me!) to the charming little moral folktale tacked on at the end. The stories are to say the least, diverse. I would call this collection "King's Scrapbook. There are 20 stories in "Nightmares & Dreamscapes". I don't think many readers will like ALL of the stories, but there are such a variety, that most of the readers will like SOME of the stories, and some will like MOST of the stories. Chances are everyone will find one or two that will stay with them forever.

"A really good collection of short stories by the 'fearmister" himself. ( )
1 vote Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
The allure for this short story collection was that it was narrated by a cast of marvelous actors and actresses. Tim Curry, Whoopi Goldberg, Rob Lowe, Gary Sinese, Jerry Garcia, and more narrate this haunting and poetic short story collection by the master of horror. Some were doozies but others were utterly captivating. "Dolan's Cadillac" and "The End of the Whole Mess" were two of my favorites in this large collection. Overall a great read for fans of horror and Stephen King. Perhaps not his best short story collection, but readers will be sure to unearth a few gems that they won't soon forget. ( )
  ecataldi | Apr 13, 2016 |
Must change edition
  Marlene-NL | Mar 12, 2016 |
I am a Stephen King fanatic, and I enjoyed this collection of his short stories. Some are winners, some not so much, but still worth the read. ( )
  biggs1399 | Jan 19, 2016 |
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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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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0451180232, Mass Market Paperback)

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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