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Nightmares And Dreamscapes (Nightmares & Dreamscapes #1/4)

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A collection of short stories, several being published for the first time, offers a spine-tingling journey to the nightmare world created by a master of sheer terror and grotesque imagination.
Paperback, New English Library, 864 pages
Published 1994 by Hodder and Stoughton (first published September 29th 1993)
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MinoMininni I'm about to finish it. Well, as most of short stories' collections, it has extremely good material in it, as well as totally negligible one. Some…moreI'm about to finish it. Well, as most of short stories' collections, it has extremely good material in it, as well as totally negligible one. Some stories are really good, other are simply enjoyable, a couple are boring and unimportant. Luckily enough, most belong to the first two categories, IMO.(less)

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May 09, 2016 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hardback, 2005, 1999, 1998
Ever read a story out loud to a friend -- knowing it's not the kind of story they'd read on their own?

I do that all the time (even snippets of novels to give them a taste). I read "Crouch End" out loud to one of my sisters, in a weird Scotts/English accent that I tend to use when reading Lovecraftian horror. She accused me of robbing her of sleep for a week. That's the sign of a good story.

I've read several of these out loud to friends and family and I love the way they react to the tone of the
Jan 04, 2009 Raelene rated it it was amazing
I was afraid to go to the bathroom after reading this book.
Melynda Yesenia
Feb 06, 2008 Melynda Yesenia rated it really liked it
this is where the little pop-ups next to those stars really feel misleading.

do i like that i still sometimes fear the toilet? not especially. but i have to recognize the mad skills of a writer who was able to do that to me.

there are a few stories here that really messed me up. the worst by far was The Moving Finger. we don't know why there's a moving finger, a multi-jointed, aggressive, waggling finger complete with scratchy, scrapey nail coming out of the sink (in my mind over the years i rep
Edward Lorn
Nov 10, 2015 Edward Lorn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
I've read Nightmares and Dreamscapes more than any other King book, be it collection or novel. There are many reasons for this. The easiest to explain is that this was the most easily accessible of King's collections for me. It came in the mail through the Stephen King Library (those of you who've followed my Decades with King posts will know the story of how I used to steal my mother's packages out of the mailbox once a month) while Night Shift and Skeleton Crew were locked up in the Great Book ...more
Oct 02, 2016 Johann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“I don’t talk about this much, because it embarrasses me and it sounds pompous, but I still see stories as a great thing, something which not only enhances lives but actually saves them.”

This was my very first encounter with a King short story collection. And I was NOT disappointed! The variety of stories in this collection is insane, it goes from vampires to baseball to chattery teeth to fingers crawling out of the drain in your sink.

Some stories were absolutely brilliant. My favourites were C
Introduction - 5 stars
Dolan's Cadillac - 3 stars
The End of the Whole Mess - 5 stars
Suffer the Little Children - 4 stars
The Night Flier - 4 stars
Popsy - 3 stars
It Grows On You - 3 stars?
Chattery Teeth - 3 stars
Dedication - 3 stars
The Moving Finger - 3 stars
Sneakers - 2 stars
You Know They Go a Hell of a Band - 4 stars
Home Delivery - 3 stars
Rainy Season - 4 stars
My Pretty Pony - 4 stars
Sorry, Right Number - 4 stars
The Ten O'Clock People - 3 stars
Crouch End - 4 stars?
The House on Maple Street - 3 st
Stephen King is my comfort read when I'm feeling stressed or just need to relax. I love this collection and am looking forward to delving into it once more.
Oct 08, 2008 CMT325 rated it it was amazing
This is one King book that I will have to replace when it finally collapses in tatters from overuse.

The thing I love about this book is that in most of the short stories, there is no reason for the events to occur- they just DO. And what a frightening concept that is. There is no reason that a man looks down his sink to see a finger sticking out, a finger that continues to grow in size and soon attacks him. There is no reason for dead rock and roll legends to congregate in a town in the middle o
Adam Light
May 24, 2016 Adam Light rated it really liked it
I may be wrong, but I think this collection is criminally underrated. There are so many excellent stories. The only reason it doesn't get five stars from me is because of Head Down, which I could not bear to read this time. I recall being disappointed that it was the last thing in the book the first time around, and having to struggle through it. Maybe I should give it another go but, for now, there are too many other books and stories to read. My favorites in this collection are (in no particul ...more
William Johnson
The title is a tad bit misleading as there are very few nightmares and hardly any dreamscapes. I bought the book thinking that, perhaps, the stories would be aimed at more psychological/dream-like horrors, but instead you get a very random collection of short stories that make the title simply something to grab the eye.

King has his fair share of horror in here but there is also some metaphysical stuff, a straight up caper-esque story, a Sherlock Holmes mystery, and, to make nightmares and dreams
La Cadillac di Dolan: 4-/5
La fine del gran casino: 3,5/5
Bambinate: 5/5
Il Volatore Notturno: NC
Popsy: 3/5
Ti prende a poco a poco: NC
Denti Chiacchierini: 3-/5
Dedica: 4+/5
Il dito: 5-/5
Le scarpe da tennis:1/5
E hanno una band dell'altro mondo: 4+/5
Parto in casa: 2-\5
La stagione delle piogge: 3,5\5
Il mio bel cavallino: 2\5
Spiacente, il numero é giusto: 4,5\5
La gente delle dieci: 4,5\5
Crouch End: 3,5\5
La casa di Maple Street: 3+\5
Il quinto quarto: 2\5
Il caso del dottore: NC
L'ultimo caso di Umney: 4-\5
Another great find from my local used bookstore.
Last read when it was first published; looked forward to re-reading!
Ruth Turner
Jul 28, 2015 Ruth Turner rated it liked it


The thing that pees me off when listening to some audiobooks is the music. It’s annoying and distracting and this one was no different!

Dolan’s Cadillac – Narrated By Rob Low – Excellent narration!

The End of the Whole Mess – Narrated by Matthew Broderick – Excellent narration.

Suffer the Little Children – Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg – Excellent narration.

The Night Flier – Frank Muller – Muller is one of my favourite narrators. Excellent narration.

Popsy – Joe Mantegna – Good narration.

Jun 15, 2011 Sunday rated it really liked it

Every morning, Stephen King wakes up, has a Pop Tart, and then spends the next 14 hours writing down Ideas. I think he has approx. 10,000 good ideas every minute, and thus can fuel some writing "here and there" to create this gigantic body of Good Idea work.

"Nightmares and Dreamscapes" feels like the B-Sides of his body of work, just some skimmin off the top of the whip cream, really. There are 23 (?) righteous stories in a Grand Canyon wide range of genres and perspectives, with a general goal
This is a great collection of stories. I read it when it first came out, but I didn't remember much other than really liking it overall, so I re-read it this year. And I still loved it. That's not unexpected, but well, sometimes the shining childhood memories are brighter than the fact. Luckily that wasn't the case here. I loved the Twilight Zone feel of a lot of these stories. They seem recognizable on the exterior, but then scratch the surface and things aren't... quite... right.

As much as I
Feb 16, 2010 Charles rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I'm giving it between 2 and a half and 3 stars. I was actually fairly disappointed. There were some good stories, but most of those I'd read before. Most of the rest just seemed to drag on way too long. I'm not in a King mood of late, it seems
May 25, 2015 Kelsey rated it liked it
Shelves: bargain-buys
Not the best collection of stories, but still a good read.
1. Dolan's Cadillac 3/5 Mostly just glad this wasn't about a demonic car.
2. The End of the Whole Mess 4/5 There aren't enough mad scientist stories in the world but the ending here was weak, in my opinion.
3. Suffer the Little Children 3/5 I loved the mystery but didn't get the creeps from it.
4. The Night Flier - 1/5 This took an incredible amount of time to get where it was going and I didn't care for it at all.
5. Popsy - 4/5 What a crazy confusion of good guys and bad guys! Great concept, good
Janie Johnson
This was a pretty dreadful book. I hate to say that because well, King is my favorite Author. Most of the stories in this book made me feel like that was the actual nightmare, my nightmare. I could not wait to be done with it. Now not all of the stories were bad. I liked 8 out of the 24. But most of them seemed silly or just plain made no sense. It seemed like a few of them was where king just rambled on to make a story that would fit the book. I decided however to list my favorites.

1. Dolan's C
Jason P
Mar 20, 2016 Jason P rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nightmares and Dreamscapes

I find with Kings collections of short stories they vary; some are just bone chilling, and others are duds. I found with this collection it was no different. All the stories had their own little gems, but some just weren't my thing. I mean, one can't like EVERYTHING, right?

My favorites were the following:
(I listened to the audio book, which had the BEST cast reading Kings stories....)

Suffer the Little Children:
(narrated by Whoopie Goldberg)
This story was super creepy.
Gianfranco Mancini
La qualità delle storie oscilla tra il capolavoro (tipo "Il volatore notturno" da cui è stato tratto un gran bel film horror

e l'illeggibile ("A testa bassa", lungo e noioso resoconto del campionato giovanile di baseball cui partecipó il figlio di King anni fa...).
"Il volatore notturno", "Parto in casa" ed il lovecraftiano "Orrore a Crouch end" sono presenti in altre antologie di autori vari, ma é stato un piacere rileggerli dopo anni. "La cadillac di No
May 02, 2011 Amanda rated it really liked it
I would give this collection of short stories an A+, just because of the baseball essay, "Head Down." That essay is an amazing testament to true grit. I would have thought it was fiction, but because it's not, it's even more powerful. King manages to capture that palpable, electric feeling that happens at nail-biter games. The other stories are not bad at all. There are a few true gems, like "Dolan's Cadillac," "Chattery Teeth," "Homy Delivery," and "The House on Maple Street." There are a few t ...more
Thomas Strömquist
Highs and lows as with any collection of stories. One good thing about the great man himself is of course that his "lows" are quite high. My favorites in this one include "Dolan's Cadillac (of course, it has even been made into a movie. I haven't seen it though and had no idea what it was about), "Suffer the little children", which is a wonderfully creepy story (and what is more scary than scary children?), "You know they got a hell of a band (mostly for the opening, but conclusion is ok too), " ...more
Kevin Murphy
I'm pretty big into Stephen King, but I'm learning that interest is in his novels, not the short story collections. Personally, I think I struggle with these collections because I don't have enough time to get into the characters. By the time I'm familiar with them, the story is over. I've made it through other collections in the past, but this was too slow of a read for me to force my way through it. I'm still a big fan, and I love all of the ideas King comes up with. I just don't like when rea ...more
Hydra Star
Apr 05, 2010 Hydra Star rated it really liked it
Most of my close friends already know I’m not a big fan of Stephen King’s work. He tends to go on a bit to long with his back story and things of the like for my taste, but this collection of short stories--short of course being a relative term when used along side the name Stephen King--reminded me of why so many fans of horror practically worship the man. Most of the tales in this heavy volume aren’t just good. They are captivating.

No two stories were quite the same, though elements, such as t
Kasey Jane
It is difficult to rate a collection of short stories, but I'll give it a shot.

In King's world, career options are limited to writer or traveling salesman. Everyone smokes. After the men are no longer around (and it's always the men who aren't around), the women look after the children. Children find plenty of time to escape from their mothers' tired and less-than-watchful eyes. As King explains it in his notes for The Moving Finger: "[T]hings happen just because they happen."

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Grant Spendlove
Feb 09, 2011 Grant Spendlove rated it it was amazing
What a ride! I read this collection when it first appeared, and have come back to it from time to time. Some thoughts (minor spoiler alert):

As a smoker, the exact kind King describes in "The Ten O'Clock People" (one who's cut down his consumption to about ten a day, give or take), I keep expecting to see the bats any day now.

Are you claustrophobic? Squeamish about the thought of being buried alive? Who isn't? That's why I can almost feel sorry for the titular character in "Dolan's Cadillac." Al
Stephen King talks a lot. I swear I only got through this one on sheer stubbornness. 14176 locations, what does that translate to in pages? 8000? Now I remember why I never used to read anthologies in tree book. Why do authors (or publishing houses, who knows which,) insist on putting so many short stories in a single volume, that you could easily use the tome to reinforce your home's retaining wall?

I have at least two more of these bricks on the bookcase (one by Lewis Shiner that contains 41 s
M.J. Moore
Jun 17, 2011 M.J. Moore rated it really liked it
Easily my favourite of the King short story collections I've read so far. I ate up about ninety per cent of it, (sorry but My pretty pony and Head down didn't really appeal). This is the collection in which King proves his versatility - with the exception of Popsy and Night Flier, no two stories are alike. My particular favourites were The end of the whole mess (moving, funny and clever); Suffer the little children (stories about inexplicably evil children are always scary, but King has enfused ...more
Oct 04, 2009 Randy rated it really liked it
Drawn to engaging stories, Different Seasons was my first Stephen King exposure, a collection of four novellas, three made into movies - The Shawshank Redemption, Apt Pupil, and Stand By Me. It wasn't till I went back to college for a Master's in Liberal Arts degree when King resurface as a required read for a course in Gothic fiction - Salem's Lot, Pet Sematary, and The Shining - novels strongly laden with the macabre, but with powerful themes and credible characterizations.
Ten years later, I d
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