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Nightmares and Dreamscapes (Nightmares & Dreamscapes)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  46,792 ratings  ·  644 reviews
A wrong turn on a lonely road lands a lost couple in Rock and Roll Heaven, Oregon, where there's no escaping the free nightly concert...An ex-con pieces together a map to unearth a stolen million dollars--but at what price?...A desperate writer changes places with his fictional character, and becomes trapped in the past...And a third-grade teacher digs dep to exact revenge ...more
Paperback, First Pocket Books paperback edition , 897 pages
Published June 30th 2009 by Pocket Books (first published September 29th 1993)
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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
I was afraid to go to the bathroom after reading this book.
Melynda Yesenia
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
Jun 13, 2015 Edward Lorn rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: paperbacks
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
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
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

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
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
Not the best collection of stories, but still a good read.
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
Jason P
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.
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
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
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
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
Grant Spendlove
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
M.J. Moore
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
Hydra Star
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."

Individual ratings
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
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
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
Erika Schoeps
Solid collection of short stories. Entertaining, but not as terrifying as some of his other collections. One of my favorites was "House on Maple Street." It wasn't one of my favorites as I was reading through it, but as a reached the ending, I had a horrible realization about where the real horror of the story lay. "Sorry, Right Number" isn't strikingly original, but the pacing was excellent and the format of movie script really contributed to the excellent pacing.

I may be biased because I disl
The other day, my sink started making gurgurling noises (it's never done that before) and in one awful moment I was sure a finger was going to come up out of the drain and wiggle at me. If anyone had walked in at that moment, they would have seen me staring at the drain with a slightly wild look in my eyes (a look of interest, horror and expectation). I would have been quite a sight.
Probably the thing I like best about Stephen King's writing is his character development. He has a way of writing characters that become so real, they jump off the page and you feel like you know them. That's probably why so many of his books have been adapted into movies. Of course he is more able to do this in his very long "door-stop" books, which is why those are my favorites. When I finished Under the Dome, The Stand, 11/22/63, and especially, It, I felt sad. I missed the characters I had c ...more
Having previously read King's "Just After Sunset" collection and loving each and every story in it, I was somewhat disappointed by "Nightmares". There were a couple of stories that were really good, of course, but there were just about as many that I would finish reading and find myself feeling as though I had just wasted my time. It seemed to me that the second half of the book was, for the most part, better than the first half (although I did skip his nonfiction piece about baseball, "Head Dow ...more
Cheryl Landmark
As much as I love Stephen King and his bizarre, weirdly fertile imagination, I can only give this collection of stories 3 stars. There were some classic gems in there, but also several that were boring, uninteresting and pointless.

A few stories definitely stood out for me.

"Dolan's Cadillac" creeped me out big-time because I couldn't even imagine in my wildest nightmares being in that situation. I would definitely go insane in a matter of seconds if that happened to me!

"Dedication" was not my fav
If there's one thing I've realised over the course of the past years, it's this - I am not a fan of Stephen King. Yes, he has incredible ideas, some of which are far-fetched enough to seem plausible. He's a great writer, he'll draw you into the most ridiculous world possible, and you'll believe him. But, none of that, apparently, can convince me to become his most avid fan.

Picking up N&D, I was only interested in the fact that it was short stories. Nothing else. It starts with a bang - Doola
Buen compilado de cuentos del maestro del terror moderno. Me pareció muy ecléctico, la mayoría de los relatos entretiene, algunos son muy densos y tediosos y otros se destacan. Causarían mayor impacto de ser más concisos. Por otro lado, leí una traducción al castellano con muchos modismos españoles (soy latinoamericano), y dada la forma de escribir de SK, con lenguaje coloquial profuso, el disfrute del libro sufre bastante. Pareciera ser un escritor para leer en su lenguaje original, siempre que ...more
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Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, M ...more
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“When I was a kid I believed everything I was told, everything I read, and every dispatch sent out by my own overheated imagination. This made for more than a few sleepless nights, but it also filled the world I lived in with colors and textures I would not have traded for a lifetime of restful nights.” 102 likes
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