Nightmares and Dreamscapes (Nightmares & Dreamscapes)
With numerous unforgettable movies based on his short stories—including Shawshank Redemption, 1408, and The Green Mile—readers will be delighted to rediscover this classic collection,...more
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...more
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...more
I have at least two more of these bricks on the bookcase (one by Lewis Shiner that contains 41 s...more
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...more
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...more
Quite a few of these turns out to be some in depth reading with disappointment waiting for you when you complete a story... I found myself wondering "I had to read all of THAT just for THIS???!"
Wonderful...an illusionist extraordinaire, King peoples his fiction with believable characters. (Publishers Weekly)Amazon.com Review
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 optim
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."
Several of these stories have been made into movies. And you know, I'd watch all of them again:
- Dolan's Cadillac (starring Christian Slater) was absolutely worthwhile.
- The Night Flyer (starring Migu...more
I read "Sorry, Right Number" at my parents cabin by myself and everytime the phone rang I was terrified about what I would hear on the other end. I think I reason I love this story so much is I have always wondered if I could call my past self and change something, would I and how would my past self react....more
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...more
No two stories were quite the same, though elements, such as t...more
Ten years later, I d...more
Forse a causa di questa ragione la raccolta da la sensazione di essere un pò "il fondo del barile", i rimasugli che non avrebbero trovato altrimenti collocazione.
Non che tutti siano orribili e illeggibili, ma la sensazione di sca...more
Speaking of threes, Nightmares and Dreamscapes is the third in a loose trilogy of short story collections. Combined with Night Shift and Skeleton Crew King admits that this threesome comprises everything good he'd written up to Nightmares and Dreamscapes' publication in 1992. That description of this collection makes it sound like some barrel scraping might have gone on. I don't think that's really the case: none of the stories h...more
That's not to say there weren't some decent shorts in here. Dolan's Cadillac is a wonderful Poesque story about a man driven by the cold desire for revenge. Suffer the Littl...more
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Stephen Edwin King was born in Portland, Maine in 1947, the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his parents separated when Stephen was a toddler, 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...more