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Nightmares and Dreamscapes

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  66,361 ratings  ·  1,130 reviews
Many people who write about horror literature maintain that mood is its most important element. King disagrees: "My deeply held conviction is that story must be paramount...All other considerations are 2ndary--theme, mood, even characterization & language."

These fine stories, each written in what King calls "a burst of faith, happiness & optimism," prove his point.
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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Oct 20, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hardback, 1999, 2005, 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 rated it it was amazing
I was afraid to go to the bathroom after reading this book.
Nightmares & Dreamscapes is the 7th Stephen King book I've read this year. As always I blame my friend Kelsea for starting my Stephen King binge. She was reading Gerald's Game and I decided to read it with her. I had read King in years and while I always liked him I didn't really give him or his books much thought, but reading Gerald's Game triggered something inside me and I suddenly felt like reading every Stephen King book I could get my hands on. Luckily my sister is a King fan and she g ...more
Here’s a little fact you’ll see this if you read the intro of this book: “7 years between Night Shift and Skeleton Crew. Another 7 years between Skeleton Crew and Nightmares & Dreamscapes, or thereabouts”. I’m just glad King has written so many stories. A lot good ones in this collection, but unlike the first two books, I found no true stand-outs, and it’s considerably longer. Night Shift had Quitters, Inc and Last Rung of the Ladder (to name only two). Skeleton Crew included The Mist and Th ...more
Johann (jobis89)
Oct 02, 2016 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
Stephanie (That's What She Read)
I would rate it overall around 3.5 stars. My favorite stories were Chattery Teeth, Moving Finger, You Know They Got a Hell of a Band. Some of the stories had really great narrators that I thought added a lot to the stories. Sorry, Right Number was fantastic with a full ensemble cast recording. I also love the introductions and notes read by Stephen King. I especially loved that he went into what inspired his stories.

Melynda Yesenia
Feb 06, 2008 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
Apr 26, 2013 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
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
Classic master of horror Stephen King delivers to us readers on a silver platter creepy short stories that make us not want to go to sleep! No wonder I have been having restless nights while reading this book! Personal favorites are: Dolan's Cadillac, The Night Flier, Chattery Teeth, The Moving Finger, and The House on Maple Street.

For readers that want farfetched, strange, creepy, weird, crazy, out of this world stories, then look no further than this book. For Stephen King fans this is a "mus
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.
Abbie | ab_reads

Another King short story collection read and Night Shift still remains number one as far as I’m concerned!
Nightmares and Dreamscapes started off SUPER strong but then I found that my ratings were petering down to 3s and 2s and even a couple of 1s, whereas I only gave 5 stars to one story in the whole collection, Suffer the Little Children. But other highlights were Dolan’s Cadillac, The Night Flier, The Ten O’Clock People, The Moving Finger, Chattery Teeth, and Crouch End.
Horror lends itsel
J.K. Grice
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
The audio book version of NIGHTMARES AND DREAMSCAPES is just fantastic. Really cool stories with famous people narrating, like Grace Slick, Rob Lowe, Tim Curry, Jerry Garcia, and others. For such a big collection, I thought the majority of the stories were very good. DOLAN'S CADILLAC, MY PRETTY PONY, and YOU KNOW THEY HAVE A HELL OF A BAND, were 3 of my favorites. I thought it was rather odd that King included his true-life baseball account, HEAD DOWN in this book. That part of the anthology was ...more
Oct 08, 2008 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
May 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Nightmares and Dreamscapes is the third anthology of Stephen Kings. It follows Night Shift and Skeleton Crew. As with any collection the sum is made up of the stories inside. As a whole this is a worthy addition to any SK fan's library. So the entire thing gets a 4/5. I thought it was pretty damn good. Now the individual stories:

Dolan's Cadillac- A great tale of revenge on a mobster by a grieving teacher. 5/5
The End of the Whole Mess- A brilliant boy with a brilliant mind decides to get rid of w
Adam Light
Nov 24, 2011 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
Will 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
Althea Ann
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Previously read in both 'Nightmares & Dreamscapes' and the 'Wastelands' anthology. Still worth the third read!

Told as a dying man's last confession and testament; the reader learns what did the world in: an unprecedented discovery, and a well-meaning attempt to save humanity from our own worst natures. As it has been said, 'fools rush in where angels fear to tread,' and, blinded by hubris, a genius researcher failed to correlate the damning data before it was too late...
David (דוד)
Avg. Rating 3.76

A pretty good book, with a mix of different kinds of stories. Most of the stories were enjoyable. None of them were unlikable, but a couple of 'em were just okay or slow.
***** 4 stories
**** 10 tales
*** 5 stories
** 2 tales
Some brilliant ideas in here; a few with flaws here and there, yet interesting enough.
Recommended indeed.
Apr 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was my first try of reading short stories. since it was of Stephen king I couldn't wait. well,this book is sort of amazements. Imagining stories to scare people I think is a very difficult task. You have to create new things out of thin air and make it look dangerous. I am a sort of novel person so I will give this book 4 star.
Extremely short story, finished it in fifteen minutes, re-read it immediately :)
Reminded me a bit of Gaiman's Feeders & Eaters
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
Deyth Banger
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2016
Short but powerful, taking breath. Reverse like in the film Christmas Horror Story 2015, one moment a good person... then comes evil spirit and look you kill inocent people or victims which are killed and you continue to stab them... what more awesome than this?

Another well made story, everyone could enjoy it!

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Always the works by Stephen King suprise me even now how it was made the two stories by Stephen King and Clive Barker was incrediable the stories were "Chattery Teeth" + "The
Charlie Collins
Oct 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, short-stories

This was a great selection for my Halloween short story spree. I wouldn't consider it among the best of King's work, but it was still top notch. Every time I read one of his books I tell myself I really need to read all his books.

My favorites in this collection are: Dolans Cadillac, Crouch End and The Night Flyer.

It's not perfect but better than a 4, so I'll give it a 4.5.
Another great find from my local used bookstore.
Last read when it was first published; looked forward to re-reading!
Ruth Turner

(Collected in Nightmares and Dreamscapes)

“The poem is reflective in tone, a nostalgic look back at what many consider to be the glory days of baseball”

I know next to nothing about American baseball and rarely enjoy King’s poems, but I liked this.

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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 – Narr
Doreen Petersen
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stephen-king
Loved this book! My two favorite stories in it are Dolan's Cadillac and The Night Flier. It's well worth checking out.
Maca Mamone
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este es el tercer libro que leo de King y debo decir que, aunque me gustaron mucho los relatos, prefiero sus novelas, por ahora. Es una gran antología, los relatos no decepcionan pero esperaba que fueran más escalofriantes, no son terroríficos pero aún así son muy buenos cuentos. Mis favoritos fueron: El dedo móvil, Las zapatillas, Parto en cada, El final del desastre y Hay que aguantar a los niños. La introducción del libro es fascinante, leer a King reflexionar sobre la escritura y la literatu ...more
Vimal Thiagarajan
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I've come to like the shorter versions of King infinitely better than the longer ones.. Found this one incredibly well-written and creepy.
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
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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
“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.” 112 likes
“What about reality, you ask? Well, as far as I'm concerned, reality can go take a flying fuck at a rolling doughnut.” 32 likes
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