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Night Visions 5

(Night Visions #5)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  1,782 ratings  ·  72 reviews
Douglas E. Winter presents a collection of all-new, tantalizingly terrifying stories by masters of horror. "Strong stuff, with good shudder potential ... A success ... You'll want to read this one!"--Locus.

* Introduction - Douglas E. Winter
* The Reploids - Stephen King
* Sneakers - Stephen King
* Dedication - Stephen King
* Metastasis - Dan Simmons
* Vanni Fucci is Alive and W
Hardcover, First Trade Edition, 274 pages
Published May 1988 by Dark Harvest (first published 1988)
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This hardcover is numbered 154 of 850 copies and is signed by by Stephen King, Dan Simmons, George R.R. Martin. Illustrated by Ron Lindahn and Val Lakey Lindahn. Calligraphy by Gregory Manchess.
Horace Derwent
May 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
iverson's pit really shook the shit outta me, it's my fave in this book and i almost had forgotten the other stories for it

in deed i got inspired by the dan simmons's story. 4 years ago, i wrote a short horror tale which was just based on real characters and real incidents, set in the time of Cultural Revolution, resembling iverson's pit

i rolled this story of mine into a collection which has 2 other horror tales, all of them have the backgrounds of true events which happened in the miserable era
Ruth Turner

Rounded up to 3*** because although I didn’t like the endings in The Reploids and Sneakers I still enjoyed the stories.

Dark Visions is a 1989 horror fiction compilation, with three short stories by Stephen King, three by Dan Simmons, and one by George R. R. Martin. I’m only reading Stephen King.


The Reploids – 2**

The ending left me a little up in the air. At first I thought my copy was missing some pages, but apparently not!


Sneakers - 2**

(Also collected in Nightmares and Dreamscapes)

Jul 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A friend recommended this book to me and the cover looked very familiar. It should have, because I own it! I read it a while ago and marked the book up with post its. Obviously I loved it. I guess I should reread so I can write a proper review.
Nov 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This gets five stars just for George R.R. Martin's werewolf novella. Everything else is just tasty frosting.
Feb 24, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
This is a collection of short stories, and the one that really stands out for me is The Skin Trade by George R.R. Martin. Imagine a light hearted private detective story with elements of werewolf (although they're not all wolves)mythology thrown in, and you've got the general idea. I really think this was the inspiration for Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series, although she took a darker, more police procedural approach, and worked in necromancy and vampirism as well.
The other shorts in thi
Aug 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Introduced me to Dan Simmons and George R.R. Martin. Some of my favorite short stories, although King's didn't do much for me.
Jun 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant stories by brilliant authors. I only just discovered the awesomeness of Dan Simmons with Summer of Night, but I've been a fan of Stephen King since I was 10.

I'd never read George R R Martin before even though I'm a huge GoT fan. I'd heard that although the story is great (of course) his writing wasn't, so I hadn't bothered with any of his books. Big mistake! His novella, The Skin Trade, is one of the best short stories (supernatural horror, or otherwise) that I have ever read! I can't
Jan 01, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
This is a collection of horror shorts and longs by Stephen King, Dan Simmons, and George R.R. Martin. Most of it was quite good, but one long story by Dan Simmons, "Iverson's Pits," nearly sunk it for me. Very, very long and boring. Of King's offerings, "Sneakers" was really good, and Simmons had a good one with "Metastasis." Martin's lone offering was "The Skin Trade," which was really good and tied off the collection nicely.

Jul 31, 2008 rated it really liked it
4 Stars for the collection. Breaking that down by author, I'd rate them this way: Dan Simmons - 4 1/2, Stephen King 3 1/2, George R. R. Martin - 5
Jennifer Johnson
I read this book when I was in school over 20 years ago and I STILL remember it. The Skin Trade really is one of the best werewolf stories out there. I wwish the author had done a series based on that concept. The other stories in the collection are just as fantastically written. Incredible anthology and worth the read if you can track down a good copy.
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Reploids: pseudo 1950s SF story, only horror is that the alternate US isn't the same as ours!
Sneakers: WC ghost, I don't care if he is gay - randomly grabbing someone's genitals is sexual assault. The intro uses the word 'homophobia', surprised to find that word in use in 1988. Toilets are dangerous places though.
Dedication: race issues and another tale where someone's stabbed through the eye - or that's what the police report said - "hardworking shop-owner shoots lowlife druggie who was try
Laura Edwards
Well if it hadn't have been for GRRM this would've been a 2. A very strange set of stories that mainly seemed half finished.

1. Reploids by Stephen king 1/5
Made no sense whatsoever and seemed to finish in the end of a story! I even checked whether my book was missing pages. I googled what reploid was, that made slightly more sense, but still not good.

2. Sneakers by Stephen king 2/5
This was a better story, but again the ending made no sense. Maybe there is two versions of this as when I've google
Dane Cobain
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was quite the find – I picked it up for 50p in the Ten Bob Barn at Astley Book Farm. The cover jumped out at me to begin with because of its psychedelic design and awesome colours. It’s also a hardback, which helps – I don’t go out of my way to get them, but I do enjoy them when I find them. Mostly, though, this book caught my eye because it’s got Stephen King and George R. R. Martin in it.

What we have here, then, is a cracking collection of shorts that are grouped by author, for your
Reece Smith
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I bought a paperback copy of this book from the U.K, same book but with a slightly different title: dark visions, I think. For me, George R.R. Martin's story stands out above the rest. It is so well crafted, and every piece of the story fits together right up to the last sentence. Moreover, it's a story that you can't put down and you care about the characters. And to think this is achieved within 120 pages or so. They really saved the best for last with this one, and now I'm fan of George R.R. ...more
Shannon Lawrence
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful collection of stories. I've long been a fan of King, but had never read short fiction by Simmons. And Martin is one of the kings of short horror/dark fantasy, which it took me far too long to discover. Metastasis was the most powerful story in the collection, and my favorite. Skin Trade was a close second, though for entertainment value, not as an impactful story. Sneakers was probably my favorite of King's, more of a classic ghost story. Well curated, though the editing missed a lot o ...more
Jane Wynne
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Assortment of tales, some good, some not so great.
Masayuki Arai
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
weak wolf lol
Wesam Karam
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nice book for me very good one
Julia Fedenkiv
I truly enjoyed reading "Dedication", and "The skin trade". But the cherry of this collection for me is "Metastasis", unique idea covered in a great writing style.
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stephen King stories: meh
Dan Simmons stories: hilarious
My bestie George RR Martin story: SO GOOD
Mark Smith-briggs
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Martin's novella Skin Trade is superb as is King's story Dedication. The other tales are solid too but not quite good enough to give it five stars overall.
Joseph Sellors
Some fun if strange short stories. Iverson's pits and the skin trade are the definite stand out stories. Worth a read while not particularly outstanding.
Apr 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, fantasy, crime
Nice solid collection of horror stories from three different noted horror/fantasy authors. I bought it for the King stories, but actually, the others may be even better.

Breakdown by author:

Stephen King: "The Reploids" -- Reads like the opening to a novel. More of a scene-setter than a real story. It is interesting to read his description of another dimension's version of Johnny Carson; it reads eerily like Jay Leno, to me. (The story was written prior to Leno's assumption of the Tonight Show hos
3 stories by Stephen King - Unfortunately I had already read two of them. "Reploids", the one that I had not read, is a delightful glimpse into a world that has had a terrible mix-up, which caused Johnny Carson to go missing (this was published in 1988). I liked the premise and would have minded reading more. "Sneakers" is the story of a modern haunting, with good characters and build-up. "Dedication" combines a bit of voodoo with an abusive, alcoholic writer who could be based on someone like G ...more
Daisy Madder
Aug 26, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
3/5, though I'd probably give it one more without the King stories...
A mixed bunch. The Stephen King stories are very, well, King, and not his best work by a long shot, although at least two of them are very short.
Two of the Simmons stories (Metastasis and Iverson's Pits) do what Simmons does best, leaving you with a feeling of uncomfortableness rather than being outright scary. The third of his is a much sillier story, about the comeuppance of a rich evangelical preacher on the day a 500 year
Zantaeus Glom
While 'Dark Visions wasn't a classic collection of macabre fiction by any means, I thoroughly enjoyed Simmon's 'Iverson's Pits'; and, woah, Nelly!!!! George R.R Martin's 'Skin Trade' is quite somethin' else!

'I felt my lips wither and dry in the heat, pulling back from my teeth, felt my jaws open wider and wider in a mirthless, silent laugh as ligaments decayed or were chewed away by small predators. I felt lighter as the eggs hatched, the maggots began their frenzied cleansing, my body turning t
Oct 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
Ok we got a audio collection apparently from the uK as the title is
all screwed up. But the source material is excellent. Its from a dark
harvest collection that is more then a little kick em ass.

First up is S King.
Reploids= its olright
Sneakers=pretty good
dedication=did not finish

Then we got Dan the man Simmons
Metastasis= Lightnin bolt of a story =Excellent
Vanni Fucci is alive and well and living in hell= Good, yeah its good
Iverson's Pits= Pretty boring and not up to snuff

3rd up is George R.R Mart
Laura Wagoner
I thought Metastasis and Vanni Fucci were the best stories in this compilation, giving these short stories 5 stars. You have to read these, repeat, you have to read these. Although Iverson's Pits was a little rough starting it was also an alright story giving it 3.75 stars. All three Steven King short stories keep you reading by either being strange, very weird or just plain amusing and I would give them all 3 stars. The Skin Trade kept you reading and had lots of excitement but in the end didn' ...more
Stephen King: disappointing, only the second one deserves to be read.
- The Reploids 2/5
- Sneakers 3/5
- Dedication 1/5

Dan Simmons: an author I had never read. Not bad short stories but nothing mind blowing either.
- Metastasis 3/5
- Vanni Fucci is Alive and Well and Living in Hell 2/5
- Iverson's Pits 2/5

George R.R. Martin: a must read novella for all horror and werewolves aficionados.
- The Skin Trade 5/5
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Douglas E. Winter is an American writer, critic and lawyer. A life-long interest in horror has led him to develop a parallel career as horror writer and horror critic. Winter edited horror anthologies Prime Evil (1988), and Revelations (1997) as well as the interviews collection Faces of Fear (1985, revised 1990). He has also written biographies of Stephen King and Clive Barker. He is a member of ...more

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