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Nightmares & Dreamscapes Hardcover – October 13, 1993
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- Publisher : Viking; First Edition/First Printing (October 13, 1993)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 816 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0670851086
- ISBN-13 : 978-0670851089
- Item Weight : 3.63 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.54 x 2.44 x 9.62 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #255,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I bought this collection because it had "Home Delivery" in it, and I worked through a few of the other stories, such as "Chattery Teeth" (animated Chattery wind-up teeth with a will of their own!) and "The Moving Finger" (there's a looooong finger that pokes out of a guy's sink drain) and I said to myself "I'm bored." KIng is successful and that lets him write whatever the heck he wants, secure in the knowledge that he has a dedicated market. Who's gonna tell the man "hey, your story is really 5000 words longer than it needs to be. Maybe pare it down some? Make it punchier?"
It's Stephen F King. No one tells him how to write.
So if you know his style, and like his style, you'll enjoy this collection. If you did a lot of growing up between reading some of his books, maybe these will help you sleep.
If you want to get scared by something Stephen King did, maybe check out the movie "Salem's Lot" and wait for the scene where that little vampire kid is floating around the other kid's window, trying to get in.
As always, I find his short reads stronger than his sprawling novels. This is not literary stuff, but it’s deeply satisfying: for me the volume is cranked up, everything is zoomed into tiny but exaggerated details, neon colors, ultra-American, televised, advertised, supersized, melodramatic, manic, stylish, low-brow, iconic and addictive.
Some top stories: Dolan’s Cadillac and Chattery Teeth (both set in the desert instead of Maine), The Moving Finger and Sneakers (trashy, insane, superb; intensely “of their time”), and The House on Maple Street and The End of the Whole Mess (with great sci-fi twists).
Stephen King doesn’t need any help selling books, but I say buy it!
They are some really good stories in here: You know They Have A Hell of a Band; Dolan's Cadillac; Sorry, Right Number; Night Flyer; Umney's Last Case are stand-outs in my opinion. Other great stories are: Suffer the Little Children; Rainy Season; Chattery Teeth and Home Delivery.
I liked this collection a lot and give it three stars b/c they are some stories that I read that I was just "okay" with. But hey, then again I'm a Constant Reader and I'll read anything he writes. If you're looking to add this book into your collection if you haven't already or if you're just getting into King's work, this one would be a good place to start in his collected books.
Plus, the cover of the hardback is awesome!!
I gave it a 4 because while it was good, it wasn't exceptionally good. But that is what you expect with a collection of short stories.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 15, 2018