The short story 'Obits' won the 2016 Edgar for best short story. Featuring introductions to each story, read by Stephen King.
A thrilling collection of 21 stories - some brand new, some published in magazines, all entirely brilliant and assembled in one collection for the first time - with a wonderful bonus: in addition to his introduction to the whole collection, King gives listeners a fascinating introduction to each story with autobiographical comments on their origins and motivations.
The number one best-selling writer has dazzled listeners with his genius as a writer of novellas and short story fiction since his first collection Night Shift was published. He describes the nature of the form in his introduction to the work: 'There's something to be said for a shorter, more intense experience. It can be invigorating, sometimes even shocking, like...a beautiful curio for sale laid out on a cheap blanket at a street bazaar.'
In The Bazaar of Bad Dreams there is a curio for every reader - a man who keeps reliving the same life, repeating the same mistakes over and over again, a columnist who kills people by writing their obituaries, a poignant tale about the end of the human race and a firework competition between neighbours which reaches an explosive climax. There are also intriguing connections between the stories; themes of morality, guilt, the afterlife and what we would do differently if we could see into the future or correct the mistakes of the past. Effervescent yet poignant, juxtaposing the everyday against the unexpected, these stories comprise one of King's finest gifts to his constant listener as well as to those fascinated by the autobiographical insights in his celebrated nonfiction title On Writing. 'I made them especially for you,' says King. 'Feel free to examine them, but please be carefuly. The best of them have teeth.'
©2015 Stephen King (P)2015 Simon & Schuster Audio
Skeleton crew, Because I think its similar
A great atmosphere
I found the book scary
The narrator is very easy to listen to.
i have some others to listen to in my library
none come to mind
one decent story one decent idea.
this was a ragbag of king trying to be something he is not,.a literary writer.he is a decent writer but of horror not pastiches of Raymond carver or Melville.ordinary stories are written by your updikes not your Stephen kings.these stories were poor poor POOR.
Stephen King at his best. I loved that he introduced the stories in his own voice. The book also gives insight into his life.
I have read a fair bit of Stephen King, but always prefer his more "mainstream" work; away from fantasy and horror. I also particularly enjoy his short stories; a form of which he is a master. I think this is some of his best stuff for a while, although much of it is not recent output.
Clearly there is a lot of supernatural in this collection, but by no means in all, and his gift for great story-telling and characterisation shines through much more than is the norm with most of his work. I really enjoyed these stories. OK, the baseball one left me completely cold because I had no idea what was going on, but apart from that, they are great tales, very well told.
some better than others. many ended abruptly. will only remember a few of them. not so much horror in these ones as unusual events in people's lives
Living in rural tranquility in France. I read everything except readers' l o n g reviews of books.
That 'bout says it. If you like Mr King then you'll like this.
One of the best popular fiction writers, well crafted, original stories with well constructed sympathetic (!) characters.
Always interesting and here a great diversity of style and genre in these short stories.
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