Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King

As much as I love King's epic horror novels, I find myself running more eagerly towards his short stories. He is one of the masters of the short story.

The Bazaar has 20 stories, ranging from "Yup, that was good" to "Holy crap, seriously?". King is very good at bringing in monsters to scare the reader, but he's just as good at showing how humans are pretty good monsters on their own. One of the reasons I always recommend Full Dark, No Stars.

Some of the stories have been published before. I remember that Mile 81 was a Kindle single at one point and had read it then. Others, such as Mister Yummy, Obits and Bad Little Kid, have never been published. King tells you a bit about each story before it starts, a little insight to his inspiration.

Some, such as The Dune, end on a note that leaves everything to your imagination. Some endings, Under the Weather, are predictable but nonetheless disturbing.

All in all, this was a really good collection of little disturbances to cuddle up with on dark nights. Have a bourbon, get your book and leave the lights on.


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