The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King

The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King

This book is a big old chunk…and so worth the price of admission.

I’ve never thought of Stephen King as a straight up horror author. He is more than that, he scares the crud out of me with his remarkable ability to look at humanity. He seems to be getting to (for me anyways) to a point in his life where he is debating life and what happens to us after..these stories seem to have that theme to some of them.

These stories are mostly stories that have at some time or another been published somewhere else barring a few new ones that he slips in for our pleasure.

The best part of this book is not the stories for me though. It’s the tidbits that King gives us before each story with a little bit of where the story came from that kept me flipping these pages.

I’m just going to barely touch on each story and add where they were published before. There are a lot of stories packed into this bad boy.

Mile 81 Somewhat of a coming of age story..with a touch of unwordly. (Previously published as an ebook)
Jimmy Golding hadn’t believed in monster cars since he saw that movie Christine as a kid, but he believed that sometimes monsters could lurk in cars.
*4 stars*

Premium Harmony A couple that has been married over ten years arguing over simple life happenings. I’ll make sure to pick the pink ball instead. (published in a copy of The New Yorker)
*3 stars*

Batman and Robin Have an Altercation A son and his father who is suffering from dementia have an outing to a favorite restaurant. They really should come back there sometime. (Harper’s Magazine)
*4 stars*

The Dune An elderly man makes another trip to a Dune he discovered as a child that has a few secrets left to tell. (Granta)
*3.5 stars*

Bad Little Kid This was one of my favorites in the book. That kid from Sluggo/Nancy? The mean boy with the propeller hat? He comes to vivid life for one man. (new)
*5 stars*

A Death I had already read/reviewed this one here (The New Yorker)
*4 stars*

The Bone Church I’m not even counting this one because I am not a fan of poetry..not even when it’s by Uncle Stevie. (Playboy)
*not rating*

Morality Wow, just wow. A couple is struggling in a down turned economy. What would you consider sin? And what would you do to pull yourself up out of debt? (Esquire)
*5 stars*

Afterlife What happens after we die? Is there an afterlife? This one resounded with Revival (Tin House)
*3.5 stars*

Ur This was that e-book that King did when Amazon first launched the kindle. Fun as far as memories go, I just didn’t fawn over it as much as I had hoped too. (e-book)
*3 stars*

Herman Wouk is Still Alive A down on her luck single mom wins a small lottery win and decides on a road trip with her bestie. (The Atlantic)
*4 stars*

Under the Weather A sick wife and her husband’s love for her. I can’t say much about this one without giving anything away. (Full Dark, No Skies-paperback)
*3.5 stars*

Blockade Billy A farm boy shows up to serve as a temp catcher in the big leagues. He ends up being the catcher that can stop anything. I’m not even a big baseball fan and this one was one of my favorites in the book. (novella)
*5 stars*

Mister Yummy Another end of life tale as an elderly man in a nursing home tells his friend that he has been seeing Mr. Yummy. A gorgeous guy that he first saw back when being gay was a dirty little secret. (new)
*3.5 stars*

Tommy Another poem (Playboy)
*not rating*

The Little Green God of Agony A billionaire has been put to bed after a horrible plane crash. His nurse believes that if he tried to work through the pain after the accident that he would be healing faster. (A Book of Horrors)
*5 stars*

That Bus is Another World A quick peep into a passing strangers world as the bus goes by. (Esquire)
*3 stars*

Obits A nerdy writer for an internet magazine who writes “mean” obits after celebrities die discovers something unique about his column one day after getting angry at his boss. (new)
*5 stars*

Drunken Fireworks A mother and son team of alcoholics take on the Italian CONNECTED neighbors that live across the lake in a many year long battle of the fireworks. (audio book)
*4 stars*

Summer Thunder A fitting story for the end of the book as the world ends in a nuclear future. (Turn Down the Lights)
*3.5 stars*

I think I’ve said before, I’m not usually a fan of short stories. There just is never enough to sink my heart and teeth into with them. I do make exceptions for a few authors and Stephen King will always head that list.

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