Author: Stephen King

Year: 2015

Some of King’s best work comes in the form of short stories or novellas; he has a special knack for quickly setting up stories and his biggest weakest is ending them, so more condensed fiction is simply where he can show off his talent best.  The ideas he has might not blossom into full novels, but these shorts are a great way to get even deeper into his head.  And for big fans, that’s exactly what we want to do.

Bazaar of Bad Dreams is one of King’s most recent collections, with stories of all lengths and topics, ranging from alien cars at rest stops to senile parents who can kill.  It’s a motley crew of King’s musings and visions, brought together in a book you can blaze through in a week, with each tale weaving a dark and twisted adventure through lives that quickly become anything but mundane.

I rather liked this simple book of short stories, because he prefaces each one with a page or two of context; what the tale means to him, what he was doing when inspiration struck, what author he was emulating or thinking about when he wrote it.  It’s a nice look into King’s working mind, as well as simply a solid collection of creepy short fiction.  King’s shorts are some of his best work, and this book is no exception.

My rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆