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From the Flap A solitary finger pokes out of a drain Novelty teeth turn predatory Flies settle and die on an old pair of sneakers in New York, and the Nevada desert swallows a Cadillac Meanwhile the legend of Castle Rock returns and grows on you What does it all mean What else could it mean First there was Night Shift, then Skeleton Crew, and now Stephen King is back with a third collection of stories a vast, many chambered cave of a volume, with passages leading every which way to hell and a few to gloryThe long reach of Stephen King s imagination and the no holds barred force of his storytelling have never been so richly demonstrated There s something here for readers of every stripe and predilection classic tales of the macabre and the monstrous, cutting edge explorations of the borderlands between good and evil, brilliant pastiches of Chandler and Conan Doyle, even a teleplay and a non fiction bonus, a heartfelt piece of Little League baseball that first appeared in The New YorkerIn story after story, several published here for the first time, he will take you to places you ve never been before, places that are both dark and vividly illuminated Fair warning You will lose a good deal of sleep But Stephen King, writing to beat the devil, will do your dreaming for youCan you believe Then come Nightmares and Dreamscapes

About the Author: Stephen King

Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father s family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, Maine, for good Her parents, Guy and Nellie Pillsbury, had become incapacitated with old age, and Ruth King was persuaded by her sisters to take over the physical care of them Other family members provided a small house in Durham and financial support After Stephen s grandparents passed away, Mrs King found work in the kitchens of Pineland, a nearby residential facility for the mentally challenged.Stephen attended the grammar school in Durham and Lisbon Falls High School, graduating in 1966 From his sopho year at the University of Maine at Orono, he wrote a weekly column for the school newspaper, THE MAINE CAMPUS He was also active in student politics, serving as a member of the Student Senate He came to support the anti war movement on the Orono campus, arriving at his stance from a conservative view that the war in Vietnam was unconstitutional He graduated in 1970, with a B.A in English and qualified to teach on the high school level A draft board examination immediately post graduation found him 4 F on grounds of high blood pressure, limited vision, flat feet, and punctured eardrums.He met Tabitha Spruce in the stacks of the Fogler Library at the University, where they both worked as students they married in January of 1971 As Stephen was unable to find placement as a teacher immediately, the Kings lived on his earnings as a laborer at an industrial laundry, and her student loan and savings, with an occasional boost from a short story sale to men s magazines.Stephen made his first professional short story sale The Glass Floor to Startling Mystery Stories in 1967 Throughout the early years of his marriage, he continued to sell stories to men s magazines Many were gathered into the Night Shift collection or appeared in other anthologies.In the fall of 1971, Stephen began teaching English at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels.

10 thoughts on “Nightmares and Dreamscapes

  1. Susan Susan says:

    Ever read a story out loud to a friend knowing it s not the kind of story they d read on their own I do that all the time even snippets of novels to give them a taste I read Crouch End out loud to one of my sisters, in a weird Scotts English accent that I tend to use when reading Lovecraftian horror She accused me of robbing her of sleep for a week That s the sign of a good story.I ve read severa

  2. Raelene Raelene says:

    I was afraid to go to the bathroom after reading this book.

  3. Johann (jobis89) Johann (jobis89) says:

    I don t talk about this much, because it embarrasses me and it sounds pompous, but I still see stories as a great thing, something which not only enhances lives but actually saves them This was my very first encounter with a King short story collection And I was NOT disappointed The variety of stories in this collection is insane, it goes from vampires to baseball to chattery teeth to fingers crawling

  4. Jeff Jeff says:

    Reading this particular King collection of short stories is akin to going carousing with that certain friend that everybody has the one that s a little off kilter, the one that a night on the town can, depending on certain factors like, for instance, meds taken or not , provide a number of experiences Pick your own drinking adventure, if you will a Hanging out at the local pub and shooting the breeze this

  5. Erin Erin says:

    Nightmares Dreamscapes is the 7th Stephen King book I ve read this year As always I blame my friend Kelsea for starting my Stephen King binge She was reading Gerald s Game and I decided to read it with her I had read King in years and while I always liked him I didn t really give him or his books much thought, but reading Gerald s Game triggered something inside me and I suddenly felt like reading every Step

  6. Ron Ron says:

    Here s a little fact you ll see this if you read the intro of this book 7 years between Night Shift and Skeleton Crew Another 7 years between Skeleton Crew and Nightmares Dreamscapes, or thereabouts I m just glad King has written so many stories A lot good ones in this collection, but unlike the first two books, I found no true stand outs, and it s considerably longer Night Shift had Quitters, Inc and Last Rung

  7. J.K. Grice J.K. Grice says:

    The audio book version of NIGHTMARES AND DREAMSCAPES is just fantastic Really cool stories with famous people narrating, like Grace Slick, Rob Lowe, Tim Curry, Jerry Garcia, and others For such a big collection, I thought the majority of the stories were very good DOLAN S CADILLAC, MY PRETTY PONY, and YOU KNOW THEY HAVE A HELL OF A BAND, were 3 of my favorites I thought it was rather odd that King included his tru

  8. Ashley Daviau Ashley Daviau says:

    While there are a few gems in this collection, I thought the majority were quite average This is definitely not my favourite King short story collection I ve read so far A few stories really had me wrapped around their finger and flipping the pages furiously to find out what would happen Sadly those were in the minority though and a few were even quite forgettable I also may or may have not skipped the one about base

  9. Edward Lorn Edward Lorn says:

    I ve read Nightmares and Dreamscapesthan any other King book, be it collection or novel There are many reasons for this The easiest to explain is that this was the most easily accessible of King s collections for me It came in the mail through the Stephen King Library those of you who ve followed my Decades with King posts will know the story of how I used to steal my mother s packages out of the mailbox once a month wh

  10. Melynda Yesenia Melynda Yesenia says:

    this is where the little pop ups next to those stars really feel misleading do i like that i still sometimes fear the toilet not especially but i have to recognize the mad skills of a writer who was able to do that to me there are a few stories here that really messed me up the worst by far was The Moving Finger we don t know why there s a moving finger, a multi jointed, aggressive, waggling finger complete with scratchy,

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