The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King

To celebrate the New Year, and in anticipation of the 11/22/63 miniseries that will soon debut on Hulu we are going to spend the next few days reviewing our favorite Stephen King books.  The first book we are going to review is The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, a short story collection that was originally published on November 3, 2015.  While it is true that we previously read a few of the works featured in this collection, there were some amazing stories that were published for the first time in this book.

The Stories Collected

Mile 81

Premium Harmony

Batman and Robin Have an Altercation

The Dune

Bad Little Kid

A Death

The Bone Church

Morality

Afterlife

Ur

Herman Wouk is Still Alive

Under the Weather

Blockade Billy

Mister Yummy

Tommy

The Little Green God of Agony

That Bus is Another World

Orbits

Drunken Fireworks

Summer Thunder

The Good

There was an excellent mix of horror, mystery, supernatural, and just plain old story telling throughout the book.  Of course we enjoyed some works more than others, but there were none that we flat out didn’t like.  Plus, each story was introduced with a few words from Stephen King.  Our favorite stories were:

Herman Wouk is Still Alive- The sad story of two single mothers on a road trip whose despair ultimately leads to the pair (along with their children) crossing paths with two writers taking a break during a road trip of their own.

Afterlife- A unique look at what happens after we die.

Blockade Billy- The first baseball story that any of us have ever truly enjoyed that relates the rise and fall of a baseball legend.

Batman and Robin Have an Altercation- Just because our parents grow old and senile doesn’t mean they ever stop trying to protect us.

Drunken Fireworks-The tale of a friendly competition that gets completely out of hand one holiday weekend.

 

The Bad

A large number of stories featured in this collection were previously published meaning we read them prior to purchasing this collection.  We enjoyed all of the stories, but it is frustration to find yourself owning multiple copies of the same story because they are featured in different books.  Prior to purchasing The Bazaar of Bad Dreams check your other short story collections to make sure you aren’t just repurchasing stories you already own.

 

Overall

The Baazar of Bad Dreams is a great read that has something for every fan.  There is humor, sadness, horror, and misery spread throughout the pages.  It is a nice sized collection that all fans of Stephen King will enjoy.

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