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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 (1978), then Skeleton Crew (1985), and now 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 (1978), then Skeleton Crew (1985), 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 glory. The 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 Yorker. In 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 you. Can you believe? Then come . . .


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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 (1978), then Skeleton Crew (1985), and now 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 (1978), then Skeleton Crew (1985), 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 glory. The 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 Yorker. In 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 you. Can you believe? Then come . . .

30 review for Nightmares and Dreamscapes

  1. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    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 several of these out loud to friends and family and I love the way they react to the tone of the 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 several of these out loud to friends and family and I love the way they react to the tone of the story -- whether it's "Dolan's Cadillac" and my brother-in-law's attitude goes from 'why bury a perfectly good car' to something more appropriate - to "The Moving Finger" and my cousin's refusal to use the bathroom unsupervised while visiting me -- I like to share these "little" gems with naysayers. I've even been known NOT to let them know the name of the story or author because of their preconceptions. Heck, ask me about reading Canturbury Tales to my foster-mom one semester in college :-) re-read "Home Delivery" from Book of the Dead 1/20/2005 -- story was adapted into graphic-novel format with Glenn Chadbourne in Secretary of Dreams vol 1

  2. 5 out of 5

    Raelene

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

  3. 5 out of 5

    Johann (jobis89)

    “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 out of the drain in your sink. Some stories were absolutely brilliant. My favourites were C “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 out of the drain in your sink. Some stories were absolutely brilliant. My favourites were Chattery Teeth, You Know They Got A Hell of A Band, The Moving Finger, Rainy Season and Popsy. They made me laugh, they freaked me out and they're definitely memorable. Like a town full of dead Rock n Roll stars as ghosts...who could think of that apart from King?! Brilliant! Some others were not my favourite. I'm not a fan of baseball in any way, so a lot of Head Down was lost on me. I overall got the point of the story and enjoyed that, but it was wasted on me. I also had heard so much about The Night Flier, but ultimately felt disappointed overall. The Fifth Quarter was also not a highlight for me, it was okay, but no doubt I'll have forgotten about it in a few weeks. Overall an enjoyable read, a great variety of stories. But because I didn't ADORE all the stories, I've taken away a star... Now it's onto the next one!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    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 odds this happens is 50:1) b) Pulling the friend out of a bar fight they initiated c) He 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 odds this happens is 50:1) b) Pulling the friend out of a bar fight they initiated c) Helping friend track down former flame, nearly getting beaned by a shillelagh hurled from a seventh floor apartment because friend was being too loud and imploringly whiny. d) Peeing off a bridge (or rooftop) e) Ending up behind (or in) a dumpster 100 miles away from where you started with no memory on how you got there f) Laughing hysterically and loudly at the most inside of jokes to the detriment of the other patrons. Hahahahahahahahahha! g) Doing the mug shot and finger print thing at the local station house. Why? No idea. h) Checking out a friend who plays in a Pablo Cruise tribute band. i) Arguing with cab driver/bartender/waitress/leather-clad 6’5”, 300 pound biker j) Getting beat up by a cab driver/bartender/waitress/leather-clad 6’5’’, 300 pound biker k) Looking for the all-night bar in the West Village that serves the best burgers and somehow ending up in Greenpoint or the Bronx. You might ask, what the hell is the point of a litany of possible examples of your debauched life, Jeff? Well, in a nutshell, random Goodreader, in terms of quality, this collection is all over the place and mostly forgettable. With the exceptions of a few stories like The End of the Whole Mess, Crouch End, Umney’s Last Case and Suffer the Children, this one’s a wash. Too many of the stories barely generate any interest or seem to be examples of King just whimiscally phoning it in or pandering to his rabid hardcore fan base (“It’s a story about a set murderous chattery teeth.” Random hardcore fan: “Awesome”.) It’s interesting that King’s non-fiction piece, “Head Down”, about a Maine Little League tournament, has more tension and drama than most of the other fictional stories combined. My Pretty Pony needs to be shot behind the barn and taken to the nearest glue factory. This was a buddy read with le Ginger and Stepheny, two ladies who wouldn’t be caught dead watching a Pablo Cruise tribute band. Three stars instead of two, because today is pay day.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Marie

    Classic master of horror Stephen King delivers to us readers on a silver platter creepy short stories that make us not want to go to sleep! No wonder I have been having restless nights while reading this book! Personal favorites are: Dolan's Cadillac, The Night Flier, Chattery Teeth, The Moving Finger, and The House on Maple Street. For readers that want farfetched, strange, creepy, weird, crazy, out of this world stories, then look no further than this book. For Stephen King fans this is a "must Classic master of horror Stephen King delivers to us readers on a silver platter creepy short stories that make us not want to go to sleep! No wonder I have been having restless nights while reading this book! Personal favorites are: Dolan's Cadillac, The Night Flier, Chattery Teeth, The Moving Finger, and The House on Maple Street. For readers that want farfetched, strange, creepy, weird, crazy, out of this world stories, then look no further than this book. For Stephen King fans this is a "must have" book for your collection! Giving it five stars for keeping me "creeped" out!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    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 Stephen King book I could get my hands on. Luckily my sister is a King fan and she gave 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 Stephen King book I could get my hands on. Luckily my sister is a King fan and she gave me her box of King books and I have since bought some of my own including this book. Nightmares & Dreamscapes is a collection of short stories. I find myself more drawn to his short story collections than his books for some reason. As with all short story collections, this book is a mixed bag. I'm in a great mood so I'm going to only focus on the stories I loved. You Know They Got A Hell Of A Band - Is my favorite story in this collection. I like stories about peculiar little towns and this one is so entertaining. It reminded me of Children of the Corn in a great way. Sneakers - This is a controversial pick. I read some reviews of this story and everyone except me seems to hate it. I love a good ghost story. Dolan's Cadillac - I love love this story because its not only a story about revenge but more importantly its a love story. Rainy Season - Another peculiar little town and another story of people not listening to warnings. Sorry, Right Number - I'm told this teleplay was for Tales From The Darkside and I plan on finding it so I can watch it. Nightmares & Dreamscapes is Stephen King at his most playful. I know I'm in the minority but I love playful and funny King. I'm not sure what King I'll read next right now I'm trying to decide between Salem's Lot, It, and Four Past Midnight. Recommended to King's Constant Readers.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ron

    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 of the Ladder (to name only two). Skeleton Crew included The Mist and The Ra 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 of the Ladder (to name only two). Skeleton Crew included The Mist and The Raft. If I were to pick two favorites from this one, they would be Dolan’s Cadillac and Chattery Teeth. Down the road, who knows, it may all be different for me. For now, here’s a take on a few of them: Dolan’s Cadillac - This is a study in patience and revenge. How many people could wait years to exact revenge? Never forgetting, keeping the hate inside. Plan the right time, the best place. Get the sumbitch who killed my wife. Turns out this was my second time reading about Robinson. It came back as a whole, so no surprise ending. Still pretty good. (Funny aside: When King first finished writing this story, he loathed it! See more about that in the notes section at the end of his book.) The End of the Whole Mess - Bobby is a genius with a heart of gold. What struck me is how adeptly King sees the world twenty years into the future, eerily similar to today’s, and the end of this one hits home. (Another nice fact: Bobby is actually very much based on Stephen’s real-life brother, Dave.) Chattery Teeth - Surprising is the word here. I knew what was going to happen, but I didn’t know what was going to happen. I bet King had some fun writing about these teeth. It shows in the flow with a little bit of humor mixed with gore and straight up good story telling – “Chomp!” The Moving Finger - Where does King come up with this stuff?! (King says later that “his favorite sort of short story has always been the kind where things happen just because they happen.” The perfect example is displayed right here.) You Know They Got a Hell of a Band - I mention this one, not because it’s that good, but because it just may be King’s own personal dream-nightmare in written form. He loves Rock-n-Roll, so to see so many legends together in a place that “should be” wondrous because of it just makes me think he would love and hate this town simultaneously. Sorry, Right Number - A short, written in the form of a screenplay, that’s kind of fun. The unusual format was at first annoying, and then quite likeable as I adjusted to it (quickly, I might add). What I thought would be spooky turns into a decent drama-thinker. Crouch End - Near the beginning the words “dimensions” and “Lovecraft” pop out of the text. It is eerie, although not particularly scary. Later on a sign reads “Cthulhu Kyron”. King has used that first term in other works. Homage to Lovecraft. Wouldn’t be the first. The Doctor’s Case - Turn from Lovecraft to Arthur Conan Doyle. Many writers love Sherlock Holmes, so why not write a case of their own, and pay respects to Doyle. King comes up with a pretty good tale here that puts Watson in the forefront, not that he can overshadow Holmes in the end. PS. Don’t skip the afterward notes. A plus for fans who likes to know how King’s stories come to fruition.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Pantelis Andreou

    Well this turned out to be a neat collection for the most part. Far from the best collection but there are a few gems here and.. some stinkers.. detailed review for each story follows: 1. Dolan’s Cadillac: 2,5 stars - i was so excited for this one but it was just a revenge story and a pretty boring one too.. it went on and on.. 2. The End of the whole mess: 3 stars - i’m still conflicted with this one.. there were aspects that i loved the ending for example but I don’t know.. I’ll probably read it Well this turned out to be a neat collection for the most part. Far from the best collection but there are a few gems here and.. some stinkers.. detailed review for each story follows: 1. Dolan’s Cadillac: 2,5 stars - i was so excited for this one but it was just a revenge story and a pretty boring one too.. it went on and on.. 2. The End of the whole mess: 3 stars - i’m still conflicted with this one.. there were aspects that i loved the ending for example but I don’t know.. I’ll probably read it again in the future.. 3. Suffer the little children: 5 stars - love love love this.. short and very creepy! 4. The night flier: 2 stars: this made me so angry.. there was so much potential with this one but for me it really felt like a whole bunch of nothing. The creature seems to be frightening though! 5. Popsy: 5 stars - now why the hell wasn’t the night flier like this!? 6. It grows on you: 2 stars - I didn’t really get it.. plus not really memorable either.. all i remember is something about a house that grows something.. 7. Chattery teeth: 4 stars - a little silly but real fun! 8. Dedication: 3,5 stars - that one was disgusting as hell.. not very pleasant.. 9. The moving finger: 5 stars - incredible terrifying story.. I’ll never look down the drain the same way again.. or the toilet.. 10. Sneakers: 5 stars - a ghost story.. a really well written ghost story! I’m up for this! 11. You know they got one hell of a band: 5 stars - probably my favorite in the entire collection! It has to be read even if it’s the only story you’ll read from this collection 12. Home delivery: 5 stars - what can i say I’m a sucker for zombies. 13. Rainy season: 4 stars - terrified of frogs and toads so I’ll give you that.. 14. My pretty pony: 2 stars - yeah didn’t get this one either.. 15. Sorry, right number: 4 stars - twilight zone story here! 16. The ten o’ clock people: 4 stars - thank god i don’t smoke... 17. Crouch end: 4 stars - lovecraft style at its glory 18. The house on Maple street: 3 stars - the same way i felt with it grows on you.. 19. The fifth quarter: 4 stars - I wasn’t expecting to like this one but i did. It felt like a country for old men. 20. The doctor’s case: 3 stars - sherlock holmes.. well its passable.. 21. Umney’s last case: 2,5 stars - another case here.. this went over my head.. 22. Head down: 1 star - actually dnf.. could not care less about baseball.. 23. Brooklyn August: 2 stars - poems poems poems 24. The beggar and the diamond: 3 stars - weird way to end a collection.. Overall rating: 3,5-4/5

  9. 5 out of 5

    J.K. Grice

    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 true-life baseball account, HEAD DOWN in this book. That part of the anthology was 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 true-life baseball account, HEAD DOWN in this book. That part of the anthology wasn't terribly interesting to me, and I didn't even listen to the entire recording. Another odd detail regarding the "live" version of N.A.D., is that until fairly recently it was only available on cassette tapes. Even now, the stories have been divided up and sold with just 4 tales to a CD. Strange?!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Edward Lorn

    I've read Nightmares and Dreamscapes more than 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) while Night Shift and Skeleton Crew were locked up in the Great Book I've read Nightmares and Dreamscapes more than 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) while Night Shift and Skeleton Crew were locked up in the Great Book Closet because they were, to quote my mother, "Too scary for her pumpkin." Hey, stop laughing! Anyfloop, that's the easiest to explain. The harder answer is that I was in a horrible place when this book came out. I needed the escapism. And while this is not my favorite of King's collections (that would be his first, Night Shift) I believe it is the perfect place to start if you plan on giving Stephen King a try. It has on display everything people love and hate about him: his verbosity, his humor, his mastery of mimicry, his eclectic nature, his massive successes, and his most stunning failures. Some of my favorite stories are collected in this book. As are some of the worst stories I've read. Anything King writes about baseball I hate. Loathe is actually a better word. My father was a huge baseball fan, and Dad was one of the main reasons my teens were so awful. This is my first time listening to these stories. In the past, I had always read them. My opinions haven't changed much as far as best and worst, but I have a better appreciation for stories like "The Doctor's Case" and "Sorry, Right Number" due to the exemplary performances by their narrators. Tim Curry does two tales in this collection and both of them are marvelous. (I think that's the first time I've used the word "marvelous" in a review and I regret nothing.) And then you have absolutely horrible narration brought to you by Yeardley Smith (Lisa Simpson's voice on the Simpsons) whose performance is laughable because of who she sounds like by default (the story she narrates is good, but it's brought down a whole star by her goofy-ass voice), and Joe Mantegna, who completely phoned in his performance; his child voices are the worst I've heard. Not some of the worst, but the absolute worst. He sounded like an adult making fun of how a kid sounds. I can only guess he was asked to do this because he played a part in Thinner around the same time this book was published and they were contractually obligated to use his dry delivery, which is completely void of give-a-fuck, because they'd already paid him... or something. Anyway, Mantegna's narration is garbage. Probably in my top five worst performances, up there with everything William Hurt has ever read. Below, you will find a story-by-story review of this Nightmares and Dreamscapes's audiobook series. I tried to keep it to one sentence per but... well, you'll see. If you make it to the bottom, all the way to the Notes section, you'll get some insider info on me. Or, you know, you can skip ahead to that, or not read it at all. Whatever floats your balloon animal. Shall we? Part One of this three-part audiobook series: "Suffer the Little Children", as read by Whoopi Goldberg, gets three stars for rehashing that old Invasion of the Body Snatchers plot horror authors are so fond of. "Crouch End", as read by Tim Curry, is one of the best audiobook performances I've heard, and the story deserves every single star I can give it because it's creepy-good. "Rainy Season", as read by Lisa Simpson... I mean, Yeardley Smith, gets four stars for being weird enough to make me giggle and cringe at the same time. "Dolan's Cadillac", as read by Nick Andros himself, Rob Lowe, doesn't hold up to a second reading, and has become as tedious and as boring as a twice told joke. I'm giving it two stars for this reread. This one really hurts because I loved this story the first time around. Now I can't remember why. Rob Lowe did a great job, though. "The House on Maple Street", as read by Tabitha King, gets four stars for being a neat little tribute to Ray Bradbury while being its own thing too. "Umney's Last Case", as narrated by the one and only Robert P. Parker, is a piece of metafiction that showcases nods to King's heroes and a few mentions of some of his real life friends, but only manages to be three star's worth of entertaining. One star to both "Head Down", as read by Stephen King, and "Brooklyn August", as narrated by Stephen J. Gould, because I give not a single fuck for baseball. I hate all sports in general (Hockey is okay), but I loathe baseball most of all. Part Two of this three-part audiobook series. "Chattery Teeth", as narrated by Annie Wilkes herself, Kathy Bates, gets all five stars and remains one of my favorite stories of all time. "My Pretty Pony", as read by the late Jerry Garcia, gets four stars for explaining the ever quickening passage of time in a touching story about a grandfather and his grandson. "Sneakers", as narrated by David Cronenberg, has four-star's worth of creepitude going on. I forgot how much I liked this story. Cronenberg's narration made it even better than I remember. Wish it had a better ending, though. "Dedication", as read by Lindsay Crouse, is two stars worth of voodoo that doesn't really go anywhere. "The Doctor's Case", as narrated by Tim Curry, see's King tackle Sherlock Holmes in this two-star outing because it seems that all authors must tackle Holmes at some point... or something. Tim Curry makes this story bearable. "The Moving Finger", as narrated by Eve Beglarian, gets three stars for being about a finger in a drain. "The End of the Whole Mess", as narrated by Ferris Bueller, gets five stars for Matthew Broderick's performance. "Home Delivery", as narrated by Uncle Stevie himself, gets five stars for having an axe-wielding pregnant woman. Part Three of this three part audiobook series. "It Grows on You", as narrated by Stephen King, gets a single star for boring me to tears. "The Fifth Quarter", as read by Gary Sinise, is three-star's worth of crime fiction. "You Know They Got A Hell of a Band", as read by Grace Slick, gets five stars for having a concept so cool I don't need air conditioning. "The Night Flier, as read by Frank Muller, gets five big ones for being one of the only vamp stories I can stomach. "Popsy", as read by Joe Mantegna, gets two stars for being ruined by the narrator. "Sorry, Right Number", as read by a full cast, gets as many stars as I can throw at it. I haven't been that unsettled in a long time. The audiobook is the way to go with this story. *makes sure phone's turned off* "The 10 O’Clock People", as read by Joe Morton, gets four stars because I used to be chained to the same habit. Notes, as read by Stephen King, is probably my favorite part about this book. Open you copy of Nightmares & Dreamscapes and read the notes in the back (if you've read all the stories, of course) and you'll see why I decided to start publishing my fiction. I'd been writing since I was six, but this notes section made me believe I could make it somewhere with my imagination. King thinks some of his work is shit? You don't say! Nightmares & Dreamscapes made me want to show the world my creativity, and On Writing taught me how. If you don't like my stuff, blame King for inspiring me. "The Beggar and the Diamond", as read by Domenic Cuskern, is a lovely story King's long time friend, Surendra Patel told him once upon a when. Hardcore King followers might remember a character named Surendra Patel in Pet Sematary. Not sure when Patel passed, but Under the Dome is dedicated to him. Long day and pleasant nights. In summation: I love and hate this book. For all the reasons stated above, I can only give it three stars, but it will forever be the book that got me through a tough time. It didn't necessarily save my life, but it took my mind off life long enough for me to cope with some rather heavy shit. Final Judgment: The sampler platter at your favorite bar.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Daviau

    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 baseball, that’s just not my bag!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Melynda Yesenia

    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, scrapey nail coming out of the sink (in my mind over the years i rep 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, scrapey nail coming out of the sink (in my mind over the years i replaced the sink with a toilet--which is MUCH WORSE), we just know it's there and it's coming to get us. what?!? i approach bathrooms warily now, especially when i'm home alone and it's spooky outside. there should be a separate set of ratings for stephen king and horror in general. One Star = i didn't like it Two Stars = meh Three Stars = had to pull my feet onto the bed so that monsters couldn't get me. good, but not his best work Four Stars = i hate to admit it but i had to put the book in the microwave so i could get some sleep. moderate emotional scarring Five Stars = it's amazing that i didn't have a dissociative episode after the fifth chapter. also, i peed a little and had to call my mom in the middle of the night. some people just read king and get on with life. some people still don't step on cracks because Something Bad Will Happen and those people know that king is telling stories that are just shy of really coming true.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jaro

    Introduction - 5 stars Dolan's Cadillac - 3 stars The End of the Whole Mess - 5 stars Suffer the Little Children - 4 stars The Night Flier - 4 stars Popsy - 3 stars It Grows On You - 3 stars? Chattery Teeth - 3 stars Dedication - 3 stars The Moving Finger - 3 stars Sneakers - 2 stars You Know They Go a Hell of a Band - 4 stars Home Delivery - 3 stars Rainy Season - 4 stars My Pretty Pony - 4 stars Sorry, Right Number - 4 stars The Ten O'Clock People - 3 stars Crouch End - 4 stars? The House on Maple Street - 3 st Introduction - 5 stars Dolan's Cadillac - 3 stars The End of the Whole Mess - 5 stars Suffer the Little Children - 4 stars The Night Flier - 4 stars Popsy - 3 stars It Grows On You - 3 stars? Chattery Teeth - 3 stars Dedication - 3 stars The Moving Finger - 3 stars Sneakers - 2 stars You Know They Go a Hell of a Band - 4 stars Home Delivery - 3 stars Rainy Season - 4 stars My Pretty Pony - 4 stars Sorry, Right Number - 4 stars The Ten O'Clock People - 3 stars Crouch End - 4 stars? The House on Maple Street - 3 stars The Fifth Quarter - 2 stars The Doctor's Case - 2 stars Umney's Last Case - 2 stars Head Down (Fuck This, No Stars)

  14. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie (That's What She Read)

    I would rate it overall around 3.5 stars. My favorite stories were Chattery Teeth, Moving Finger, You Know They Got a Hell of a Band. Some of the stories had really great narrators that I thought added a lot to the stories. Sorry, Right Number was fantastic with a full ensemble cast recording. I also love the introductions and notes read by Stephen King. I especially loved that he went into what inspired his stories.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Trudi

    Stephen King is my comfort read when I'm feeling stressed or just need to relax. I love this collection and am looking forward to delving into it once more.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Abbie | ab_reads

    3.5 Another King short story collection read and Night Shift still remains number one as far as I’m concerned! . Nightmares and Dreamscapes started off SUPER strong but then I found that my ratings were petering down to 3s and 2s and even a couple of 1s, whereas I only gave 5 stars to one story in the whole collection, Suffer the Little Children. But other highlights were Dolan’s Cadillac, The Night Flier, The Ten O’Clock People, The Moving Finger, Chattery Teeth, and Crouch End. . Horror lends itsel 3.5 Another King short story collection read and Night Shift still remains number one as far as I’m concerned! . Nightmares and Dreamscapes started off SUPER strong but then I found that my ratings were petering down to 3s and 2s and even a couple of 1s, whereas I only gave 5 stars to one story in the whole collection, Suffer the Little Children. But other highlights were Dolan’s Cadillac, The Night Flier, The Ten O’Clock People, The Moving Finger, Chattery Teeth, and Crouch End. . Horror lends itself so well to short stories, and King says this himself, because nothing needs to be explained in a short story. It simply is. There simply is a moving finger in your drain. There simply is a vampire with a pilot license. And I love that! . But a lot of the stories started to feel tedious. The Doctor’s Last Case, It Grows on You, even Umney’s, they just felt like a bit of a slog, and the 11 stories I’ve not mentioned were good but forgettable. One that is NOT forgettable is Dedication, but honestly it was so gross I don’t ever want to think about it again, thanks King.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Brandon

    In 1993, Stephen King released Nightmares & Dreamscapes, his third short story collection (fifth if you count his two novella collections “Different Seasons” and “Four Past Midnight”). In all honesty, as a collection, I thought this was pretty bad. When you look at the quality of Night Shift and Skeleton Crew, it’s hard to believe at times that this is even the same author. It feels like King went rooting through his trash to pick out a few stories he may have initially tossed rather than publish In 1993, Stephen King released Nightmares & Dreamscapes, his third short story collection (fifth if you count his two novella collections “Different Seasons” and “Four Past Midnight”). In all honesty, as a collection, I thought this was pretty bad. When you look at the quality of Night Shift and Skeleton Crew, it’s hard to believe at times that this is even the same author. It feels like King went rooting through his trash to pick out a few stories he may have initially tossed rather than publish. Some of these aren’t even stories – there’s a teleplay, some poems and a non-fiction piece that seemed to be used to pad out the content. “Dedication”, “The Beggar and the Diamond” and “It Grows on You” were real slogs to get through. Most of the time, I was just bored. I didn’t care too much for his attempt at a story set within the world of Sherlock Holmes, nor did I like his distracting turn with British dialogue in “Crouch End”. Even with all the gore in here, the one thing that grossed me out the most was the father’s lunchtime snack in “The House on Maple Street” – what kind of psychopath eats a ketchup sandwich? That said, they’re not all bad. I did like “The Moving Finger” – a story about a sentient finger slowly growing out of the drain of the bathroom sink. I also liked “Umney’s Last Case”, which I think was the best of the bunch. “The Fifth Quarter” was fun as a short and sweet pulpy gangster story and “Rainy Season” was a good bit of horror that might have snuck its way into Night Shift. When there are twenty-four stories and there are only four that I liked, it doesn’t make for a particularly strong collection. I think this one is easily skippable. Now, where is my copy of Night Shift?

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sud666

    Nightmares and Dreamscapes is the third anthology of Stephen Kings. It follows Night Shift and Skeleton Crew. As with any collection the sum is made up of the stories inside. As a whole this is a worthy addition to any SK fan's library. So the entire thing gets a 4/5. I thought it was pretty damn good. Now the individual stories: Dolan's Cadillac- A great tale of revenge on a mobster by a grieving teacher. 5/5 The End of the Whole Mess- A brilliant boy with a brilliant mind decides to get rid of w Nightmares and Dreamscapes is the third anthology of Stephen Kings. It follows Night Shift and Skeleton Crew. As with any collection the sum is made up of the stories inside. As a whole this is a worthy addition to any SK fan's library. So the entire thing gets a 4/5. I thought it was pretty damn good. Now the individual stories: Dolan's Cadillac- A great tale of revenge on a mobster by a grieving teacher. 5/5 The End of the Whole Mess- A brilliant boy with a brilliant mind decides to get rid of war. Oops. 4/5 The Night Flier- A superb Vampire tale. One of my favorite short horror story. 5/5 Popsy- A kidnapper gets more than he bargained for. Great story. 5/5 It Grows On You- A creepy haunted house tale. 3/5 Chattery Teeth- Funky retro-toy horror story. 4/5 Dedication-A strange, strange story about a mother's love and good genes. 4/5 The Moving Finger- A finger drives a man crazy. 4/5 Sneakers- what IS in that bathroom stall? A ghost story. 3/5 You Know They Got a Hell of a Band- a quaint small town that just a little to good to be true. 4/5 Home Delivery-a cool zombie tale. 5/5 Rainy Season- A great amphibian tale. Listen to the locals. 5/5 My Pretty Pony-a strange tale of a grandfather bonding with his grandson. 4/5 Sorry, Right Number- A strange conversation leads to truth in the future. 3/5 The Ten O'Clock People- A nice twist on my favorite topic-vampires. 5/5 Crouch End-A Lovecraftian tale. 4/5 The House on Maple Street- An annoying stepfather finds out the nature of a house the hard way. 3/5 The Fifth Quarter-A story about a map. 4/5 The Doctor's Case-A great Sherlock Holmes story..but it's really about watson. Superb! 5/5 Umney's Last Case- a whole knew way to look at fictional worlds. 4/5 Head Down- a random, just thrown in for shits and giggles article about baseball. Yeah baseball. Not bad. Just really out of place. To me. But I'll be fair its a good short story. 3/5 There you go. So if you are a SK fan, you should add this to your collection. It certainly makes me want to read the other two anthologies. Hopefully you will want to do the same.

  19. 4 out of 5

    CMT325

    This is one King book that I will have to replace when it finally collapses in tatters from overuse. The thing I love about this book is that in most of the short stories, there is no reason for the events to occur- they just DO. And what a frightening concept that is. There is no reason that a man looks down his sink to see a finger sticking out, a finger that continues to grow in size and soon attacks him. There is no reason for dead rock and roll legends to congregate in a town in the middle o This is one King book that I will have to replace when it finally collapses in tatters from overuse. The thing I love about this book is that in most of the short stories, there is no reason for the events to occur- they just DO. And what a frightening concept that is. There is no reason that a man looks down his sink to see a finger sticking out, a finger that continues to grow in size and soon attacks him. There is no reason for dead rock and roll legends to congregate in a town in the middle of nowhere, trap living victims, and force them to listen to concerts that sometimes go for "a year or more"- but only last one night. It doesn't make logical sense that it would rain toads once every seven years-but it happens. Far fetched -yes - but so many things we accept as ordinary may seem a little odd when we really think about it. The stories are all very different from each other, and mature readers are sure to find some they love, and some they could skip right over (I personally always skip the one abot the pretty ponies). Either way, it's an exciting read ... esepcially around Halloween!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Baba

    No less than 2 weeks after I wrote how Night Shift was his best short story compilation, I stand corrected, as there are some truly marvellous shorts in this one. Around 24 stories including classics, The Night Flier, Dolan's Cadillac, Popsy, Chattery Teeth, The Moving Finger, The Ten O'clock People, Umney's Last Case and the beautiful Head Down. 9 out of 12! This great collection deservedly resulted in over 10 film or short film adaptations and even a TV show! No less than 2 weeks after I wrote how Night Shift was his best short story compilation, I stand corrected, as there are some truly marvellous shorts in this one. Around 24 stories including classics, The Night Flier, Dolan's Cadillac, Popsy, Chattery Teeth, The Moving Finger, The Ten O'clock People, Umney's Last Case and the beautiful Head Down. 9 out of 12! This great collection deservedly resulted in over 10 film or short film adaptations and even a TV show!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Adam Light

    I may be wrong, but I think this collection is criminally underrated. There are so many excellent stories. The only reason it doesn't get five stars from me is because of Head Down, which I could not bear to read this time. I recall being disappointed that it was the last thing in the book the first time around, and having to struggle through it. Maybe I should give it another go but, for now, there are too many other books and stories to read. My favorites in this collection are (in no particul I may be wrong, but I think this collection is criminally underrated. There are so many excellent stories. The only reason it doesn't get five stars from me is because of Head Down, which I could not bear to read this time. I recall being disappointed that it was the last thing in the book the first time around, and having to struggle through it. Maybe I should give it another go but, for now, there are too many other books and stories to read. My favorites in this collection are (in no particular order) Chattery Teeth, The Moving Finger, Crouch End, The Night Flier, Popsy, and Umney's Last Case. Umney's Last Case is probably one of my all time favorite King stories. All around good stuff in here. I didn't dislike any of the stories, and surely there is something for everyone.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Althea Ann

    Previously read in both 'Nightmares & Dreamscapes' and the 'Wastelands' anthology. Still worth the third read! Told as a dying man's last confession and testament; the reader learns what did the world in: an unprecedented discovery, and a well-meaning attempt to save humanity from our own worst natures. As it has been said, 'fools rush in where angels fear to tread,' and, blinded by hubris, a genius researcher failed to correlate the damning data before it was too late... Previously read in both 'Nightmares & Dreamscapes' and the 'Wastelands' anthology. Still worth the third read! Told as a dying man's last confession and testament; the reader learns what did the world in: an unprecedented discovery, and a well-meaning attempt to save humanity from our own worst natures. As it has been said, 'fools rush in where angels fear to tread,' and, blinded by hubris, a genius researcher failed to correlate the damning data before it was too late...

  23. 4 out of 5

    William Johnson

    The title is a tad bit misleading as there are very few nightmares and hardly any dreamscapes. I bought the book thinking that, perhaps, the stories would be aimed at more psychological/dream-like horrors, but instead you get a very random collection of short stories that make the title simply something to grab the eye. King has his fair share of horror in here but there is also some metaphysical stuff, a straight up caper-esque story, a Sherlock Holmes mystery, and, to make nightmares and dreams The title is a tad bit misleading as there are very few nightmares and hardly any dreamscapes. I bought the book thinking that, perhaps, the stories would be aimed at more psychological/dream-like horrors, but instead you get a very random collection of short stories that make the title simply something to grab the eye. King has his fair share of horror in here but there is also some metaphysical stuff, a straight up caper-esque story, a Sherlock Holmes mystery, and, to make nightmares and dreamscapes even more of a strange title, a 50+ page non-fiction piece on Little League baseball. Overall, a fun collection of stories, just wildly different and all over the place. Here is a run down: "Dolan's Cadillac" **** out of **** A man wants to get revenge on the man who killed his wife and the key is the man's beautiful Cadillac and a hole in the earth "The End of the Whole Mess" **1/2 A man's brother, with good intentions, may have doomed the planet "Suffer the Little Children" **1/2 A story of a teacher encountering true evil in her junior high classroom. "The Night Flier" *** A tabloid trash reporter starts tailing, by plane, a serial killer who may just be beyond human. "Popsy" *** A man in heavy debt abducts children for a crime boss. . .only he might have abducted the child of a wild creature this go around. "It Grows On You" *1/2 I remember nothing of this story. King says its a sequel to Needful Things "Chattery Teeth" ***1/2 A very Clive Barkian tale of a harmless toy turned human annihilator "Dedication" **1/2 This one was hard to stomach though interesting. A nurse maid thinks an author is the true father, in spirit, to her son. "The Moving Finger" ***1/2 Another Clive Barker-esque story about a finger, and just a finger, living, and growing, in a man's sink. "Sneakers" **** A man becomes addicted to entering a bathroom that may be haunted by a man in sneakers. "You Know They Got a Hell of a Band" *** Interesting, moderately scary story about a couple who enter Rock and Roll Heaven "Home Delivery" ** A standard zombie tale "Rainy Season" **1/2 Goofy but fun yarn about killer frogs from the sky "My Pretty Pony" 1/2 The momentum killing dread of the book. Absolutely bone chillingly boring and sophomoric in it's description of time and age. "Sorry, Right Number" **** My favorite of the book, told in teleplay format. It concerns a woman who hears a terrifying phone call that she is convinced is someone she knows, but can't determine who. "The Ten O'Clock People" **1/2 Good execution of a bad and goofy premise. A group of smokers know they are what stands between the destruction of man by the hands of 'batmen'. "Crouch End" *** A solid horror story of an American couple getting lost in an English suburb that happens to be currently in another dimension. "The House on Maple Street" **** Another highlight concerning a group of kids who find that their house seems to be growing a meal layer underneath the floors, walls, and ceiling. "The Fifth Quarter" 1/2 A waste of time about criminals looking for a map "The Doctor's Case" ** A solid concept in which Dr. Watson solves a crime instead of Sherlock Holmes "Umney's Last Case" *** A fabulous story with a terrible beginning in which a 1930s detective thinks he may be visited by God. "Head Down" *** A rather straight-forward, but still effective, piece on Maine Little League baseball. Non-fiction. "Brooklyn August" ** A poem by King about baseball "The Beggar and the Diamond" **1/2 A very short story on faith and love in God. These are all followed by a Notes section that explains how King came about writing the stories you just read. That is one of the best part of the books as you get to see what goes through King's mind during his writing. He'll also admit what works and what doesn't work and isn't afraid to confront his critics. The book also opens with an introduction by King.

  24. 4 out of 5

    David (דוד)

    Avg. Rating 3.76 A pretty good book, with a mix of different kinds of stories. Most of the stories were enjoyable. None of them were unlikable, but a couple of 'em were just okay or slow. ***** 4 stories **** 10 tales *** 5 stories ** 2 tales Some brilliant ideas in here; a few with flaws here and there, yet interesting enough. Recommended indeed.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    This is a great collection of stories. I read it when it first came out, but I didn't remember much other than really liking it overall, so I re-read it this year. And I still loved it. That's not unexpected, but well, sometimes the shining childhood memories are brighter than the fact. Luckily that wasn't the case here. I loved the Twilight Zone feel of a lot of these stories. They seem recognizable on the exterior, but then scratch the surface and things aren't... quite... right. As much as I This is a great collection of stories. I read it when it first came out, but I didn't remember much other than really liking it overall, so I re-read it this year. And I still loved it. That's not unexpected, but well, sometimes the shining childhood memories are brighter than the fact. Luckily that wasn't the case here. I loved the Twilight Zone feel of a lot of these stories. They seem recognizable on the exterior, but then scratch the surface and things aren't... quite... right. As much as I want to, I'm not going to review each story in this book. There are a lot of them, and I could say a goodish amount about each of them. But here's my list of the stories, in preference order. Umney's Last Case Crouch End The End of the Whole Mess Suffer the Little Children Rainy Season Dedication Dolan's Cadillac The Ten O'Clock People Home Delivery My Pretty Pony The House on Maple Street Popsy The Moving Finger Chattery Teeth The Beggar and The Diamond You Know They Got a Hell of a Band The Night Flier The Doctor's Case It Grows On You Sorry, Right Number Sneakers The Fifth Quarter Head Down Brooklyn August

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rakhi

    This was my first try of reading short stories. since it was of Stephen king I couldn't wait. well,this book is sort of amazements. Imagining stories to scare people I think is a very difficult task. You have to create new things out of thin air and make it look dangerous. I am a sort of novel person so I will give this book 4 star.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jaya

    Extremely short story, finished it in fifteen minutes, re-read it immediately :) Reminded me a bit of Gaiman's Feeders & Eaters 4-solid-packs-punch-like-an-ouzo-shot-stars Extremely short story, finished it in fifteen minutes, re-read it immediately :) Reminded me a bit of Gaiman's Feeders & Eaters 4-solid-packs-punch-like-an-ouzo-shot-stars

  28. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

    Freaky....but what would one expect.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Deyth Banger

    Short but powerful, taking breath. Reverse like in the film Christmas Horror Story 2015, one moment a good person... then comes evil spirit and look you kill inocent people or victims which are killed and you continue to stab them... what more awesome than this? Another well made story, everyone could enjoy it! Merged review: Always the works by Stephen King suprise me even now how it was made the two stories by Stephen King and Clive Barker was incrediable the stories were "Chattery Teeth" + "The Short but powerful, taking breath. Reverse like in the film Christmas Horror Story 2015, one moment a good person... then comes evil spirit and look you kill inocent people or victims which are killed and you continue to stab them... what more awesome than this? Another well made story, everyone could enjoy it! Merged review: Always the works by Stephen King suprise me even now how it was made the two stories by Stephen King and Clive Barker was incrediable the stories were "Chattery Teeth" + "The Body Politic (From The Inhuman Condition)". Very powerful it went, I just went lost in the story. What happen in the story was the powerful of incredible reverse!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Charlie Collins

    This was a great selection for my Halloween short story spree. I wouldn't consider it among the best of King's work, but it was still top notch. Every time I read one of his books I tell myself I really need to read all his books. My favorites in this collection are: Dolans Cadillac, Crouch End and The Night Flyer. It's not perfect but better than a 4, so I'll give it a 4.5.

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