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  1. 5 out of 5

    Jack Tripper

    This anthology is a bit of a mixed bag, but there are a couple real gems here that make it worth picking up for Elm St. fans, as long as you don't pay any of the ridiculous prices online. Seven authors contribute stories, and all are novelettes or novellas save one (Sallee's). While there was just one clunker here, only two* really stuck with me. The first, Brian Hodge's "Asleep at the Wheel," is an utterly gruesome road trip tale where a goth band obsessed with the Krueger murders (they're calle This anthology is a bit of a mixed bag, but there are a couple real gems here that make it worth picking up for Elm St. fans, as long as you don't pay any of the ridiculous prices online. Seven authors contribute stories, and all are novelettes or novellas save one (Sallee's). While there was just one clunker here, only two* really stuck with me. The first, Brian Hodge's "Asleep at the Wheel," is an utterly gruesome road trip tale where a goth band obsessed with the Krueger murders (they're called The Nancy Thompson Gravewatch) are brutally terrorized in their dreams by Freddy while making the move to Athens, Georgia (due to the burgeoning music scene there. I don't know about you, but when I think goth, I think The B-52's and Vic Chesnutt). Lots of ultra-gory scenes in this one, and Jim Morrison makes an appearance! Maybe. I’m not telling. Very disturbing story, but still fun. Think early Barker at his most depraved. I'm not a big gore hound, but I can certainly appreciate it when done well. Even better, imo, is "Dead Highway, Lost Roads" by Fangoria editor Philip Nutman. It’s 66 pages broken up into 31 short chapters. It features Alice Johnson from Elm St. Parts 4 & 5 and her son Jacob, "The Dream Child," and they’re trapped in a nightmare hellscape with some escaped serial killer. This guy's murdered 257 people over the years, which is almost as unbelievable as any supernatural shenanigans. That number’s so ridiculous even notorious child murderer Gilles de Rais would probably say, “Hey, guy, stop being an asshole.” But the impressive kill count must have been a blow to Freddy's self-esteem because he ends up appearing in the dream as well to show who's boss. This was a blast straight through, and by far the most imaginative story here. William Relling Jr's "Le Morte de Freddy" is worth mentioning if only because it's reminiscent of The Dream Warriors (my favorite film in the franchise), and also takes place in a mental institute where teens are being experimented on in order to cure them of their nightmares. Nothing too special, but worth reading. Same goes for Bentley Little's "Miles to Go Before I Sleep," about a school janitor who, after finding Freddy's glove by happenstance, slowly starts to change, unwittingly entering students' dreams and doing not nice things to them. I need to revisit this one, as I seem to appreciate it more now than I did while reading. Maybe I didn't give it a fair shake, since my expectations were low, having not been impressed with the little Little I've sampled in the past. The other stories are serviceable other than Tom Elliott’s. Something about his style, both here and in his 1989 novel The Dwelling, just doesn't jive with me. YMMV. It's about a pen, and it has a naked lady on it. An ink pen, not an enclosure for animals. That's about all I remember, even though it's only been a few weeks since I read it. Oh yeah the pen is evil/possessed or something, and--just never mind it doesn’t matter. Overall, I'd say this is essential for Elm St. fanatics only. Probably worth checking out for fans of Hodge and Nutman too. And I guess Little and Nancy Collins as well (since they're likely the biggest draws here), though Collins' tale was disappointing, as Freddy's dialogue (and there's a LOT of it) came off as inauthentic. He was like a different character altogether. But it was well-written, and I've dug a few of her other stories in the past, so I’ll still be checking out more of her stuff. 3.5 Stars. *Maybe three stories if I count the Bentley Little.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Carly Nicholas

    I really enjoyed reading this book but I didn't really care for at least two of the stories in the book, because it didn't really involve Freddy Krueger. The indroduction at the beginning of the book is helpful, if you have been living under a rock and somehow don't know who Freddy Krueger is. Asleep at the wheel (5 stars) This story was well written, it was easy to relate to and I like the band that is in the story and they type of music they write. Since I haven't read any Freddy Krueger noveliz I really enjoyed reading this book but I didn't really care for at least two of the stories in the book, because it didn't really involve Freddy Krueger. The indroduction at the beginning of the book is helpful, if you have been living under a rock and somehow don't know who Freddy Krueger is. Asleep at the wheel (5 stars) This story was well written, it was easy to relate to and I like the band that is in the story and they type of music they write. Since I haven't read any Freddy Krueger novelizations before I was suprised and impressed by how gory and disturbing the way the characters die in their dreams. I am really glad that I read this story I really liked it and the characters as wel, although I think there should be a trigger warnings, because some of the characters are cut on their writs orwrapped in barbed wire and bleeding wrom their wrists. The way Luna and Rowan are killed are especially graphic and very violent. The way Luna is killed is excessively violent are really fucked up. I would only reccomend this book to fans of horror films and fans of Freddy Krueger because it is quite gory. I liked the desciption of Jim Morrison in this book, before he killed Pamela because he tricked her. The way the themain characters are killed is unique, interesting and fucked up. I wish this was made into a short film, it would be interesting to watch. Briefcase full of blues (3 stars) I personally didn't like the plot of this story it was confusing, and didn't really relate much to Freddy Krueger, I don't even know what the gender of the character would be due to the way they were brought up, technically they are one specfic gender but brought up as the opposite gender. I don't want to spoil the story for people who have not read this book yet but, I didn't enjoy reading it. Miles to go before I sleep (5 stars) This story is about a married man that has a daughter that is a janitor at a school. Tha man doesn't like his job or his life, by chance he finds Freddy's knived glove and he is already wearing a red and green striped sweater, he kills some of the students at the school in their dreams, they are afraid of the janitor whenever they see him, but he doesn't understand exactly why that is. Eventually he kills his wife with Freddy's knived finger glove. Le morte de Freddy (3 stars) A doctor is trying to help the Elm street teenagers that are all dreaming about Freddy Krueger by using experimental sleep methods to cure them of their nightmares but it is dangerous and no one has atempted to do the same before him. Dead highway, lost roads (5 stars) This story is about a serial killer that was abused by his mother at a young age, until eventually he kills her to get revenge/justice for the way he was mistreated by his mother. The serial killer has learned to lucid dream (the ability to control your dreams or control the environment in your dreams) he enters the "dead highway" and this is eventually how he escapes from confinement when he is being transferred to another facility because he is awaiting his execution for murdering 257 people over a fifteen year period. Close my eyes and I'll kiss you (4 stars) This story is about convicted murders on death row, that have a close relationship, i'm not sure if either man likes the other since they just hint at that being part of the story. One of the murderers feels remorse for killing a women and starts having nightmares. He does whatever he can to avoid falling asleep. Not just a job (4 stars) A teenaged boy needs to find a job, by chance a vacancy mysteriously appears in the newspaper, eventually he startshaving nightmares and sees Freddy who wants to recruit him. He finds out that his dad isn't who he thought he was, he turns out to be a serial killer. Overall I enjoyed reading this book, but I would have liked it more if all the stories were actual gory, disturbing stories. I appreciate that not all the stories are the same thing regurgitated over and overt, the origins of Freddy Krueger as a child killer went into creepy/ distrubing detail into how, when or possibly why he kidnapped young children and killed them. I can 't remember which story it was in, ut it goes into creepy detail about how Freddy Krueger lured female children with barbie dolls and male children with tonga trucks which made me feel sick, but the crimes he committed were never proved due to lack of evidence so he got away with murder. This enraged the parents of the victims, so they decided to get revenge by beating him up and setting him on fire without and escape, to ensure he burned to death, only for him to return andtake revenge on their children!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Gonzalo Urrutia

    I had very low expectations for this book. Yet from the first story, I found myself diving into Freddy's world in a new way that felt oddly familiar, the soundtrack kept playing in my head as I read about old and new characters exploring the dream world and its dark tormentor. I had very low expectations for this book. Yet from the first story, I found myself diving into Freddy's world in a new way that felt oddly familiar, the soundtrack kept playing in my head as I read about old and new characters exploring the dream world and its dark tormentor.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mark R.

    ***1/2 The stories in editor Martin H. Greenberg's collection are probably better than what you'd expect from something called "Freddy Krueger's Seven Sweetest Dreams." To be fair, this sort of book appeals to a very specific fan, one who enjoys slasher movies, reading, and possibly reading slasher stories. It's hard to imagine a casual horror fan or reader picking up a book based on the "Nightmare On Elm St." series. And so, this book was written specifically with fans in mind, which is great. Th ***1/2 The stories in editor Martin H. Greenberg's collection are probably better than what you'd expect from something called "Freddy Krueger's Seven Sweetest Dreams." To be fair, this sort of book appeals to a very specific fan, one who enjoys slasher movies, reading, and possibly reading slasher stories. It's hard to imagine a casual horror fan or reader picking up a book based on the "Nightmare On Elm St." series. And so, this book was written specifically with fans in mind, which is great. This collection gives us seven stories, the first of which, Brian Hodge's "Asleep at the Wheel," is about a goth-rock band departing their shared home for the alterna rock scene in Athens, GA. Said home is the old residence of Nancy Thompson, nemesis of Freddy Krueger, and the band unfortunately takes some bad magic from the house with them on their ill-fated trip. Second is Tom Elliott's very bizarre "Briefcase Full of Blues," which has a twelve-year-old kid being gifted a pen which rotates, and when you look down one end, you see a woman slowly taking off her clothes. The pen came from his friend's father's business, and there's something evil going on with these pens, thousands of which are about to be sent out for sale. Freddy appears in this story, but is back-up to the real villain, the kid's father. Some interesting trans-gender themes in this story. Bentley Little, the most known author in this collection, gives us the third story, "Miles To Go Before I Sleep," in which the janitor of a high school slowly becomes possessed by Freddy, taking out kids in their dreams. The best in the book are stories #4 and #5. The first of these, "Le Morte de Freddy," by William Relling Jr., directly references the events of the third film in the series, "Dream Warriors," and involves a crazy plan to circumvent Freddy's crimes via time travel. It's better than it sounds. After that is "Dead Highway, Lost Roads," written by "Fangoria" writer Philip Nutman. Split into 31 short chapters, each named after a rock or metal song, this 65-page story carries on the adventures of Alice, heroine from the fourth and fifth "Elm St." films. Her car is involved in a multi-vehicle accident. One of the other vehicles is a prison transport van, containing a serial killer responsible for 257 deaths. He, Alice, Alice's son Jacob (the "Dream Child"), and Freddy wind up in one big nightmare landscape. This is the most exciting stories in the book, and would have made a good follow-up to the fifth movie. Freddy is at his scary best, while also cracking the kind of jokes viewers expected by the time Alice showed up in the series. Following that one is the shortest of the bunch, Wayne Allen Sallee's "Close My Eyes and I'll Kiss You," about an inmate on death row being stalked by Freddy in his dreams. And the final story, "Not Just a Job," by Nancy A. Collins, finds Freddy at his most talkative, interviewing a kid in his early twenties, whose father Freddy influenced on a killing spree years before. Some of these stories are better than others, though none are bad. This book goes for about twenty bucks, used, on Amazon these days, and is worthwhile for anyone who felt that nine movies just didn't give them enough Freddy Krueger.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jevron McCrory

    It's a compliation. So some stories are good and some are bad, some authors know who Freddy is and some barely researched enough to write a few pages' tale. The book is worth buying for Fred Heads based purely on the stories by those who got it right. 'Asleep At The Wheel' is a particular stand out. It's a compliation. So some stories are good and some are bad, some authors know who Freddy is and some barely researched enough to write a few pages' tale. The book is worth buying for Fred Heads based purely on the stories by those who got it right. 'Asleep At The Wheel' is a particular stand out.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Beau Johnston

    I bought this book back when Freddy ruled the big screen (and the small screen, if you include the short-lived TV series). The stories are a good for a creepy read; just before bedtime.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jacob Thomas

    1."Asleep At The Wheel" by Brian Hodge ***** 2."Briefcase Full Of Blues" by Tom Elliot ** 3."Miles to Go Before I Sleep" by Bentley Little ***** 4."Le Morte De Freddy" by William Relling Jr. **** 5."Dead Highway, Lost Roads" by Philip Nutman **** 6."Close My Eyes and I'll Kiss You" by Wayne Allen Sallee ** 7."Not Just a Job" by Nancy Collins *** Okay I'm going to explain my ratings. I rated the whole book a five star because I LOVED this book. There will be times when you feel like your watching the go 1."Asleep At The Wheel" by Brian Hodge ***** 2."Briefcase Full Of Blues" by Tom Elliot ** 3."Miles to Go Before I Sleep" by Bentley Little ***** 4."Le Morte De Freddy" by William Relling Jr. **** 5."Dead Highway, Lost Roads" by Philip Nutman **** 6."Close My Eyes and I'll Kiss You" by Wayne Allen Sallee ** 7."Not Just a Job" by Nancy Collins *** Okay I'm going to explain my ratings. I rated the whole book a five star because I LOVED this book. There will be times when you feel like your watching the good ol' Nightmare movies then there will be times when you feel like your watching a decent Freddys nightmares tv show episode then you will have times when you feel like your watching one of those WTF Freddys nightmares episodes. I will say Freddy is in all of the tales.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ethan Parkin

    It’s reoccurring themes of manipulation and women hating feel misplaced and grow tiresome incredibly quick but when this book doesn’t focus on new serial killers with uncomfortable issues and starts having fun with its own Nightmare on Elm Street premises it can be incredible. Some stories would even still feel complete without the Freddy Krueger aspects like Briefcase Full Of Blues but that was a really interesting premise. Asleep At The Wheel and Le Morte de Freddy were good and felt like epis It’s reoccurring themes of manipulation and women hating feel misplaced and grow tiresome incredibly quick but when this book doesn’t focus on new serial killers with uncomfortable issues and starts having fun with its own Nightmare on Elm Street premises it can be incredible. Some stories would even still feel complete without the Freddy Krueger aspects like Briefcase Full Of Blues but that was a really interesting premise. Asleep At The Wheel and Le Morte de Freddy were good and felt like episodes in the Elm Street catalogue and even Dead Highway, Lost Roads had it’s Clive Barker-ian moments but the other 3 stories were either pretty unpleasant and horrible or went nowhere.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Brian

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Pure shit, but some are entertaining enough. I don't think half of the writers were familiar with Freddy. The second story is completely incoherent. Freddy is this kids dad and he never died and made his mom be a hooker and pretended the kid was a girl and made magic pens? I'm not sure. Fuck this book. Pure shit, but some are entertaining enough. I don't think half of the writers were familiar with Freddy. The second story is completely incoherent. Freddy is this kids dad and he never died and made his mom be a hooker and pretended the kid was a girl and made magic pens? I'm not sure. Fuck this book.

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