“I made them especially for you. Feel free to examine them, but please be careful. The best of them have teeth.”
And so Stephen King begins his latest collection of short stories, some of them humorous, some of them utterly terrifying.
I had never had the pleasure of reading Mr. King’s short stories before reading The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, so I was ecstatic when I was able to get my hands on an advanced copy thanks to Scribner. I quickly dived in as soon as the collection arrived and was very satisfied with what I found.
With almost two dozen short stories, some longer than others, in this collection, a reader is bound to like some stories more than others; and that is what happened with me. My favorite stories were Bad Little Kid, Obits, Drunken Fireworks, The Little Green God of Agony, and Summer Thunder. Some of these stories were creepy (especially Bad Little Kid and The Little Green God of Agony) while one, Drunken Fireworks, was quite funny and enjoyable to read. Obits, I think, was my absolute favorite of the bunch because it was about a journalist (I’m big into journalism) and dealt with some morality issues.
The misses for me in this collection of short stories were few. and these were Blockade Billy, The Bone Church, and a few others. They weren’t necessarily bad stories by any means, but did not connect with me nearly as much as the ones I mentioned above did.
If you like Stephen King and you like to finish a story in one sitting while still getting the impact you would from a whole novel, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams is a wonderful collection that you should most definitely pick up.