Nightmares and Dreamscapes – By Stephen King
Book Report By Vincent
It’s Stephen King time! Again, I knock another book off the list. Actually, the joke is on me. After reading through the whole book with a constant feeling that some of the stories seemed vaguely familiar, I now believe that I read Nightmares and Dreamscapes in high school and that’s why I have dim memories of it. So I guess that means I wasn’t able to knock one off the big list to get to my goal after all. Insert the sound of Pac Man dying here.
The good news is that this collection of short stories is pretty solid. I’ve found over the last few years that my favorite works by King are his novellas and short stories. Unlike some of the more “current” stuff that I’ve read, many of these stories are pretty great. I started wondering why they were so good and I wasn’t really surprised when I realized that many of them were written earlier in King’s career and had either been unpublished or had been published in obscure places.
Here’s some of the the Nightmares and Dreamscapes stories that I found to be the best: “Dolan’s Cadillac”, a tale that involves a man getting revenge in a highly unusual (and completely non-supernatural) way. “It Grows On You”, a haunted house story that is almost Lovecraftian in the manner of it’s telling. “The 10 O’clock People”, a story about smokers that takes a real strange turn. “Crouch End”, which is another Lovecraftian story that I love and is now one of my hands down favorite of King’s short stories.
If you want some great stories by Stephen King at his best, you really can’t go wrong with Nightmares and Dreamscapes.