Sometimes one needs to take a break from reading some ‘thematic’, emotional and ‘deep’ novels, and tackle an entertainment one to just enjoy the stories. Stephen King doesn’t disappoint, and since it was short stories, it was much easier to read and not get lost in the story.
Nightmares and Dreamscapes by Stephen King. I have the exact same cover
In spite of the tagline “stories from the darkest of places”, some of the stories were not dark at all, and I particularly enjoyed The House on Maple Street which has a happy ending; Dolan’s Cadillac is about revenge (ain’t it a sweet thing!) and Head Down, which is an inspiring non-fiction story of a little league team.
The rest, of course, were positively chilling, like Suffer the Little Children makes a horrific read since children in horror movies are the scariest! The Night Flier might sound like fiction, but at the back of your mind everyone knows (or hopes) that vampires exist. Except this is the dangerous, blood sucking, romantic-less kind of vampire. Chattery Teeth was delightful to read, although one cannot help but wonder how it will eventually end. The things that help you in a tricky situation always want payback, usually in the form of er.. blood! e.t.c.
I read these stories in traffic, over the weekend, and any other free time I had. The stories stick in your mind, and even now I can recall the distinct fear and tension I felt when imagining the characters in dark stories such as Rainy Season (I felt particularly sick and will never look at another frog the same way) and Crouch End.You Know They Got a Hell of a Band is also the kind of ‘trapped’ story that I guess is common with my favorite stories from this book!
I definitely have to agree with the reviewer (of the book) who said, “Stephen King’s imagination is unparalleled.”
Pick a copy of this book from your nearest (street) book vendor and dig into a story every bedtime. It might give you nightmares, but you will enjoy every bit of it (the reading not the nightmare).
P.S. I bought it from Tuskys Imara for 300 Kenyan shillings.