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Cover and Synopsis: THE BAZAAR OF BAD DREAMS by Stephen King

Here’s the cover and synopsis for Stephen King’s upcoming story collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams: Stories.

Here’s the synopsis:

A master storyteller at his best—the O. Henry Prize winner Stephen King delivers a generous collection of stories, several of them brand-new, featuring revelatory autobiographical comments on when, why, and how he came to write (or rewrite) each story.

Since his first collection, Nightshift, published thirty-five years ago, Stephen King has dazzled readers with his genius as a writer of short fiction. In this new collection he assembles, for the first time, recent stories that have never been published in a book. He introduces each with a passage about its origins or his motivations for writing it.

There are thrilling connections between stories; themes of morality, the afterlife, guilt, what we would do differently if we could see into the future or correct the mistakes of the past. “Afterlife” is about a man who died of colon cancer and keeps reliving the same life, repeating his mistakes over and over again. Several stories feature characters at the end of life, revisiting their crimes and misdemeanors. Other stories address what happens when someone discovers that he has supernatural powers—the columnist who kills people by writing their obituaries in “Obits;” the old judge in “The Dune” who, as a boy, canoed to a deserted island and saw names written in the sand, the names of people who then died in freak accidents. In “Morality,” King looks at how a marriage and two lives fall apart after the wife and husband enter into what seems, at first, a devil’s pact they can win.

Magnificent, eerie, utterly compelling, these stories comprise one of King’s finest gifts to his constant reader—“I made them especially for you,” says King. “Feel free to examine them, but please be careful. The best of them have teeth.”

…and here’s the table of contents:

  1. “Mile 81” (Scribner e.)
  2. “Premium Harmony” (2009 New Yorker)
  3. “Batman and Robin Have an Altercation” (Harpers 2012)
  4. “The Dune” (Granta 2011)
  5. “Bad Little Kid” (New; Serial)
  6. “A Death”
  7. “The Bone Church” (poem)
  8. “Morality” (Esquire 2009)
  9. “Afterlife” (Tin House 2013)
  10. “Ur” (2009 Amazon e.)
  11. “Herman Wouk is Still Alive” (The Atlantic 2011)
  12. “Under the Weather” (Mass Market FDNS)
  13. “Blockade Billy” (Scribner e.)
  14. “Mister Yummy” (New; Serial)
  15. “Tommy” (Playboy poetry)
  16. “The Little Green God of Agony” (A Book of Horrors 2011)
  17. “That Bus is Another World” (Esquire)
  18. “Obits” (New; Serial)
  19. “Drunken Fireworks”
  20. “Summer Thunder” (Cemetery Dance 2013)

Book info as per Amazon US [Also available via Amazon UK]:

  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner (November 3, 2015)
  • ISBN-10: 1501111671
  • ISBN-13: 978-1501111679

There’s also an animated version of the cover.

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3 Comments on Cover and Synopsis: THE BAZAAR OF BAD DREAMS by Stephen King

  1. Peter Nel // May 27, 2015 at 11:08 am //

    Hi, John – the TOC is also up at the SK website.

    Not a bad cover, but the one that will come to my bookstore is the UK Hodder & Stoughton one. So I’m keen to see what that one looks like.

  2. Cherei McCarter // May 27, 2015 at 8:44 pm //

    Oh, I was SO hoping you’d have a contest for this one. 🙁

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