“I made them especially for you,” says King. Feel free to examine them, but please be careful. The best of them have teeth.” - Stephen
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.
Simon & Schuster Audio has released the unabridged audiobook edition of The Bazaar of Bad Dreams. The collection draws together all the incredible stories, many of them brand-new to audio. With introductions written and read by King himself preceding each tale, the audio edition offers a unique behind-the-scenes look at the story’s origins or what inspired him to write it.
The star-studded cast of readers includes Dylan Baker, Brooke Bloom, Kathleen Chalfant, Hope Davis, Santino Fontana, Peter Friedman, Holter Graham, Edward Herrmann, Will Patton, Thomas Sadoski, Tim Sample, Cotter Smith, Craig Wasson, Fred Weller and Mare Winningham.
The Bazaar of Bad Dreams audiobook in digital download and compact disc is now available.
To celebrate the publication of The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Simon & Schuster Audio will release exclusive excerpts on StephenKing.com between now and December 18th.
Be sure to check back here every Wednesday and Friday after 12pm EST for a new excerpt.
Today's clip is from Under the Weather, read by Peter Friedmen, Enjoy!
New! #10 Under the Weather
Read by Peter Friedmen
#9 The Dune
Read by Edward Herrmann
#8 A Death
Read by Cotter Smith
#7 Summer Thunder
Read by Will Patton
Read by Fred Weller
Read by Mare Winningham
Read by Holter Graham
#3 Mister Yummy
Read by Peter Friedman
#2 The Little Green God of Agony
Read by Hope Davis
#1 Premium Harmony
Read by Will Patton
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2. Premium Harmony – The New Yorker 2009
3. Batman and Robin Have an Altercation – Harpers 2012
4. The Dune – Granta 2011
5. Bad Little Kid – New; Serial
6. A Death – The New Yorker 2015
7. The Bone Church – Playboy 2009
8. Morality – Esquire 2009
9. Afterlife – Tin House 2013
11. Herman Wouk is Still Alive – The Atlantic 2011
12. Under the Weather – Paperback & Full Dark No Stars
14. Mister Yummy – New; Serial
15. Tommy – Playboy 2010
17. That Bus is Another World – Esquire 2014
18. Obits – New; Serial
20. Summer Thunder – Cemetery Dance 2013
The Bazaar of Bad Dreams debuted at #1 for Hardcover Fiction on the New York Times Best Sellers List for the week of November 22nd 2015.
Entertainment Weekly has posted excerpts from the audiobook edition from The Bazaar of Bad Dreams. Follow the link below to listen to four excerpts.
Stephen appeared on NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show to promote The Bazaar of Bad Dreams. See the link below to listen to the broadcast.
Stephen appeared on Good Morning America to promote The Bazaar of Bad Dreams. Watch as Stephen and Amy Robach discuss the potency of short stories and why Amy will “never forgive” Stephen. – Plus more.
Update: The Bazaar cover has now been fully revealed. See the link below to view the complete cover artwork.
Scribner has announced they will unveil the cover art for Stephen’s highly-anticipated short story collection, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams in stages.
Throughout May, the sinister and mysterious artwork will be revealed on the following dates: 1st, 8th, 12th, 15th, and 22nd. Be sure to check back here at 3pm EDT on those dates for each new piece.
The final cover and special reveal will debut on May 22nd. The Bazaar of Bad Dreams will be available in hardcover, eBook and audiobook formats on November 3rd, 2015.
Scribner has revealed the Tabel of Contents for The Bazaar of Bad Dreams. The collection will contain twenty short stories penned by Stephen over the past decade.
The volume will also include a handfull of new stroies as well as commentary from Stephen on his inspiration and how he came to write each individual story.
The constant reader can preorder Bazaar now for the November 3rd release date.
In a letter to Constant Readers regarding Finders Keepers and the expansion of Mr. Mercedes into a trilogy, Stephen also revealed that a collection of short stores is expected in the fall of 2015.