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Nightmares & Dreamscapes (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Stephen King
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Many people who write about horror literature maintain that mood is its most important element. Stephen King disagrees: "My deeply held conviction is that story must be paramount.... All other considerations are secondary--theme, mood, even characterization and language."

These fine stories, each written in what King calls "a burst of faith, happiness, and optimism," prove his point. The theme, mood, characters, and language vary, but throughout, a sense of story reigns supreme. Nightmares & Dreamscapes contains 20 short tales--including several never before published--plus one teleplay, one poem, and one nonfiction piece about kids and baseball that appeared in the New Yorker. The subjects include vampires, zombies, an evil toy, man-eating frogs, the burial of a Cadillac, a disembodied finger, and a wicked stepfather. The style ranges from King's well-honed horror to a Ray Bradbury-like fantasy voice to an ambitious pastiche of Raymond Chandler and Ross MacDonald. And like a compact disc with a bonus track, the book ends with a charming little tale not listed in the table of contents--a parable called "The Beggar and the Diamond." --Fiona Webster

From Publishers Weekly

King's cornucopia of short tales, each accompanied by an introduction from the author, was a 15-week PW bestseller.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Stephen King est l'auteur de plus de cinquante livres, tous best-sellers d'entre eux à travers le monde. Parmi ses plus récentes sont les romans La Tour Sombre, Cell, Du Hearts Buick 8, Everything's Eventual, en Atlantide, La Petite Fille qui aimait Tom Gordon, et Sac d'os. Son livre documentaire acclamé, sur l'écriture, a également été un best-seller. Il est le récipiendaire de la Médaille nationale de 2003 Réservez Fondation pour contribution exceptionnelle aux lettres américaines. Il vit à Bangor, Maine, avec son épouse, la romancière Tabitha King.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 des petites histoires 19 avril 2002
Par "detantj"
ce livre est un des premiers King que j'ai lu en anglais et un constat s'impose: on pert beaucouo a la traduction!! De le livre etant uniquement composé d'histoires courtes il est facile de suivre. Un livre que je conseillerai donc a tout a mateur de King qui desire lire en anglais.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 C'est parfait 19 décembre 2013
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Je voulais ce livre pour une amie brésilienne au Portugal et je l'ai eu en Anglais si mes souvenirs sont bons car elle voulait apprendre l'Anglais. Il se fait que Stephen King est un autour idéal pour apprendre, grâce à ces phrases courtes.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Something For Everyone 28 septembre 2002
Par sweetmolly - Publié sur
At 692 pages, "Nightmares & Dreamscapes" is a doorstopper of a book. I planned to read it a story at a time over a period of weeks, but as usual got hooked on King and read it straight through, right from his usual folksy introduction (each of which I am sure he writes solely for me!) to the charming little moral folktale tacked on at the end. The stories are to say the least, diverse. I would call this collection "King's Scrapbook."
"Dolan's Cadillac" highly regarded by most Amazon reviewers is very hard tech for King. Interestingly, he says in his notes that technical stuff bores him, but it had to be done for this story. I have no more interest than he does in the proper "arc of descent;" I would have been just as mindlessly satisfied if he had shot the Cadillac out of a cannon, so it's not one of my favorites.
"Clattery Teeth" I just know SK had a hoot of a time writing it. He lovingly sets the scene and characters and then puts them at the mercy of a set of not-so-funny joke teeth (that wear spats). It's 80 degrees more grotesque than the "Young Frankenstein," and I felt guilty for laughing.
"The Moving Finger" Mr. Mitla is the perfectly normal man living a perfectly normal life when one morning he goes into his bathroom, and a finger is emerging from his bathroom sink drain and tapping on the porcelain. No one can see this finger except Mr. Mitla, and he slowly goes bonkers and his entire life is in a shambles. Unlike "Clattery Teeth" this one is terrifying. See for yourself.
"My Pretty Pony" though highly acclaimed, didn't much interest me UNTIL I read in Notes that the exquisitely sensitive little boy, Clive Banning, grew up to be a hardened killer in an unpublished Richard Bachman novel. We leave Clive at 7-years old in the Pony story.
"The House on Maple Street" delighted me because children are empowered and the bad guy gets his just desserts in a most explosive fashion. I was all-around satisfied.
"Umley's Last Case" is my favorite. SK takes a spin in Raymond Chandler land. He sets the scene meticulously and the characters are perfect. I was reminded of Nathaniel West's "Day of the Locust." Then things start going askew in a very King-like way. What if the author of P.I. books decided he liked the detective's life better than his own, and decided to swap places? What would happen? Would it be too far out if the detective who has never lived outside a book set in the 1930's had to spend a week toilet training himself? (Characters in hard-boiled novels never have to go to the bathroom.)
There are 20 stories in "Nightmares & Dreamscapes." It is not as brilliantly crafted as "Everything's Eventual" nor is it as well organized as "Skeleton Crew" and "Night Shift." I don't think many readers will like ALL of the stories, but there are such a variety, that most of the readers will like SOME of the stories, and some will like MOST of the stories. Chances are everyone will find one or two that will stay with them forever.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fun Collection of King's Short Stories, Read Introductory Essay 16 septembre 2007
Par Wanderer - Publié sur
I would recommend this book just for the introductory essay (see below).

[Note: I made some Mormon angry because of my negative reviews of books out to prove the Book of Mormon, and that person has been slamming my reviews almost as fast as they are posted.]

So your "helpful" vote is greatly appreciated. Thanks

King is a master writer, and I enjoyed this collection. I loved "Umney's Last Case" (evocative of 1930s crime fiction). Also liked the "House on Maple Street" (it kept me turning the pages).

The book is worth it for the introductory essay by Steven King. Here are some of the great lines from that essay, and I hope they make my short review worth reading.

Steven King wrote:

"When I was a kid I believed everything I was told, everything I read, and every dispatch sent out by my own overheated imagination. This made for more than a few sleepless nights, but it also filled the world I lived in with colors and textures I would not have traded for a lifetime of restful nights. I knew even then, you see, that there were people in the world--too many of them, actually--whose imaginative senses were eight numb or completely deadened, and who lived in a mental state skin to colorblindness."

Robert McCammon said something similar his brilliant coming-of-age novel, "Boy's Life"

"See, this is my opinion: we all start out knowing magic. We are born with whirlwinds, forest fires, and comets inside us. We are born able to sing to birds and read the clouds and see our destiny in grains of sand. But then we get the magic educated right out of our souls. We get it churched out, spanked out, washed out, and combed out. We get put on the straight and narrow and told to be responsible. Told to act our age. Told to grow up, for God's sake. And you know why we were told that? Because the people doing the telling were afraid of our wildness and youth, and because the magic they knew made them ashamed and sad of what they'd allowed to wither in themselves."
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 King's stories provide both chills and grins 11 septembre 2003
Par doctor_beth - Publié sur
This collection of stories is typical King--you may not like every single one, but you're sure to find at least one that scares you and one that makes you laugh. My favorite was "Dolan's Cadillac," a chilling tale of painstakingly-plotted revenge. Also intriguing is "The 10 O'Clock People," a must-read for every smoker who has cut back but who just can't seem to quit completely. In "Sorry, Right Number," King tries something new by writing the story in screenplay fashion; the gimmick doesn't necessarily add anything, but the plot itself is engaging nonetheless. On the scary side, l found "Night Flier" to be extremely creepy--the final scene will definitely make you want to sleep with the lights on!--and for a more light-hearted offering, there's "Clattery Teeth." Each story here is likely to have its fans; you'll have to read them all to find your own favorite.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 What is Stephen King taking? 12 octobre 1997
Par Jorma Knowles ( - Publié sur
An elementary school teacher leads her students down the hall and kills them, one by one. A tabloid photographer pursues a vampire with a private pilots license, finding a grisly horror in a small airport and meeting a modern Dracula. A single finger sticks out of a man's bathroom drain while he is watching a quiz show, triggering a life-destroying madness. The dead come alive and walk the shores of Maine, succesfully ending the world and sending isolated islanders into hostile terror. A couple gets lost in a dark end of London and find some very Lovecraftian terror. In Stephen King's Nightmares and Dreamscapes, it seems that reality and the macabre come together in what is almost a natural effect, blending horror, fantasy, and even non-fiction (in an essay about baseball called "Head Down") to make what may just be the perfect page entertainment. While some people insist that short stories and novellas are not as enjoyable as full-length novels, I find myself begging to differ. With short stories, you can begin them and sometimes finish them in a few minutes to an hour, engrossing yourself in and enjoying an entire tale in a fraction of the time it takes you to read a novel. They are easy to enjoy without having to allow the time for the reading of an entire book. And, perhaps most importantly, you can be entertained on an equal level with the best novels.
All these things only add to the power of King's collection, his fifth after "Night Shift," "Different Seasons," "Skeleton Crew," and "Four Past Midnight." His imagination, as usual, astounds, and, in many of the stories, scares the reader silly. And, as usual, he somehow still retains some sense of literary quality in the muddled pits of darkness and terror (and, more notably, Things That Go Bump In The Night). There is always something more beyond the night terrors and evil demons and unexplainable phenomena; for example, in a story called "The Moving Finger," King demonstrates his unique talent for showing a characters' descent into madness, something he has also emlployed in "Carrie" and "The Shining." In "The End of the Whole Mess," we see the narrator's thoughts as the world comes to an end and he is the brother of the man who caused it. In "Suffer the Little Children," King skillfully recounts the actions of an elementary school teacher who has always been confined by a belief in tough rules and strict punishments as she comes face to face with the fact that her mind, always centered in hard reality, is coming apart with the realization that her students may be unearthly beings with an evil intent (we never find out if the children are really the beings she thought they were or just the products of her madness).
All of this, and much more, shows us, in the end, that Stephen King is not confined by the constraints of his "brand name" (particularly, a horror novelist) and that he has, and will, write things that break through and go far beyond those constraints. For now, though, we can be content with these, and many more, stories, which are just as valid as any great American novel, and more enjoyable.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Everything AND The Bathroom Sink 24 mai 2006
Par Slokes - Publié sur
While watching "Jeopardy" in his New York apartment, Howard Mitla hears the sound of a finger tap-tap-tapping in his bathroom sink. Is it coming from the drain? Why doesn't his wife notice anything wrong? Is this a job for Drano or a pair of hedge-clippers?

Mitla's situation can only mean one thing: We are in the world of Stephen King's imagination. This 1994 collection of King's shorter works is his most diverse ever, and while some, like the above story, "The Moving Finger," deliver King's typically creepy chills, there is also a Sherlock Holmes mystery, a poem, a journalistic account of his son's Little League team, even a religious parable. Not everything is terrific, but nearly everything works at least a little, and several approach the level of King's best writing.

My favorite is "Dedication," a very unsettling story about a woman's devotion to her son's literary success that shows both King the gutsy gross-out artist and weaver of gripping yarns. Even if it isn't exactly frightening, it is truly unnerving in the vein of "The Shining" and "The Dead Zone" and has one of King's best-ever endings, both clever and sympathetic.

Speaking of "The Dead Zone," the obnoxious supermarket tabloid reporter from that book, Richard Dees, is back on the job chasing a vampire who flies with the aid of a Cessna Skymaster, knocking off the staffs of backwater airports in "The Night Flier," a King tale in the classic macabre mold. My favorite of these spookier stories is "Chattery Teeth," about the closest thing to "Evil Dead 2" in short-story form. King often tries to be funny in his writing, but he is seldom as successful at it as he is here.

A couple of stories ("It Grows On You", "Sneakers") begin well before petering out. Others, like "Umney's Last Case" and "Dolan's Cadillac," take too long to get started but reward the patient reader, at least somewhat. I can't think of but one or two stories here that were utterly lame, except maybe "My Pretty Pony," a story about aging, and "You Know They Got A Hell Of A Band" which telegraphs its punches from a mile away.

But the others are good reads, even the Little League article, "Head Down," which manages to be something more than the product of an indulgent father who happens to be a talented writer. There's a neat Elmore Leonard pastiche, "The Fifth Quarter," along with apparent nods to H.P. Lovecraft ("Crouch End"), Roald Dahl ("The House On Maple Street") and Raymond Chandler ("Umney's Last Case").

The best of these is a Ray Bradbury-like story called "Suffer The Little Children" about a schoolteacher who doles out more than detentions to her young charges. I thought the Sherlock Holmes story, "The Doctor's Case," was a nice try, though I can't picture Watson and Holmes discoursing about "ponces" the way they do here.

Some readers may find this less satisfying than other King short-story collections, particularly his first, "Night Shift." But "Night Shift" had a couple of clunkers, too, and if "Nightmares & Dreamscapes" fails at times, it does so for the sake of King advancing his craft. And if you find stories like "The Ten O'Clock People" and "Rainy Season" to be anything less than classic King shorts like "The Mangler" and "Quitters, Inc.," you are kidding yourself more than a little bit.
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