Nightmares & Dreamscapes, Volume I

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9780743583350: Nightmares & Dreamscapes, Volume I

Stephen King's collection is a virtuoso demonstration of his astonishing narrative talent. Stories of vampires and lurking spirits, of inexplicable evil cloaked in the guise of childish innocence, of ordinary individuals driven to unthinkable extremes by the perversities of fate—they're all here, told with King's inimitable blend of dark humor and heart-clenching suspense. This audio edition, the first in a three part series, contains several unabridged selections from the book--a profusion of Nightmares and Dreamscapes for an eager listening audience.

Stories include:
· Introduction read by Stephen King
· "Suffer the Little Children" read by Whoopi Goldberg
· "Crouch End" read by Tim Curry
· "Rainy Season" read by Yeardley Smith
· "Dolan's Cadillac" read by Rob Lowe
· "The House on Maple Street" read by Tabitha King
· "Umney's Last Case" read by Robert B. Parker
· "Head Down" read by Stephen King
· "Brooklyn August" read by Stephen J. Gould

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Review:

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

About the Author:

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Among his most recent are the Dark Tower novels, Cell, From a Buick 8, Everything's Eventual, Hearts in Atlantis, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, and Bag of Bones. His acclaimed nonfiction book, On Writing, was also a bestseller. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

Tim Curry's many films include The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Clue, The Muppet's Treasure Island, and Annie. On stage he starred in Spamalot (Tony nom), Amadeus (Tony nom), My Favorite Year (Tony nom) and Pirates of Penzance. Animated features include A Christmas Carol, The Rugrats Movie, Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties, and the Fox series Peter Pan and the Pirates (Emmy Award) as the voice of Captain Hook.

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