The Bazaar of Bad Dreams – Stephen King – 2015, Scribner, New York
Even with nearly 70 novels under his belt, I’ve always thought that Stephen King truly shines when he’s writing short stories – and his latest collection, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, is a grand showcase of his skill within a tighter word count. From the ridiculous yet fun Cars That Eat People scenario of “Mile 81” to the gut-wrenching road trip in “Herman Wouk is Still Alive” to the (calculated, but who cares?) tear-inducing end-of-the-world closer “Summer Thunder,” King still has the magic. I love that he threw a shiveringly good western murder mystery “A Death,” a baseball novella (“Blockade Billy,” which I previously reviewed here), and a hippie poem (“Tommy”) into the mix. Nice touch.