For whatever reason, I rarely read collections of short stories. Yet, the few times that I have read a collection I thoroughly enjoy the read.
The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King was no exception. The 20 stories that King has compiled are varied and a fun read. King introduces each story with a short anecdote about the story or the writing process that, for some reason, adds to the enjoyment of reading the stories. Of particular enjoyment were the stories “Mile 81,” “The Dune,” “Bad Little Kid,” “Under the Weather,” and “Obits.”
The stories deal with the normal King topics, from death, mystery, and end of the world. They are all enjoyable and quick reads. Annoyingly, King included two of his narrative poems that I could have lived without (he admits he is not a gifted poet).
Overall, this was an enjoyable read that has a different pace than a normal novel.