The Bazaar of Bad Dreams

  • by Stephen King
  • Narrated by Stephen King, Dylan Baker, Brooke Bloom, Kathleen Chalfant, Hope Davis, Santino Fontana, Peter Friedman
  • 20 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The short story 'Obits' won the 2016 Edgar for best short story. Featuring introductions to each story, read by Stephen King.
A thrilling collection of 21 stories - some brand new, some published in magazines, all entirely brilliant and assembled in one collection for the first time - with a wonderful bonus: in addition to his introduction to the whole collection, King gives listeners a fascinating introduction to each story with autobiographical comments on their origins and motivations.
The number one best-selling writer has dazzled listeners with his genius as a writer of novellas and short story fiction since his first collection Night Shift was published. He describes the nature of the form in his introduction to the work: 'There's something to be said for a shorter, more intense experience. It can be invigorating, sometimes even shocking, like...a beautiful curio for sale laid out on a cheap blanket at a street bazaar.'
In The Bazaar of Bad Dreams there is a curio for every reader - a man who keeps reliving the same life, repeating the same mistakes over and over again, a columnist who kills people by writing their obituaries, a poignant tale about the end of the human race and a firework competition between neighbours which reaches an explosive climax. There are also intriguing connections between the stories; themes of morality, guilt, the afterlife and what we would do differently if we could see into the future or correct the mistakes of the past. Effervescent yet poignant, juxtaposing the everyday against the unexpected, these stories comprise one of King's finest gifts to his constant listener as well as to those fascinated by the autobiographical insights in his celebrated nonfiction title On Writing. 'I made them especially for you,' says King. 'Feel free to examine them, but please be carefuly. The best of them have teeth.'


'Introduction' read by Stephen King
'Mile 81' read by Thomas Sadoksi
'Premium Harmony' read by Will Patton
'Batman and Robin Have an Altercation' read by Santino Fontana
'The Dune' read by Edward Herrmann
'Bad Little Kid' read by Dylan Baker
'A Death' read by Cotter Smith
'The Bone Church' read by Cotter Smith
'Morality' read by Mare Winningham
'Afterlife' read by Dylan Baker
'Ur' read by Holter Graham
'Herman Wouk Is Still Alive' read by Brooke Bloom and Kathleen Chalfant
'Under the Weather' read by Peter Friedman
'Blockade Billy' read by Craig Wasson
'Mister Yummy' read by Peter Friedman
'Tommy' read by Stephen King
'The Little Green God of Agony' read by Hope Davis
'Cookie Jar' read by Santino Fontana
'That Bus Is Another World' read by Fred Weller
'Obits' read by Fred Weller
'Drunken Fireworks' read by Tim Sample
'Summer Thunder' read by Will Patton

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for Stephen Kings fans only

not breathtaking. you'll be better off leaving this one as your last selection in your Stephen King collection
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- Piotr

Well read work

A varied and enjoyable collection. Well read stories, well cast narrators. Some gems in here.
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- Mr P Husband

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-11-2015
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton