The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King & Slade House by David Mitchell
If you’ve been around for a while, you know that I’m a massive Stephen King fan. After reading his books I almost wanted to move to Maine because it’s the focus of so many of his stories and he makes it seem like this magical place. Plus, I’ve visited before and I love me a good east coast town! Anyways, this book of his is a short story collection.
I’d have to say that I love his short story collections almost more than complete novels. There is something about short stories that I just adore. How they can suck you into a different world despite being so short. It’s just awesome! I’m terrible at writing short stories because I just ramble on and on. I also like how he talks about the inspiration for the stories before hand, so you can really get into it even more. Stories can come from any source, no matter how insignificant it might seem to someone else.
My favorite stories were probably Batman and Robin have an Altercation, Bad Little Boy, and The Dune. Though Under the Weather and Morality were also really amazing. Seriously. It’s another A+ collection from King! Not all of these are horror in the way that you think of King books. Like Batman and Robin have an Altercation, which is about a father who has dementia and a son who get into an road rage altercation. The way it’s just written is so great, it feels so real and leaves you reeling at the end! Mile 81, the first story in the collection, has that sort of supernatural terror that King is known for (and other stories in the collection have it as well, obviously!) All in all, I enjoyed each of the stories and poems! If you are new to Stephen King, I would highly recommend it to get a full bodied view of this writing style.
I wasn’t the biggest fan of The Bone Clocks, which I read earlier. But everyone talks about his writing, so I had to try something else. I saw Slade House at B&N and figured that I could read a smaller novel easily, and then it probably wouldn’t go on too long (which was one complaint I had about The Bone Clocks, it just seemed to go on past where I thought the end was supposed to be). This book is much shorter and I enjoyed it a lot more, though it does have a lot in common with The Bone Clocks, and I’m glad I read that first, only because I had a deeper understanding of characters/world in which they reside in the Slade House.
Still, I think you could read Slade House without reading The Bone Clocks first and still get a feel for the world. The story follows a group of people who investigate strange happenings, and they are focused on a house that seemingly shouldn’t exist. A house called Slade House, which appears only a certain day, and they are trying to get in to investigate after people have gone missing around it.
The story has a creepy supernatural vibe, and you can really get a feel for the psychological terror of entering the property of Shade House. Can anyone actually survive a run in with the occupants of the house?