Dark humour and horror

Nightmares & Dreamscapes - Stephen King

Apart from the baseball essay, which I skipped through, there wasn’t a story that I didn’t enjoy reading. My favourites were “My Pretty Pony”, a gentle story of a grandfather discussing the fluidity of time with his grandson; “The End of the Whole Mess”, a catastrophic attempt by a young genius to cure humanity of our violent tendencies; “Sorry, Right Number”, the script of a screenplay that starts with a strange phone call; “Dedication”, a story about natural versus biological fathers, that’s disturbing and intriguing and completely unique as far as I am aware.

 

There were cliches galore, including vampires and zombies, but they all had something to offer the reader, a testament to King’s voice and understanding of horror. Definitely a collection I would recommend. Personally, I enjoyed King’s short stories more than many of his full length novels. Bite-sized with dashings of humour.