As you may or may not have heard, Stephen King recently announced that he would be releasing a new short story collection (titled The Bazaar of Bad Dreams) in late 2015. This will be King's sixth collection of short stories (I'm choosing to not count books like Full Dark, No Stars that primarily collect novellas), and while we do not yet know what the contents will be, we do know a few facts:
- There will apparently be twenty stories included.
- None of the included tales will be King's recent collaborations with Joe Hill ("Throttle" and "In the Tall Grass") and Stewart O'Nan ("A Face in the Crowd"). That's a shame, from where I'm sitting, but evidently, them's the breaks.
Apart from that, we simply do not know.
We can, of course, engage in wild speculation, and that's exactly what I'm about to do.
First, however, this: it brings me near-physical pain to post a blog entry that has no images, so now -- in real time! -- I am going to Google the phrase "the bazaar of bad dreams," and post the five most interesting images from page one of the results. I have no idea what this will yield; for all I know, it could be nothing but genitals. I hope not, but we're all going to find out together.
|I . . . don't know. http://www.twocoatsofpaint.com/2012/07/soloway-bazaar-one-day-only.html|
|Well, hello.... http://ivywilde.net/2014/06/|
|You tell me: is that a portrait of a monkey? http://www.thebrokeassbride.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/the-bazaar-restaurant-dining-room-1109-lg-11565513.jpg|
|And finally, a wee cheat...|
|...but I couldn't bear to post only one side of the Breaking Bad "tread lightly" conversation, so I went with six images instead of the previously-stated five.|
Now, with that out of the way, let's get to the meat of this post: a story-by-story examination of all of King's uncollected short prose, along with prognostication from yours truly as to what the eventual contents of The Bazaar of Bad Dreams will be.