I’m very much enjoying a book of stories by Stephen King entitled The Bazaar of Bad Dreams. The first story was really good. It was the type of story that I couldn’t stop thinking about for days after I read it. There was something so simple and beautiful about the ending especially the hero that emerged at the end. I wish I could say more, but you’ll have to read it for yourself. This first story in the collection was classic Stephen Kind. The story is called “Mile 81” and it is about a mysterious car that is mysteriously broken down at a boarded up rest stop near Mile 81 on the Maine Turnpike. As multiple cars stop to help the broken down station wagon, the “car” quickly causes them to regret the decision. Indeed there is something very sinister about this particular station wagon. The car seems to have a mind and a will of it’s own. “Mile 81” was originally published in September 2011 as a novella by Simon and Schuster. It is one of many really good stories that I am reading in Stephen King’s collection. Check out the book that won the 2015 Shirley Jackson Award for best collection, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams: Stories
I’m always reading Roald Dahl’s short stories. I find a lot of inspiration from them. Here is a good article that talks about his adult fiction. He has written some fantastic tales throughout his career. A lot of people don’t know that he has written more than children’s books. He is obviously well known for those books. But, one of my favorite short story books is The Umbrella Man and Other Stories. The Umbrella Man is a fun short story to read too. When I was in San Francisco, I visited the Beat Museum and purchased a 1959 Playboy magazine. The magazine has a Roald Dahl short story in it called “A Fine Son” or “Genesis and Catastrophe: A True Story” which was published in Kiss Kiss
Check out some of Roald Dahl’s lesser known work.