Harlan Ellison is the author of this great collection of short stories and he has also written amazing essays, novellas, criticism, teleplays. These things have had the pleasure of earning Harlan many awards and they make him the great writer that he is. This book by Harlan is a collection that holds many short stories that range in a variety of genres.
Many of them are said to be non-fictional and that they hold scenes from the real world. You will hopefully find most of them to be very amusing and entertaining to read, however, this book review of Stalking the Nightmare will make sure you know what to expect from this collection of short stories by Harlan Ellison and it will introduce you to the writing style of him. If you like Harlan’s works as much as we do, you must check out our selection of the best Harlan Ellison books.
A pretty cool thing that we must mention in this Stalking the Nightmare book review is that it has an outstanding foreword that is written by the one and only Stephen King. Among this interesting foreword, there are quite a few stories in this collection. For example, there is a short story called Djinn,
No Chaser that was actually later adapted by Haskell Barkin into one of the episodes of the 1980 television series Tales from the Darkside. The episode had the same title as the short story by Harlan.
Some of the short stories we can mention in this book review of Stalking the Nightmare are the following. The 3 Most Important Things in Life where Harlan talks about three things that he finds very important from his own personal life which are sex, violence, and labor relations.
He writes about the importance of each in this short story and describes everything he needs about them so that this short story can have some meaning and still be an interesting read. Another interesting one, like the many others inside the collection, is The Outpost Undiscovered by Tourists where Harlan writes about an intriguing and mysterious story about the characters named Kaspar, Melchoir, and Balthazar. You will quickly find that this story turns out to be a strange one and a short story will not be enough to cover the excitement of it.
Djinn, No Chaser is the short story from this collection that was popular enough that it even got adapted to a TV series episode in 1980. The short story talks about a Manhattan couple, Danny and Connie Squires and their life that quickly turned similar to the story of Aladin just a few days after they got married. Having bought a mysterious lamp from an even weirder shop near them, they rub the lamp out of curiosity and to their surprise, instead of granting wishes, the lamp makes their lives a living nightmare.
You will have a blast reading this one as just waiting to find out what happens to the couple next. Rest assured that all of the stories inside this collection bring something important to the table as they are all very interesting in different ways.