It's a compliation. So some stories are good and some are bad, some authors know who Freddy is and some barely researched enough to write a few pages' tale. The book is worth buying for Fred Heads based purely on the stories by those who got it right. 'Asleep At The Wheel' is a particular stand out.Mark R.
***1/2The stories in editor Martin H. Greenberg's collection are probably better than what you'd expect from something called "Freddy Krueger's Seven Sweetest Dreams." To be fair, this sort of book appeals to a very specific fan, one who enjoys slasher movies, reading, and possibly reading slasher stories. It's hard to imagine a casual horror fan or reader picking up a book based on the "Nightmare On Elm St." series. And so, this book was written specifically with fans in mind, which is great.This collection gives us seven stories, the first of which, Brian Hodge's "Asleep at the Wheel," is about a goth-rock band departing their shared home for the alterna rock scene in Athens, GA. Said home is the old residence of Nancy Thompson, nemesis of Freddy Krueger, and the band unfortunately takes some bad magic from the house with them on their ill-fated trip.Second is Tom Elliott's very bizarre "Briefcase Full of Blues," which has a twelve-year-old kid being gifted a pen which rotates, and when you look down one end, you see a woman slowly taking off her clothes. The pen came from his friend's father's business, and there's something evil going on with these pens, thousands of which are about to be sent out for sale. Freddy appears in this story, but is back-up to the real villain, the kid's father. Some interesting trans-gender themes in this story.Bentley Little, the most known author in this collection, gives us the third story, "Miles To Go Before I Sleep," in which the janitor of a high school slowly becomes possessed by Freddy, taking out kids in their dreams.The best in the book are stories #4 and #5. The first of these, "Le Morte de Freddy," by William Relling Jr., directly references the events of the third film in the series, "Dream Warriors," and involves a crazy plan to circumvent Freddy's crimes via time travel. It's better than it sounds.After that is "Dead Highway, Lost Roads," written by "Fangoria" writer Philip Nutman. Split into 31 short chapters, each named after a rock or metal song, this 65-page story carries on the adventures of Alice, heroine from the fourth and fifth "Elm St." films. Her car is involved in a multi-vehicle accident. One of the other vehicles is a prison transport van, containing a serial killer responsible for 257 deaths. He, Alice, Alice's son Jacob (the "Dream Child"), and Freddy wind up in one big nightmare landscape. This is the most exciting stories in the book, and would have made a good follow-up to the fifth movie. Freddy is at his scary best, while also cracking the kind of jokes viewers expected by the time Alice showed up in the series.Following that one is the shortest of the bunch, Wayne Allen Sallee's "Close My Eyes and I'll Kiss You," about an inmate on death row being stalked by Freddy in his dreams. And the final story, "Not Just a Job," by Nancy A. Collins, finds Freddy at his most talkative, interviewing a kid in his early twenties, whose father Freddy influenced on a killing spree years before.Some of these stories are better than others, though none are bad. This book goes for about twenty bucks, used, on Amazon these days, and is worthwhile for anyone who felt that nine movies just didn't give them enough Freddy Krueger.Beau Johnston
I bought this book back when Freddy ruled the big screen (and the small screen, if you include the short-lived TV series).The stories are a good for a creepy read; just before bedtime.