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Dark Visions

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Dark Visions
First edition (under original title)
AuthorStephen King,
Dan Simmons,
George R. R. Martin
Original titleNight Visions 5
Cover artistRon Lindahn and Val Lakey Lindahn
SeriesNight Visions
GenreHorror, science fiction
PublisherDark Harvest
Publication date
July 1, 1988
Publication placeUnited States
Media typePrint (hardcover)

Dark Visions is a horror fiction compilation, with three short stories by Stephen King, three by Dan Simmons and a novella by George R. R. Martin. It was published by Orion on August 10, 1989. The collection was first published, with the same seven stories, under the title Night Visions 5, by Dark Harvest on July 1, 1988.[1] The book was also issued under the titles Dark Love and The Skin Trade. The compilation is part of Night Visions, a series of horror fiction anthologies.

Two of the stories by King, "Sneakers" and "Dedication", were later included in his 1993 anthology Nightmares & Dreamscapes.

All three stories by Simmons were later included in his 1990 collection Prayers to Broken Stones.

Martin's The Skin Trade was later included in Quartet: Four Tales from the Crossroads (2001) and Dreamsongs: A RRetrospective (2003).


Stephen King[edit]

  • "The Reploids": Edward Paladin shows up in place of Johnny Carson on the Tonight Show, while Carson is nowhere to be found. A subsequent investigation by detective Richard Cheyney finds strange items in Paladin's possession, hinting that he may not be from our reality: His passes for the studio are the wrong color, and he has a bright blue dollar bill with a picture of James Madison on it.
  • "Sneakers": John keeps seeing a pair of old sneakers in the same toilet stall every time he enters the restroom. As time passes, flies build up around the sneakers, but no one else seems to know what is going on or even to notice anything. But he is certain that there is a ghost in the stall.
  • "Dedication": A black house maid working in a hotel cleans the room of an eccentric alcoholic writer who is a frequent guest there. The maid consumes some of the writer's semen, left on his sheets, as part of a possible black magic spell in the hope that it will pass talent and ability along to her unborn son.

Dan Simmons[edit]

  • "Metastasis": A man suffers a near-death experience in a car crash on the way to visit dying relative. After his crash, he finds he has acquired the ability to see "cancer vampires", hideous creatures which are responsible for the spread of cancer in our world.
  • "Vanna Fucci Is Alive and Well and Living in Hell": The godless truth behind Brother Freddy's Hallelujah Breakfast Club.
  • "Iverson's Pits": Dealing with horrors from the American Civil War.

George R. R. Martin[edit]


  1. ^ "NIGHT VISIONS 5 | Kirkus Reviews".
  2. ^ "Awards DRAFT | George R.R. Martin".
  3. ^ Johnston, Rich (12 April 2013). "George RR Martin's Skin Trade – The Comic". www.bleedingcool.com. Retrieved 17 December 2013.
  4. ^ Dave McNary (April 21, 2010). "Spoke Lane, Mike the Pike like 'Skin'". Variety. Retrieved September 22, 2023.
  5. ^ Stedman, Alex (October 11, 2015). "George R.R. Martin Developing 'Skin Trade' Adaptation at Cinemax". Variety. Retrieved September 22, 2023.
  6. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 11, 2015). "George R.R. Martin Producing 'Skin Trade' Drama At Cinemax Based On His Novella". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 22, 2023.
  7. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (October 11, 2015). "George R.R. Martin's 'Skin Trade' in the Works at Cinemax". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 22, 2023.