Sneakers (short story)

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Author Stephen King
Country United States
Language English
Genre(s) Short story
Published in Dark Visions (1st release),
Nightmares & Dreamscapes
Publication type Anthology
Publisher Orion
Media type Print (Paperback)
Publication date August 10, 1989

"Sneakers" is a short story by American author Stephen King. It was published in the compilation book Dark Visions and in his collection Nightmares & Dreamscapes.

Plot summary[edit]

Recording studio executive John Tell notices a pair of old dirty sneakers in an adjacent stall while using the restroom at work. He at first assumes that the shoes belong to a fellow employee or a delivery person, but when he visits the bathroom again throughout the week, he notices that not only have the shoes not moved, they are now surrounded by the bodies of dead flies and other bugs. Eventually Tell discovers that the shoes were the trademark of a dealer who supplied the local talent with cocaine, and who was killed in the bathroom stall during an apparent robbery. Tell finally confronts the ghost, who informs him that he was brutally killed by Jannings, Tell's boss, a drug addict who was heavily in debt to the dealer at the time. Jannings used the stolen cocaine to fund his rehabilitation and his rise to executive management. This prompts Tell to quit his job, telling Jannings he is a "worthless bastard" before he goes.

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