Color me surprised or just plain out of touch and ignorant. I had no idea that in 2012, Stephen King -- perhaps one of the greatest modern American genre authors -- wrote a story that features Batman in a unique way. Yes, that's right. Stephen King of The Stand, It, The Dark Tower, The Green Mile, The Shawshank Redemption, The Shining, Carrie, Cujo, and Misery fame, incorporated the Caped Crusader into a story.
Though, before you get too excited, this isn't necessarily about Batman proper. No, this is a story entitled "Bazaar of Bad Dreams." If you recognize the title, that's because that's the name of a collection of short stories that King published earlier this year. Anyway, this short story, which was first featured in a 2012 issue of Harper's Bazaar, features a father and son having lunch together, reminiscing about better times. This is especially poignant because the father has a bad case of Alzheimers. They recall the events of one Halloween, where the pair dressed up as Batman and Robin.
If that wasn't cool enough, actor Stephen Lang (perhaps best known by the current generation from his role in Avatar) is the one who brings the story to life in the audio presentation.
Yes, sadly, this is not really a Batman tale, but it something of a love letter from a man who has always seamlessly incorporated pop culture into his stories in a meaningful way. This story is no exception.
Take a listen below!
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