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Pleasant Dreams: Nightmares is a collection of fantasy and horror short stories by American writer Robert Bloch. It was released in 1960 and was the author's second book published by Arkham House. It was released in an edition of 2,060 copies.

Pleasant Dreams: Nightmares
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Jacket illustration by Gary Gore.
AuthorRobert Bloch
Cover artistGary Gore
CountryUnited States
GenreFantasy, horror
PublisherArkham House
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardback)

The stories originally appeared in several magazines between 1946 and 1958. The collection includes Bloch's 1959 Hugo Award winning story, "That Hell-Bound Train".


Pleasant Dreams: Nightmares contains the following tales:

  1. "Sweets to the Sweet"
  2. "The Dream-Makers"
  3. "The Sorcerer's Apprentice"
  4. "I Kiss Your Shadow"
  5. "Mr. Steinway"
  6. "The Proper Spirit"
  7. "Catnip"
  8. "The Cheaters"
  9. "Hungarian Rhapsody"
  10. "The Lighthouse" (with Edgar Allan Poe)
  11. "The Hungry House"
  12. "The Sleeping Beauty"
  13. "Sweet Sixteen"
  14. "That Hell-Bound Train"
  15. "Enoch"


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