20. "You Know They Got A Hell Of A Band" (Short Story)

Original publication date: 1992
Included in: Nightmares And Dreamscapes (1993)

This one’s for all of the music lovers out there. An outspoken rock ‘n’ roll fanatic, King whipped together this vibrant and imaginative yarn as an all-star exhibition of rock’s greatest performers collaborating with the macabre. In it, a married couple gets lost and ends up in a town called, not too subtly, Rock ‘N’ Roll Heaven, where Elvis Presley’s the mayor, Ricky Nelson cooks grub at the local diner, and Janis Joplin vomits maggots. Even Otis Redding makes an appearance in King’s lightweight yet wonderfully demented tale that’s little more than a love letter to some of his favorite recording artists of old.