The short story ‘Cookie Jar’, which was first published in the Spring ’16 issue of VQR, will be part of the mass market paperback of ‘The Bazaar of Bad Dreams’.


Barrett (Rhett) Alderson’s thirteen year old great-grandson, Dale, has come to visit him at the Good Life Retirement Home where Rhett lives to interview him for a school project. Instead of telling Dale what life was like when Rhett was thirteen—the topic for the interview—Rhett tells him about his mother who had committed suicide after suffering with mental illness for many years when he was eleven and her cookie jar which he inherited. After her death, Rhett and his brother Jack discover it is no ordinary cookie jar.

Bazaar of Bad Dreams, the - with Cookie Jar (front) Bazaar of Bad Dreams, the - with Cookie Jar (back)

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