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Dream Town

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Author: Henry Slesar
Published: 1957
Language: English
Wordcount: 4,898 / 22 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 89.6
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,965
Added to site: 2009.06.22 24507

The woman in the doorway looked so harmless. Who was to tell she had some rather startling interests?

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angling the little bells and hooting to each other. A woman, hanging wash in the back yard, called out to him, thinking he was somebody else.

He found a little park, no more than twenty yards in circumference, centered around a weatherbeaten monument of some unrecognizable military figure. Three old men took their places on the bench that circled the General, and leaned on their canes.

Sol was a civil engineer. But he made like a reporter.

"Pardon me, sir." The old man, leathery-faced, with a fine yellow moustache, looked at him dumbly. "Have you ever heard of Armagon?"

"You a stranger?"


"Thought so."

Sol repeated the question.

"Course I did. Been goin' there ever since I was a kid. Night-times, that is."

"How--I mean, what kind of place is it?"

"Said you're a stranger?"


"Then 'tain't your business."

That was that.

He left the park, and wandered into a thriving luncheonette. He tried questioning the

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3 from 2 reviews: ***
Paulo Respighi

After having his car stolen by a hitchhiker, a traveler is stuck in a small town. The town seems normal, except that everyone in town seems to dream themselves in the same castle, playing different parts.

Not a great story, but a little Twilight Zone-ish: short, and with a predictable ending.


Short story about a stranger in a town where everyone dreams of the same place while sleeping at night.



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