- Dedication (short story)
"Dedication" Author Stephen King Country United States Language English Genre(s) Fantasy short story Published in Dark Visions (1st release),
Nightmares and Dreamscapes
Publication type Anthology Publisher Orion Publishing Media type Print (Paperback) Publication date 1988
It tells the story of a black house maid working in a hotel and an eccentric alcoholic and prejudiced writer who is a frequent guest there. The maid consumes some of the writer's semen which was left on his sheets as part of a possible black magic spell, in the hope that it will pass talent and ability along to her unborn son. The story is told, in part, in the past tense.
King states in the introduction to this story that it was the inspiration for his novel Dolores Claiborne and that it was partly written to explore the idea of why such famous and talented people can sometimes be horrible in real life.
Nightmares & Dreamscapes by Stephen King
"Dolan's Cadillac" · "The End of the Whole Mess" · "Suffer the Little Children" · "The Night Flier" · "Popsy" · "It Grows on You" · "Chattery Teeth" · "Dedication" · "The Moving Finger" · "Sneakers" · "You Know They Got a Hell of a Band" · "Home Delivery" · "Rainy Season" · "My Pretty Pony" · "Sorry, Right Number" · "The Ten O'Clock People" · "Crouch End" · "The House on Maple Street" · "The Fifth Quarter" · "The Doctor's Case" · "Umney's Last Case" · "Head Down" · "Brooklyn August" · "The Beggar and the Diamond"
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