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Headaches and Bad Dreams

A Novella by

All I can remember about the origin of "Headaches and Bad Dreams" is that I was on a train when I got the idea for it. It seems to me I was on my way home from Connecticut, though I couldn't tell you what I was doing there. Whatever it was, my wife was there doing it with me, and this idea came to me in a sentence or two and I recounted it to her in a sentence or two. "There's this psychic," I said, and she heard me out, and said it sounded good to her.
I wrote the story at the request of Elaine Koster, who was running Dutton and New American Library at the time, and who wanted a kick-ass anthology in celebration of NAL's 50th anniversary in 1998. She decided to call it The Best of the Best, which strikes me in retrospect as strikingly presumptuous, because all the stories were to be written for the collection, and who could say ahead of time that they'd even be competent, let alone the best of anything?
Best, schmest. I think this one came out pretty well, and I hope you enjoy it.

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Title: Headaches and Bad Dreams (A Story From the Dark Side)
Author(s): Lawrence Block
Publisher: Lawrence Block
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