"Sneakers" is a short story written by Stephen King. It was first published in the 1988 anthology Dark Visions, and later included in King's own 1993 collection Nightmares and Dreamscapes.


Music exec John Tell thinks that working at Tabori Studios with famous producer Paul Jannings will be a big opportunity, but when he notices a pair of old dirty sneakers in an adjacent bathroom stall he doesn't realise what he's getting into. John at first assumes they belong to somebody who works at the studio or a delivery person, but when he visits the bathroom again throughout the week, he notices that not only have they not moved but are now covered in a layer of dead flies and other bugs.


The audiobook version of this story, in the Nightmares and Dreamscapes collection, is read by David Cronenberg, who also directed the film adaptation of The Dead Zone.

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