Drunken Fireworks by Stephen King
Alden and his mom are slowly drinking their lives away in small town Maine and that is just the way they like it. They came into some money and during the summers they spend their time, most of it drunk, on the shores of Lake Abenaki. Three years or so ago the Massimo’s moved in across the lake in that fancy house with all the bedrooms. That Fourth of July the two families inadvertently start a fireworks competition. Who has the bigger, badder, louder fireworks? Every Independence Day the two families see who can top who. Well, things truly blew up this past July 4th.
If you have ever been to Maine and liked the local’s accents then you must give this one a listen. The reader does an amazing job. Sounds like a local just sat down on their porch to tell a tale. It did take me a few minutes to get the accent right in my head so I could understand the words, but once I did it was great.
If you want to read this story right now, you’ll have to listen to it. This short story (only two discs, running for ninety minutes) is only available as an audiobook. (It will appear in his short story collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams in November.)