Karen Valby
September 22, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

In Native American tradition, dream catchers are talismans hung above children’s beds to ward off bad dreams. But now bookstores are set to shill two hot books with that title — and both might induce nightmares.

Dreamcatcher by Stephen King
The New England horror-meister’s latest, due in March, pits four boyhood pals against a supernatural enemy.
HOLLYWOOD DREAMS
He just sold the film rights to Castle Rock (Misery, The Green Mile).
BIGGEST SCARE
Even a near-fatal car accident hardly slowed the prolific King: A Dreamcatcher movie would mark, gulp, the 36th King adaptation to film or TV.
FRIGHT METER 7

Dream Catcher by Margaret Salinger
Memoir by the daughter of J.D., famed New England recluse who wrote classroom fave The Catcher in the Rye.
HOLLYWOOD DREAMS
Leo as Holden? Forget it. Papa won’t sell the rights to any of his works.
BIGGEST SCARE
She says Dad spoke in tongues, prodded his kids with acupuncture dowels, and drank his urine as a health regimen. (Maybe he saw Kevin Costner do it in Waterworld.)
FRIGHT METER 9

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