The Hunger and Other Stories When The Hunger and Other Stories appeared it heralded the arrival of Charles Beaumont as an important and highly original new voice in American fiction Although he is best known today

  • Title: The Hunger, and Other Stories
  • Author: Charles Beaumont
  • ISBN: 9789997534460
  • Page: 455
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When The Hunger and Other Stories 1957 appeared, it heralded the arrival of Charles Beaumont 1929 1967 as an important and highly original new voice in American fiction Although he is best known today for his scripts for television and film, including several classic episodes of The Twilight Zone, Beaumont is being rediscovered as a master of weird tales, and this, hiWhen The Hunger and Other Stories 1957 appeared, it heralded the arrival of Charles Beaumont 1929 1967 as an important and highly original new voice in American fiction Although he is best known today for his scripts for television and film, including several classic episodes of The Twilight Zone, Beaumont is being rediscovered as a master of weird tales, and this, his first published collection, contains some of his best Ranging in tone from the chilling Gothic horror of Miss Gentilbelle, where an insane mother dresses her son up as a girl and slaughters his pets, to deliciously dark humor in tales like Open House and The Infernal Bouillabaisse, where murderers plans go disastrously awry, these seventeen stories demonstrate Beaumont s remarkable talent and versatility This new edition of The Hunger and Other Stories, the first in than fifty years, includes a new introduction by Dr Bernice M Murphy, who argues for reevaluation of Beaumont alongside the other greats of the genre, including Shirley Jackson, Ray Bradbury, and Richard Matheson.

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    1. this is the first charles beaumont book i've ever read, and i must say i'm bowled over. the very first story, miss gentilbelle, was so creepy that i consciously held myself aloof from it, trying not to absorb the fright, and the madness. happily the second story, the vanishing american reminded me of other stories i have loved, despite the creepiness of it, so i could allow myself to fully live in beaumont's world. i always suspected i would love beaumont's stories: i love his twilight zone epis [...]

    2. Miss Gentilbelle • (1957) The Vanishing American • (1955)A Point of Honor • (1955) Fair Lady • (1957) Free Dirt • (1955) Open House • (1957)The Train • (1957) The Dark Music • (1956) The Customers • (1957)Last Night in the Rain • (1956)The Crooked Man • (1955) Nursery Rhyme • (1957) The Murderers • (1955) The Hunger • (1955) Tears of the Madonna • (1957) The Infernal Bouillabaisse • (1957)Black Country • (1954)

    3. Stephen King recommended book. Noted as "important to the genre we have been discussing" from Danse Macabre, published in 1981.I really enjoyed this collection of horror stories. Some of them were down-right creepy, others very strange. Many have psychological aspects. I can see why King recommended this book.

    4. Well-crafted, literate short stories ranging from speculative fiction to horror. The author (who died in 1967) is best known for penning many classic Twilight Zone episodes, and he was well-respected by his peers, including Ray Bradbury and Richard Matheson. Standouts here include the title story and the striking, jazz-inflected prose of "Black Country."

    5. Personification is ingenious and really captures the essence of horror And what horror books were like in the 1950's. Ie Not much about the supernatural but rather the evils human beings bring to our world. For me it, It is more about his writing and commonly his opening lines, give you the chills. The themes are based mostly on the dangerous fantasies of disturbed people. Since it was post WWII, the horro is actually in humans themselves rather then the supernatural

    6. Hard to find these days, but the short stories of Charles Beaumont (perhaps better-known for his screenplays and TWILIGHT ZONE work on television) remain milestones in the sort of magical realism for which Ray Bradbury is often cited. Highly recommended.

    7. "I like to think of our stomachs," Mr. Frenchaboy said, in conclusion, "as small but select museums, to which a new treasure should be added at least once a day."

    8. Just finished reading The Hunger and other stories by Charles Beaumont, a great short story collection that was out of print for over 50 years. Do yourself a favor and read it. Delicious horror and science fiction tales that make the skin crawl.

    9. A superb collection of beautifully written dark fantasy and horror stories by the author of several of the best Twilight Zone episodes. They range from the grotesque (Free Dirt) to the sublime (The Hunger). An important horror author who died too soon. Well recommended.

    10. Some brilliant stories here that recall the wonderful storytelling of Shirley Jackson. Free Dirt and The Dark Music were particular highlights.

    11. Perhaps best known for his Twilight Zone scripts, Charles Beaumont was an expert at story, whistling his way through grabber beginnings, gripping middles and satisfying ends in telecasts as short as a half-hour. Now, his short stories are finding new readers, and when I saw this collection on Audible and fondly remembered reading a TOR collection twenty-five years ago called "The Howling Man and Other Stories" and spent my monthly Audible credit without hesitation.While these stories vary betwee [...]

    12. If you're a fan of, or even familiar with, Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone, you've probably already seen some of Charles Beaumont's work. He and Richard Matheson were responsible for the majority of stories in that series not written by Serling himself, and his reputation for short, pithy stories with lyrical prose and horrific, haunting elements is served well by this collection.Some of the stories here have that signature Zone-like twist, but most don't. They are simply beautifully told tales [...]

    13. This collection of short stories feels very much of its time: the 1950s, when there were still large-circulation publications that paid well for short fiction, and when contes cruels and morality tales with twist endings written in clipped Hemingway prose were mainstream entertainment. Beaumont was one of the best exemplars of this style, and his most lasting work can be found in the scripts he wrote for "The Twilight Zone." Too many of these stories read like half-formed versions of those scrip [...]

    14. the first collection of short stories by Charles Beaumont who is probably best known today for having written a large number of episodes of the original twilight zone. I had read a best of collection and liked it enough to track down all the original collections it was drawn from.

    15. The true master of the weird and wonderful. This may be old school to some but Charles Beaumont is the foundation for many, many writers. Taken too soon he left us with this marvelous and classic collection that is timeless.

    16. This has been one of the beat short story collections I have read in years. It was my first Beaumont book I have read, I will actively pursue much more of his writing.

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