Remember that Twilight Zone episode? The one that gave you nightmares? Chances are it was written by Charles Beaumont. In a career that lasted only thirteen years before his premature death in 1967, Beaumont’s tales of horror, suspense and wonder established him as a master — stories which have appeared in magazines as diverse as Playboy, Esquire, The Saturday Evening Post, Mystery Digest, and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.
Here is the definitive Charles Beaumont, a collection of short fiction which showcases the magic of this writer’s truly extraordinary imagination. Of the forty-two stories in this volume, eighteen are selected and prefaced by America’s top authors of fantasy and suspense, including Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson, Robert Bloch, Harlan Ellison, William F. Nolan, George Clayton Johnson, Ray Russell, Jerry Sohl, Dennis Etchison, Douglas Heyes, and many others. They offer illuminating tributes to Beaumont — as a friend, a colleague, and a man whose creative talents left an indelible stamp on modern fiction, and on their imaginations.
This collection also features a new biographical introduction by editor Roger Anker, new artwork by David Ho, and a foreword by Beaumont’s son, Christopher. Once read, these stories are impossible to forget. Share the magic. Meet Beaumont.
Charles Beaumont (1929–1967) was a prolific American author of speculative fiction, including short stories in the horror and science fiction subgenres. He is remembered as a writer of classic Twilight Zone episodes, such as "The Howling Man", "Miniature", and "Printer's Devil", but also penned the screenplays for several cult horror and science fiction films, among them 7 Faces of Dr. Lao, The Intruder and The Masque of the Red Death. As best-selling novelist Dean R. Koontz has said, "[Charles Beaumont was] one of the seminal influences on writers of the fantastic and macabre."
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