Our three new Charles Beaumont editions are out now! A TOUCH OF THE CREATURE, THE HUNGER AND OTHER STORIES, and THE INTRUDER.
If you're a fan of The Twilight Zone, you'll want to check out these amazing short story collections and his page-turner novel of racial segregation.
Full book descriptions below!
A Touch of the Creature, with an introduction by Roger Anker
Charles Beaumont’s untimely death in 1967 at age 38 cut short the brief but brilliant career of a writer now regarded as a master of modern weird fiction. The author of three extraordinary collections of short stories, the acclaimed novel The Intruder, and scripts for cult classic horror films and the popular TV series The Twilight Zone, Beaumont was at work on a fourth collection at the end of his life. The contents of that book, which he hoped to title A Touch of the Creature, remained unpublished until a limited hardcover edition in 2000, now long out-of-print.
Ranging in tone from the eerie and unsettling “The Indian Piper” and “Time and Again” to the offbeat and humorous “Adam’s Off Ox” and “The Junemoon Spoon”, these stories reveal previously unknown sides to this talented writer and will not disappoint any fan of Beaumont’s work.
This edition includes all fourteen tales from the limited hardcover edition, along with three additional never-before-seen stories, and features a new introduction by award-winning editor Roger Anker.
The Hunger and Other Stories (1957), with an introduction by Bernice Murphy
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 television and film scripts, 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 more than fifty years, includes a new introduction by Dr. Bernice M. Murphy, who argues for reconsideration of Beaumont alongside the other greats of the genre, including Shirley Jackson, Ray Bradbury, and Richard Matheson.
The Intruder (1959), with a new introduction by Roger Corman (!!)
The Supreme Court has ordered an end to racially segregated schools, and folks in the predominantly white Southern town of Caxton are prepared grudgingly to comply with the ruling. But when Adam Cramer, a handsome and smooth-talking young man, arrives in town and begins to make incendiary speeches and stoke the flames of racial prejudice, the situation quickly turns deadly. Who is Cramer, and what is the sinister truth behind his real agenda? As tensions build and violence flares, it all leads to an explosive and surprising conclusion!
As compelling and relevant today as when first published, Charles Beaumont’s The Intruder (1959) has lost none of its power to shock, and modern readers will find Cramer’s bigoted rhetoric eerily familiar in light of today’s civil rights debates. Beaumont (1929-1967), better known for his Twilight Zone scripts and his weird and brilliant short fiction, earned widespread acclaim for this novel, which was adapted for a controversial 1962 film by director Roger Corman, who contributes a new introduction to this edition.
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