Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Scary Books – The Howling Man by Charles Beaumont


Charles Beaumont – you’ve heard the name. Best remembered as a contributor to Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone, Beaumont died tragically young but left behind a stunning body of work. The best of his stories are collected here in this great paperback from 1988. The tales here vary from the suspenseful to the profound, all sharing and benefiting from Beaumont’s keen insight into human nature. Along with the title story my favorites are “Miss Gentilbelle,” “Last Rites,” “Dark Music,” “The Hunger,” and “Night Ride.” Included are commentaries on Beaumont’s talent by Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson, Robert Bloch, and Harlan Ellison which adds yet another level to our appreciation of this great writer.  Charles Beaumont – you’ve heard the name. this is the guy that wrote the screenplays for the films The Masque of the Red Death (1964), 7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964), The Intruder (1962, from his own novel), Burn, Witch, Burn (1962) and The Premature Burial (1962). And that’s just a sampling of his work. Charles Beaumont – you’ve heard the name. Check out The Howling Man from Tor Books. You won’t regret it.

1 comment:

  1. Happy birthday to Mr. Beaumont! This is a very sought-after collectible; copies go for at least $20, and higher. Used to see this Tor edition in used bookstores throughout the '90s but never picked it up for whatever reason. Fortunately I've been able to score vintage copies of his collections for fairly cheap.

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