The Hunger and other stories : A violent form of entertainment by Charles Beaumont
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1957. First Edition. Hardcover. 234 pages ; 21 cm. $3.50 dust jacket unclipped. Very good copy in original dust jacket with unmarked pages and square binding.
THE HUNGER AND OTHER STORIES BY CHARLES BEAUMONT
But these are not just short stories— they are a form of violent entertainment. With this book, a new and special delight will come to those who love a steady weird glow in their fiction. Charles Beaumont's stories strike off sparks in the dark. They tell of strange happenings, of odd children, of disturbing events which can't quite be explained.
Perhaps this is Charles Addams in short story form. But then again, this book is a warlock's brew of Graham Greene and John Collier and Ray Bradbury and James Thurber, and of other things just as bright and awful that you have never seen the like of before.
There is no story that sounds more like jazz, as you read it, than Black Country, which begins in a New Orleans graveyard, where the band is laying to rest one of their number—with the notes of "The Jimjam Man."
Here's a little boy, in Miss Gentilbelle, brought up in a delusion, seeking to find himself as he is. And the secret of the bathroom, in Open House, that horrifies you and leaves you roaring with laughter. Not since the Greek comedies have you found a satyr-like the one a lonely woman finds in The Dark Music.
There are others, and the reader will proceed with caution and fascination, daring to look up once in a while.
CHARLES BEAUMONT is young and ageless, having survived the following in the past fifteen of his twenty-seven years: athletics, polio, amateur writing, one concert of a musical career, a theatrical venture which failed as a result of inability to act, the infantry, art study which ended in the illustration of one book; marriage (successful),parenthood (successful). He has published a hundred stories in The Saturday Evening Post, Playboy, Esquire, and others. He is the sort of author whose trademark will be his name, not the titles of his books. He is working on his fifth motion picture and loves racing sports cars. He says he wants to turn out one book that will outlive him.
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