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Beyond the Door

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  113 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
From the wildly imaginative storyteller behind Punktown and other strange worlds, comes the novella BEYOND THE DOOR.

Two strangers meet in a train station, and begin swapping stories—stories that eerily interweave, and grow more and more disturbing and bizarre. The headless undead, a gruesome flea circus, flesh-eating insects, and a menacing house that won’t stay put. These
Hardcover, Signed Limited Mini Hardcover, 150 numbered copies, 119 pages
Published April 2011 by Delirium Books
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Dan Schwent
Two men swap tales of terror from opposite sides of a bathroom stall door.

This is the final book in my Kindle Unlimited Experiment. For the 30 day trial, I'm only reading books that are part of the program and keeping track what the total cost of the books would have been.

I left the choice of my final Kindle Unlimited book to my Booklikes followers. I only got two suggestions so this one got the nod, mostly due to the use of a frame narrative, one of my favorite seldom-used literary devices. Two
Mar 21, 2013 Char rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

This isn't a short story collection, but it is.

A man accidentally opens a bathroom stall only to find that it's occupied. Miffed, the man says "Where I come from, we lock the door to the bathroom stall", and from there the game is on. What ensues are a bunch of short stories that are traded by the two men, one in the stall and the other out.

It sounds like a strange premise, and I guess it is, but I enjoyed the hell out of it. The stories were very cool (especially the one regarding th
Benjamin Uminsky
Apr 05, 2011 Benjamin Uminsky rated it it was amazing
This is my first introduction to Jeff Thomas... and it ammounted to a nice firm handshake, beguiling smile, and a sparkle in his eye. "Beyond the Door" was essentially a Twilight Zone tale with a series of weird tales being exchanged between two main characters. What added to the bizareness of the overall narative was that the two individuals were swapping weird tales between the closed door of a bathroom stall in a public restroom... two complete strangers mind you. Despite it being a public pl ...more
May 02, 2011 Trudi rated it really liked it

Proof that very great things can come in tiny little packages. First, I love that whacked out cover ... seriously dude, wtf? I never wanted to read a book so keenly based solely on the cover art. Do I want to know what's beyond the door? Goddamn straight.

Secondly, this little book has some creepy, weird secrets to tell, but very quiet like, it wants to whisper them in your ear. Sans flash, pizzazz, or the implementation of jazz hands, my attention was grabbed and held. The stories are sneaky, t
Dave Thomas
Dec 31, 2011 Dave Thomas rated it it was amazing
"Where I come from..." This simple phrase is the linchpin in Jeffrey Thomas's "Beyond the Door," a beautifully written tale about two men exchanging stories through a bathroom stall in a train station without ever meeting or seeing each other face-to-face. How's that for an original idea? And in Thomas's capable hands, you will find the stories become more interesting and bizarre as the tete-a-tete progresses until ultimately leading to a final story about the train itself.

Don't let the size of
A man is waiting for his train to arrive when he steps into a bathroom. He goes to a toilet stall and opens it, only to find it currently occupied. A bit miffed, he blurts out, "Where I come from, people lock the toilet stall door." The two men go back and forth a bit before settling down and swapping stories about where they come from.

A very strange premise but it definitely worked! I loved the original premise here and the stories that the men told each other flowed easily and were highly ent
Apr 08, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
If you love reading or sharing ghost stories, urban legends, or strange tales, you will love reading Beyond the Door. Highly recommended!
Lee Thompson
Aug 01, 2011 Lee Thompson rated it really liked it
Jeffrey Thomas is a helluva writer. Loved this.
George Wilhite
Aug 09, 2011 George Wilhite rated it it was amazing
“Beyond the Door” by Jeffrey Thomas is an excellent novella that is best devoured in one sitting. Doing so will provide a “real time” element to this highly original tale that is largely a conversation between two characters that never meet face to face.

Ware enters the bathroom of a train station and accidentally opens an already occupied stall. This is the closest he comes to meeting the man in the stall, though he closes the door before seeing his face. Ware is embarrassed but retorts: “Where
Apr 17, 2012 Durant rated it really liked it
This was a very interesting and well done little book. Two men, who may be the same person, are trading stories in the men's room...for hours. The stories, of course, make up most of the book. These narratives are basically short stories within the longer work. But Thomas effortlessly keeps the story together so that if feels like a single work, which it really is. The story itself is weird, crazy, weird, odd, did I say weird. I really enjoyed it. It reminded me in turns of Bradbury and Millhaus ...more
Jul 07, 2015 Clint rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
My third foray into the imagination of Jeffrey Thomas lives up to the promise of my first (Unholy Dimensions). This dude is like a cross between Ray Bradbury, Lovecraft, and the Ramones. This novella (I guess it's a novella. Like his genre, his medium is also hard to classify.) could theoretically be broken into short stories, but the way it's crafted is an amazing feat in itself. Bear with me, almost the entire thing is a conversation between two guys on opposite sides of a bathroom stall. How ...more
Todd Russell
The main door described in the title is the bathroom stall door inside a train station. Seriously, two men trade weird and unusual stories while one of the is perched inside the bathroom stall about to do his business. If that sounds like a bizarre visage, well, it is! The stories they tell are fairly interesting but I would have connected more with each story if the author hadn't used dialogue and went into a narrative section for each story (perhaps kind of like Chuck Palahniuk did with Haunte ...more
Chris Cangiano
A man named Ware steps into the Men's room in Boston's South Station to use the facilities while waiting for his train home. Pushing open the door to the nearest stall, Ware finds the stall occupied. Embarrassed and annoyed he quickly pulls the door shut blurting out, "Where I come from, we lock the door to the bathroom stall". The unseen occupant responds with, "Well where I come from, people knock on the door before opening it". What emerges from there is a series of unsettling and weird stori ...more
Feb 11, 2016 Elusive rated it liked it
Shelves: review
In ‘Beyond the Door’, two strangers start arguing in a toilet and subsequently share bizarre stories with each other. As time goes by, their stories become stranger and darker.

The premise of this book was certainly unusual and the men’s stories were engrossing. The content revolved around various subject matters – a macabre carnival, a headless yet living woman, a flea circus, a woman obsessed with insects, a house filled with deaths etc. The author definitely has a fantastic imagination and hi
Jan 24, 2016 Jonathan rated it liked it
The first Thomas book I actually wouldn't recommend. The whole premise is two different men telling one another stories, that intersect, and cross over one another in a bit of a back and forth dialogue. The trouble is the writing itself here. Most of the stories end up more like a car crash than anything else.

While there is some interconnective tissue of narrative (A character being revisited, over and over again.) It has no payoff, none, whatsoever. Beyond that, none of the stories have much f
Brian O'Connell
Jul 26, 2016 Brian O'Connell rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, weird
Two strangers "meet" in a train station bathroom, separated by a stall door, and begin, very fluidly, to tell immensely disturbing stories to each other - stories populated by headless women, dying junkies, caterpillar creatures, and more.

These vignettes are intense, pulpy (almost Serling-esque), unnerving, atmospheric, and all around great fun. It's like finding an old, frayed book of urban legends you didn't remember having in your attic. Jeffery Thomas' writing is superb as always.

A dark and
Kari Dennis
3 1/2 stars

Unusual story about two men trying to one-up each other with (supposedly) true stories of the bizarre and other-worldly from their home towns. The stories they tell are interesting, and they seem to believe them. It feels like there is something else going on in the story though, like it's building up to something big happening. And when it does end, it feels anti-climactic.
After a string of mediocre books, it was refreshing to read this one. Very short, it's kinda sorta a string of stories joined together by the framework of two strangers telling each other creepy tales. I loved this one so much, I re-read it as soon as I was finished -- after finishing it the first time, I realized there were some details throughout the story that tied into later events. I really enjoyed this -- very much. Highly recommend!
Mar 14, 2016 Oskar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a little story about the isolation that humans built around them and how persons break it and
connect each other by the power of the words, in this novella by telling stories.Bizarre,dark and very
deep, I enjoyed a lot this book.Very recommended.
Jul 09, 2015 Aurora rated it really liked it
I liked this collection though the whole premise is rather weird. I have a feeling that there's some underlying explanation or theme or something that explains it that I missed, as though I almost got it but not quite. Beside that one thing, I really enjoyed this collection.
Feb 20, 2013 Antony rated it really liked it
a very short but brilliant read that really pulled me in my only problem was it was nowhere near long enough each story could have been expanded into more detail especially the carnival. one of the few books I would read again highly recommended.
Dave Pope
Feb 08, 2014 Dave Pope rated it liked it
A story made up of a set of short stories. Very interesting and entertaining for the main part but I felt that it lacked a bit of bite. The premise is very good and original and it does keep its grip on the reader.
David Church
Feb 06, 2013 David Church rated it really liked it
Really wish you could give .5s on Good Reads..4.5 for me, amazing nostlagic weird stories in this great novella.
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Jeffrey Thomas is an American author of fantastical fiction, the creator of the acclaimed milieu Punktown. Books in the Punktown universe include the short story collections PUNKTOWN, VOICES FROM PUNKTOWN, PUNKTOWN: SHADES OF GREY (with his brother, Scott Thomas), and GHOSTS OF PUNKTOWN. Novels in that setting include DEADSTOCK, BLUE WAR, MONSTROCITY, HEALTH AGENT, EVERYBODY SCREAM!, and RED CELLS ...more
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