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Beyond the Door

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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
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
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

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
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
Dave Thomas
"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
If you love reading or sharing ghost stories, urban legends, or strange tales, you will love reading Beyond the Door. Highly recommended!
Lee Thompson
Jeffrey Thomas is a helluva writer. Loved this.
George Wilhite
“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
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
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
Dave Pope
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.
Dec 08, 2014 Lynn rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Scary and often repulsive.....muahahaha
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!
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.
David Church
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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