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Born Of Man And Woman

4.17  ·  Rating Details ·  126 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Hardcover, 164 pages
Published 1956 by Max Reinhardt (first published 1950)
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Paul Bryant
Feb 09, 2014 Paul Bryant rated it it was ok
These terse cartoony pulpacious short stories from the early 50s jitterbug madly on the borderline where science fiction meets horror and come at you like one of those notorious comics which got adults in such a tiswas back then, this kind of thing


We’re in a different world here, where wives toss their pretty blonde curls, where secretaries sharpen pencils, where young men pound typewriters and where the sexual innuendo is laid on with a trowel. In one of the longer stories, “Lover When You’re
Nov 20, 2014 Kim rated it liked it

I read this very short story today. In fact I read it a few times in about half an hour, like I said it was a very short story. The thing that brought it to my attention was that my son wrote an essay on it for a college course he is taking. I read his essay last night, and the story this morning.

The first time I read it I was just creeped out, and annoyed with these parents. Almost the entire story takes place in a cellar. These supposedly "normal" parents keep their child chained in the cella
Chiara Rissola
Mar 11, 2016 Chiara Rissola rated it it was ok
This book is really creepy but at the same time interesting because not all of the information is given so it leaves you wondering. I think that this could make a very interesting discussion. Another upside to the book; it takes from 1-5 minutes to read! It can get quite confusing at times though... However, great story! I think that the book seems to have some deep messages that deserve to be looked into and almost be further explained.
Jules abraham De leon
Jul 23, 2014 Jules abraham De leon rated it really liked it
Story was narrated by a child, who tells a story about his parents who keeps locking him in the cellar for no reason, fucked up. Short, but one powerful story, and to think Matheson wrote this when he was 23, Damn.
Oana M.
Jan 09, 2016 Oana M. rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016, short-stories
Creepy short story, but with many points that can lead to a discussion among fellow readers.
Feb 05, 2015 Angel rated it really liked it
Interesting point of view, far too short of course.
Nov 24, 2013 Stacy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
Wow - quite an impressive and creative short little story, especially considering Matheson was 22 when he wrote it and it was his first published story (and it's 63 years old)! Reminds me of when I first read the little brother short story by Poppy Z. Brite - creepy!
Jun 25, 2013 Mark rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, sci-fi
I read this the day after Richard Matheson passed away and it was astonishing (especially since it's his first published story, published 63 years ago). Very creepy, very unpleasant but compulsive and gripping, this is a superb tale from an extraordinary storyteller.
Nov 27, 2011 Debra marked it as to-read
Stephen King recommended book and authoras noted in Chapter 9 of Berkley's 1983 paperback edition of Danse Macabre.
Sep 12, 2012 Allison rated it really liked it
Very seriously creepy. Takes about 5-1- minutes to read and I think you can find the whole thing on line free. Worth a read! I passed it around the lab today for people to read and we had a great discussion going.
Anthony Giordano
Oct 11, 2013 Anthony Giordano rated it it was amazing
My quick little overview of this horror classic here:
Jul 08, 2012 Tori rated it really liked it
A child only wants affection and attention.
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Born in Allendale, New Jersey to Norwegian immigrant parents, Matheson was raised in Brooklyn and graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School in 1943. He then entered the military and spent World War II as an infantry soldier. In 1949 he earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and moved to California in 1951. He married in 1952 and has four children, three of w ...more
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