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The Howling Man

4.25  ·  Rating Details ·  327 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
The definitive collection of tales by the award-winning horror writer includes such classics as "The Hunger," "Miss Genibelle," and "Free Dirt," and features introductions by Robert Bloch, Ray Bradbury, Harlan Ellison, Roger Corman, and others. Reprint.
Mass Market, 572 pages
Published March 1st 1992 by Tor Books (first published January 1st 1988)
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Aug 07, 2011 Marvin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Charles Beaumont was one of the best horror writers in the fifties and sixties, equaling the impact of Robert Bloch and Richard Matheson. His writings can be most accurately compared in style to Ray Bradbury. Unfortunately he was also burdened with a Alzheimer's-like disease which killed him at the age of 37. While his potential was probably never realized, he did leave us with many excellent short stories of which the best are collected in this excellent and beautiful book released by Dark Harv ...more
Dec 08, 2015 Peter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Charles Beaumont was one of the best writers of the 50's and 60's. Beaumont ranks with the likes of Ray Bradbury and Richard Matheson. I first ran into the name of Charles Beaumont, watching episodes of The Twilight Zone. Charles Beaumont had written many scripts for Rod Serling. I did not know much about Beaumont, until I read Selected Stories. The stories in this collection were both chilling and well written. A few of my favorite stories are, Miss Gentibelle, The Howling Man and Last Rites. E ...more
Jan 19, 2014 Bibliophile rated it really liked it
An very nice collection of Beaumont's short stories. A few seem a little dated, but most struck me as quite bold considering they were written in the 50's and 60's. All of them are remarkably original and diverse. In "Miss Gentilbelle", a deranged mother rivalling Mrs Bates not only kills her son's pets, but dresses him as a girl. "The Devil, You Say?" is a wonderful, light-hearted tale of a small-town newspaperman who makes a deal with a charming Satan. Hilarity ensues, when the news become rea ...more
Kevin Lucia
May 17, 2015 Kevin Lucia rated it it was amazing

Regular, real people. Small people. Common people grappling with life. That's what makes Beaumont's work so striking. Yes, a matchless imagination. An ability to swing from quiet horror to science fiction to bizarre-what-genre-is-this to literary fiction. But at the root: people. A tired stock car driver living from track to track. Desperate and sad jazz musicians. I can't even begin to explain the magic that Beaumont weaves. Genre fiction truly lost someone early when he left us.

I wish I
Mar 25, 2013 McKinley rated it it was amazing
Charles Beaumont was the father of modern horror, in my opinion. Sadly, he is beginning to fade from the awareness of even more discerning horror aficionados. This book is alarmingly difficult to get hold of, but my good friend and cousin-in-law Al lent it to me with the promise that it would keep me up all night, every night until I was finished reading it. How right he was. The stories contained in The Howling Man are not simply gratuitous and disturbing. That would be too easy. The subtle ter ...more
Jul 15, 2012 Belinda rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-fiction
Fantastic short story collection--I have been after this paperback for years and my boyfriend finally found it for my nook. As writer of some of the best loved Twilight Zone episodes, you know you are in for a treat when you read Charles Beaumont. You get a bit of horror, a bit of mystery, a bit of fantasy and a bit of sci-fi. A great eclectic mix--but despite the shining charm of the stories are the introductions to each story by famed writers and friends of Mr. Beaumont. I had not known much a ...more
Jeff French
Jul 21, 2014 Jeff French rated it really liked it
Shelves: collections
This man knows how to write a story. Some of the stories are disturbing, Others are thought provoking, sad, scary etc. You never know what you are going to get with each one. A couple of the stories I didn't get. Probably went right over my head. Beaumont has a way with words, thats for sure. Some of these will stick with you long after you've done the book.
Oct 08, 2009 Bryce rated it really liked it
Read this book of creepy and thought-provoking short stories originally at age 12... and gave myself the heebie-jeebies for weeks. I read them again as an adult and the quality of the stories and the scares definitely holds up. Beaumont is a master of his craft and deserves to be remembered for his prose writing ability, not just his work for television.
Alexander Kot
Feb 10, 2016 Alexander Kot rated it really liked it
Being a twilight zone fan this is admittedly biased. If you research him he became a character like his own stories. Underrated in my opinion but what's that? Scary, close to home, and really just honest. Give a couple a try.
Jul 15, 2007 Vanessa rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: horror readers
this book has differnt stories of charles beaumont tales.charles is the winner of the bram stoker award he really has an extraordinary imagination . the howling man is the definitive collection of beaumonts most haunting work.
Do you recognized the names Richard Matheson and Rod Serling. I bet you do not know Charles Beaumont, which is a shame because he was worlds better than either of them and that says something because I am a huge fan of both. Time forgot Charles Beaumont and that is shame because this taste of his work is not enough. The book is named after the famous Twilight Zone episode he wrote. There is not a miss among the stories and many you will recognize. So sit back and enjoy a true master at his craft ...more
Brad Abraham
Oct 02, 2015 Brad Abraham rated it it was amazing
My favorite short story collection from my all-time favorite author. I could babble on ad nauseum about Beaumont, about "The Howling Man", "The Jungle", and my favorite short story - full stop - in the chilling "Miss Gentilbelle" ... but that would waste precious minutes you could better spend diving into the macabre world of a writer who died far, far too young. A hard book to find but one that will reward you with every page.
Sep 23, 2016 Jesse rated it it was amazing
My first experience with the written work of Charles Beaumont, and what a revelation this is. This anthology from Tor is chock full of every story that made Beaumont the legend that he is, from the disturbing creep of "Ms. Gentibelle" to the spiritual horrors of "The Howling Man," and even showing a propensity for satire, as in the howler of a story "To Hell with Claude," and even straight drama, as in the excerpt from his only novel, "The Intruder". His stories are full of wit, excitement, fear ...more
Jan 14, 2015 Bmichael91 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best short story collections I have ever read. To keep it short: If you like The Twilight Zone, you will love The Howling Man. Not all of the stories are science fiction or mystery, but as I read through each story I kept thinking to myself "Man this would have been an awesome Twilight Zone episode".

Even if you don't like The Twilight Zone you should still check this out because these are amazing stories that were obviously given a great deal of editing and rewriting to ensur
David Merrill
Jul 15, 2012 David Merrill rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I read this quite a while ago, so I'm not going to give a direct review of each story. I'm also going to keep this short.

For those who don't remember Beaumont's name, he was one of the original Twilight Zone writers. The Howling Man (or The Collected Stories of Charles Beaumont, as it was known in hardcover) is probably the best single author short story collection I've ever read. This was a tribute book. Each story was selected and introduced by one of his friends, many of them writers. Many of
May 19, 2014 TrumanCoyote rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three stories in particular soared to considerable heights of eloquence: "The Howling Man" and the two Jazzmen offerings, "Black Country" and "Night Ride" (although the latter did resort to rather a sentimental take on Tortured Artists and all of that business). Indeed, it would've been nice to see a novel from Beaumont in that elevated (and downright Lord-Buckleyesque) style. Also, "Appointment With Eddie" was a truly hilarious sendup of status consciousness--one of the funniest and most pungen ...more
Free Dirt - entertaining story, illusion or delusion?

Night Rider - Sad and good

Crooked Man - Interesting premise, story was eh, but still well written

and I also read the short - the beautiful people, which was funny because the word beautiful starts out with the same letters as his name, and that made me smile.
Oct 20, 2013 PSXtreme rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys the Twilight Zone or Outer Limits
An excellent collection of stories. Even though they were written 50+ years ago, the stories still stay relevant. Loved some of them tremendously...others not so much. Nevertheless, overall I enjoyed the book enough to give it a 3 star rating. For fans of the original Twilight Zone, this is material that you'll love.
Nixie Larue
Jan 05, 2014 Nixie Larue rated it it was amazing
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This book has the greatest short stories in it. I just loved this book. Talented writer and amazing and creative stories!
Jared Sandman
Aug 06, 2012 Jared Sandman rated it it was amazing
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Great best-of collection for a man whose career was cut tragically short. Classic stories include "The Howling Man," "Perchance to Dream" and "Black Country." Interspersed with recollections from his friends and other writers who count him as an influence.
Nov 30, 2013 Mike rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, horror, fantasy
If you like short stories of the "Twilight Zone" type genre, you'll love this book. An amazing author who was taken from us way too soon. Just an awesome book that I'll keep and treasure.
Marty Young
Oct 02, 2012 Marty Young rated it it was amazing

An amazing collection by a writer of immense talent. After reading some of the stories, I'd just sit there and wonder how he had pulled that off. Highly recommended.
William Mccamment
Feb 08, 2013 William Mccamment rated it it was amazing
This is one of two books I read at least once a year (the other being Ray Bradbury's The October Country). If you are a short story fan you can't do much better than this book.
Tom Britz
Oct 17, 2013 Tom Britz rated it it was amazing
If you like The Twilight Zone, then you'll love this book. Charles Beaumont along with Richard Matheson wrote many of the best episodes.
David Pollison
Apr 17, 2012 David Pollison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm only 3 stories in & I can't believe I've waited this long to start reading the one & only charles Beaumont.
Michael McFarland
Feb 04, 2014 Michael McFarland rated it really liked it
An excellent collection of short stories. 500+ pages and only 2 tales I didn't care for.
A great forgotten writer of suspense stories. He left us way too early.
Debra B.
Mar 08, 2015 Debra B. rated it really liked it
A very talented writer. Died too young.
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Charles Beaumont was born Charles Leroy Nutt in Chicago in 1929. He dropped out of high school in the tenth grade and worked at a number of jobs before selling his first story to Amazing Stories in 1950. His story “Black Country” (1954) was the first work of short fiction to appear in Playboy, and his classic tale “The Crooked Man” appeared in the same magazine the following year. Beaumont publish ...more
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