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The Howling Man

4.29 of 5 stars 4.29  ·  rating details  ·  266 ratings  ·  21 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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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
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
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
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.
Jul 15, 2007 Vanessa rated it 5 of 5 stars
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.
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
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
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
Jeff French
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.
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 3 of 5 stars
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
This book has the greatest short stories in it. I just loved this book. Talented writer and amazing and creative stories!
Jared Sandman
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.
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

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
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
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
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
An excellent collection of short stories. 500+ pages and only 2 tales I didn't care for.
Debra B.
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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