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A Touch of the Creature

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Charles Beaumont’s untimely death in 1967 at age 38 cut short the brief but brilliant career of a writer now regarded as a master of modern weird fiction. The author of three extraordinary collections of short stories, the acclaimed novel The Intruder, and scripts for cult classic horror films and the popular TV series The Twilight Zone, Beaumont was at work on a fourth co ...more
Hardcover, 175 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by Subterranean Press
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RJ from the LBC
This posthumous collection of unpublished stories has a few real gems, but it also has a lot of stories that probably weren't good enough for publication, or were awaiting revision, or are fragments of something larger. It's a nice collection for completist fans but it wouldn't be a very good starting point for those curious to learn more about Beaumont.*

Adam's Off Ox - 4/5 - don't be fooled by imitation, this is the stuff that cured a nation
A Long Way From Capri - 3/5 - come on tell me who are
Brandon Montgomery
Jul 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, short-stories
Have you ever heard the one about that shaggy dog?
Riju Ganguly
My tryst with Beaumont, if the experience of reading this book is taken as an indicator, is going to end badly.
Although the introduction by Roger Anker was succinct, informative, and sympathetically underscored the importance of Charles Beaumont, the stories didn’t make me that comfortable.

It didn’t help that the book opened with a yarn where the story got completely lost in the hillbilly voice of rustics (“Adam’s Off Ox”). It was followed by some crowd-pleasing tales (“A Long Way from Capri”, “
Apr 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
While a couple of the stories are a bit less than 4-star level, the literary history that this book represents makes it worth the fourth star. Charles Beaumont was very prolific for the span of his brief career, and this collection gives an insight into the stories that he failed to sell during his lifetime. In fact, only one had been sold posthumously before this book came out.
While known for his Twilight Zone stories, much of his work did not directly involve elements of fantasy, horror or SF.
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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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