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The Other Passenger

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  11 reviews
The Fourth Dimension of the mind brought to light in stories of horror, humor and high art.
Hardcover, First US Edition, 320 pages
Published 1946 by J. B. Lippincott Company (first published 1944)
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Nancy Oakes

Needless to say, I loved this book. Each and every story has some sort of gut punch, sometimes quiet, sometimes full force. And while every story in this book is beyond excellent, my favorite is "Miss Thing and the Surrealist." Like many of the other tales in this collection, the true horror in that one sneaks up on you only at the end as you brace yourself from the start, knowing that something's going to happen, but you just don't know what that somethin
Janie C.
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An engaging collection of short stories that kept my attention throughout. Psychological and disturbing images mix with ghostly wraiths, unhappy spouses, jilted lovers, and cruel acts of passion. Underneath much of the content is a lilt of dark humor and ironic intent. Listen closely for the tunes underlying many of these tales, as their notes tell passionate stories of their own.
Jay Rothermel
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm not sure what the historical landscape of horror literature for the period 1890-1990 would look like without the efforts of Valancourt Books.  

Certainly the record would not be accurate.  The finest craftsmen would be footnotes, their paperbacks available only on Ebay for hundreds of the dollars. The invisible hand of the horror fiction market works with greater speed and finality than the dreams of a censor.

One area for which I have a passion, and in which Valancourt has done yeoman service
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a really entertaining collection of stories. It's no surprise Cross found success as a radio scriptwriter as it's easy to imagine these adapted for the medium. It's unfortunate that his only other written works are children's stories.

Favorite stories include:
The Glass Eye
Clair de Lune
Absence of Mind
Miss Thing and the Surrealist
Amateur Gardening
The Little House
Brian Cohen
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cross’ writing is consistently beautiful, all flowing language without overdoing the vocabulary, and his characters are so well illustrated you can see them perfectly. However, while I loved some of the stories, others could have been fleshed out more with a greater focus on building the plot and leading to a climax. That being said, an enjoyable read start to finish. Not every story is ‘weird’, but as a whole the book definitely fits into the weird fiction bookshelf.
Sep 25, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My expectations for this author's short fiction were a tad high, I think. Perhaps the stories need some time to grow on me. They're far from poorly written, but they didn't quite deliver the experiences I've come to anticipate from what end up being my favorite weird tales. That said, Cross' style is definitely unique and there are moments of highly effective atmosphere. ...more
Michael Adams
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent collection of weird horror stories a bit reminiscent of the Twilight Zone, with twist endings and shocking reveals.
David Schwenker
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
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The Glass Eye - 4.0/5
Perhaps the most well-known of the stories appearing in this collection simply because it was adapted as an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents - an episode which is often considered one of the best of that show. The story itself is no exception - it is also one of the best that this collection has to offer.

Petronella Pan - 2.5/5
I couldn't tell if this story was supposed to be an absurd joke or was a genuine attempt to be frightening. Silly and amusing, yes, bu
Steven Middaugh
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another passenger always smiling...

This collection of tales is a mixed bag of sorts: conte cruel, black comedies in EC tradition, ghost stories of the quiet ones, and psychological horror. Some are atmospheric, one or two are Grand Guignol in construction. Once you start reading them, you will never stop till the end. Some will stay with you after a finish. Fun fact: Ballentine version had left out some stories without justification in my humble opinion. Thankfully, Valencourt has put an unabrid
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Wonderful collection of short stories with twist endings.
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