Here's an interesting idea, suppose they gave an apocalypse and no zombies came? This anthology bucks the trend of zombies ruling over the apocalypse that is so prevalent in today's science fiction and horror literature (the stories collected here were written before the recent zombie craze.)
Actually, there is one story (The Underdweller by William F. Nolan) that is somewhat zombie-like in the same way that Richard Matheson's I Am Legend is, in that the world is overrun with monsters. Exactly what kind of monsters though remains to be seen until the shock ending.
1. Introduction: Dancing Through the Apocalypse - Robert Silverberg
2. The Hum - Rick Hautala
3. Salvador - Lucius Shepard
4. We Can Get Them for You Wholesale - Neil Gaiman
5. The Big Flash - Norman Spinrad
6. Kindness - Lester del Rey
7. The Underdweller - William F. Nolan
8. Lucifer - Roger Zelazny
9. To the Storming Gulf - Gregory Benford
10. The Feast of Saint Janis - Michael.Swanwick
11. The Wheel - John Wyndham
12. Jody After the War - Edward Bryant
13. Salvage - Orson Scott Card
14. By Fools Like Me - Nancy Kress
15. The Store of the Worlds - Robert Sheckley
16. Dark, Dark Were the Tunnels - George R. R. Martin
17. "If I Forget Thee, Oh Earth..." - Arthur C. Clarke
18. Afterward - John Helfers
19. When We Went to See the End of the World - Robert Silverberg
20. Flight to Forever - Poul Anderson
Herbert West: Re-Animator
The Lurking Fear
The Rats in the Walls
The Whisperer in Darkness
In the Vault
The Call of Cthluhu
The Colour Out of Space
The Horror at Red Hook
The Haunter of the Dark
The Shunned House
The Thing on the Doorstep
Under the Pyramids
The Thing in the Moonlight
Beyond the Wall of Sleep
The Doom That Came to Sarnath
The Statement of Randolph Carter
The Cats of Ulthar
The Nameless City
The Other Gods
The Quest of Iranon
What the Moon Brings
The Dream Quest of Unknown Kaddath
The Silver Key
The Strange High House in the Mist
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward
The Dreams in the Witch House
Through the Gates of the Silver Key
Large portions of this adaptation are taken directly from Washington Irving's text. The first few pages and the ending are nearly unabridged readings. In-between, sentences are quoted verbatim as the structure follows closely the original story.
The dramatized portions include songs (similar to the Disney animated adaptation) and other whimsy as well as sound effects and music. The thrilling finale is read with suitably theatrical gusto and is completely unabridged from the original text.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is perhaps the ultimate Halloween story, and this rendition does it proud.
As all the other reviewers have stated, the voice performance by Susan Bennett is incredible. She is an amazingly talented voice artist, so much so that Apple actually chose her to be the voice of Siri.
When this news first broke today on CNN, I immediately looked her up on Audible to see if she had any audiobooks and was very surprised to find that she performed this book. Needless to say, she doesn't sound at all like Siri on this recording, which just goes to show how incredibly versatile a voice actress she is.
"It was a pleasure to burn." That is how Fahrenheit 451 opens. This collection titled after that first line contains stories that might be set in the universe of Fahrenheit 451, are thematically similar, or are actually early versions of that novel.
The Reincarnate • (2005) Unrevised version of same title published in We'll Always Have Paris.
Pillar of Fire • (1948) Previously collected in S Is for Space.
The Library • (2006) Originally published in Match to Flame: The Fictional Path to Fahrenheit 451 (an earlier deluxe edition of this collection.)
Bright Phoenix • (1963) Previously collected in Bradbury Stories: 100 of His Most Celebrated Tales.
The Mad Wizards of Mars • (1949) Variant version of The Exiles from The Illustrated Man and R is for Rocket.
Carnival of Madness • (1950) Variant version of Usher II from The Martian Chronicles.
Bonfire • (1950) Originally published in the fanzine Torquasian Times Winter 1950/51, later collected in Gauntlet #2.
The Cricket on the Hearth • (2002) Originally published in One More For the Road.
The Pedestrian • (1951) Previously collected in The Golden Apples of the Sun and S Is for Space.
The Garbage Collector • (1953) Previously collected in The Golden Apples of the Sun.
The Smile • (1952) Previously collected in A Medicine for Melancholy and S Is for Space.
Long After Midnight • (2006) Not the same story as in the book Long After Midnight, this is the earliest take on what would eventually become Fahrenheit 451, it was previously unpublished until Match to Flame (2006)
The Fireman • (1951) Originally published in Galaxy Magazine February 1951, this is the original novella that was later expanded into Fahrenheit 451.
Bonus stories - all featuring the same characters and dystopian time travel premise:
The Dragon Who Ate His Tail • (2007) Originally published in a chapbook of the same title, previously uncollected.
Sometime Before Dawn • (2004) Variant version of the same title originally published in The Cat's Pajamas.
To the Future • (1950) Variant version of The Fox and the Forest from The Illustrated Man.
Originally published in the March 1936 edition of Weird Tales pulp magazine, this story has been included in anthologies with titles such as "The End of the World" and "The Last Man on Earth" so you can guess what it's about. It was also included in "The Best of Edmond Hamilton" which was edited by his wife Leigh Brackett, so they must've thought it was a pretty good story. And it is.
Audible seems to have made a mistake in listing this as abridged. I've listened along with the free Kindle ebook and can confirm that it is in fact completely unabridged.
This is one of Jack London's darkest tales, it's even been anthologized in a number of horror story anthologies. Like many of his stories it involves a man struggling to survive, but this time instead of struggling against the uncaring brutality of Nature, our hero is fighting against the cruel brutality of Man. The protagonist is a prisoner of a barbaric Indian tribe who are savagely torturing their prisoners to death one by one. While the man awaits his turn he has only his wits to use to avoid his horrible fate.
The narration is superb. There is some background music that lends atmosphere such as tribal drums which some people may not care for. Listen to the sample and decide for yourself. I personally believe it enhances the immersive experience.
This edition contains all three of the "Unabridged Selections" volumes that are sold separately. So, if you're using a credit this is obviously the one to get. There are 3 stories from the print edition that are not included here: "The Ice Dragon" which is available as a seperate audiobook and the two television scripts: The Twilight Zone: "The Road Less Traveled" and Doorways, a pilot that was too similar to Sliders.
Fans of Game of Thrones will be pleased with "The Hedge Knight" which is set in the same universe.
Introduction by Gardner Dozois
A FOUR-COLOR FANBOY - Introduction to the following 3 stories read by George R.R. Martin
Only Kids Are Afraid Of The Dark
And Death His Legacy
THE FILTHY PRO- Introduction to the following 4 stories read by George R.R. Martin
The Exit To San Breta
The Second Kind Of Loneliness
With Morning Comes Mistfall
THE LIGHT OF DISTANT STARS - Introduction to the following 6 stories read by George R.R. Martin
A Song For Lya
This Tower Of Ashes
And Seven Times Never Kill A Man
The Stone City
The Way Of Cross And Dragon
THE HEIRS OF TURTLE CASTLE - Introduction to the following 2 stories read by George R.R. Martin
The Lonely Songs Of Laren Dorr
In The Lost Lands
HYBRIDS & HORRORS - Introduction to the following 6 stories read by George R.R. Martin
The Monkey Treatment
The Pear-Shaped Man
A TASTE OF TUF - Introduction to the following 2 stories read by George R.R. Martin
A Beast For Norn
THE SIREN SONG OF HOLLYWOOD - Introduction to 2 scripts missing from the audiobook edition.
DOING THE WILD CARD SHUFFLE - Introduction to the following 2 stories read by George R.R. Martin
From The Journal Of Xavier Desmond
THE HEART IN CONFLICT - Introduction to the following 6 stories read by George R.R. Martin
The Skin Trade
The Glass Flower
The Hedge Knight
Portraits Of His Children
This collection contains the earliest classics of the vampire genre. In fact, it includes what is considered the very first story in the vampire literary genre (well before Bram Stoker's Dracula.)
The Vampyre (1819) - Written by John Polidori in the summer of 1816 while staying at the Villa Diodati in the Swiss mountains with Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Wollestonecraft and Claire Clairmont. While it stormed outside, the group took to the fireplace and dared each other to scare theirselves by telling frightening stories. Out of this inspiring atmosphere came two classics of the gothic horror genre: Frankenstein by Mary Wollestonecraft Shelley and The Vampyre by John Polidori. This fateful gathering has been the subject of numerous books and films including Ken Russell's magnificent film GOTHIC.
Wailing Well (1928) - Written by M.R. James and narrated by Anthony Head (Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.) M.R. James is one of the masters of the ghost story, and having a vampire story told to you by Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer is obviously a geek thrill.
For the Blood Is the Life (1905) - F. Marion Crawford was a woefully under appreciated writer who wrote some outstanding classic weird stories that have been heavily anthologized. In addition to "For the Blood Is the Life" he also wrote "The Upper Berth," "The Dead Smile" and "The Screaming Skull" which was made into a film in 1958.
An Episode of Cathedral History (1914) - Another M.R. James classic.
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