We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
 >   > 
Nightmare at 20,000 Feet: Horror Stories | [Stephen King (introduction), Richard Matheson]

Nightmare at 20,000 Feet: Horror Stories

Much of Richard Matheson's work has found its way into pop culture: the title story became a memorable episode of television's The Twilight Zone, and more recently, Will Smith starred in the blockbuster movie I Am Legend. Stephen King has declared Matheson to be one of his favorite writers. Find out why as you listen to the classic horror story of a man who peers out of his airplane window to see a gremlin destroying the wing.
Regular Price:$20.97
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

One of the finest and most influential horror writers of the 20th century, Richard Matheson (I Am Legend, The Incredible Shrinking Man, Somewhere in Time) has left his stamp on the collective imagination. Here are more than 20 of Matheson's most memorable tales of fear and paranoia, personally selected by the author. Many of these stories have already entered into popular culture, including the title story, which became a landmark episode of The Twilight Zone, and "Duel", the nail-biting tale of man versus machine that inspired Steven Spielberg's first film.

Other stories include "First Anniversary", "Dress of White Silk", "Witch War", "Dance of the Dead", "Mad House", "Prey", "Blood Son", "Crickets", "Wet Straw", "The Children of Noah", "Through Channels", "Old Haunts", "Disappearing Act", "The Holiday Man", "Legion of Plotters", "The Distributor", "Long Distance Call", "Slaughter House", and "The Likeness of Julie".

Find out why Stephen King (who wrote the introduction) has called Matheson one of his favorite writers.

Narrated by Paul Michael Garcia, Malcolm Hillgartner, Arte Johnson,Jay Karnes, Ray Porter, Lawrence Pressman, Yuri Rasovsky, Lorna Raver, Ned Schmidtke,Conrad John Schuck, and Christine Williams.

©2002 RXR, Inc.; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The well-known title tale about a nervous air traveler is a showcase for the author's trademark less-is-more prose style, which suspensefully delineates a psychological tug-of-war between man and a monster that may be purely imagined. Timeless in their simplicity, [Matheson's] stories are also relentless in their approach to basic fears." (Publishers Weekly)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.6 (167 )
5 star
 (41)
4 star
 (56)
3 star
 (45)
2 star
 (15)
1 star
 (10)
Overall
4.0 (89 )
5 star
 (37)
4 star
 (26)
3 star
 (20)
2 star
 (2)
1 star
 (4)
Story
3.9 (88 )
5 star
 (31)
4 star
 (26)
3 star
 (26)
2 star
 (4)
1 star
 (1)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    jeanne SWANSBORO, NC, United States 03-01-14
    jeanne SWANSBORO, NC, United States 03-01-14
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "SAVE YOUR MONEY"

    i honestly don't know who's worse, the publisher for publishing this tripe or the writers for their lousy stories.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Corinna Hendersonville, TN, United States 07-12-11
    Corinna Hendersonville, TN, United States 07-12-11 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    29
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Worst I've ever heard"

    I wish I would have read further down on the reviews. The first several are very positive reviews. If I would have read further, I would see that this would be a waste of a credit/money/etc. I'm shocked that Stephen King who is one of my favorite authors would give this collection any kudos at all. Don't waste your money. I've not heard one horror story/scary story and most don't even make sense. Sigh......... have only made it through 6 stories so far. May not be able to continue.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Donna San Simon, AZ, United States 03-08-11
    Donna San Simon, AZ, United States 03-08-11
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    19
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Horrible"

    These are some of the worse stories I have heard. They remind me of the ramblings of the mentally ill. Some didn't even make sense to me. A big waste of money. I gave it one star because that was the lowest I could give it.

    2 of 12 people found this review helpful
  •  
    11-30-09
    11-30-09 Member Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    22
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Hoyley"

    This was without doubt the worst collection of short stories that I have ever read although I must admit that I gave up on the book after the first 6 or 7 stories. I could not believe that the rest would be any better. A load of crap and a waste of a credit!

    1 of 12 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Randall Roseville, CA, United States 01-10-10
    Randall Roseville, CA, United States 01-10-10 Member Since 2003
    HELPFUL VOTES
    47
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    628
    35
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "Waste of a credit"

    I started and quit on this 2 part book several times, before I finally suffered through to the merciful end.There are plenty of better syfy authors to choose from. DON'T waste your credit!

    1 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 11-15 of 15 results PREVIOUS12NEXT

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.