I'm sorry to say that I haven't read any of Hubbard's work aside from `Battlefield Earth'. I'm also sorry that many people haven't read his works, but associate his name more with Scientology (he founded it) & all of the notions (negative & positive) that go along with it. It's far too easy for people to forget that first & foremost, Hubbard was a skilled writer. This book reminded me of that.
There are three stories in this volume, all of which have supernatural tones to them. The first story is `Danger in the Dark', a tale about a man who bought himself an island, but didn't take into account that the deity of the natives may actually exist. The second story is `The Room', & is about a man who inherits a strange room from his missing & enigmatic uncle- a room where strange & mysterious things happen. The final story is `He Didn't Like Cats', a dark tale about a man who doesn't like cats... and is in danger of paying the price for that hate.
This book was a very quick read, & I devoured it within an hour or so of picking it up. I wasn't quite sure if I'd like it or not, since I tend to go more for mystery or urban fantasy, but I really enjoyed this book. The stories in it were clearly written in another time, but the basic idea of them comes across very well. I also thought that this would make an excellent gift for those little readers who have started to read the genre (sci-fi/fantasy/horror) & want to get into the more familiar names in the field. (My nephew will love this book, I'm sure!)I also have to give kudos for the cover- it puts me in the exact mind frame for this type of book & brings to mind the pulp fiction age of yore. It's absolutely perfect.
I really can't say enough good things about this slender volume. It's not a very thick book, but what it lacks in length it makes up in quality. For those who are curious about the man behind the book, there's a short biography of Hubbard during what the book editors describe as the "Golden age of fiction". Again, this book will be a must have for fans of Hubbard's work & this is what he is best at- creating stories that tickle our imaginations!