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Blackwater is the saga of a small town, Perdido, Alabama, and Elinor Dammert, the stranger who arrives there under mysterious circumstances on Easter Sunday, 1919....
A star-studded cast of readers present unabridged tales of horror and suspense from Stephen King's classic best-selling short story collection....
Daniel Martin has never forgotten his childhood encounters with Frank Watkins, the man who built his family a summer home out of cardboard and plywood....
Consummate master of his craft, Stephen King has kept millions awake past midnight shivering...
The master at his scarifying best! From heart-pounding terror to the eeriest of whimsy - tales from the outer limits of one of the greatest imaginations of our time....
When best-selling horror author Sam McGarver is invited to spend Halloween night in one of the country's most infamous haunted houses, he reluctantly agrees....
A collection of four chilling novels, ingeniously wrought gems of terror from the brilliantly imaginative number one New York Times best-selling author of The Fireman, Joe Hill....
Among the greats of 20th-century horror and fantasy, few names stand above Richard Matheson. Though known by many for his novels, Matheson truly shines in his chilling, masterful short stories....
The little town of Castle Rock, Maine, has witnessed some strange events and unusual visitors over the years, but there is one story that has never been told...until now....
Playing upon our most primal fears, Stephen King draws us into his sinister world - a place where...
A violence awakens inside a man when his wife proposes selling off the family homestead, setting in motion a grisly train of murder and madness....
The first collection of stories Stephen King has published since Nightmares & Dreamscapes nine years ago....
These stories blend a lifelong appreciation of horror culture with the grotesque fascinations and childlike terrors that are the author's own....
For over three decades, Ellen Datlow has been at the center of horror. Bringing you the most frightening and terrifying stories....
In this spectacular father/son collaboration, Stephen King and Owen King tell the highest of high-stakes stories....
For over 20 years, Belasco House has stood empty....
What grotesque surprises will you find in the secret place between the shadow and the soul....
Stephen King delivers an astonishing collection of short stories. Just After Sunset - call it dusk, call it twilight, it's a time when when nothing is quite as it appears....
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.
I've listened to numerous short story horror collections through
Audible and have to say that this is one of the finest. Unlike many other collections which tend to meander, wandering in and out of the horror genre, Mr Matheson's writing is pure terror; bold, original (even against contemporary authors) and, to quote Mr. King's introduction, 'unrelenting'. From the opening tale Matheson puts you on the edge of your seat and then never gives you a moments' rest! Well narrated, nice clear recording.
24 of 24 people found this review helpful
I listened to this book mostly at work and on the bus and it kept me constantly entertained. The stories here are all by Matheson [the man behind I Am Legend] so they are well written and the narration is fantastic, emotive, and captivating. The stories range in length and scope covering most of the realms of horror. From ghosts to monsters within and without all fans of horror will find something to satisfy their most carnal cravings here! As an added bonus each of Matheson's tales can be enjoyed on many levels, each one with its own messages about life, humanity, and society.
If you want entertaining classic horror fiction that is well written, well read, and engrossing pick this book up!
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
Great stories. I was happy to get turned on to Richard Matheson and wish I would have discovered him sooner. My only complaint is that the advertising text on Audible makes it appear as if "Duel" is part of this collection, and it's not. "Duel" was a major reason I bought the book and to not have it a part of the collection was very disappointing. That said, the book is still worth the money.
12 of 13 people found this review helpful
I'm about 3 hours into the book, and, while I adore Richard Matheson stories, I'm not thrilled with some of the choice of readers. I find Yuri Rasovsky particularly hard to listen to. Might be different if this were a dramatization, but as a reader he's distracting.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Firstly, the overall score given to this book is an average of The enjoyment factor found from each individual story.
I've always wanted to read Matheson's "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet". I enjoyed the story, and although it wasn't spectacular, it was worth the read. A true classic. Having said that, I found that certain stories in this collection were even more enjoyable. I absolutely LOVED "Disappearing Act".
Some of the stories were just plain terrible to listen to, but I would put that more on the narration then anything else. The narrators for this book mostly did a very good job. I loved Jay Carnes in particular. But I found Yuri Rasovsky frustratingly annoying. His narration of "Dress of White Silk" was terrible. If you're going to have someone narrate a story from a child's POV in a child's voice, particularly if the child is a girl, don't get a guy who sounds like he is talking through a mouthful of porridge.
This book is well worth the price of the credit I spent. Before Stephen King, there was Matheson. A master of the genre, these stories shouldn't be missed.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I had not heard of Richard Matheson, though I remember the lead story, "Nightmare..." The stories in the collection range from psychologically bizarre (examination of the effects of rage) to avant-garde sexuality for that time. Each story is read by one person, without a lot of characterization. Not as action-packed and extreme as today's fare, but solidly entertaining.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
Any additional comments?
There was a number of really good stories in here, some a bit dated but still very good.<br/>Some were not so good. The stories which concern one man's descent into madness, usually written in the first person, and ending with the reader wondering wether the events described had actually taken place, or were in the narrator's mind. Kind of like ending a story with '' It was all just a dream'' I've always thought that stories like that are a bit of a cop out. Still worth the time and the credit. <br/>There wer a couple of stories i recognized from T.V. and movies. The Gremlin, of course from the twilight zone. The distibutor very likely inspired Stephen King to write Needful things. (one of his best in my opinion) And One year aniversary was used for an episode of The outer limits.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Is there anything you would change about this book?
I would rerecord any narrations by Yuri Rasovsky. Many of the stories were recycled from the short stories in the I Am Leged collection.
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
The stories were so dark, I have listened to many Richard Matheson Stories, but these are easily the darkest and angriest
What three words best describe the narrators???s voice?
spitty slobbery gross
Was Nightmare at 20,000 Feet worth the listening time?
Any additional comments?
I love Richard Matheson's writing, but this compilation just seemed lazy.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful
Great eerie stories...many were filmed and are worth watching; but great to hear the original stories.
This is a good collection of short stories. Some of which are real stand outs and some slightly long winded.
Some of the narrators spoke with annoying non essential pregnant pauses that I found distracting, others were spot on delivering great performances.
You can really see some amazing "Twilight Zone" episodes in the writing of Richard Matheson.
this is a must for any horror or quirky twilight zone fans.Must admit i only downloaded because of the intro from Stephen King but so glad i did really enjoyed this collection of short stories.Highly recommended
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
These stories are full of rage and horror. A story about a house that has absorbed a man's lifetime of anger; a story about a man who systematically provokes hatred and violence among neighbours for no apparent reason; a story about a writer so full of self-loathing and despair that he ceases to exist; a story about a tie salesman for whom other people are a perpetual hell of sound and slime. These stories are the essence of their author. Someone who understands human darkness very well.
They are, I believe, chronlogically ordered and so there is some variation in quality. Some readers are better than others but in general they are excellent. Conrad John Schuck may be an acquired taste...but I have come to like him best - especially reading "Wet Straw".
I think anyone who wants to understand modern horror writing should give this a chance and listen to every story carefully.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
The title says it all, the first one was an episode of the Twilight Zone movie, not recommended for those with a fear of flying!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I enjoyed a lot of these stories, especially the title one. Some of them are more accessible than others, with some of them leaving me wondering what actually happened. There were just a couple which I did not reach the end of, skipping on to the next. as a big fan of the author, I would say his novels are better than his short stories, only because when he writes a full novel he is committing time and effort to a good idea from the start. With some of the shorts, you feel they are like 'fast-food' versions of his ability - knocked up over a day or so. The narrator does an excellent, expressive job of the stories.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
I would have to say that this is the worst audio book that I have ever attempted to listen to. I say attempted as I gave up on the whole thing having flicked through the first 6 short stories having to give up on each on due to either totally lame story lines or terrible and in one instance intelligible narration. I appreciate that everyone has different tastes, but this is terrible. I was particularly drawn to this book as Stephen King does the intro and I enjoy a number of his books so thought (foolishly) that they would be of a similar caliber. If I know how to ask Audible for a refund I would do as this is so bad. If you are looking at buying this one, please save your money and move on to another book.
10 of 15 people found this review helpful
The first story was good but frustrating and not particularly scary. Thought the other stories a little strange as every one seem to finish abruptly leaving the outcome to your imagination. Not my cup of tea I'm afraid, stopped listening after half a dozen stories.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful