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The Hunger and Other Stories by Charles Beaumont

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By Charles Beaumont

"A memorable first e-book of fiction, one that belongs on any shelf of the simplest modern bizarre tales." - August Derleth, Chicago Tribune

"[E]xtraordinary . . . provides Mr. Beaumont indisputable stature as an artist." - N. Y. bring in Tribune

"Charles Beaumont was once a genius . . . and one hell of a storyteller." - Dean R. Koontz

"The identify of Charles Beaumont may be venerated and famous for generations but to come." - Robert Bloch

while The starvation and different tales (1957) seemed, it heralded the arriving of Charles Beaumont (1929-1967) as a tremendous and hugely unique new voice in American fiction. even supposing he's top identified this present day for his scripts for tv and picture, together with a number of vintage episodes of The Twilight area, Beaumont is being rediscovered as a grasp of strange stories, and this, his first released assortment, includes a few of his most sensible. Ranging in tone from the chilling Gothic horror of "Miss Gentilbelle," the place an insane mom clothes her son up as a woman and slaughters his pets, to deliciously darkish humor in stories like "Open House" and "The Infernal Bouillabaisse," the place murderers' plans move disastrously awry, those seventeen tales show Beaumont's amazing expertise and flexibility. This new version of The starvation and different tales, the 1st in additional than fifty years, incorporates a new advent through Dr. Bernice M. Murphy, who argues for reevaluation of Beaumont along the opposite greats of the style, together with Shirley Jackson, Ray Bradbury, and Richard Matheson.

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20 25 30 Wilhelm, was ist unserem Herzen die Welt ohne Liebe! Was eine Zauberlaterne ist ohne Licht! Kaum bringst du das Lämpchen hinein, so scheinen dir die buntesten Bilder an deine weiße Wand! Und wenn’s nichts wäre als das, als vorübergehende Phantome, so macht’s doch immer unser Glück, wenn wir wie frische Jungen davorstehen, und uns über die Wundererscheinungen entzücken. Heute konnte ich nicht zu Lotten, eine unvermeidliche Gesellschaft hielt mich ab. Was war zu tun? Ich schickte meinen Diener hinaus, nur um einen Menschen um mich zu haben, der ihr heute nahe gekommen wäre.

Wenn er mir von ihrer rechtschaffenen Mutter erzählt: wie sie auf ihrem Todbette Lotten ihr Haus und ihre Kinder übergeben und ihm Lotten anbefohlen habe, wie seit der Zeit ein ganz anderer Geist Lotten belebt habe, wie sie, in der Sorge für ihre Wirtschaft, und in dem Ernste, eine wahre Mutter geworden, wie kein Augenblick ihrer Zeit ohne tätige Liebe, ohne Arbeit verstrichen, und dennoch ihre Munterkeit, ihr leichter Sinn sie nie dabei verlassen habe. – Ich gehe so neben ihm hin und pflücke Blumen am Wege, füge sie sehr sorgfältig in einen Strauß und – werfe sie in den vorüberfließenden Strom, und sehe ihnen nach, wie sie leise hinunterwallen.

Julius. Albert ist angekommen und ich werde gehen; und wenn er der beste, der edelste Mensch wäre, unter den ich mich in jeder Betrachtung zu stellen bereit wäre, so wär’s unerträglich, ihn vor meinem Angesicht im Besitz so vieler Vollkommenheiten zu sehen. – Besitz! – Genug, Wilhelm, der Bräutigam ist da! Ein braver lieber Mann, dem man gut sein muss. Glücklicherweise war ich nicht beim Empfange! Das hätte mir das Herz zerrissen. Auch ist er so ehrlich, und hat Lotten in meiner Gegenwart noch nicht ein einzig Mal geküsst.

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