Perchance to Dream

Perchance to Dream

Selected Stories

Book - 2015
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Perchance to Dream contains a selection of Beaumont's finest stories, including five that he later adapted for Twilight Zone episodes. Beaumont dreamed up fantasies so vast and varied they burst through the walls of whatever box might contain them. Supernatural, horror, noir, science fiction, fantasy, pulp, and more: all were equally at home in his wondrous mind. These are stories where lions stalk the plains, classic cars rove the streets, and spacecraft hover just overhead. Here roam musicians, magicians, vampires, monsters, toreros, extraterrestrials, androids, and perhaps even the Devil himself. With dizzying feats of master storytelling and joyously eccentric humor, Beaumont transformed his nightmares and reveries into impeccably crafted stories that leave themselves indelibly stamped upon the walls of the mind.
Publisher: New York City : Penguin Books, [2015.]
ISBN: 9780143107651
0143107658
Characteristics: xiv, 320 p. ; 20 cm

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lukasevansherman
Oct 05, 2016

I had never heard of Charles Beaumont until a friend lent me this collection of his stories. Beaumont wrote a bunch of "Twilight Zone" episodes, a screenplay, and was part of a group of California sci-fi writers that also included Richard Matheson and Ray Bradbury, who contributes the introduction. If you're familiar with "The Twilight Zone," his mix of the darkly comic with the unsettling will be familiar. Sadly Beaumont died quite young. This a great overview of his work. William Shatner wrote the afterword. The title comes from "Hamlet."

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