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

"[E]xtraordinary . . . supplies 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 well-known for generations but to come." - Robert Bloch

whilst 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 though he's top identified this day for his scripts for tv and movie, together with a number of vintage episodes of The Twilight quarter, Beaumont is being rediscovered as a grasp of strange stories, and this, his first released assortment, comprises a few of his most sensible. Ranging in tone from the chilling Gothic horror of "Miss Gentilbelle," the place an insane mom attire her son up as a lady 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 exhibit Beaumont's awesome expertise and flexibility. This new version of The starvation and different tales, the 1st in additional than fifty years, features a new creation via 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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As brother-in-law. he was able to control a large productive capac at an it ity expenditure positively marvellous was so small. It was also in his brother-in-law s " " name. Then the banking house of Greenbaum, Lazarus & Co. stepped in, interested accomplices, duped or coerced into selling enough other distill ers to assure success, cajoled the more stubborn, wheedled the more credulous, gave way gracefully to the shrewder and gathered them all into the fold. The American Turpentine Company was formed, with a capital stock of $30,000,000 or 300,000 shares at $100 each.

The ; murmurs of vague, dis atmosphere of the air, THE BREAK IN TURPENTINE 45 Street was supersaturated with apprehension, and the black shadow of Panic brooded over the Stock 1 Exchange, chilling the little gamblers hearts, wip ing out the last of the little gamblers margins. " And even the presidents of the solid, conservative banks studied the ticker uneasily in their offices. Greenbaum was promptly admitted to Sharped It was a half-darkened room, the private office. windows having wire-screens, summer and winter, in order that prying eyes across the street might not see his visitors or his confidential brokers, identity it was advisable should remain He was walking up and to the Street.

It remained for community" (as the syndicate to make a market for it, to de velop such a condition of affairs that anyone at " " THE BREAK IN TURPENTINE any time could, without overmuch 37 and difficulty without causing over-great fluctuations, sell readily American Turpentine Company stock. The syn dicate would have to earn its commission. All the manufacturers who had received stock in part payment were told most impressively by Mr. Greenbaum not to sell their holdings under any circumstances at any price below $75 a share.

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