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Book Review: Nightmare At 20,000 Feet

Updated: Apr 4

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NIGHTMARE AT 20,000 FEET by RICHARD MATHESON


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“But it's so hard to make things simple and so easy to make them complicated.”


Richard Matheson is a godfather of horror and weird fiction for a reason; most of these short stories are AWESOME.


My faves:

Nightmare at 20,000 Feet: The iconic story of an airplane gremlin is superb, and has been adapted for the screen many times because of it.

Dress Of White Silk: Leaves you just waiting for that other shoe to fall, and does an amazing job of it.


Through Channels: A story that does a great job of making the reader fill in the blanks and visualize for themselves what really went down.


Witch War: Cleverly crafted and easily adaptable for the screen if it hasn't been already. In fact I"m gonna look into that right now.


Disappearing Act: Possibly my favorite of this collection. I love the structure of it.

The Distributor: Less horror, but just as cringe inducing, with a powerful ending.


The Likeness of Julie: Very creepy, with an even more punch-in-the-face ending.


While the rest were not my favorites, most have great merit, with Prey being another iconic classic that's been adapted for the screen a few times.

Madhouse

Long Distance Call

Slaughter House

Wet Straw

The Holiday Man

Old Haunts

Crickets

First Anniversary

Prey


The only two that I didn't really like, Old Haunts and Dance Of The Dead, are the only reason I'm not giving it a 5 star rating. But all in all one of the best short fiction collections I've ever had the please to enjoy.


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