Charles Beaumont, who died in 1967 of what was believed to be early-onset Alzheimer's at the age of 38, was one of Ray Bradbury's closest friends during his all too short life. He was also a fine author, perhaps best known these days for writing some of the best episodes of THE TWILIGHT ZONE. (Remember "The Howling Man"?) Subterranean Press has announced that it will be publishing a collection of Charles Beaumont short stories this fall, THE CARNIVAL AND OTHER STORIES. For those who may have never read Beaumont before, you are in for a treat when you do. For more information on this forthcoming collection, click on the link below:
He may also have died of bromide poisoning from drinking Bromo-Seltzer.
For those who would like to sample some of Charles Beaumont's best work now, and who might prefer a less expensive, currently available alternative, check out PERCHANCE TO DREAM: SELECTED STORIES by Mr. Beaumont, published as a paperback by Penguin Classics in 2015 and still in print. The forward is by Ray Bradbury, and William Shatner wrote the afterward. Mr. Shatner's relationship to Beaumont? He starred in the fine film made of Mr. Beaumont's novel THE INTRUDER, the cast of which also included Charles Beaumont, William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson, and which was directed by Roger Corman:
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