Danger in the Dark
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Danger in the Dark

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by L. Ron Hubbard
     
 

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Fortune hunter Billy Newman is not a man of great strength or physical courage.  Like a young Johnny Depp, he gets by on his wit, wiles and good looks.  And he’s had quite a good run—striking gold in the Philippines and buying his very own island in the South Seas. . . .

But there’s trouble in paradise, and Billy’s in the thick

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Fortune hunter Billy Newman is not a man of great strength or physical courage.  Like a young Johnny Depp, he gets by on his wit, wiles and good looks.  And he’s had quite a good run—striking gold in the Philippines and buying his very own island in the South Seas. . . .

But there’s trouble in paradise, and Billy’s in the thick of it.  The island’s crops are failing.  The island’s people are dying.  And the island’s owner—Billy—is taking the heat.  Why?  Because he’s angered the 75-foot-tall big-boss god of the island.

75-foot tall?  To Billy it’s a laughable superstition—until he finds out just how serious the islanders are.  They’re out to sacrifice a beautiful young woman to the supposed god.  The only way Billy can save her is to humor the locals and pretend to take the spirit on.  But the joke may be on Billy…as he has to screw up some very real courage to face the very real Danger in the Dark.

Hubbard lived on Guam in 1927, while his father was assigned to the US naval station there. In his journals he describes a local superstition: “the great cheese ghost” named Tadamona. He wrote that the devil had the shape of a man, attained the height of coconut trees and was the cause behind all sickness and disease. To dispel the superstition, Ron descended into Tadamona’s supposed abode, a great underground stream—an encounter reflected in Danger in the Dark.

Includes the fantasy adventures The Room, in which Uncle Toby goes to his room, never to return, leaving it to his nephew to explore the magic and mystery of the place, and He Didn’t Like Cats, the story of one man’s feline phobia and the hauntingly high price he pays for it.

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"When Billy Newman purchases a South Sea island he finds it to be haunted by the giant shark-god Tadamona who is bent on destroying the entire island and everyone on it--including Billy! L. Ron Hubbard was a master storyteller and Galaxy Press is to be congratulated for bringing these vibrant and entertaining stories back in print as 'time lost' classics and the enjoyment of a whole new generation of appreciative readers." —Midwest Book Review
 
 
 

"A master of adventure." —Anne McCaffrey

". . . unabashedly entertaining books." —Kevin J. Anderson

Publishers Weekly

Originally published in 1939, this Hubbard tale takes listeners to the South Seas, where Billy Newman has purchased his own island at a bargain rate. Unfortunately, the island is dominated by natives who believe he is the source of their ill will. His only choice is to sacrifice a woman to their god or await their wrath against him. Read by a large cast, the story features brilliant performances by Karen Black, Jim Meskimen, Noelle North, R.F. Daley and Christina Huntington. The recording is chock-full of background sound effects that create an almost theatrical atmosphere and also features a rousing musical score. Two of Hubbard’s other short stories—“The Room” and “He Didn’t Like Cats”—also get full-cast treatments in this package. A Galaxy paperback. (Dec.)

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Midwest Book Review
When Billy Newman purchases a South Sea island he finds it to be haunted by the giant shark-god Tadamona who is bent on destroying the entire island and everyone on it--including Billy! L. Ron Hubbard was a master storyteller and Galaxy Press is to be congratulated for bringing these vibrant and entertaining stories back in print as 'time lost' classics and the enjoyment of a whole new generation of appreciative readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592123674
Publisher:
Galaxy Press, LLC
Publication date:
03/16/2009
Series:
Stories from the Golden Age
Pages:
136
Product dimensions:
5.38(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
890L (what's this?)

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With 19 New York Times bestsellers and more than 230 million copies of his works in circulation, L. Ron Hubbard is among the most acclaimed and widely read authors of our time. As a leading light of American Pulp Fiction through the 1930s and '40s, he is further among the most influential authors of the modern age. Indeed, from Ray Bradbury to Stephen King, there is scarcely a master of imaginative tales who has not paid tribute to L. Ron Hubbard. 

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Danger in the Dark 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
woody1 More than 1 year ago
The pulp fiction titled "Danger in the Dark" includes three stories that could be labeled highly imaginative or just plain stupid. The reader can be the judge. All three stories are easily read, highly entertaining, quirky and a bit eccentric. Whether you like his style of writing or subject matter, Hubbard has the ability to engage the reader (whether positively or negatively) in whatever genre he undertakes. I give it a 4.
JudyJY More than 1 year ago
The acting and writing are superlative, the story immediately immerses you. Karen Black and Jim Meskimen are awesome, and the story by Mr. Hubbard makes it clear why he was such a popular, prolific writer back in the 30's. His stories from that period are timeless and well-crafted. A fun ride, this keeps you on the edge of your seat! I listen to these audio books while driving and they make the drive through crowded rush hour traffic actually enjoyable, as I have something thoroughly entertaining to do during the drive. My kids also love them as well and helps them to enjoy the drive, too. I highly recommend this and the other audio books of Stories from the Golden Age put out by Galaxy Press.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some of the best fantasy short stories ever written. A reader can tell where Stephen King and other novelists sowed their oats. Think of these stories as pre-Twilight Zone in literary form. Great stuff! Hubbard was an wonderful talent.