The Box: Uncanny Stories

Overview

What if every time you pushed a button on a small box you received a small fortune, but someone you didn't know died? Would you still push the button? THE BOX, an upcoming film starring Cameron Diaz, James Marsden (Enchanted), and Frank Langella, is based on the story "Button, Button," Richard Matheson's chilling tale of greed and temptation. The film is directed by Richard Kelly, whose earlier film, Donnie Darko, became a cult classic. This new movie tie-in edition also contains many other memorable stories by ...

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Overview

What if every time you pushed a button on a small box you received a small fortune, but someone you didn't know died? Would you still push the button? THE BOX, an upcoming film starring Cameron Diaz, James Marsden (Enchanted), and Frank Langella, is based on the story "Button, Button," Richard Matheson's chilling tale of greed and temptation. The film is directed by Richard Kelly, whose earlier film, Donnie Darko, became a cult classic. This new movie tie-in edition also contains many other memorable stories by the New York Times bestselling author of I Am Legend.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Both longtime fans and readers who have never encountered horror and suspense author Matheson (I Am Legend), winner of Stoker and World Fantasy lifetime achievement awards among many others, should enjoy this collection of a dozen stories originally published in the 1950s and 1960s. In the standout title story, later adapted as a Twilight Zoneepisode, a discontented husband and wife are presented with a device and told they will get $50,000 every time they press its button. The catch is that every push will cause someone else's death. Many of the other tales pack a similar punch. The collection also includes "The Creeping Terror," a vicious parody of the author's home state of California. The inventive plots and spare but convincing portraits of the ordinary men and women caught up by forces beyond their control demonstrate why Stephen King has called Matheson his most significant influence. (Apr.)

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School Library Journal

These dozen short stories, previously published from 1950 to 1970, demonstrate the range of one of the most admired writers in horror fiction, best known for I Am Legend. The title story (once adapted into a Twilight Zoneepisode) asks, If you could press a button and receive $50,000, but someone you don't know dies, would you? "Girl of My Dreams" features a despicable protagonist who uses his girlfriend's psychic talent for personal gain. "Mute" is aching and lyrical, exploring the loss of innocence from a fresh angle. "A Flourish of Strumpets" reads like Thurber gone a touch off-color. "'Tis the Season To Be Jelly" is just plain odd. Demand may be driven by the recent I Am Legendfilm, but these stories deserve to be read in spite of the movie's popularity. Highly recommended for popular fiction collections.
—Karl G. Siewert Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781427205629
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Format: MP3
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 1,242,848
  • Ships to U.S.and APO/FPO addresses only.

Meet the Author

Richard Matheson is the author of two previous New York Times bestsellers, I am Legend and What Dreams May Come. A Grand Master of horror and suspense, he has won the Hugo, the Edgar, the Spur, and the Writers Guild Awards, among others. He lives in Calabasas, California.

Recently named as one of the Best Voices of the Century by AudioFile, Grover Gardner is an actor, director, and award-winning narrator. His recordings have received excellent reviews from KLIATT and Library Journal, and several have received AudioFile Earphones Awards. He is currently serving as Resident Director for the Everyman Theater.

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Table of Contents

Introduction     11
Button, Button     15
Girl of My Dreams     27
Dying Room Only     47
A Flourish of Strumpets     73
No Such Thing as a Vampire     85
Pattern for Survival     99
Mute     105
The Creeping Terror     145
Shock Wave     165
Clothes Make the Man     183
The Jazz Machine     189
'Tis the Season to Be Jelly     199

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