The profoundly original and wildly entertaining short stories of a legendary Twilight Zone writer, with a foreword by Ray Bradbury and an afterword by William Shatner
It is only natural that Charles Beaumont would make a name for himself crafting scripts forÂ The Twilight Zoneâfor his was an imagination so limitless it must have emerged from some other dimension. Perchance to DreamÂ contains a selection of Beaumontâs finest stories, including seven that he later adapted forÂ Twilight ZoneÂ episodes.
Beaumont dreamed up fantasies so vast and varied they burst through the walls of whatever box might contain them. Supernatural, horror, noir, science fiction, fantasy, pulp, and more: all were equally at home in his wondrous mind. These are stories where lions stalk the plains, classic cars rove the streets, and spacecraft hover just overhead. Here roam musicians, magicians, vampires, monsters, toreros, extraterrestrials, androids, and perhaps even the Devil himself. With dizzying feats of master storytelling and joyously eccentric humor, Beaumont transformed his nightmares and reveries into impeccably crafted stories that leave themselves indelibly stamped upon the walls of the mind. In Beaumontâs hands, nothing is impossible: it all seems plausible, even likely.
"[Beaumontâs] imagination, asÂ Perchance to DreamÂ amply shows, was more than most writers enjoy in the longest of lifetimes."Â -NPR
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