Nightmare at 20,000 Feet

Nightmare at 20,000 Feet

Horror Stories

Book - 2002
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Remember that monster on the wing of the airplane? William Shatner saw it on The Twilight Zone, John Lithgow saw it in the movie-even Bart Simpson saw it. "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" is just one of many classic horror stories by Richard Matheson that have insinuated themselves into our collective imagination.Here are more than twenty of Matheson's most memorable tales of fear and paranoia, including:"Duel," the nail-biting tale of man versus machines that inspired Steven Spielberg's first film;"Prey," in which a terrified woman is stalked by a malevolent Tiki doll, as chillingly captured in yet another legendary TV moment;"Blood Son," a disturbing portrait of a strange little boy who dreams of being a vampire;"Dress of White Silk," a seductively sinister tale of evil and innocence.Personally selected by Richard Matheson, the bestselling author of I Am Legend and What Dreams May Come , these and many other stories, more than demonstrate why he is rightfully regarded as one of the finest and most influential horror writers of our generation.
Publisher: New York, NY : Tom Doherty : 2002
ISBN: 9780765304117
Branch Call Number: FIC Math
Characteristics: 335p


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Sep 03, 2016

Matheson was the ultimate master at this genre of fiction - - nobody does it better!
This series of short stories reminds me of my best job interview: it happened during an especially down time around 1998 or '99. I returned a call from Aon Consulting [insurance company], initiated by my answering their help wanted ad for a graphics programmer, and the person at the other end, a thoroughly obnoxious, insensitive, insulting simpleton - - an HR female - - conducted a telephone interview, which was so insulting in nature I was sure they were simply going through the motions and had a pre-selected candidate in mind for that position.
Fast forward to 2002 or 2003, and I hear a voice on the radio, it is a recording of a 911 call on 9/11 from a woman in one of the WTC's Twin Towers, asking the 911 operator if she should remain in the building since an airliner had just crashed into it - - I thought the voice sounded eerily familiar, and wondered at the sheer bloody stupidity of any human who would somehow think a 911 operator - - any 911 operator, for God's sakes - - would be the person to decide in such a situation?!?!?!
They announced what company she had been with before perishing that day [the idiot 911 operator advised her to remain in the burning building, what a couple of absolute twits they both were] and recognized her as the thoroughly obnoxious and insulting HR female.
My best job interview ever . . . .

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