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Wednesday, 08 January 2020


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Feel better soon, Mike.

It looks like His Monkey Wife is also still in print, and unlike the other books is available as an ebook as well, along with Collier's screenplay for Milton's Paradise Lost. What a fascinating writer. Thanks for the reading recommendation!

Update: I'm happily wrong, sort of. It turns out all of Collier's short stories have been collected in two ebooks called Fancies and Goodnights Vol. 1 and Vol. 2. (These aren't listed on his Amazon author page, though, nor at the moment mentioned on the pages for any of his print books.)




Even better (for me), my local library system has copies of "Best of" and "Reader".

I would say that Richard Matheson was just as much an influence on horror/suspense based anthology shows.

[I believe Matheson was one of the creators of "Twilight Zone," among many other accomplishments, is that right? --Mike]

My favorite I'm sick books are the Nero Wolfe books by Rex Stout. I read them all when I was laid up for a few months after back surgery.

Not a creator, but one of the go-to writers. It was really Serling's baby. He [Matheson —Ed.] also wrote "Duel" the TV movie that Spielberg masterfully directed.

I need to remember, the next time I have "the voice," (usually at the tail end of a cold), to record myself singing some basso profundo tunes.

"Many brave hearts are asleep in the deep so beware! Beware!" (Be - ee - ee - ee - waaaare)

I'd also borrow my wife's electronic tuning meter, to see if I really get down to about 16 cps.

One way to get a little pleasure out of feeling like crap.

What a coincidence. I have lately been watching Mr Sci-Fi on YouTube and he speaks highly of Collier and others who wrote for the Twilight Zone, some of whom were mentored by Ray Bradbury. I was intrigued as I have not read them and you provided an easy link to buy it. One should not ignore a coincidence like that and I clicked the link and bought the book plus one by Matheson.
Here is a link to the story of how Ray Bradbury and Rod Serling had a falling out after Ray had steered Rod to study Collier and others. Ray had intended to be a regular writer on the Twilight Zone.

Thanks for this tip Mike, I will seek out his work. Tales of the Unexpected and The Twilight Zone were teenage favourites of mine (I’m 53 now..). I must watch some of those episodes again!

If you are interested in some of these older authors, Dr SkySull at Skulls in the Stars has many reviews as well as some interesting history of science stuff.


I'd just like to say "The Chaser" is one of the great studies in writing economy. And I believe "Evening Primrose" was made into a Broadway musical(!).

Someone once described Collier as a writer who's stories you never remember the titles, but you could always describe them to your friends as "the one where …"

Some of Roald Dahl’s short stories made it into at least a UK version of ‘Tales of the Unexpected’.

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