Tuesday, December 28, 2010

ah.. book sale treasure

The local library has an ongoing book sale,
books donated or books that they have deleted from their collection
- cost $1.00
Though I am trying to write a novel and a memoir type book
I am drawn to short story telling....
and this little book,Stories for Late at Night, has reinforced that for me.
A well written short story packs a wallop
hits you between the eyes
enlightens you
fascinates and frightens you
And guess what I found while perusing the titles
Could this be THE fly?
And, much to my pleasure and excitement it was....
a reprint of  George Langelaan original story
which was first printed in 1957, in of all places ,Playboy Magazine
seems Playboy led the way in printing Scifi stories.
The movie version of The Fly came out in 1958....I would have been 8 years old then
No wonder it scared the bejeezus out of me...and I NEVER got over the famous movie lines
So, to find the original story that the movie was based on... and was pretty faithful to...
was worth the $1.00 I paid for the book...
And there is another story, the most wonderful and frightening story, by Ray Bradbury,
The Whole Town's Sleeping
Maybe by immersing myself in short story this week
I will be able to unlock the fascination I have with it
But for sure....I will enjoy every word.


  1. One time, in the not too distant past, there was a large bumble bee, with a large black and yellow stripped body , trapped in the dinning room. And as I moved close to him, to try to help him. He called out, "Help! Help!!" And I did.

    Also, I just saw someone talking about Woody Allen's short stories. I have not rad any, but this person was talking about his short stories as the best. I thought I should read some.

  2. I remember seeing the old movie of The Fly and hearing those words too!!

  3. Write, and read and think in between. Life reflected. Best of luck in the new year.

  4. I don't suppose buying throw out bookd from the library at $1 each helps authors much, but then the library will then buy more and that does.
    Seasons greetings Suz, and thanks for your comments over the year and no, I was a good boy, no coal in my stocking! (smile).

  5. I am reading the New Yorker's summer fiction issue this week....eight short stories by writers under 40...it's fantastic and the short stories are just the right length for my attention span at this time of year!

  6. Oh thank you Oliag..I shall go and get it...hopefully from the library..writers under 40...babies!
    :)hee hee

  7. Being able to read is a wonderful gift and to enjoy the contents of a good story, BLISS!

    I'm looking forward to your story Suz, hope you'll letr me know whne it can be purchased.

  8. Ray Bradbury's "The Veldt" is pretty amazing...

    Also, have you ever read J.D. Salinger's book of short stories entitled Nine Stories? It's fantastic.

  9. Hey C.L.Smith...No on the Bradbury story butnot sure on the Salinger ones...I have read many of his..but not from one source..mostly at a workshop...will look them up....thanks...
    and Stafford.....I want you to know that I also picked up a discared Hemingway and Kerouac.....yes I can learn from those old books

  10. I like the title "Stories for late at Night" - I may try and get it - thanks for sharing:) Alison


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