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Scars and Other Distinguishing Marks [Kindle Edition]

Richard Christian Matheson , Stephen King , Dennis Etchison
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Book Description

Scars and Other Distinguishing Marks was Richard Christian Matheson first published collection. With a foreword by Stephen King and an introduction by Dennis Etchison, this collection of twenty-seven short stories and one screenplay offers readers a variety of genres, including horror, thriller, dark fantasy, and psychological terror.

The stories in this collection:
THIRD WIND
THE GOOD ALWAYS COMES BACK
SENTENCES
UNKNOWN DRIVES
TIMED EXPOSURE
OBSOLETE
RED
BEHOLDER
DEAD END
COMMUTERS
GRADUATION
CONVERSATION PIECE
ECHOES
INCORPORATION
HELL
BREAK-UP
MR. RIGHT
CANCELLED
MUGGER
THE DARK ONES
HOLIDAY
VAMPIRE
INTRUDER
DUST
GOOSEBUMPS
MOBIUS with Richard Matheson
WHERE THERE'S A WILL
"Magic Saturday" - Screenplay from Amazing Stories


Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

From the dangers of jogging ("Third Wind") to the risks of the road ("Dead End"), this collection of 27 tales of the macabre, including 10 original publications, illustrates the author's talent for short, horrific fantasy. Recommended for large libraries. JC
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 768 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Crossroad Press & Macabre Ink Digital; Crossroad Press First Digital edition (December 16, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AQN46CO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #629,171 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! May 8, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
An excellent collection of first-rate horror short stories. Matheson is a master of concise, nasty little tales; "little" being the operative word here; nearly all of the tales are no more than a few pages long. But boy, do they pack a punch! I owned a copy of this book some years back, but something bad happened to it, and I haven't been able to replace it since. A real shame, too, because this is one that can be read over and over with no diminished enjoyment. Would-be writers of short fiction can learn a lot from these works. R.C. Matheson is the son of Richard Matheson, another amazing writer of horror, sci fi , and fantasy, probably most known for his writing for "Twilight Zone", "Duel", and "Prey", which became the most memorable segment in "Trilogy of Terror", where the fiendish Zuni fetish doll comes to life and terrorizes poor Karen Black. If you can find this title, it's definitely worth checking out. Why does all the good stuff always go out of print?!?
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read May 18, 2013
By W.W.
Format:Paperback
I'm giving this one 5 stars because, despite its flaws, the stories that are superb more than make up for the others than are not as strong. It's obvious that Dennis Etchison has had a powerful full effect on RCM, but his voice is still his own. The lesser stories feel a little gimmicky, the style sometimes stifling, but then in the strong(er) stories the same technique, because it becomes invisible, works quite will. All of them rely on some kind of last-line shocker, their hyper minimalist construction always dangerously balanced on a single word, with knifepoint accuracy when they function well, but artificial, stilted, etc., when they don't. Still, I consider this one of my personal faves. 5 stars. Read it. Sorry for my lack of copy editing. I'm on an ipad.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unique storytelling August 8, 2014
By Michael
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
From a son of the Master, Richard Matheson. If you go expecting what the father is, cast it aside. Then you can enjoy some great unique storytelling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Full of Gems September 3, 2014
By Brenda
Format:Kindle Edition
I think this was R.C.M.'s first published collection; I own a 1st edition paperback and I'm not afraid to admit I've fetishized it a bit.

It's a little uneven, but who cares? You can tell Etchison has had a strong influence on him, but the voice is still his own. It's almost as if he absorbed Etchison's alienation, inherited his father's twist endings, but fused them and taken them to their extreme, to create something that is truly his own. My only complaint is that there weren't more stories.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Scars June 21, 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I like Richard Christian Matheson's work ion screen. these look like exercises and i kinda breezed through them and unfortunately i compared them to Richard Matheson... I start remembering certain stories and think its a metaphor on some of them. I like some of the stuff that made me think like when he did Cancelled I like the remarks he made about certain tv shows he was referring to little house in the prairie and the fonz and happy days... those were funny...
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