Elizabeth (pinkflower) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

8/50: Button, Button: Uncanny Stories

"Button, Button," which inspired the upcoming film The Box, starring Cameron Diaz, is just one of a dozen unforgettable tales in this new collection by Richard Matheson, the bestselling author of I Am Legend and What Dreams May Come. This outstanding volume contains a number of stories that were adapted for television such as Dying Room Only and No Such Thing as a Vampire, as well as a new introduction by Matheson himself.

A grand master of horror and suspense, Matheson has won the Edgar, the Spur, and the Writer's Guilt Awards, in addition to the Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement.

I have never been a big reader of short stories, but this is the second collection of short stories I've read since I started this 50 book challenge. While definitely I preferred Vonnegut's Welcome To The Monkey House over this one, I was intrigued by several of the stories. What I liked the most is that the ends were always unpredictable. All of them caught me off guard.

What are some of your favorite collections of short stories?

Tags: fiction, horror, short stories, suspense

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