this is the first charles beaumont book i've ever read, and i must say i'm bowled over. the very first story, miss gentilbelle, was so creepy that i consciously held myself aloof from it, trying not to absorb the fright, and the madness. happily the second story, the vanishing american reminded me of other stories i have loved, despite the creepiness of it, so i could allow myself to fully live in beaumont's world.
i always suspected i would love beaumont's stories: i love his twilight zone episodes, and he hasn't disappointed. i'm looking forward to more.