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THE FLY AND OTHER HORROR STORIES
Transcript of THE FLY AND OTHER HORROR STORIES
This story begins when François is called in the middle of the night by his sister in law, Helene, who sais she has killed his husband André with a steam hammer.
François started investigating his brother´s murder as he didn´t believe Helene had really killed him. He finds out that his brother was experimenting with teletransportation and had commited a terrible mistake: he became half fly half human and consequently a fly had his head. Finally he discovers that Helene had killed his husband because he asked her to help him commit suicide to keep the world save from him.
He is a British thriller writter. He has won more than forty awards for his novels and stories. The most famous one is "Bryant and May mysteries". The story that you can read in this book is called "Cooking Books".
Retold by John Escott
THE FLY AND OTHER HORROR STORIES
He is a British writer and journalist born in Paris. He is known for his story
called "The Fly", written in 1957. There are two films based in this short story.It also won Playboy magazine's Best Fiction Award
Bill Weaver had left London in the afternoon train and he travels Bath, England, to take care of his business. There he meets a lady who is the owner of a hypnotic and inexplicable optimism and whose great passion in her life is taxidermy, it is to say, embalming pets and little animals although she seems to be ready to try it with bigger creatures.
H. G. WELLS
H. G Wells (21 September 1866 – 13 August 1946), known primarily as Wells, was a prolific English writer in many genres, including the novel, history, politics, and social commentary, and textbooks and rules for war games.Wells is now best remembered for his science fiction novels, and is called the father of science fiction, along with Jules Verne and Hugo Gernsback.His most notable science fiction works include The Time Machine (1895), The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896). He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in four different years.
HECTOR HUGH MUNRO (SAKI)
Hector Hugh Munro (18 December 1870 – 14 November 1916), better known by the pen name Saki, and also frequently as Munro, was a British writer whose witty, mischievous and sometimes macabre stories satirize Edwardian society and culture. He is considered a master of the short story, and often compared to O. Henry and Dorothy Parker. Influenced by Oscar Wilde, Lewis Carroll and Rudyard Kipling, he himself influenced A. A. Milne, Noël Coward and P. G. Wodehouse.
Roald Dahl Norwegian 13 September 1916 – 23 November 1990) was a British novelist, short story writer, poet, screenwriter, and fighter pilot. His books have sold over 200 million copies worldwide.
Born in Wales to Norwegian parents, Dahl served in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War, in which he became a flying ace and intelligence officer, rising to the rank of acting wing commander. He rose to prominence in the 1940s with works for both children and adults and he became one of the world's best-selling authors. He has been referred to as "one of the greatest storytellers for children of the 20th century". His awards for contribution to literature include the 1983 World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement, and the British Book Awards' Children's Author of the Year in 1990. In 2008, The Times placed Dahl 16th on its list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945".
Laura, a young woman, whom the doctor said that she was going to die after Tuesday. She tells her friend Amanda all about it. Laura tells Amanda that she has not been really good, for example, with her husband Egbert.
Laura thinks that she will be reincarnated into an other. She finally dies on Monday. Amanda talk about Laura`s reincarnation with her uncle Don Lulworth Quayne. Egbert gets afraid and he tells Amanda and Don L.Q. that an otter has smashed the garden and killed the hens. Amanda, who is frightened, asked Egbert not to do anything but as the animal goes on doing it, he organizes a hunting to kill the otter.
Amanda`s friend neighbour, Aurora Burret, assures that she saw an animal with human eyes. For that, Amanda gets very nervous so Egbert takes her Nile Valley in order to she overcomes. Soon, she recovers her mental state but she gets sick again because of her husband`s shouts.
William Hope Hodgson (15 November 1877 – April 1918) was an English author. He produced a large body of work, consisting of essays, short fiction, and novels, spanning several overlapping genres including horror, fantastic fiction, and science fiction. Hodgson used his experiences at sea to lend authentic detail to his short horror stories, many of which are set on the ocean, including his series of linked tales forming the "Sargasso Sea Stories".
WILLIAM HOPE HODGSON
William Frederick Temple (9 March 1914 – 15 July 1989) was a British science fiction writer, best known for novel-turned-film Four Sided Triangle.
Temple was a member of the British Interplanetary Society, the editor of their journal Bulletin, and involved in science fiction fandom before writing.
Prior to World War II, Temple shared a flat in London with fellow science fiction fans Arthur C. Clarke and Maurice K. Hanson.Temple wrote a gently humorous, semi-autobiographical account of this time, called Bachelor Flat, in the 1940s but failed to find a publisher. It was eventually printed in the collection 88 Gray's Inn Road: A Living-Space Odyssey (2000).
WILLIAM F. TEMPLE
Robert Fordyce Aickman (27 June 1914 – 26 February 1981) was an English conservationist and writer of fiction and nonfiction. As a conservationist, he is notable for co-founding the Inland Waterways Association, a group which has preserved from destruction and restored England's inland canal system. As a writer, he is best known for his supernatural fiction, which he described as "strange stories".
THE STOLEN BODY
The story`s main characters are a pair of casual paranormal researchers who are experimentg with the idea of astral projection. One night, one of them inadvertenly succeeds in projecting his spirit from his body, wich is then taken possession of by a malevolent entily in his absence. His partner receives a vivid sensation of him calling out for help and rushes to this residence, only to find him absent and the place in shambles. The researcher continues to search for his partner and learn that he has perpetrated a serie of violent incidents around London. He seeks the aid of a medium, who channels his partner`s spirit and finds that he has fallen down a well and subsequently ben abandoned by the possessing entity. The locate the well and recounts the story of his possessions.
Frederic listens voices in the gallery. He decides to go to find out what is happening.
A child goes to the cathedral, and looks at a golden ball, it looks very bright and decides to steal it, but he listens another voice which scares him. Frederic is a brave boy and continues with his plan.
He is afraid of the chilling voices and decides not to steal the golden ball.
Finally, the child terrified decides to escape but it is imposible and he dies.
A new chapter begins again with another incredulous hild called Alex that hears de voice of the dead child.
François: He is the main character. He is a strong man who trusts his family and is never going to give up until he finds the answers to the crime.
André: he is a famous scientific who appears strangely murdered. He he is a persistent person and foremost want to protect his family.
Helene: is André's wife. She confess to have killed André but then it was discovered that she just wanted to protect his huseband. At firts everybody thinks she was insane but then they discovered the truth and she was released.
Haldeman is a lord of the city Los Angeles, he is in crisis because he owes money to his ex-wife and he has opened a restaurant that is not working.
To solve all his problem he decides to burn the restaurant, he asks Larry to help him. Larry leaves the gas open and the restaurant catches fire, Handelman and calls to the motel to have an alibi, but the phone does not work at the motel and he needed to go elsewhere to receive the call. When leaving the motel was so hot he got burnt because he had been drinking wishky and the floor was slippery.
Cooking the Books
The story starts on a boat where in the middle of a dark night in a small rowboat The passenger aboard heard a strange voice who tells a disturbing tale begging food for his fiancée.
He and his fiancée, aboard the ship Albatross, were abandoned by the ship's crew, who took the lifeboats. Building a raft, they escaped and found an abandoned ship covered with a fungus-like growth. They attempted to remove this but were unable to do so; it continued to spread. The nearby island was also covered with this growth, except for a narrow beach. The speaker and his fiancee found the fungus growing on their skin and felt the necessity to eat the fungus. They discovered that other humans on the island had been entirely absorbed by the strange fungus.
The Voice in the Night
The Whispering Gallery
Frederic: Is the protagonist. A child who lives an expectant adventure.
Jim: Is the servant of the family and who drives to Frederic to the Cathedral.
Skeleton-face: Is the guide and the villain of the story.
Ringing the Changes
In Ringing Changes, a woman asks her husband why a pace in their inn is called “The Ceffoee Room” hen no coffeed is served there. He chalks it up to the lucus a non lucendo explanation, which he explains at the ‘principle of calling white black’. Out of th darkness comes the atuthoritative voice of the inn’s only other guest: “On the contrary.The word black comes from an ancient root which mean to bleach. This stymological lesson guest to the core of Aickman’s particular brang of horror writing: strangeness is everywhere, even in the simplest words. The real and supernatural worlds are not distinct realms but rather as interwined as the etymologies of black and white
Our opinion is that most of the stories in this book were boring, exceptuating one or two chapters. It was not easy to read and some of the stories were difficult to understand.