Perchance to Dream
Charles Beaumont

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Narrated By: Paul Boehmer, Gabrielle de Cuir, Harlan Ellison, Alex Hyde-White, Arthur Morey, John Rubinstein, Stefan Rudnicki, various narrators

Duration: 12 hours and 20 minutes

What to expect

The profoundly original and wildly entertaining short stories of a legendary Twilight Zone writer

It is only natural that Charles Beaumont would make a name for himself crafting scripts for The Twilight Zone—for his was an imagination so limitless it must have emerged from some other dimension. Perchance to Dream contains a selection of Beaumont’s finest stories, including five that he later adapted for Twilight Zone episodes.

Beaumont dreamed up fantasies so vast and varied they burst through the walls of whatever box might contain them. Supernatural, horror, noir, science fiction, fantasy, pulp, and more—all were equally at home in his wondrous mind. These are stories where lions stalk the plains, classic cars rove the streets, and spacecraft hover just overhead. Here roam musicians, magicians, vampires, monsters, toreros, extraterrestrials, androids, and perhaps even the Devil himself. With dizzying feats of master storytelling and joyously eccentric humor, Beaumont transformed his nightmares and reveries into impeccably crafted stories that leave themselves indelibly stamped upon the walls of the mind. In Beaumont’s hands, nothing is impossible; it all seems plausible, even likely.


Science fiction, Anthologies: general, Horror and supernatural fiction

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“Twist endings get a bad rap in our oh-so-sophisticated millennium, but in Perchance to Dream, they’re in the hands of a master…Throughout the book, Beaumont challenges perception, norms, and our smug reliance on appearances, using supernatural and science fictional elements to drive home his points.”


“This is a worthwhile and important collection, preserving an author’s work for a new generation of readers. Read them. Get angry. Be shocked. Laugh. Charles Beaumont’s work will certainly provoke your imagination.”

Weird Fiction Review

“These stories recall a more innocent Americae…Beaumont celebrates the American landscape in prose that’s often lyrical…Each with its satisfying twist, often surprisingly surprising, these stories charm and entertain while mapping out the landscape of (white, male) American anxieties in the middle of the last century.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Beaumont’s short stories provide fantastic listening—all the more so as told by the skillful variety of narrators in this production…Stefan Rudnicki takes the lion’s share of the narrations, and, given that he excels at science fiction, he also steals much of the show. Yet every narrator executes his or her story with a strong, spot-on delivery. Taken together, the stories make for a well-curated collection with narrations that listeners will enjoy.”


“Beaumont’s stories offer flashes of true horror, subverting shock value with vertiginous questions about good, evil, and human nature.”

Seattle Times

“Terrifically creepy pieces that almost always end with a twist…Beaumont deserves the wider audience this volume can provide.”