From bestselling storyteller Orson Scott Card comes a collection of eleven chilling tales that provoke the dreaded dark side of the listener's imagination.
Eumenides in the Fourth Floor Lavatory
A sinful man finally faces his conscience in the form of a baby-like creature that haunts his waking hours.
Dying can be a difficult thing to come to terms with.
Deep Breathing Exercises
A man realizes that people who breathe together die together.
A wealthy, overweight man tries to escape his overeating problem by getting himself cloned and transferring his memories into the clone.
Closing the Timelid
Using a time travel machine, available only to the wealthy, a thrill-seeking playboy discovers a way to experience the excitement of death without actually dying.
To pass the time, Stanley plays freeway "following" games, and each person he follows dies trying to escape him. But one day, he meets his match and the chase is on!
A Sepulchre of Songs
Having lost both her arms and legs in an accident, a girl begins talking with an alien from outer space.
If the Censorship Board takes an interest in your writing, take it as a compliment and do what they say … or face the consequences.
The Changed Man and the King of Words
Joe develops a computer system based on literary references that can make frighteningly accurate character interpretations, then he submits his parents to the test.
Memories of My Head
A man writes a letter in his own blood shortly after blowing his head off with a shotgun.
In the story that became the acclaimed horror novel, a child having trouble adjusting to a new town withdraws into a mysterious computer game where he meets imaginary friends.
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"I "read" (as an audio book) the first volume of this five volume collection of Card's short fiction. The five volumes are divided by theme, the theme of this first volume being "The Hanged Man: Tales of Dread," kind of Stephen King-ish creepy stories. All I can say is, "Wow, what a story teller!" While I didn't like every story, I was continually impressed at the inventiveness of the author. What I enjoyed the very most was that at the end of the audio book, Card himself gave the history of where he came up with each of the stories. I found that fascinating. I think I'm done with fiction for a while; I mostly like to learn while I read. But I will most likely come back to Card again."
Mark (4 out of 5 stars)