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Title:
Flight or fright : 17 turbulent tales
ISBN:
9781587676796
Publication Information:
Baltimore : Cemetery Dance Publications, [2018]
Physical Description:
332 pages ; 24 cm
Contents:
Introduction / Stephen King -- Cargo / E. Michael Lewis -- Horror of the heights / Arthur Conan Doyle -- Nightmare at 20,000 feet / Richard Matheson -- Flying machine / Ambrose Bierce -- Lucifer! / E.C. Tubb -- Fifth category / Tom Bissell -- Two minutes forty-five seconds / Dan Simmons -- Diablitos / Cody Goodfellow, Cody -- Air raid / John Varley -- You are released / Joe Hill -- Warbirds / David J. Schow -- The flying machine / Ray Bradbury -- Zombies on a plane / Bev Vincent -- They shall not grow old / Roald Dahl -- Murder in the air / Peter Tremayne -- The turbulance expert / Stephen King -- Falling / James Dickey -- Afterword: an important message from the flight deck / Bev Vincent.
Summary:
An anthology about all the things that can go horribly wrong when suspended six miles in the air, hurtling through space at more than 500 mph and sealed up in a metal tube with hundreds of strangers. All the ways a trip into the friendly skies can turn into a nightmare, including some never thought of before. Featuring brand new stories by Joe Hill and Stephen King, as well as fourteen classic tales and one poem from the likes of Richard Matheson, Ray Bradbury, Roald Dahl, and Dan Simmons.

Many things can go horribly wrong when you're suspended six miles in the air, hurtling through space at more than 500 mph and sealed up in a metal tube with hundreds of strangers. The friendly skies can turn into a nightmare. This collection of new and classic tales will have you thinking twice about how you want to reach your final destination. -- adapted from jacket
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Stephen King hates to fly.

Now he and co-editor Bev Vincent would like to share this fear of flying with you.

Welcome to Flight or Fright, an anthology about all the things that can go horribly wrong when you're suspended six miles in the air, hurtling through space at more than 500 mph and sealed up in a metal tube (like"€"gulp "€"a coffin) with hundreds of strangers. All the ways your trip into the friendly skies can turn into a nightmare, including some we'll bet you've never thought of before... but now you will the next time you walk down the jetway and place your fate in the hands of a total stranger.

Featuring brand new stories by Joe Hill and Stephen King, as well as fourteen classic tales and one poem from the likes of Richard Matheson, Ray Bradbury, Roald Dahl, Dan Simmons, and many others, Flight or Fright is, as King says, "ideal airplane reading, especially on stormy descents... Even if you are safe on the ground, you might want to buckle up nice and tight."

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Reviews 3

Publisher's Weekly Review

This entertaining anthology of horror, mystery, and literary tales about aircraft (most reprinted) will have the reader thinking twice about flying. The stories span the entire century of human flight, beginning with Arthur Conan Doyle's riveting "The Horror of the Heights," in which a pilot attempts to discover what lurks in the clouds. Most of the tales tend to skew toward horror. In E. Michael Lewis's "Cargo," the crew of a plane bringing bodies back from Jonestown start hearing noises coming from the cargo bay. In Cody Goodfellow's "Diablitos," an art smuggler gets more than he bargained for when he tries to bring a tribal mask to the U.S. Others take a different approach, such as Ray Bradbury's "The Flying Machine," which sees a Chinese emperor realizing the risk that flight poses to the Great Wall. Standouts include the two original stories: King's "The Turbulence Expert," a perfectly tense tale about a mysterious group that prevents aircraft crashes though unusual means, and Joe Hill's "You Are Released," made terrifying by its proximity to reality: it follows the crew and passengers on a 777 en route to Boston, who learn that North Korea has just nuked Guam and other countries are retaliating. This is a strong anthology full of satisfying tales. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Booklist Review

Even for people without flight phobia, commercial air travel can be unpleasant. But that is exactly what makes it the perfect frame for an anthology of horror stories, especially one coedited by King (The Outsider, 2018), who has a lifelong fear of flying. The terror often writes itself, a point that King and Vincent (The Road to the Dark Tower, 2004) prove with this expertly compiled collection of tales that entertain and scare. Besides brand-new stories by King and Joe Hill, the contents include 15 reprinted surprises, tales of horror in the air from famous authors like Arthur Conan Doyle, Richard Matheson, Ray Bradbury, and Dan Simmons as well as an 1899 story by the often overlooked Ambrose Bierce. Whether readers take it to the airport or read it with feet firmly planted on the ground, Flight or Fright delivers on its promised theme and will make the next plane ride a little more exciting. Pair it with themed horror anthologies edited by Ellen Datlow (Black Feathers, 2017) and John Joseph Adams (What the #@&% Is That??, 2016).--Becky Spratford Copyright 2018 Booklist


Library Journal Review

The topic of flying evokes sheer terror in many people, and this anthology is a master-piece of exploring what could go wrong during air travel. King, who himself hates to fly, and Vincent (The Road to the Dark Tower) include one new story each from King and Joe Hill along with 14 classic tales and one poem. Some of the authors included here are Arthur Conan Doyle, Richard Matheson, Ambrose Bierce, Ray Bradbury, Roald Dahl, and James L. Dickey. Listeners will encounter stories involving claustrophobia, transparent monsters, cowardice, time travel, and many more peculiarities. The numerous narrators include Corey Stoll, David Morse, Elizabeth Marvel, Simon Jones and Santino Fontana and all are simply exceptional. -VERDICT Highly recommended for horror fans, especially those without imminent plans to be on an upcoming flight.-Scott R. DiMarco, Mansfield Univ. of Pennsylvania Lib. © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Stephen KingE. Michael LewisArthur Conan DoyleRichard MathesonAmbrose BierceE.C.TubbTom BissellDan SimmonsCody GoodfellowJohn VarleyJoe HillDavid J. SchowRay BradburyBev vincentRoald DahlPeter TremayneStephen KingJames DickeyBev Vincent
Introductionp. 11
Cargop. 17
The Horror of the Heightsp. 37
Nightmare at 20,000 Feetp. 57
The Flying Machinep. 79
Lucifer!p. 81
The Fifth Categoryp. 95
Two Minutes Forty-Five Secondsp. 129
Diablitosp. 139
Air Raidp. 157
You Are Releasedp. 175
Warbirdsp. 207
The Flying Machinep. 229
Zombies on a Planep. 237
They Shall Not Grow Oldp. 247
Murder in the Airp. 269
The Turbulence Expertp. 293
Fallingp. 311
Afterward: An Important Message from the Flight Deckp. 319
About the Authorsp. 325