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By Charles Beaumont

The definitive number of stories through the award-winning horror author comprises such classics as "The Hunger," "Miss Genibelle," and "Free Dirt," and lines introductions by means of Robert Bloch, Ray Bradbury, Harlan Ellison, Roger Corman, and others. Reprint.

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