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From the wildly imaginative storyteller behind Punktown and other strange worlds, comes the novella BEYOND THE DOOR.Two strangers meet in a train station, and begin swapping stories—stories that eerily interweave, and grow more and more disturbing and bizarre. The headless undead, a gruesome flea circus, flesh-eating insects, and a menacing house that won’t stay put. TheseFrom the wildly imaginative storyteller behind Punktown and other strange worlds, comes the novella BEYOND THE DOOR.Two strangers meet in a train station, and begin swapping stories—stories that eerily interweave, and grow more and more disturbing and bizarre. The headless undead, a gruesome flea circus, flesh-eating insects, and a menacing house that won’t stay put. These are just some of the tales that will reveal as much about the teller as they do the mysteries behind that frayed curtain we call reality.BEYOND THE DOOR is a story about how we connect with one another through storytelling—and tantalize ourselves with the unknown....

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ISBN : 11015876
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Number of Pages : 119 Pages
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beyond the door Reviews

  • Dan Schwent
    2019-04-19 09:46

    Two men swap tales of terror from opposite sides of a bathroom stall door.This is the final book in my Kindle Unlimited Experiment. For the 30 day trial, I'm only reading books that are part of the program and keeping track what the total cost of the books would have been.I left the choice of my final Kindle Unlimited book to my Booklikes followers. I only got two suggestions so this one got the nod, mostly due to the use of a frame narrative, one of my favorite seldom-used literary devices. Two men get into a dispute in a bathroom and begin telling stories in an effort to top one another. How's that for a unique frame?Thankfully, the stories aren't nested so things don't get too crazy. The men tell the stories of a haunted house, a carnival of death, a museum of oddities with a flea circus, an insect-loving teacher, and several others.As the book goes on, the stories become more and more twisted, involving parallel worlds and such. I have to say that if someone tries to talk to me through the bathroom stall door at the train station, I'll probably engage them in a story swapping contest. Three out of five stars.Final Kindle Unlimited Savings Total: $137.82.

  • Char
    2019-04-01 14:30

    4.5 starsThis isn't a short story collection, but it is. A man accidentally opens a bathroom stall only to find that it's occupied. Miffed, the man says "Where I come from, we lock the door to the bathroom stall", and from there the game is on. What ensues are a bunch of short stories that are traded by the two men, one in the stall and the other out. It sounds like a strange premise, and I guess it is, but I enjoyed the hell out of it. The stories were very cool (especially the one regarding the headless woman), strange and unique. I will be checking out more works by this author in the future.

  • Benjamin Uminsky
    2019-04-23 09:19

    This is my first introduction to Jeff Thomas... and it ammounted to a nice firm handshake, beguiling smile, and a sparkle in his eye. "Beyond the Door" was essentially a Twilight Zone tale with a series of weird tales being exchanged between two main characters. What added to the bizareness of the overall narative was that the two individuals were swapping weird tales between the closed door of a bathroom stall in a public restroom... two complete strangers mind you. Despite it being a public place, it felt as though these two individuals had pulled themselves into a little bubble realm all to themselves as they were swapping weird tales. Each and every telling of a weird tale became odder and odder, as though these narators had entered into a contest to top the other's story with an even stranger account. Really well done!! The revelation at the end about one of the narators really makes you think about the actual tales that he was weaving.I really enjoyed this novella. Perfect length. The ending wrapped things up nicely and at the same time still left a little mystery to ponder, as any great weird tale should do. There was a particular passage towards the end of the story that described the frightful observations of one of the narators as he was on a train passing through a "special" tunnel (I won't spoil things with further description) that really devloped a nice menacing creepiness factor into the story. It reminded me a lot of Jean Ray's Mainz Psalter, both in theme and setting. I will very much seek other other titles from Jeff Thomas. Thanks for a great story!!!

  • Trudi
    2019-03-31 13:22

    Proof that very great things can come in tiny little packages. First, I love that whacked out cover ... seriously dude, wtf? I never wanted to read a book so keenly based solely on the cover art. Do I want to know what's beyond the door? Goddamn straight. Secondly, this little book has some creepy, weird secrets to tell, but very quiet like, it wants to whisper them in your ear. Sans flash, pizzazz, or the implementation of jazz hands, my attention was grabbed and held. The stories are sneaky, the creep subtle, leaving me feeling uneasy and a little off kilter by the time I was finished (or it was finished with me). It reminded me of how I felt after seeing the video for Soundgarden's Black Hole Sun for the first time. Remember that mind bender?I can't even really describe what I read, I'm left more with an impression than a clear picture, like my memory's been wiped.Weird, very weird.

  • Dave Thomas
    2019-04-24 11:26

    "Where I come from..." This simple phrase is the linchpin in Jeffrey Thomas's "Beyond the Door," a beautifully written tale about two men exchanging stories through a bathroom stall in a train station without ever meeting or seeing each other face-to-face. How's that for an original idea? And in Thomas's capable hands, you will find the stories become more interesting and bizarre as the tete-a-tete progresses until ultimately leading to a final story about the train itself.Don't let the size of this 118-page novella fool you; Thomas packs so much creativity into the narrative and dialogue that it's impossible not to devour this little treat in a single bite.

  • Matthew
    2019-04-19 09:36

    A man is waiting for his train to arrive when he steps into a bathroom. He goes to a toilet stall and opens it, only to find it currently occupied. A bit miffed, he blurts out, "Where I come from, people lock the toilet stall door." The two men go back and forth a bit before settling down and swapping stories about where they come from. A very strange premise but it definitely worked! I loved the original premise here and the stories that the men told each other flowed easily and were highly entertaining. I was given this book as a birthday gift by a close friend after I raved about Red Cells, also by Thomas. It is one if the best gifts that I've ever received! I HIGHLY recommend this (or both!).

  • Jennifer ☼
    2019-04-07 08:27

    If you love reading or sharing ghost stories, urban legends, or strange tales, you will love reading Beyond the Door. Highly recommended!

  • Lee Thompson
    2019-04-20 11:23

    Jeffrey Thomas is a helluva writer. Loved this.

  • George Wilhite
    2019-04-04 10:25

    “Beyond the Door” by Jeffrey Thomas is an excellent novella that is best devoured in one sitting. Doing so will provide a “real time” element to this highly original tale that is largely a conversation between two characters that never meet face to face.Ware enters the bathroom of a train station and accidentally opens an already occupied stall. This is the closest he comes to meeting the man in the stall, though he closes the door before seeing his face. Ware is embarrassed but retorts: “Where I come from, people lock the toilet stall door.” The man in the stall shoots back: “Well where I come from, people knock on the door before they open it.”They argue and insult one another for a while but rather than escalating into a violent conflict, these exchanges (all begin with “where I come from”) lead to an unexpected camaraderie. Their dialogs turn from short statements to stories from the pasts of their hometowns. The tales become increasingly bizarre and read like urban legends told around a campfire.The legends also begin striking closer and closer to home, until Ware’s final story deals with the train station itself. The novella becomes a wonderful journey through the weird and fantastic and the reader must decide what is true and what is just the stuff of mythology and the need for two strangers to “shoot the breeze” for a while.This is my first encounter with Thomas and certainly prompts me to want to check out more of his writing. While my description here might lead to think this is rather ordinary or been done before, think again. The urban legends are very original and Thomas’ writing style makes this a great read.I just don’t want to describe any of the legends so you can enjoy their twists and surprises as I did reading this wonderful novella.Highly recommended!

  • Durant
    2019-04-22 07:17

    This was a very interesting and well done little book. Two men, who may be the same person, are trading stories in the men's room...for hours. The stories, of course, make up most of the book. These narratives are basically short stories within the longer work. But Thomas effortlessly keeps the story together so that if feels like a single work, which it really is. The story itself is weird, crazy, weird, odd, did I say weird. I really enjoyed it. It reminded me in turns of Bradbury and Millhauser, but ultimately it's Jeffrey Thomas. Get it.

  • Clint
    2019-04-05 07:17

    My third foray into the imagination of Jeffrey Thomas lives up to the promise of my first (Unholy Dimensions). This dude is like a cross between Ray Bradbury, Lovecraft, and the Ramones. This novella (I guess it's a novella. Like his genre, his medium is also hard to classify.) could theoretically be broken into short stories, but the way it's crafted is an amazing feat in itself. Bear with me, almost the entire thing is a conversation between two guys on opposite sides of a bathroom stall. How this ends up happening is so weird and unexpected that I won't go into it here. Just let me warn you that if you're reading the ebook version, there will come a point early in the book where you're going to wonder if there was some big mistake in transferring the book to digital. The story turns into another story for so long that I thought I was reading a different book, then I realized that's how it was supposed to be. It's supposed to be an exchange of unrealistically long stories, and I promise it works out. I am more and more convinced the reader of Jeffrey Thomas is in the hands of an unsung master storyteller. Again, extremely dark and morbid, clear (almost prosaic) writing, lightning-fast plots, black humor on the edges, and the thing that I think sets him apart from most of his peers, the old-school plot-driven style that has you turning pages faster than a bestselling thriller, which is a real anomaly in writing as imaginative as this. This is his biggest strength: his material is the esoteric weirdness of Lovecraft, China Mieville, and even William Burroughs, but he shapes it like an airport bestseller, you just have to see what happens next. I think classic edge-of-your-seat storytelling has suffered a lot in the smoky, descriptive realms of weird fiction, and this guy brings it back like punk rock brought back three-chord two-minute songs in the late 70s: catchy as hell, scary as hell. And weird as hell.

  • Barry
    2019-04-06 10:47

    A deeply unnerving set of tales-within-a-tale. Not even separate stories, this novella is mainly set in the men's room of South Station, Boston, where two men (on either side of a toilet stall door!) are holding a sort of argument. At first, it's merely about common courtesy when it comes to locking a toilet stall door; but very quickly, the argument evolves into the men's attempts to top one another with strange and uncanny stories from their hometowns. There are no paragraph breaks, and the prose mercurially shifts from third-person quotes to first-person narratives with grace, making the whole tale very surreal and dreamlike. (And some of the stories themselves skeeved me out in all the right ways.) This was my first Jeffrey Thomas book, and it most certainly will not be my last.

  • RiaMae
    2019-03-24 12:40

    Quick and delighful trip into the realm of bizarre hugely reminiscent of Rod Serling's Twilight Zone. Fast paced read accomplished at one sitting and it kept my interest throughout without faltering once. The only regret I have about this little book is that I was hoping for a rather more eerie conclusion of events.

  • Claudia Piña
    2019-04-10 09:36

    2.5Y el Barripremio a la conversación mas rara que he leído va para...

  • Todd Russell
    2019-04-15 13:29

    The main door described in the title is the bathroom stall door inside a train station. Seriously, two men trade weird and unusual stories while one of the is perched inside the bathroom stall about to do his business. If that sounds like a bizarre visage, well, it is! The stories they tell are fairly interesting but I would have connected more with each story if the author hadn't used dialogue and went into a narrative section for each story (perhaps kind of like Chuck Palahniuk did with Haunted). The strange cover art refers to one of the stories being told and it's one of the best tales of the bunch.Five stars for a creative setting--can't remember ever reading a story setting like this that wasn't humor-related--but two stars for execution. At the end of the day the actual story wasn't as interesting as the setting and what did and did not happen between the two men. Definitely not horror, more bizarro. 3.5 stars, rounded down. 947 Kindle locations. Not recommended.

  • Chris Cangiano
    2019-04-11 13:45

    A man named Ware steps into the Men's room in Boston's South Station to use the facilities while waiting for his train home. Pushing open the door to the nearest stall, Ware finds the stall occupied. Embarrassed and annoyed he quickly pulls the door shut blurting out, "Where I come from, we lock the door to the bathroom stall". The unseen occupant responds with, "Well where I come from, people knock on the door before opening it". What emerges from there is a series of unsettling and weird stories told by each to the other through the door of the stall as they each recount anecdotes to let the other know exactly what it's like where they come from. Thomas manages to put enough wonder and weirdness into this very short novella to seed any number of full length novels. My only complaint is that it ended too soon. Thomas is another one of those authors that I rank at the top of today's current crop of purveyors of weird fiction. Highly recommended.

  • Elusive
    2019-04-16 14:27

    In ‘Beyond the Door’, two strangers start arguing in a toilet and subsequently share bizarre stories with each other. As time goes by, their stories become stranger and darker. The premise of this book was certainly unusual and the men’s stories were engrossing. The content revolved around various subject matters – a macabre carnival, a headless yet living woman, a flea circus, a woman obsessed with insects, a house filled with deaths etc. The author definitely has a fantastic imagination and his writing style appealed to me as it was simple but descriptive enough to enable me to visualize what was being narrated. My favourite story was the one about the fleas as I enjoyed the implications.Overall, ‘Beyond the Door’ featured some truly unforgettable horror stories. In this case, judging the book by its creepy cover wouldn’t be a mistake.

  • Jonathan
    2019-04-14 13:27

    The first Thomas book I actually wouldn't recommend. The whole premise is two different men telling one another stories, that intersect, and cross over one another in a bit of a back and forth dialogue. The trouble is the writing itself here. Most of the stories end up more like a car crash than anything else. While there is some interconnective tissue of narrative (A character being revisited, over and over again.) It has no payoff, none, whatsoever. Beyond that, none of the stories have much flesh, but come across more as a continual ramble. Difficult to read/get through, not highly recommended.

  • Brian O'Connell
    2019-04-22 14:45

    Two strangers "meet" in a train station bathroom, separated by a stall door, and begin, very fluidly, to tell immensely disturbing stories to each other - stories populated by headless women, dying junkies, caterpillar creatures, and more.These vignettes are intense, pulpy (almost Serling-esque), unnerving, atmospheric, and all around great fun. It's like finding an old, frayed book of urban legends you didn't remember having in your attic. Jeffery Thomas' writing is superb as always.A dark and weird yarn that speaks to the power of storytelling.

  • Kari Dennis
    2019-04-17 12:47

    3 1/2 starsUnusual story about two men trying to one-up each other with (supposedly) true stories of the bizarre and other-worldly from their home towns. The stories they tell are interesting, and they seem to believe them. It feels like there is something else going on in the story though, like it's building up to something big happening. And when it does end, it feels anti-climactic.

  • Lea
    2019-04-20 11:38

    After a string of mediocre books, it was refreshing to read this one. Very short, it's kinda sorta a string of stories joined together by the framework of two strangers telling each other creepy tales. I loved this one so much, I re-read it as soon as I was finished -- after finishing it the first time, I realized there were some details throughout the story that tied into later events. I really enjoyed this -- very much. Highly recommend!

  • Oskar
    2019-03-28 12:40

    This is a little story about the isolation that humans built around them and how persons break it andconnect each other by the power of the words, in this novella by telling stories.Bizarre,dark and verydeep, I enjoyed a lot this book.Very recommended.

  • Aurora
    2019-04-21 12:44

    I liked this collection though the whole premise is rather weird. I have a feeling that there's some underlying explanation or theme or something that explains it that I missed, as though I almost got it but not quite. Beside that one thing, I really enjoyed this collection.

  • Antony
    2019-04-10 15:22

    a very short but brilliant read that really pulled me in my only problem was it was nowhere near long enough each story could have been expanded into more detail especially the carnival. one of the few books I would read again highly recommended.

  • Dave Pope
    2019-04-10 15:32

    A story made up of a set of short stories. Very interesting and entertaining for the main part but I felt that it lacked a bit of bite. The premise is very good and original and it does keep its grip on the reader.

  • Lynn
    2019-03-28 14:42

    Scary and often repulsive.....muahahaha

  • David Church
    2019-04-23 08:25

    Really wish you could give .5s on Good Reads..4.5 for me, amazing nostlagic weird stories in this great novella.