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Encyclopedia > Charles Beaumont

Charles Beaumont (January 2, 1929February 21, 1967) was a prolific U.S. author of speculative fiction and horror short stories, beginning in 1951. He frequently wrote for The Twilight Zone TV series, as well as the screenplay for 7 Faces of Dr. Lao and The Masque of the Red Death. January 2 is the second day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1929 (MCMXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... February 21 is the 52nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... An author is the person who creates a written work, such as a book, story, article or the like. ... Speculative fiction - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... Horror fiction is, broadly, fiction in any medium intended to scare, unsettle, or horrify the reader. ... This article is in need of attention. ... The Twilight Zones original opening The Twilight Zone was a television anthology series created (and often written) by its narrator and host Rod Serling. ... In 1935, Charles G. Finney, a newspaperman of Arizona, published his novel, The Circus of Dr. Lao. ... The Masque of the Red Death is a classic 1964 horror film, directed by Roger Corman, based on the short story written by Edgar Allan Poe in 1842. ...


He was born in Chicago as Charles Leroy Nutt to an abusive mother who frequently dressed him in girls' clothes and once killed one of his pets as punishment. Beaumont was an outgoing, spontaneous person, prone to taking trips out of the country at a moment's notice. An avid racing fan, he would often enjoy participating in or watching area speedway races with other authors tagging along. Nickname: The Windy City, The Second City, Chi Town, The City of Big Shoulders, The 312, The City that Works Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in Chicagoland and Illinois Coordinates: Country United States State Illinois County Cook & DuPage Incorporated March 4, 1837  - Mayor... Racing cars redirects here. ...


Beaumont wrote the scripts for some of the Twilight Zone series' most memorable episodes, including an adaptation of his own short story, "The Howling Man", the filming of which starred John Carradine. Playboy published his short story, "The Crooked Man", an early (1955) portrayal of homosexuality in speculative fiction. He famously scripted the Queen of Outer Space from an outline by Ben Hecht, deliberately writing the screenplay as a parody. “The Howling Man” is an episode of the television series The Twilight Zone. ... Carradine (center) in Stagecoach (1939) John Carradine (February 5, 1906 - November 27, 1988) was an American actor. ... The first issue of Playboy. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Lesbian science fiction. ... Queen of Outer Space is a science fiction movie filmed in 1958 starring Zsa Zsa Gabor as the Queen of Venus. ... Ben Hecht (February 28, 1894 – April 18, 1964) was a prolific Hollywood screenwriter, even though he professed disdain for the motion picture industry. ... Parody of Back to the Future In contemporary usage, a parody is a work that imitates another work in order to ridicule, ironically comment on, or poke some affectionate fun at the work itself, the subject of the work, the author or fictional voice of the parody, or another subject. ...


When Beaumont was 34, he began to suffer the effects of a mysterious brain disease. While perhaps Alzheimer's disease or Pick's disease, as commonly assumed, the disease may have been related to the meningitis he'd suffered as a child. As the disorder progressed, Beaumont began to lose his ability to write. Many of his friends and fellow writers, including William F. Nolan and Jerry Sohl, took to ghostwriting for Beaumont so that he could fulfill his many writing commissions, despite his illness. Privately, he insisted on splitting his fees with those authors who wrote the pieces for him. He died in Woodland Hills, California at the age of 38. Picks disease is a dementing illness associated with deterioration of the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain. ... Meningitis is inflammation of the meninges, caused by microorganisms that have spread into the blood and into the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). ... William F. Nolan is one of The Group of United States science fiction authors responsible for most of the scripts for the television show The Twilight Zone. ... Gerald Allan Sohl Sr. ... This article is about a ghostwriter, the type of writer. ... Woodland Hills is a community within the City of Los Angeles. ...


Posthumously much admired and appreciated by colleagues such as Ray Bradbury and Harlan Ellison, his work has been rediscovered in recent years with three collections of short stories published: Best of Beaumont (Bantam, 1982), Charles Beaumont: Selected Stories (Dark Harvest, 1988) and A Touch of the Creature (Subterranean Press, 1999). In 2004, Gauntlet Press released the first of what will be two volumes collecting Beaumont's Twilight Zone scripts. Ray Douglas Bradbury (born August 22, 1920) is an American literary, fantasy, horror, science fiction, and mystery writer best known for The Martian Chronicles, a 1950 book which has been described both as a short story collection and a novel, and his 1953 dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451. ... Harlan Jay Ellison (born May 27, 1934) is a prolific American writer of short stories, novellas, essays, and criticism. ... Note, this page is about the television series and its two revivals. ...


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Once explained to Harlan Ellison that the trick to surviving in Hollywood is to cultivate the ability to climb a hill of dung while retaining the ability to smell and enjoy a delicate flower sprouting at the top of the smelly pile.


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