“The Dark Music” by Charles Beaumont

by kattomic

“The Dark Music” by Charles Beaumont


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I first encountered Charles Beaumont through the wonderful scripts he wrote for The Twilight Zone, including “Number Twelve Looks Just Like You.” He was extremely prolific and it’s hard to know what he might have gone on to do if he hadn’t died of a strange, rapid-aging disease when he was only 38. (His last home was in Valley Village, California, which is where I live.) “The Dark Music” is about a rigidly puritanical teacher who is given a taste of sensuality that changes her life. The story appears in Beaumont’s collection The Magic Man, The copy I have is a 50-cent Fawcett Gold Edition published in 1965, with a foreword by Ray Bradbury and an afterword by Richard Matheson. You can still buy used copies of this edition on Amazon, for less than $15 used.

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