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By Jeffrey Thomas

From the wildly creative storyteller in the back of Punktown and different unusual worlds, comes the novella past THE DOOR.

Two strangers meet in a teach station, and start swapping stories—stories that eerily interweave, and develop progressively more annoying and weird. The headless undead, a grotesque flea circus, flesh-eating bugs, and a menacing apartment that won’t remain placed. those are only a few of the stories that would display as a lot in regards to the teller as they do the mysteries in the back of that frayed curtain we name reality.

BEYOND THE DOOR is a narrative approximately how we connect to each other via storytelling—and tantalize ourselves with the unknown.

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And it hasn’t lower back to Eastborough on the grounds that. ” Ware waited a bit for extra, however the guy at the different aspect of the door had evidently complete. Ware nodded and grunted to himself. So, it was once the mysterious that intrigued this stranger…the unexplained or unexplainable he loved to debate. good, he had his personal tale to narrate, which concerned yet one more paid charm when you sought mystery wonders past life’s dreary façade—though no matter if his hope, or desire, to proportion his reviews with a stranger used to be born of a feeling of communion or contention, he couldn’t say. Ignoring the truth that the need to relieve himself had particularly intensified, because the morning’s first espresso had accomplished its personal ghost teach journey via his process, whereas additionally ignoring the truth that the restroom site visitors had reached a thorough between-trains lull—even lots of the urinals unmanned—Ware took a sip of the recent (if now tepid) espresso he nonetheless held in his hand, cleared his throat and commenced. “Where I come from there was once a museum…the Amos residence of Oddities & Curiosities, the signal outdoor referred to as it, for it was once simply that—a person’s residence, that individual being a guy named Jasper Amos. Amos used to be a chemical engineer, for a wide corporation on the town referred to as Amalgamated Concoctions or a few such; it used to be closed down a long time in the past. He was once good paid at his corporation, yet he had additionally inherited funds from his overdue spouse, an enticing heiress who used to be killed whilst her motor vehicle mysteriously stuck hearth whereas she was once on her strategy to stopover at a in poor health buddy; a few even stated she spontaneously combusted. at least, Jasper Amos held an curiosity in biology, anthropology, and on the subject of any other department of technological know-how past the sector of chemistry, and through the years had accrued particularly a peculiar choice of goods, because the identify of his museum could point out. His spouse had now not sought after most of the people traipsing via her domestic, yet after her demise Amos opened his doorways to a person prepared to pay a small cost to view his assortment. He did this for the sheer excitement of sharing his enthusiasms, simply because he definitely didn’t desire the proceeds from his museum so as to live on. I take into accout my mom took me there the 1st time while i used to be possibly 11 years previous, yet afterwards i might include acquaintances or perhaps by myself, a couple of times a yr, for the 5 - 6 years that the Amos condominium of Oddities & Curiosities remained open—for I too have consistently had a prepared curiosity in all branches of technological know-how, and in oddities and curiosities of each type. The odder and extra curious, the higher. the 1st stopover at to any particular position is usually the main great; any other time you come back is just an try and recapture somewhat that preliminary magic. I remember how involved, how completely entranced i used to be to stroll the lengthy carpeted hallways and gigantic rooms of the colossal outdated mansion that first time, rarely noticing my mom beside me in any respect. the home was once stuffed not just with treasures of the wildlife, yet work either classical and summary, artwork either spiritual and sacrilegious, furniture and décor from round the world—everything from fits of armor to manikins donning gorgeously embroidered ceremonial gowns, from large lots of colourful crystal in glass showcases to pressurized aquariums of ghastly deep sea fish, and terrariums containing two-headed snakes and albino turtles.

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