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Beyond the Door

Philip K. Dick

Book Overview: 

Beyond the Door is a story that asks and answers the question: what lives beyond the door? And is it dangerous?

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .He scowled. "What's the matter with you? You've got your clock, haven't you? Isn't that what you want?"

Doris sat holding onto the clock, her fingers pressed against the brown wood.

"Well," Larry said, "what's the matter?"

He watched in amazement as she leaped up and ran from the room, still clutching the clock. He shook his head. "Never satisfied. They're all that way. Never get enough."

He sat down at the table and finished his meal.

The cuckoo clock was not very large. It was hand-made, however, and there were countless frets on it, little indentations and ornaments scored in the soft wood. Doris sat on the bed drying her eyes and winding the clock. She set the hands by her wristwatch. Presently she carefully moved the hands to two minutes of ten. She carried the clock over to the dresser and propped it up.

Then she sat waiting, her hands twisted together in her lap—waiting for the cuckoo to. . . Read More

Community Reviews

The cuckoo clock is the object of a struggle between two régimes: the mechanical and the machinic (in the sense of Deleuze and Guattari's "desiring machines"). Larry embodies the mechanical régime: the clock is an object of consumption, the acquisition made in a favorable economic transaction. It h

Quite qUiRkY!

First published in Fantastic Universe (January, 1954), this strange little story about a bad marriage, an adulterous liaison, and a little birdie who lives in a cuckoo clock and just may have a mind of its own, is just—for want of a better term—kinda “dumb”. Dick, who by this time had become an acco

I piss on these reviews. This was a fun, creepy, and interesting short story about a possessed cuckoo clock.

La desintegración de un matrimonio que está en sus horas más bajas, los celos y la desconfianza de la pareja salen a relucir cuando el marido le regala un reloj de cuco a ella. El reloj es un destestabilizador que colma un vaso que estaba lleno. Un cuento con una violencia soterrada.

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