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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. I...more

Quite qUiRkY!

The strangeness of ordinary. Things.

But Then You Have to Spoil It All by Saying Something Stupid Like Cuckoo

Beyond the Door is an eerie-sounding title, whisperings of realms yet undiscovered abounding, and yet this little story, published by PKD in January 1954, never leaves its domestic setting. It is based on a tongue-in-cheek id...more

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 a...more

Truly and simply remarkable!

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

সায়েনস ফিকশানের পরতি কখনোই তেমন আগরহ ছিলো না। "বিজঞানযাতরা"- নামক ফেসবুক পেইজে সায়েনস ফিকশন লেখক হিসেবে ফিলিপ কে. ডিক কে পরিচয় করিয়ে দেওয়ার পর তাঁর লেখা নিয়ে আগরহী হয়ে উঠি।
তাঁর লেখা পরথম পড়া গলপ, "Beyond the doors"। লযারি তার সতরীর জনয কিনে আনে এক পাখির এলারম দেওয়া ঘড়ি, ঘনটা পড়লেই কাঠের পাখি দরজা...more

I do wish a few things had been flushed out a little more but over all I found this to be an enjoyably creepy tale. The use of the cuckoo clock was superb and I definitely look forward to reading more work by Philip K. Dick.

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