The Hanging Stranger

The Hanging Stranger At five o clock Ed Loyce washed up tossed on his hat and coat got his car out and headed across town toward his TV sales store He was tired His back and shoulders ached from digging dirt out of the

  • Title: The Hanging Stranger
  • Author: Philip K. Dick
  • ISBN: 1435509943
  • Page: 324
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  • At five o clock Ed Loyce washed up, tossed on his hat and coat, got his car out and headed across town toward his TV sales store He was tired His back and shoulders ached from digging dirt out of the basement and wheeling it into the back yard But for a forty year old man he had done okay Janet could get a new vase with the money he had saved and he liked the idea ofAt five o clock Ed Loyce washed up, tossed on his hat and coat, got his car out and headed across town toward his TV sales store He was tired His back and shoulders ached from digging dirt out of the basement and wheeling it into the back yard But for a forty year old man he had done okay Janet could get a new vase with the money he had saved and he liked the idea of repairing the foundations himself.

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    About "Philip K. Dick"

    1. Philip K. Dick

      Philip K Dick was born in Chicago in 1928 and lived most of his life in California In 1952, he began writing professionally and proceeded to write numerous novels and short story collections He won the Hugo Award for the best novel in 1962 for The Man in the High Castle and the John W Campbell Memorial Award for best novel of the year in 1974 for Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said Philip K Dick died on March 2, 1982, in Santa Ana, California, of heart failure following a stroke.In addition to 44 published novels, Dick wrote approximately 121 short stories, most of which appeared in science fiction magazines during his lifetime Although Dick spent most of his career as a writer in near poverty, ten of his stories have been adapted into popular films since his death, including Blade Runner, Total Recall, A Scanner Darkly, Minority Report, Paycheck, Next, Screamers, and The Adjustment Bureau In 2005, Time magazine named Ubik one of the one hundred greatest English language novels published since 1923 In 2007, Dick became the first science fiction writer to be included in The Library of America series.

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    1. The Hanging Stranger, first published in 1953, when author Philip K. Dick was only 25 years old reveals the younger writer to be interested in horror as much as his later dominated genre of science fiction. A reader wonders what may have come if this story had become more popular and the young writer persuaded to follow the paths of H.P. Lovecraft and Richard Matheson rather than becoming a pioneer in the science fiction field. Still, this early work demonstrates his ability to convey an eerie s [...]


    2. Resistance is futile. Afterthought: I wonder if, while our heads are down, looking at our screens, we'd even notice the thing hanging from the lamp post.


    3. This story encapsulates the era so nicely. It picks at the edges of the false narrative of the perfect post-war America. The veneer of optimism almost but not quite obfuscating the deep red paranoia and suspicion. The Other is here, and they must be purged. Something worth noting is that when Dick was writing this, lynchings were still common in the United States and were likely presented with the same indifference. And this story points the way towards The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits.



    4. Ed Loyce has been working in his basement - he decides to take a break from the subterranean work and walks to town and checks in with his repair shop. On his way there, he sees a horrific scene: a dead body hanging from a light post in the town center. He is confused, scared, and angry - why is this here? How did this happen? Why do people walk by with no care? Ed soon realizes that this dead body in the plaza is the least of his concernsGreat short story - like a Twilight Zone episode - origin [...]


    5. ILLUSTRATED BY SMITHOpening: Five o'clock Ed Loyce washed up, tossed on his hat and coat, got his car out and headed across town toward his TV sales store. He was tired. His back and shoulders ached from digging dirt out of the basement and wheeling it into the back yard. But for a forty-year-old man he had done okay. Janet could get a new vase with the money he had saved; and he liked the idea of repairing the foundations himself!


    6. Personal Response- I really enjoyed this short story because if flowed very well. It also did a good job of keeping the plot very clear and you could understand what was going on. The only thing that I disliked was towards the end, it completely switched perspectives and it got confusing.Plot Summary- Loyce was working in his cellar all day. When he goes to town he finds a man who has been hung in the town square. Loyce is horribly upset, but no one else even recognizes that anything is wrong. L [...]


    7. I know Dick's novels, but I had yet to investigate his short stories and I started with "The Hanging Stranger."A lovely exercise in simplicity, Dick beautifully ratchets up suspense and creates mood, but keeps it simple. And the ending is incredibly satisfying (and, frankly, I'm surprised I didn't see it coming as I usually can see endings coming a mile away.)If you're looking for a short read, I highly recommend this. Probably take an hour to read, tops, and probably less (I was interrupted a l [...]



    8. I've arranged my thoughts on this story into a haiku:"Mere hysteria,One might think sprung from fancy,But nope! Nope, nope, nope."


    9. Another good PKD readI had my suspicions, but was caught off guard in the end.I recommend it if you like the twilight zone.


    10. Wow! Now that was good to read of course. Based in a science fiction genre it was kind of a short story that anyone would love to read. Honest I didn't expect it like that wayThe name of that prime figure named Loyce! Who happened to find out the disturbance activities in the city. It occur first when he noticed that dead man who was hanging out from the top of a tree. Though everyone could see it but surprisingly no one showing any interest on that or do something about that dead body. It of co [...]


    11. I came across this title after watching Electric Dreams. I was not remotely a fan of the particular episode that was inspired by this story, but I was intrigued enough to find the original story and read it.And I was so glad I did!(view spoiler)[ I am fine with short stories being open ended, and this one was a reasonable length for that. I liked the build up, and while I anticipated the twist in the end, it flowed really smoothly. I am also conflicted if stories are totally pessimistic, with no [...]


    12. A Strange and Frightening Science Fiction Story!"The Hanging Stranger" is a science fiction short story by one of the masters of the genre, Philip K Dick. It is a wonderful example of the author's skill at crafting a story that works on more than one level as the protagonist struggles to ensure that he is not losing his mind as strange and horrifying events continue to unfold around him. Even you, as a reader, are required to decide if the protagonist is crazy or actually fighting against strang [...]


    13. A short story by Philip K Dick in his younger days. This story has a bit of an eerie feel to it. It is part horror and part sci fi and quite imaginative for his time and age. Moreover though, it hits on an interesting point by showing the futility of trying to find help when it is the people sworn to protect who are out to get you. It's a frightful world when your first line of defense is no longer on your side. It can be argued that this is leaning towards mental illness or paranoia, but it is [...]


    14. As creepy and intense as it is short. LIGHT SPOILER ALERT I kept wishing this was a true alien invasion and not a psychotic break, otherwise the killing of the child would hurt even more. Weird how that works, the alien invasion means all of them are dead, and yet a single death is a tragedy while a billion is a statistic, right?


    15. Read on Serial Reader--a 2-issue short story. It all starts with a hanging man only one other man seems to notice. A stranger, dirty, a little beat up. Where did he come from, and why does no one seem perturbed?Creepy and clever.


    16. Scary short story by a talented authorWell-written, fast-paced, and creepy. Quick to read and enjoyable. I could see the action unfolding, and liked the psychological aspects of seeing something horrible, and being told by others it's unimportant. Chilling and memorable!


    17. I’ve been reading a lot of PKD’s short fiction and I now fully understand why there is a constant debate about which of his works are better: his novels or his short stories. They’re all so potent, I can’t choose.




    18. Nice short story! I just love it if books have a little twist at the end and if the twist is even a bit scary, then it makes for a good bonus!


    19. PKD!A classic PKD paranoia story. Nice build-up to a grim ending. Very enjoyable, and well worth the reading! I recommend it.





    20. Here, Mr. Dick states that the only way can show their condition is through compassion, empathy towards other people's tragedy.



    21. Excellent in its simplicity. Clearly a man who can tell a story without too much fancy dressing, and make it eerie, creepy, thrilling.


    22. Interesting!Big fan of PKD, this is the first of his short stories that I've read. Short and entertaining with a twilight-zone type twist.


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