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A Story That Ends with a Scream

(1967)
A collection of stories by

 
 
In his second collection of short stories, James Leo Herlihy explores a landscape of people living on the fringes of normal society as the pleasures of daily life fade. Men and women search for the missing fragment of meaning from their existence with Herlihy's signature humor and deft dialogue.

In the titular story, Mary Ellen McClure is trapped in a dull, unfulfilled life in a trailer park, suspecting her husband of having an affair. Together with her neighbor Ivy, she dabbles with a Ouija board which spells out the name Ezra and implies that Mary Ellen will have an affair. She becomes enamored with the fantasy of this unknown man - at first falling deep into the escapism of the imagined affair, then resolving to find him for real to save her from her stale life.

Herlihy's other gothic tales tell of Consilada Rector, who can't get people to believe in the leprechaun that presides over her husband's bar; Mrs. Dorothy Fitzpatrick, who records of the existence of a ghostly mail delivery truck; and a dying man who comes to stay with a mother and her blessed son William.



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Hardback Editions

July 1968 : UK Hardback
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Title: Story That Ends with a Scream
Author(s): James Leo Herlihy
ISBN: 0-224-61332-4 / 978-0-224-61332-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd
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Paperback Editions

August 1970 : UK Paperback
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Title: Story That Ends with a Scream
Author(s): James Leo Herlihy
ISBN: 0-586-03355-6 / 978-0-586-03355-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services
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Audio Editions

December 2018 : MP3 CD
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Title: A Story That Ends With a Scream: And Eight Others
Author(s): James Leo Herlihy
ISBN: 1-72137-447-7 / 978-1-72137-447-2
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance audio
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August 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: A Story that Ends with a Scream: And Eight Others
Author(s): James Leo Herlihy
Publisher: Audible Studios
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August 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: A Story that Ends with a Scream: And Eight Others
Author(s): James Leo Herlihy
Publisher: Audible Studios
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August 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: A Story that Ends with a Scream: And Eight Others
Author(s): James Leo Herlihy
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

April 2018 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: A Story that Ends With a Scream: And eight others
Author(s): James Leo Herlihy
Publisher: RosettaBooks
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