A classic tale of surreal
menace and horror

A classic tale of surreal
menace and horror

In June 1940, the unforgettable conclusion of Final Blackout hit in Astounding. Readers were gasping for breath, attempting to recover from the emotional shock of the novel. But they would not get a break. Campbell announced in Unknown magazine that in the upcoming July issue: “The present warning is to make sure none of you miss Hubbard’s story.… For Hubbard’s yarn is not one to miss. Fear has been built of nightmare stuff. It is meant to chill the readers on any hot summer night.… Be warned. Fear will set cold lizard feet a-crawl on your spine and make voices gibber in your ears! For Hubbard has, in his first line, pointed out that such things as he tells may happen to any man. And he’s quite right!”

In a letter to a friend, Ron shared some thoughts during the composition of the story. “I’ve been trying to coax up a certain tone for the story. And I think a nice, delicate style is best suited. Paint everything in sweetness and light and then begin to dampen it, not with the style, but with the events themselves.”

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Fear is L. Ron Hubbard’s finest work!”

—Robert Bloch
author of Psycho

Fear is one of the most compelling fantasies ever written, with all the scary logic and authority of genuine nightmare. Hubbard didn’t need werewolves and bloody axes—he could scare the daylights out of you with a hat, or a stairway, or a little boy sitting on a rock and scratching his initials in the dirt with a stick. Fear is a terribly powerful story.”

—Tim Powers
author of The Anubis Gates

Fear inexorably twists its way into the darkest places of the heart and mind. A classic psychological thriller from a master storyteller.”

—Scott Nicholson
author of After: The Shock

Discover the Audiobook

Abridged | 3 hours | Narrated by Roddy McDowall

Roddy McDowall narrates the 3-hour abridged audiobook. He tells about the experience by saying, “The advantage for me is that it is a completely different kind of acting exercise. The closest thing is the old days of radio when you could trigger an audience with your voice alone.”

“A story of fantasy and terror that helped pave the way for today’s style in horror fiction. Fear does something very rare—it lives up to its title. Hubbard defines the essence of what it means to be afraid.”

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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