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Books That Have Stayed With Rich

Inspired this morning by skullsinthestars‘ own fascinating list, I have come up with my own list of 10 books which, as according to the stipulations on Facebook, have “stayed with you in some way”, and which “don’t have to be … Continue reading

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Fate and Entanglement (Djuna Barnes, ‘Nightwood’, and Robert Aickman, ‘Choice of Weapons’)

‘You know what man really desires? (…) One of two things: to find someone who is so stupid he can lie to her, or to love someone so much that she can lie to him’ Nightwood  ‘You must have heard … Continue reading

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Would You Like To See My Baby? (Robert Aickman, ‘Dark Entries’)

Robert Aickman’s disruptively young death to cancer in 1981 meant not only the end of his contribution to supernatural fiction, but of any popular recognition he might have received in his lifetime. Aickman’s short fiction – a diverse, thoroughly original … Continue reading

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A Sightless Darkness Blacker Than Any Midnight (L.T.C. Rolt, ‘Sleep No More’)

By way of ensuring no offence to any locals who, in real life, live in the places mentioned in Rolt’s collection of sometimes strange, sometimes outrightly terrifying tales, an ‘Author’s Note’ claims that “…I do not attribute to such places … Continue reading

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The Zone of Uncertain Light (The Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories)

Robert Aickman contributed a story to all but 2 of the first 8 volumes of The Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories series, which he also edited. Having an Aickman tale in most of these books was good enough reason … Continue reading

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Exceedingly cold, almost icy (Robert Aickman, ‘Pages From a Young Girl’s Journal’)

Peter Straub said of Robert Aickman‘s fiction that “to put such strange things on paper was a valiant act of self-acceptance”. With such a compliment, we can understand that Aickman’s stories must convey some kind of honesty within them, even … Continue reading

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