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Paigetheoracle Started conversation Sep 6, 2018
For anyone interested in my entry on Robert Aickman, I would like to offer the chance to read The Coffin House, one of his shortest stories as a taster in an email. I also have the book Dark Entries that I reviewed, to pass on too as I have finished reading it and am close to finishing Compulsory Games by him as well. I am willing to post these second class to anyone in the UK and surface mail elsewhere (too expensive for airmail I believe but I can check again).
Being a fan, I want to promote his work as you do with anything you love. By the way, Wood in the latter named collection, is also the kind of story whose imagery sticks in your mind, long after you have finished reading it. No Time Is Passing is another of his brilliant stories but not in the horror story mould. I believe it is based on a mixture of Greek mythology and a character at the centre who may well be modeled on Gurdjieff, the Armenian mystic.
Paigetheoracle Posted Sep 6, 2018
It suggests Hades, with reference to drinking the waters of Lethe, crossing the Styx and the marshy wastes where the five rivers of the underworld meet but that might just be my interpretation
Bluebottle Posted Sep 6, 2018
Before you send the on anywhere, make sure you take a selection of photographs of the book (showing plenty of background as well as the front cover).
I would be tempted but I've got a giant pile of books I've not read yet.
paulh, not fond of Lord Mudpants Posted Sep 6, 2018
My biggest pile of unread books is a pile of books borrowed from my local library. Once I finish reading them, they go back.
I've just now requested "Compulsory games."
Baron Grim Posted Sep 7, 2018
I know nothing of Robert Aikman, but I do know something of stacks of unread books. The Japanese even have a word for such stacks, "tsundoku".
paulh, not fond of Lord Mudpants Posted Sep 7, 2018
They don't stay unread when you have to return them within a little more than a month (assuming one renewal).
Paigetheoracle Posted Sep 9, 2018
Let me know what you think of the ones I mentioned as they are some of Aickman's finest in my opinion. I am just finishing off the last story, Strangers and found Residents Only a mix of humorous and monstrous
paulh, not fond of Lord Mudpants Posted Sep 9, 2018
So much to read, so little time.
bobstafford Posted Oct 7, 2018
Paigetheoracle Posted Oct 29, 2018
Just discovered that my favourite Aickman story wasn't by him but his collaborator in We Are For The Dark, Elizabeth Jane Howard (3 Miles Up).
paulh, not fond of Lord Mudpants Posted Oct 29, 2018
I'm about two-thirds of the way through "Compulsory Games." There's a definite dreamlike quality about most of the stories, in that you can try to go back to find something you've seen before, but it's different or not there at all. It's a very, very fine book to read if you want to get in the halloween spirit.
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