It’s always pleasing to discover the delights of an author who hasn’t previously been on your radar, even if, as in this case, they passed away nearly fifty years ago. Aickman is regarded by some as a forefather of the horror genre, although these short stories aren’t horrific as such, more weird, uncanny or just plain unsettling, although some certainly do have a supernatural vibe. There are fifteen tales here, four of which are previously unpublished, and all depict a slightly askew universe, where things just aren’t quite right, where the void behind the face of order is just waiting, tantalisingly out of sight. I’d say the shorter tales are the stronger, with the long pieces sometimes collapsing under their own weight, and thus the book overall is a bit of a mixed bag. At times it’s reminiscent of Lovecraft, at others MR James springs to mind. Either way, these unnerving strange tales are a sinuous delight.
Length of Read:Medium
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One thing you’ve learned
There are no angels here, just the dread of what may lurk behind an open door, the idea that your worst fears could actually be real.