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1984 is comprised of twenty books each containing ten to fourteen stories so Robert Aickman the is comprised of twenty books each containing ten to fourteen stories so Robert Aickman the of the first eight volumes wasn t doing it much of a service when he began his introduction to this initial collection with the following sentence There are only about thirty or forty first class host stories in the whole of western literature Nice one Bob You re fired And if the eleven tales selected for this initial volume are taken from that list of thirty or forty then it further demonstrates Aickman s lack of judgement because these are all dusty old relics from the likes of William Hope Hodgson Algernon Blackwood Walter de la Mare and Mrs Gaskell athered here at the expense of any contemporary material circa 72 "so all in all a very bad start "all in all a very bad start a series that had to compete with the overwhelmingly superior PAN BOOK OF HORROR STORIES Incidentally there s no reat improvement until the ninth collection onwards after Aickman s departure Robert Aickman was a fascinating writer his own story The Trains is the best one in this collection but he wasn t the What Red Was greatest of selectors There are only three here out of eleven which I would rateood to very Sweep of the Blade (Innkeeper Chronicles, good Sheridan LeFanu s much anthologised Suire Toby s Will a man wrongly inherits a house and faces hauntings for his trouble Elizabeth Jane Howard s Three Miles Up aood atmospheric and well characterised tale of a roup of young people on a boat travelling up a route that s not on their map and finally Aickman s own The Trains mysterious in both character and situation story of two young women hikers who end
Up In A House With A Very Odd Old Man in a house with a very odd old man sure about the end mind youOf the others I d say there are four ok and four poor ones The book has the following short storiesThe Travelling Grave LP HartleyThe Ghost Ship R MiddletonSuire Toby s Will J Sheridan le FanuThe Voice in the Night William Hope HodgsonThree Miles Up Elizabeth Jane HowardThe Rocking Horse Winner DH LawrenceThe Wendigo Algernon BlackwoodThe Crown Derby Plate Marjorie BowenThe Trains Robert AickmanThe Old Nurse s Story Mrs 7 • Introduction The Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories • 1964 • essay by Robert Aickman 11 • The Travelling Grave • 1929 • novelette by L P Hartley 31 • The Ghost Ship • 1912 • shortstory by Richard Middleton aka The Ghost Ship 41 • Suire Toby's Will • 1868 • novelette by. ,
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Re collection Memo to self I MUST find of Howard s host stories Also new to me are The Voice in the Night The Old Nurse s Story and The Crown Derby Plate I don t know that I d classify Hodgson s piece as a host story per se but it s an incredibly disturbing little tale Seaton s Aunt The Rocking horse Winner Suire s Will and The Wendigo are old true blue favorites although they are rereads they still have an incredible of creep factor that produces the familiar and reatly desired raising o the hackles and hair on
MY NECK LESS PERSONALLY APPEALING BUTneck Less personally appealing but ood although neither totally wowed me were The Travelling Grave and The Ghost Ship I have to confess that I d never heard of Richard Middleton before picking up this book and even though I wasn t overcome with delight while reading his piece it did make me want to find out about him and his other work So I bought a copy of his The Ghost Ship and Others apparently he s also uite well known for a story called On the Brighton Road so I m sure I ll be posting about that collection in the near future Aickman notes in the introduction that There are only thirty or forty first class host stories in the whole of western literature without saying which ones but if the Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories is any judge of what he considers first class I m eager to move on through all eight of this series of books he edited before Ronald Chetwynd Hayes took over As someone who loves a Inner Factors That Control Outer Success 10 CDS greathost story especially the classics I d say that this book is definitely a must have for anyone who is even remotely interested Enjoy the shivers up your spine The Fontana Books of Great Ghost Stories were favourites of mine as an adolescent However I had never read the first in the series until now It was a little disappointing as I found some stories to be indifferent and a couple I skipped altogether Notwithstanding this it was pleasant to revisit a series that always used to mark the end of a school term as our English teacher would forego the lesson in favour of reading a host story in his rich baritone voice I can hear him to this day. • novella by Algernon Blackwood 160 • The Crown Derby Plate • 1933 • shortstory by Marjorie Bowen 172 • The Trains • 1951 • novelette by Robert Aickman 209 • The Old Nurse's Story • 1852 • novelette by Mrs Gaskell 229 • Seaton's Aunt • 1922 • novelette by Walter de la Mar. .
AskellSeaton s Aunt Walter de la MareThe stories varied in their complexity but all were uniue I really liked The Ghost Ship and it was a story that stayed with me for a couple of days I will have to o back and re read
The Trains as while I End Product got theist of the tale I really think I the subtletyTrains as I The Language of Love got theist of the tale I really think I missed the subtlety the author was trying to imply It was for me a reat read as I brought me back to those younger days when I used to read vast amounts of Poe and others of his ilk who were my first inspiration for wanting to write Another re read from adolescence and again an eclectic collection encompassing the classic Suire Toby s Will to the bizarre LP Hartley s The Travelling Grave Highly enjoyable such a shame such anthologies do not seem to be published these days You just never know what you re oing to find when you start cleaning off your horror shelves I d totally forgotten I even owned this book so imagine my reat delight when I looked through the table of contents and saw these titles and these authorsThe Travelling Grave by LP HartleyThe Ghost Ship by Richard MiddletonSuire Toby s Will by J Sheridan Le FanuThe Voice in the Night by William Hope HodgsonThree Miles Up by Elizabeth Jane HowardThe Rocking horse Winner by DH LawrenceThe Wendigo by Algernon BlackwoodThe Crown Derby Plate by Marjorie BowenThe Trains by Robert AickmanThe Old Nurse s Story by Mrs GaskellSeaton s Aunt by Walter de la MareModern readers of horror may find these stories somewhat dated or perhaps not even scary but these stories are true classics in every sense of the word I m hard pressed to pick a favorite but Aickman s The Trains and Three Miles Up by Elizabeth Jane Howard totally rattled me I ve read The Trains a number of times it s a favorite and I m still scratching my head over that one Howard s work new to me wins
*my choice for *choice for story in this collection about some friends who decide to take a boat ride through England s canals Crikey here s another story where the ending left some pretty mind shattering and beyond disturbing implications in my head It was one of the creepiest tales in the enti. Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu as by J Sheridan Le Fanu 70 • The Voice in the Night • 1907 • shortstory by William Hope Hodgson 82 • Three Miles Up • 1951 • shortstory by Elizabeth Jane Howard 100 • The Rocking Horse Winner • 1926 • shortstory by D H Lawrence 115 • The Wendigo • 1910.