- Night Voices
- by Robert
- Introduction by Barry
is the last, posthumously published collection of ‘strange stories’ by
Robert Aickman (1914-1981). On the jacket of the first edition (1985)
Aickman is quoted as saying, rather disingenuously: ‘I do not regard my
work as fantasy. I try to depict the world as I see it.’ As Barry Humphries
explains in his Introduction to this collection, Aickman’s fiction ‘. . .
captures the very texture of a bad dream which may start, as such dreams
do, beguilingly; until the dreamer (and reader) feels the first
presentiment of encroaching nightmare—and cannot wake.’
Aickman also claimed that ‘the true ghost
story is akin to poetry’. In blurring genres and literary forms, the
fantastic is present in his work; never more so than in his extraordinary
novella, ‘The Model’, also posthumously published (1987), and included in
this edition of Night Voices.
Also reprinted are Aickman’s ‘An Essay’,
written on winning the first World Fantasy Award in 1976, and his
Introductions to The Fontana Book of Great Ghost
Stories series, which he edited. In ‘Robert Remembered’, author
Ramsey Campbell concludes this volume with memories of his
Contents: ‘Foreword’ by Barry Humphries,
'The Stains', 'Just a Song at Twilight', 'Laura', 'Rosamund’s Bower',
'Mark Ingestre: The Customer’s Tale', 'The Model', 'An Essay',
'Introductions to The Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories', 'Robert
Remembered’ by Ramsey Campbell.
Voices is a sewn hardback of 316+ vii pages, printed
lithographically, with silk ribbon marker, head and tailbands, and
Publication 14th June 2013
Limited to 350 copies.
£32.50/ $50 inc. p&p.
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