- Night Voices
- by Robert
- Introduction by Barry
Night Voices 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 friend.
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
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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Page updated 13th June