|Painted Devils (1979) [Collection]|
by Robert Aickman
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(From the publisher):
Aickman's latest collection delves once more into the worlds of nightmare and madness, death and the supernatural. Aickman lures us into eerie psychic realms where the commonplace becomes horrific, where fantasy and reality interweave, where the innocent are unwitting prey. And we too become victims of the unknown forces he conjures.
Through patches of mist on a wooded island in Finland a young boy finds abandoned houses of the Russians. But who is the woman who sits weaving and who attends gay parties behind locked windows? A couple on their honeymoon arrive at Holihaven where the invisible sea emits an overpowring smell and incessant bells ring and echo all night to awaken the dead. When Pendlebury misses his train, he is forced to sit all night alone in the waiting room of a remote station. In the cold and dark, winds creak the chimmeny, he dreams, wakes, but finds he is no longer alone. And what happens to the unexpected guest at a forum of philosophers discussing the spirt and powers "larger than oneself"?
Against a wide variety of settings, Aickman's chilling stories unravel with the psychological subtlety and uncanny vision of a true master of the genre. "Painted Devils" will continue to haunt the reader at most unlikely moments.
- The Houses of the Russians
- The View
- Ringing the Changes
- The School Friend
- The Waiting Room
- Larger Than Oneself
- My Poor Friend
Original title: Painted Devils
Genre: Fiction→ Horror→ The occult and Supernatural
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