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Randolph "Dilda" Carter

A rant about books, horror, and the weird.  I sometimes take on my love/hate relationship with goodreads and Amazon.

Currently reading

Perchance to Dream: Selected Stories
Ray Bradbury, Charles Beaumont, William Shatner
Progress: 140/336 pages
Pavane
Keith Roberts

Ghostly

The Ash-Tree Press Annual Macabre 1998 - W. Somerset Maugham, Hilaire Belloc, Arthur Ransome, Rob Suggs, Jack Adrian, E.C.Bentley, Ford Madox Ford

This slender volume of ghost stories, an annual tradition issued by Canadian Ash-Tree Press for several years, was quite good as well as interesting. The theme was authors who rarely, or never wrote ghost stories and certainly weren't known, except for Buchan, for their macabre output. These are all stories of the "classic" Jamesian nature only marred by an over-reliance on the unnecessary "club tale" as a framing device, probably an artifact of each author's unfamiliarity of writing in the genre.

Still an interesting little volume with a nice introduction and good story notes.