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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

L.P. Hartley

The Collected Macabre Stories - L.P. Hartley, Mark Valentine

What can you say about a book that gives you pretty much every macabre story written throughout an author's long career?  Hartley wrote lots of stories and novels but for me his strange stories are the best.  We have here everything from pure horror to just plain odd stories.  To me Hartley almost seems like a bridge between the ghost stories of M.R. James and Robert Aickman.  There are examples of both schools in Hartley's work and something in-between.  A book to be savored one story at a time.

 

The book is 500 pages long and beautifully produced by Tartarus Press.