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Compulsory Games

Authors: Aickman, Robert
Publisher: New York Review Books
BISAC/Subject: FIC027040, FIC024000, FIC029000
ISBN: 9781681371900, Related ISBNs: 1681371898, 1681371901, 9781681371894, 9781681371900
Classification: Fiction
Number of pages: 368,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: The best and most interesting stories by Robert Aickman, a master of the supernatural tale, the uncanny, and the truly weird.

Robert Aickman’s self-described “strange stories” are confoundingly and uniquely his own. These superbly written tales terrify not with standard thrills and gore but through a radical overturning of the laws of nature and everyday life. His territory of the strange, of the “void behind the face of order,” is a surreal region that grotesquely mimics the quotidian: Is that river the Thames, or is it even a river? What does it mean when a prospective lover removes one dress, and then another—and then another? Does a herd of cows in a peaceful churchyard contain the souls of jilted women preparing to trample a cruel lover to death? Published for the first time under one cover, the stories in this collection offer an unequaled introduction to a profoundly original modern master of the uncanny.
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