"Cold Hand in Mine" was first published in the UK in 1975 and in the US in 1977. The story "Pages from a Young Girl's Journal" won Aickman the World Fantasy Award in 1975. It was originally published in "The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction" in 1973 before appearing in this collection."Cold Hand in Mine" stands as one of Aickman's best collections and contains eight stories that show off his powers as a 'strange story' writer to the full, being more ambiguous than standard ghost stories. Throughout the stories the ...
"Cold Hand in Mine" was first published in the UK in 1975 and in the US in 1977. The story "Pages from a Young Girl's Journal" won Aickman the World Fantasy Award in 1975. It was originally published in "The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction" in 1973 before appearing in this collection."Cold Hand in Mine" stands as one of Aickman's best collections and contains eight stories that show off his powers as a 'strange story' writer to the full, being more ambiguous than standard ghost stories. Throughout the stories the reader is introduced to a variety of characters, from a man who spends the night in a Hospice to a German aristocrat and a woman who sees an image of her own soul. There is also a nod to the conventional vampire story ("Pages from a Young Girl's Journal") but all the stories remain unconventional and inconclusive, which perhaps makes them all the more startling and intriguing. 'Of all the authors of uncanny tales, Aickman is the best ever ...His tales literally haunt me; his plots and his turns of phrase run through my head at the most unlikely moments.' - Russell Kirk.
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Used; Good in Very Good jacket. BCE, No marks or writing observed in text. Binding tight and square. Gently read. DJ is VG...........'...The book contains eight pieces: 'The Swords', 'The Real Road to the Church', Niemandswasser', 'Pages from a Young Girl's Journal', 'The Hospice', 'The Same Dog', 'Meeting Mr. Millar' and 'The Clock Watcher'. The most conventional piece in this collection, and thereby the most atypical for Aickman, is the award winning 'Pages from a Young Girl's Journal'. This is a fairly straightforward vampire narrative and, while certainly worth reading, not my favorite Aickman story. All of the pieces in this book, in fact, are worth reading if you are interested in uncommon and literate fiction. There are, however, standout stories. For me these are (in order of appearance): 'The Swords'-An uneasy tale of sexual awakening, exploitation, and high sideshow weirdness with a strange young lady named Madonna (long before and definitely not the pop star). 'The Real Road to the Church'-A quite unconventional 'ghost' story in which an unfulfilled woman comes face to face with...herself? 'The Hospice'-A motorist lost and low on gas spends a night in the title establishment. A tense and claustrophobic story that impresses itself upon one's mind like a bad dream. 'The Same Dog'-Love lost and cycles beyond human perception. These four are Aickman at his unsettling and ambiguous best. You will find yourself captivated, moved and shaken by these stories and, if you are at all like me, you will not be sure what has actually happened in the narrative or why it has effected you. Rereading is almost imperative with Aickman's work if you seek to understand it. Buy this book today if it is available (and consider yourself lucky if it is-it is a tragedy that Aickman's work is so difficult to come by). '--Richard Cody.
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