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Old 11-07-2016   #11
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Re: Modern writers similar to Robert Aickman and Walter de la Mare?

I'm not sure if much of his work counts as "ghostly" but M. John Harrison's work has a similar enigmatic power to that of Aickman. Things That Never Happen and The Course of the Heart are essential.
Jeremy Dyson's work is more direct than Aickman but sometimes has a similar mood. His story A Last Look at the Sea feels a bit like an hommage to Ringing The Changes.
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Re: Modern writers similar to Robert Aickman and Walter de la Mare?

R.B. Russell's Literary Remains, as well as Putting the Pieces in Place (collected again in the Swan River Press volume 'Ghosts' ). LR for me is one of the best strange story collections of the decade, and it continues to be overlooked.

Some of the strange stories of Elizabeth Hand. Most notable is the tale Near Zennor in the collection Errantry. This story, from start to finish, was directly inspired by Aickman. I remember e-mailing back and forth with the author a few years ago about it. A masterpiece, and I think something Bob would have anthologized in his own time.

The work of Russell Kirk, especially Watchers at the Strait Gate. A lot of readers of horror fiction might take issue with his conservatism, but even as a progressive sort it has never bothered me. Dominating any sort of preaching is a very accomplished weird sensibility. Kirk was a huge Aickman fan too.

The fiction of Frances Oliver, especially 'Dancing On Air.' I'm thinking particularly of the tale 'Cyprian's Room' from that collection.

James, have you found your way to the fiction of Bernard Capes yet? Aickman was himself a fan, though not without criticisms from what I've gathered.
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Re: Modern writers similar to Robert Aickman and Walter de la Mare?

Some of Neil Gaiman's work is rather Aickmanesque. The short stories 'Closing Time' and 'Feeders and Eaters' spring to mind.

The Mask Behind the Face, Pendragon Press 2005
Shards of Dreams, Double Dragon eBooks 2004
Spare Parts, Rainfall Books 2003

Stuart Young\''s blog: http://stuartyoungwriter.blogspot.co.uk/
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Re: Modern writers similar to Robert Aickman and Walter de la Mare?

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R.B. Russell's Literary Remains, as well as Putting the Pieces in Place (collected again in the Swan River Press volume 'Ghosts' ). LR for me is one of the best strange story collections of the decade, and it continues to be overlooked.
That reminds me that I enjoyed The Old Knowledge by his Tartarus Press partner Rosalie Parker. Curiously, on Amazon her new book Damage seems to have got mixed up with a listing for a book by someone called Felix Francis.
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