THE NIGHTMARE NETWORK
Go Back   THE NIGHTMARE NETWORK > Discussion & Interpretation > Ligotti Influences > General Discussion
Home Forums Content Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read Contagion Members Media Diversion Info Register
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes Translate
Old 1 Week Ago   #341
Ampersand
Mannikin
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 2
Quotes: 0
Points: 523, Level: 10 Points: 523, Level: 10 Points: 523, Level: 10
Level up: 46% Level up: 46% Level up: 46%
Activity: 14% Activity: 14% Activity: 14%
Re: Robert Aickman

This May, NYRB Classics will be releasing essentially all of Aickman's rarer pieces in one thick volume under the title Compulsory Games. This is a major event!

PROVISIONAL TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Compulsory Games
Le Miroir
Raising the Wind
Residents Only
Hands in Glove
Wood
Laura
Just a Song at Twilight
Letters to the Postman
Marriage
No Time Is Passing
The Strangers
The Fully-Conducted Tour
A Disciple of Plato
The Coffin House
Ampersand is offline   Reply With Quote
7 Thanks From:
bendk (1 Week Ago), JadedFool (1 Week Ago), James (1 Week Ago), lepidoppleganger (1 Week Ago), miguel1984 (1 Week Ago), qcrisp (1 Week Ago), Speaking Mute (1 Week Ago)
Old 1 Week Ago   #342
bendk's Avatar
bendk
Grimscribe
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 1,588
Quotes: 1
Points: 183,187, Level: 100 Points: 183,187, Level: 100 Points: 183,187, Level: 100
Level up: 0% Level up: 0% Level up: 0%
Activity: 50% Activity: 50% Activity: 50%
Re: Robert Aickman

Quote Originally Posted by Ampersand View Post
This May, NYRB Classics will be releasing essentially all of Aickman's rarer pieces in one thick volume under the title Compulsory Games. This is a major event!

PROVISIONAL TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Compulsory Games
Le Miroir
Raising the Wind
Residents Only
Hands in Glove
Wood
Laura
Just a Song at Twilight
Letters to the Postman
Marriage
No Time Is Passing
The Strangers
The Fully-Conducted Tour
A Disciple of Plato
The Coffin House
Wow, this is the book I have been wanting for years. The majority of Aickman's work is affordable, but I remember Simon Strantzas saying - and I agree with him - that it is acquiring those half a dozen stray stories that will break you financially. The only ones that seem to be missing are "A Roman Question" and "The Breakthrough."
The Akron Public Library recently expanded its interlibrary loan system to include Bowling Green University and they have everything by Aickman. I was able to request both Intrusions and Powers of Darkness, but it was something Justin Isis said about Aickman's past that made me unable to read the few of his stories that have escaped me over the years. What he did actually made me sick. He wrote of a similar scene in one of his stories where a bunch of kids hanged a dog. I might try again. I might not. If the story is true, I only hope he died screaming and in agony.
bendk is offline   Reply With Quote
3 Thanks From:
Justin Isis (1 Week Ago), miguel1984 (1 Week Ago), Speaking Mute (1 Week Ago)
Old 1 Week Ago   #343
Justin Isis's Avatar
Justin Isis
Chymist
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 476
Quotes: 0
Points: 17,537, Level: 91 Points: 17,537, Level: 91 Points: 17,537, Level: 91
Level up: 60% Level up: 60% Level up: 60%
Activity: 36% Activity: 36% Activity: 36%
Re: Robert Aickman

The greyhound/bicycle pump incident was more an infliction of deep spiritual unease and psychological trauma upon the canine rather than direct physical violence, although this is bad enough. Robert Aickman was a deeply evil man and this cannot be forgotten, despite the obvious value of his writing. Apart from being a slave owner in his youth, his gender politics would be considered problematic by today’s standards. In particular he seems to have treated Elizabeth Jane Howard as a walking espresso machine, demanding coffee at increasingly inconvenient times, even when the two were no longer explicitly connected. In her 2002 autobiography Slipstream, Howard recounts how she grew accustomed to Aickman spontaneously calling her up and screaming “EJH get me another bloody espresso – PRONTO!” at unusual hours of the night. Eventually, tired of the intrusive nature of the calls, Kingsley Amis got on the line and warned Aickman to stop. Aickman replied, “Kingsley I am writing these damn strange stories for the ages and they will still be discussed 50 years from now I just need a bloody espresso okay I am not trying to win the Man Booker Prize or anything. Send EJH over with the coffee or I will have to give you a sufficient thrashing.” Amis backed down, and Howard was dispatched with Aickman’s espresso.

One night in November of 1966, Aickman was walking home from a meeting of the Inland Waterways Association when he noticed a young public school boy urinating into one of the canals. The sight of the pollution of England’s inland waterways affected him deeply, and Aickman seized a nearby fallen oak branch and beat the boy within an inch of his life. As recounted in his 2010 memoir A Journey, this young urinator was none other than future British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Justin Isis is offline   Reply With Quote
10 Thanks From:
bendk (1 Week Ago), curatorialentity (5 Days Ago), Frater_Tsalal (1 Week Ago), James (1 Week Ago), Jeff Coleman (1 Week Ago), miguel1984 (1 Week Ago), Nirvana In Karma (1 Week Ago), Raul Urraca (1 Week Ago), Speaking Mute (1 Week Ago), waffles (1 Week Ago)
Old 1 Week Ago   #344
Knygathin's Avatar
Knygathin
Mystic
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 159
Quotes: 0
Points: 4,447, Level: 45 Points: 4,447, Level: 45 Points: 4,447, Level: 45
Level up: 32% Level up: 32% Level up: 32%
Activity: 71% Activity: 71% Activity: 71%
Re: Robert Aickman

Quote Originally Posted by bendk View Post
... The only ones that seem to be missing are "A Roman Question" and "The Breakthrough."
...
... and "The Insufficient Answer". A rare one.

The only story I recognize from my three "classic neophyte collections" (The Wine-Dark Sea, Painted Devils, Cold Hand inMine) is "Marriage".

Other stories missing are "The Unsettled Dust" and "No Stronger than a Flower".
Knygathin is offline   Reply With Quote
3 Thanks From:
bendk (1 Week Ago), miguel1984 (1 Week Ago), Speaking Mute (1 Week Ago)
Old 1 Week Ago   #345
Knygathin's Avatar
Knygathin
Mystic
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 159
Quotes: 0
Points: 4,447, Level: 45 Points: 4,447, Level: 45 Points: 4,447, Level: 45
Level up: 32% Level up: 32% Level up: 32%
Activity: 71% Activity: 71% Activity: 71%
Re: Robert Aickman

Quote Originally Posted by bendk View Post
... He wrote of a similar scene in one of his stories where a bunch of kids hanged a dog. ...
I don't want to read that one. Is that "Compulsory Games"?

But I rather enjoy that he gave Tony Blair a good beating. It is ironic, given the destruction Blair has caused.
Knygathin is offline   Reply With Quote
4 Thanks From:
bendk (1 Week Ago), Justin Isis (1 Week Ago), miguel1984 (1 Week Ago), Speaking Mute (1 Week Ago)
Old 1 Week Ago   #346
GirlyGirlMask's Avatar
GirlyGirlMask
Acolyte
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 98
Quotes: 0
Points: 1,674, Level: 24 Points: 1,674, Level: 24 Points: 1,674, Level: 24
Level up: 74% Level up: 74% Level up: 74%
Activity: 21% Activity: 21% Activity: 21%
Re: Robert Aickman

I've just started reading Aickman. "Ringing the Changes" and "Bind Your Hair" both have the kind of subtle, creeping dread that I appreciate in any work of horror. I think I may be a fan.
GirlyGirlMask is offline   Reply With Quote
4 Thanks From:
bendk (1 Week Ago), Justin Isis (1 Week Ago), miguel1984 (1 Week Ago), Speaking Mute (1 Week Ago)
Old 1 Week Ago   #347
Ampersand
Mannikin
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 2
Quotes: 0
Points: 523, Level: 10 Points: 523, Level: 10 Points: 523, Level: 10
Level up: 46% Level up: 46% Level up: 46%
Activity: 14% Activity: 14% Activity: 14%
Re: Robert Aickman

Quote Originally Posted by Knygathin View Post
Quote Originally Posted by bendk View Post
... The only ones that seem to be missing are "A Roman Question" and "The Breakthrough."
...
... and "The Insufficient Answer". A rare one.

The only story I recognize from my three "classic neophyte collections" (The Wine-Dark Sea, Painted Devils, Cold Hand inMine) is "Marriage".

Other stories missing are "The Unsettled Dust" and "No Stronger than a Flower".
"A Roman Question" is available in Valancourt's recent repub of The Late Breakfasters, alongside “My Poor Friend”, “The Visiting Star”, “Larger Than Oneself”, “Mark Ingestre: The Customer's Tale”, and “Rosamund's Bower".

"The Unsettled Dust" and "No Stronger than a Flower" are both included in Faber's also somewhat recent The Unsettled Dust collection.

But "The Breakthrough" and "The Insufficient Answer" are indeed unaccounted for. A shame, as this NYRB collection is so close to definitive.
Ampersand is offline   Reply With Quote
3 Thanks From:
bendk (1 Week Ago), Justin Isis (1 Week Ago), miguel1984 (1 Week Ago)
Old 1 Week Ago   #348
James's Avatar
James
Grimscribe
Join Date: Dec 2014
Posts: 1,691
Quotes: 0
Points: 18,881, Level: 94 Points: 18,881, Level: 94 Points: 18,881, Level: 94
Level up: 96% Level up: 96% Level up: 96%
Activity: 99% Activity: 99% Activity: 99%
Re: Robert Aickman

I'm curious how far Justin can push this before people cotton on to what is happening.

The Insufficient Answer is a good one. Lovely and Gothic. Shame more people can't read it. From the same collection, Elizabeth Jane Howard's Perfect Love is outstanding and worthy of more eyes.

'I believe in what the Germans term Ehrfurcht: reverence for things one cannot understand.'
― Robert Aickman, An Essay
James is offline   Reply With Quote
4 Thanks From:
curatorialentity (5 Days Ago), Justin Isis (1 Week Ago), miguel1984 (1 Week Ago), qcrisp (1 Week Ago)
Old 1 Week Ago   #349
bendk's Avatar
bendk
Grimscribe
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 1,588
Quotes: 1
Points: 183,187, Level: 100 Points: 183,187, Level: 100 Points: 183,187, Level: 100
Level up: 0% Level up: 0% Level up: 0%
Activity: 50% Activity: 50% Activity: 50%
Re: Robert Aickman

Quote Originally Posted by Justin Isis View Post
The greyhound/bicycle pump incident was more an infliction of deep spiritual unease and psychological trauma upon the canine rather than direct physical violence, although this is bad enough. Robert Aickman was a deeply evil man and this cannot be forgotten, despite the obvious value of his writing. Apart from being a slave owner in his youth, his gender politics would be considered problematic by today’s standards. In particular he seems to have treated Elizabeth Jane Howard as a walking espresso machine, demanding coffee at increasingly inconvenient times, even when the two were no longer explicitly connected. In her 2002 autobiography Slipstream, Howard recounts how she grew accustomed to Aickman spontaneously calling her up and screaming “EJH get me another bloody espresso – PRONTO!” at unusual hours of the night. Eventually, tired of the intrusive nature of the calls, Kingsley Amis got on the line and warned Aickman to stop. Aickman replied, “Kingsley I am writing these damn strange stories for the ages and they will still be discussed 50 years from now I just need a bloody espresso okay I am not trying to win the Man Booker Prize or anything. Send EJH over with the coffee or I will have to give you a sufficient thrashing.” Amis backed down, and Howard was dispatched with Aickman’s espresso.

One night in November of 1966, Aickman was walking home from a meeting of the Inland Waterways Association when he noticed a young public school boy urinating into one of the canals. The sight of the pollution of England’s inland waterways affected him deeply, and Aickman seized a nearby fallen oak branch and beat the boy within an inch of his life. As recounted in his 2010 memoir A Journey, this young urinator was none other than future British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Thank you for the clarification. I've read accounts of Aickman's class-conscious superiority and examples of less than admirable behavior. That's tolerable. Young Tony certainly didn't deserve the thrashing for his crime, but he escaped due punishment later in life, so it's a wash. I am more inclined to complete my reading of Aickman now.
bendk is offline   Reply With Quote
4 Thanks From:
GirlyGirlMask (1 Week Ago), Justin Isis (1 Week Ago), miguel1984 (1 Week Ago), ToALonelyPeace (1 Week Ago)
Old 1 Week Ago   #350
bendk's Avatar
bendk
Grimscribe
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 1,588
Quotes: 1
Points: 183,187, Level: 100 Points: 183,187, Level: 100 Points: 183,187, Level: 100
Level up: 0% Level up: 0% Level up: 0%
Activity: 50% Activity: 50% Activity: 50%
Re: Robert Aickman

Quote Originally Posted by Knygathin View Post
Quote Originally Posted by bendk View Post
... He wrote of a similar scene in one of his stories where a bunch of kids hanged a dog. ...
I don't want to read that one. Is that "Compulsory Games"?
I honestly can't remember which story it was. I am fairly certain it was not "Compulsory Games". There is a very funny scene in that one. Not to be missed.

Quote Originally Posted by Knygathin View Post
But I rather enjoy that he gave Tony Blair a good beating. It is ironic, given the destruction Blair has caused.
+1

Quote Originally Posted by James View Post
I'm curious how far Justin can push this before people cotton on to what is happening.
hmm
bendk is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
aickman, robert

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Modern writers similar to Robert Aickman and Walter de la Mare? James General Discussion 13 11-08-2016 01:53 PM
Should Robert Aickman be Published by Penguin Classics? Doctor Dugald Eldritch General Discussion 4 05-22-2014 12:07 AM
Collected Strange Tales of Robert Aickman Murony_Pyre Items Available 0 10-21-2013 11:39 PM
Robert Aickman. INTRUSIONS SGGosden Other News 2 11-13-2012 01:58 AM
Robert Aickman reads "Larger Than Oneself" Julian Karswell Downloads 6 03-30-2009 05:47 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:02 PM.



Style Based on SONGS OF A DEAD DREAMER as Published by Silver Scarab Press
Design and Artwork by Harry Morris
Emulated in Hell by Dr. Bantham
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Template-Modifications by TMS