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The Dreams of Cardinal Vittorini Foreword Reggie OliverIntroduction Christopher Barker Beside The Shrill Sea Feng Shui In Arcadia The Evil Eye Miss Marchant s Cause Tiger In The Snow Gardens Gods The Black Cathedral The Boy in Green Velvet The Golden Basilica Death Mask A Warning To The Antiquary The Seventeenth Sister The Copper Wig The Dreams Of Cardinal Vittorini An heir to M.R James and Robert Aickman Can there be higher praise in the small world of English ghost stories Since I was impressed with two books published by Tartarus Press both written by Mark Samuels , I searched for other things published by them I got this book for my ereader My high opinion of the publisher and their writers stands.The stories in this book some might be novelettes, for some are longer than a typical short story are well written According to the author s bio, Reggie Oliver is a stage actor and playwright Perhaps it could be said that Reggie Oliver is developing a sub genre Since I was impressed with two books published by Tartarus Press both written by Mark Samuels , I searched for other things published by them I got this book for my ereader My high opinion of the publisher and their writers stands.The stories in this book some might be novelettes, for some are longer than a typical short story are well written According to the author s bio, Reggie Oliver is a stage actor and playwright Perhaps it could be said that Reggie Oliver is developing a sub genre of weird fiction, for some stories here are supernatural occult horror with the theater as the setting.Other stories take a different track Feng Shui , perhaps the shortest story in this book, is partly humorous, and justice is done to the main characters in this story It would make a good episode for a revived Twilight Zone TV show Other stories are about the encounter with an evil spirit, which I found chilling Reggie Oliver is probably the best living writer of the M.R James species of weird tale, and one of the finest in the entire horror genre Unfortunately, his collections of short fiction tend to appear in tiny press runs from small publishers, and are usually unavailable except from high priced book dealers The good news is that Tartarus Press, in addition to publishing his latest assortment of horrors Mrs Midnight and Other Stories is now starting to reissue the earlier collections, begi Reggie Oliver is probably the best living writer of the M.R James species of weird tale, and one of the finest in the entire horror genre Unfortunately, his collections of short fiction tend to appear in tiny press runs from small publishers, and are usually unavailable except from high priced book dealers The good news is that Tartarus Press, in addition to publishing his latest assortment of horrors Mrs Midnight and Other Stories is now starting to reissue the earlier collections, beginning with this, Oliver s first.These tales are constructed along Jamesian lines the tone is low key, the characterization deft, the plotting ingeniously devised to lead the reader to a moment when something truly bizarre and monstrous is glimpsed, and then the tale wraps up logically, without excessive explanation Usually there are subtle indications of the awfulness to come these are mademysterious by being obtained at second or third hand, or read in a manuscript, or otherwise indirectly perceived Oliver s horrors are sometimes readily comprehensible, sometimes so outre as to take us far away from orthodox ghosts or monsters, as with the revolting bag of skin in The Golden Basilica They are unfailingly set forth in prose of astonishing precision and clarity Like the very finest writers of weird fiction, Oliver can achieve a bigger impact with a single carefully fashioned line than some writers can in entire novels In this regard, I am particularly fond of the The Seventeenth Sister at one point the reader is afforded a look at the crazed scribblings of a man who died a bad death one notes the almost humorous understatement these largely incomprehensible writings nevertheless convey the notion that the dead man was tormented by a strange, terrifying thing, which he does not actually describe beyond scrawling the eerie line, Her mouth wept cold water on my pillow Now, even James would have trouble topping that The Boy in Green Velvet is also extremely effective It s built around a fictional play of the same name likely the most noxious unwritten work of dramaturgy since The King in Yellow Oliver describes the play s grotesqueries with great economy and suggestiveness I also liked Evil Eye , which demonstrates that even at the beginning of his career, Oliver was farthan a writer of pastiches It s about as far removed from James as one can get in terms of subject matter and ideas if anything, it reminds me of a certain Clive Barker story , but Oliver s characteristic combination of outlandish horror and tight writing bring splendid results.Obviously I recommend this collection very, very highly But it isn t flawless Some of the stories are stronger than others for example, Garden Gods is a little too predictable and contrived And the apparatus of an apparently orthodox Christian view of the afterlife occasionally intrudes, to the slight detriment of a few of the stories Oliver is never as heavy handed as Russell Kirk, but the pleasantly Hollywoodish endings of Death Mask and Miss Marchant s Cause , in which the dead are helped to find Eternal Peace, detract from otherwise superb stories But these are minor blemishes Get this book while you can One of the stronger Oliver collections that I ve read Aside from the title story, I also greatly enjoyed Tiger in the Snow, The Black Cathedral, and The Seventeenth Sister.

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