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Categorization is odious. There is tremendous overlap among genres. These pigeonholes are offered only as a convenience.

Robert Aickman

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joecowley April 24th, 2007 01:36 AM PST

What a wonderful writer! He's listed as a horror writer, but he calls his stories "strange," at least in three of his books. The three collections of short stories (the last three listed) I purchased. He's evidently publicity shy, because few people know about him and even fewer know him. I have read horror stories in the past (and even wrote a horror novel of my own called The House on Huntington Hill), but this author is literary, not trashy. Start where I started, with The Wine-Dark Sea, and read at least three of the stories in that collection: the title story, The Trains, and, especially if you are an insomniac, Into the Woods. Then you can judge whether you like him enough to read other stories of his. I think listing him as a writer of horror stories is a misnomer, at least in the three books I recommend. He prefers to call his stories "strange," and strange they are. He's unique in my book, not like Saki, or Roald Dahl, or Ambrose Bierce, or Edgar Allan Poe, or anyone else you can mention. Give him a try and let me know what you think. Joseph Cowley

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