Atmospheric or amusing rather than scary, these 24 highly varied supernatural stories from the US and England offer a...

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THE AFTER MID-NIGHT GHOST BOOK

Atmospheric or amusing rather than scary, these 24 highly varied supernatural stories from the US and England offer a classier sort of writing than usually found in today's occult fiction. And among the contributors are some well-known, distinctive talents. Robert Nye (Falstaff, Merlin) offers a broody, rather obscure prosepoem about the birth of a Welsh chieftain, a swan's egg, and a witch. Fay Weldon writes a grimly ironic tale of jealousy in the servants' quarters--starring an amoral nanny who prefers animals to people and triumphs with Machiavellian ease. Peter Dickinson is in wry good form with ""Mink""--about a husband who gets attacked in the night by his wife's mink coat. And other stories feature time-travel, the Plague, 16th-century poetry, Nazis, and Jewish mothers, with a rich assortment of ambitious styles. Not for the rank-and-file chillerama audience, then, but an appealing collection of literate oddities.

Pub Date: Oct. 12, 1981

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Page Count: -

Publisher: Watts

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 1981