THE APRIL WITCH by Barbara--Ed. Ireson


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Genuinely strange without sensationalized effects or gratuitous exotica, compatible in tone without being monotonously similar, these 14 traditionally crafted short stories come out--as a collection--well ahead of other recent anthologies of the weird (see Manley/Lewis and Yolen, both p. 552, J-134). Wonder at the inexplicable is the unifying motif, whether it is induced by Walter de la Mare's oak chest which swallows up all the children in their grandmother's house, Claire Creswell's driverless tube train and its terrifying rush to the center of the earth, the humorous predicament of Robert Arthur's ""Obstinate Uncle Otis"" who disbelieves himself out of existence, or the sheer teasing oddity of lan Serraillier's ""Cork Elephant."" Ending with Robert Louis Stevenson's more often encountered but still eminently read-aloudable ""Bottle Imp,"" this won't cause any nights of sleepless terror but it could cast some intriguing shadows.

Pub Date: April 3rd, 1978
Publisher: Scribners