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S Marchant’s Cause''Tiger In The Snow''Gardens Gods''The Black Cathedral''The Boy in Green Velvet''The Golden Basil. At the time of its first publication this book had dazzled lovers of supernatural fiction as well as hardened critics with the elegant and yet utterly terrifying narratives Passage of years since then had increased the price of the book in the second hand market as well as the lure of the stories Tartarus Press has done the fiction lovers by releasing the book excluding one story that had grated many a reader with its rather controversial undertones in the earlier version but thankfully has been ommitted from this one in a truly affordable format that would ensure that many lovers of classic supernatural fiction as well as the admirers of strange stories would get to read several stories that have become classics of macabreThe contents are Author s Note 1 Beside the Shrill Sea 2 Feng Shui 3 In Arcadia 4 Evil Eye 5 Miss Marchant s Cause 6 Tiger in the Snow 7 Garden Gods 8 The Black Cathedral 9 The Boy in Green Velvet 10 The Golden Basilica 11 Death Mask 12 The Seventeenth Sister 13 The Copper Wig 14 The Dreams of Cardinal Vittorini Highly recommended Einsteins Generation utterly terrifying narratives Passage of years since then had increased the price of the book in the second hand market as well as the lure of the stories Tartarus Press has done the fiction lovers by releasing the book excluding one story that had grated many a reader with its rather controversial Electing Judges undertones in the earlier version but thankfully has been ommitted from this one in a truly affordable format that would ensure that many lovers of classic supernatural fiction as well as the admirers of strange stories would get to read several stories that have become classics of macabreThe contents are Author s Note 1 Beside the Shrill Sea 2 Feng Shui 3 In Arcadia 4 Evil Eye 5 Miss Marchant s Cause 6 Tiger in the Snow 7 Garden Gods 8 The Black Cathedral 9 The Boy in Green Velvet 10 The Golden Basilica 11 Death Mask 12 The Seventeenth Sister 13 The Copper Wig 14 The Dreams of Cardinal Vittorini Highly recommended

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Ica''Death Mask''A Warning To The Antiuary''The Seventeenth Sister''The Copper Wig''The Dreams Of Cardinal Vittorini'. Elegant and erudite Oliver is one of the most exciting contemporary writers of unsettling supernatural and weird tales He variously brings to mind MR James Russel Kirk and Robert Aickman but always with a contemporary sensibility Highly recommended I will certainly be seeking out of his work This review is of the e book version of this short story collection Electing Judges unsettling supernatural and weird tales He variously brings to mind MR James Russel Kirk and Robert Aickman but always with a contemporary sensibility Highly recommended I will certainly be seeking out of his work This review is of the e book version of this short story collection

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Foreword Reggie OliverIntroduction Christopher Barker'Beside The Shrill Sea''Feng Shui''In Arcadia''The Evil Eye''Mis. Reggie Oliver is probably the best living writer of the MR 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 firstThese 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 made mysterious 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 thatThe 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 grotesueries with great economy and suggestiveness I also liked Evil Eye which demonstrates that even at the beginning of his career Oliver was far than 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 resultsObviously 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


10 thoughts on “The Dreams of Cardinal Vittorini

  1. says:

    Since I was impressed with two books published by Tartarus Press both written by Mark Samuels I searched for other things published

  2. says:

    Reggie Oliver is probably the best living writer of the MR James species of weird tale and one of the finest in the entire horror gen

  3. says:

    Reggie Oliver is a delightful author for any obsessive of the classical supernatural horror tale practised by Robert Aickm

  4. says:

    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

  5. says:

    If you like early Thomas Ligotti or MR James this collection is for youThis is a collection of short stories and as such varies in content and uality to a degree Theater is a recurring theme as are cursed objects a

  6. says:

    At the time of its first publication this book had dazzled lovers of supernatural fiction as well as hardened critics with the elegant and yet utterly terrifying narratives Passage of years since then had increa

  7. says:

    Oliver has his fans even ardent ones judging by some of the other reviews here and the stories in this collection are ok enough But they're best described as pastiches of M R James rather than strong works in their own right Diverting enough for an undemanding afternoon but not as polished as they should have been and never uite good enough to make you forget that you're not actually reading the real thing If you've read a modest number

  8. says:

    A Modern M R JamesThis is a fantastic collection of short ghost stories in the tradition of Montague Rhodes James Oliver trades a preoccupation with the theater for his predecessor's familiarity with frumpy Edwardian medieva

  9. says:

    Elegant and erudite Oliver is one of the most exciting contemporary writers of unsettling supernatural and weird tales He

  10. says:

    An heir to MR James and Robert Aickman Can there be higher praise in the small world of English ghost stories?

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