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Robert Aickman (1914–1981)

Autor(a) de Cold Hand in Mine: Strange Stories

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Obras por Robert Aickman

Cold Hand in Mine: Strange Stories (1975) 659 exemplares
The Wine-Dark Sea (1988) 430 exemplares
Dark Entries (1964) 282 exemplares
Compulsory Games And Other Stories (2018) 201 exemplares
Painted Devils: Strange Stories (1979) 194 exemplares
The Unsettled Dust (1990) 173 exemplares
The Model (1987) 72 exemplares
The Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories (1964) — Editor & Contributor — 61 exemplares
The Inner Room [short story] (1966) 59 exemplares
The Second Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories (1966) — Editor & Contributor — 55 exemplares
The Third Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories (1966) — Editor & Contributor — 53 exemplares
The Fourth Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories (1967) — Editor — 52 exemplares
Sub Rosa: Strange Tales (1968) 50 exemplares
The Sixth Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories (1970) — Editor — 42 exemplares
The Attempted Rescue (1966) 42 exemplares
Night Voices: Strange Stories (1985) 39 exemplares
The Eighth Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories (1972) — Editor; Contribuidor — 37 exemplares
Powers of Darkness (1966) 35 exemplares
Intrusions: Strange Tales (1980) 35 exemplares
The Fifth Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories (1969) — Editor & Contributor — 35 exemplares
Tales of Love and Death (1656) 31 exemplares
Go Back at Once (2020) 30 exemplares
The Seventh Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories (1971) — Editor & Contributor — 30 exemplares
The Late Breakfasters (1964) 29 exemplares
The Strangers (2015) 22 exemplares
CUENTOS DE LO EXTRAÑO (2011) 13 exemplares
Know your Waterways (1956) 5 exemplares
Las Casas de los Rusos (2016) 4 exemplares
The Hospice 4 exemplares
Suspense (1990) 3 exemplares
Ringing the Changes 2 exemplares
Dunkle Pforten — Autor — 2 exemplares
Schlaflos. Makabre Erzählungen (1992) 2 exemplares
The Swords 2 exemplares
Growing Boys 1 exemplar
Marriage 1 exemplar
W Głębi Lasu 1 exemplar
The Visiting Star 1 exemplar
The Fetch 1 exemplar
El modelo (2023) 1 exemplar
Bind Your Hair 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories (1983) — Contribuidor — 1,243 exemplares
The Penguin Book of Vampire Stories (1987) — Contribuidor — 887 exemplares
The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories (2011) — Contribuidor — 822 exemplares
The Dark Descent (1987) — Contribuidor — 721 exemplares
Dark Forces (1980) — Contribuidor — 570 exemplares
I Shudder at Your Touch (1991) — Contribuidor — 547 exemplares
The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories (1986) — Contribuidor — 544 exemplares
Hauntings: Tales of the Supernatural (1968) — Contribuidor — 231 exemplares
Shudder Again: 22 Tales of Sex and Horror (1993) — Contribuidor — 231 exemplares
Black Water 2: More Tales of the Fantastic (1990) — Contribuidor — 152 exemplares
My Favorite Horror Story (2007) — Contribuidor — 140 exemplares
Phantastic Book of Ghost Stories (1990) — Contribuidor — 110 exemplares
A Taste for Blood (1992) — Contribuidor — 108 exemplares
Damnable Tales: A Folk Horror Anthology (2021) — Contribuidor — 107 exemplares
Fantasy Annual IV (1980) — Contribuidor — 101 exemplares
Whispers: An Anthology of Fantasy and Horror (1977) — Contribuidor — 96 exemplares
Mistletoe & Mayhem: Horrific Tales For The Holidays (1992) — Contribuidor — 81 exemplares
Year's Finest Fantasy (1977) — Contribuidor — 75 exemplares
Great Vampire Stories (1992) — Contribuidor — 71 exemplares
The Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century Ghost Stories (1996) — Contribuidor — 70 exemplares
The Uncanny Reader: Stories from the Shadows (2015) — Contribuidor — 69 exemplares
A Fabulous Formless Darkness (1991) — Contribuidor — 66 exemplares
Chamber of Horrors: Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural (1984) — Contribuidor — 65 exemplares
The Medusa in the Shield (1990) — Contribuidor — 64 exemplares
65 Great Tales of the Supernatural (1979) — Contribuidor — 60 exemplares
Dark: Stories of Madness, Murder and the Supernatural (2000) — Contribuidor — 58 exemplares
Ghosts of Christmas Past (2017) — Contribuidor — 56 exemplares
The Third Ghost Book (1955) — Contribuidor — 56 exemplares
Isaac Asimov's Magical Worlds of Fantasy, Volume 10: Ghosts (1988) — Contribuidor — 55 exemplares
The Architecture of Fear (1987) — Contribuidor — 50 exemplares
Girls Night Out: Twenty-nine Female Vampire Stories (1997) — Contribuidor — 48 exemplares
The Fourth Pan Book of Horror Stories (1963) — Contribuidor — 48 exemplares
Sunless Solstice: Strange Christmas Tales for the Longest Nights (2021) — Contribuidor — 47 exemplares
Nameless Places (1975) — Contribuidor — 47 exemplares
Frights (1976) — Contribuidor — 46 exemplares
The Century's Best Horror Fiction: Volume 2 (2011) — Contribuidor — 46 exemplares
To Sleep, Perchance to Dream...Nightmare: 30 Terrifying Tales (1993) — Contribuidor — 45 exemplares
Year's Best Weird Fiction, Vol. 3 (2016) — Contribuidor — 44 exemplares
The Moons at Your Door (2016) — Contribuidor — 43 exemplares
The Fontana Book of Great Horror Stories (1966) — Contribuidor — 39 exemplares
Baker's Dozen: 13 Short Horror Novels (1987) — Contribuidor — 34 exemplares
Sea-Cursed: Thirty Terrifying Tales of the Deep (1994) — Contribuidor — 31 exemplares
Dark Voices: The Best from the Pan Book of Horror Stories (1990) — Contribuidor — 29 exemplares
Night Shadows: Twentieth-Century Stories of the Uncanny (2001) — Contribuidor — 29 exemplares
Far Reaches of Fear (1976) — Contribuidor — 29 exemplares
Weird Tales, No. 4 (1983) — Contribuidor — 26 exemplares
Mortal Echoes: Encounters With the End (2018) — Contribuidor — 25 exemplares
The Fourth Ghost Book (1965) — Contribuidor, algumas edições25 exemplares
Nursery Crimes (1993) — Contribuidor — 24 exemplares
Fantasy Tales (1977) — Contribuidor — 23 exemplares
Travellers by Night (1967) — Contribuidor — 23 exemplares
Wormwood, Issue 5 (2005) — Contribuidor — 18 exemplares
Paha vieras (1996) 15 exemplares
Phantastische Literatur 82 (1982) 11 exemplares
New Tales of Terror (1980) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
Best Railway Stories (1969) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Nome legal
Aickman, Robert Fordyce
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
England (birth)
País (no mapa)
Local de nascimento
London, England, UK
Local de falecimento
London, England, UK
Locais de residência
London, England, UK
Marsh, Richard (grandfather)
Howard, Elizabeth Jane (lover)
Inland Waterways Association (co-founder)



THE DEEP ONES: "The Hospice" by Robert Aickman em The Weird Tradition (Fevereiro 2022)


Compulsory Games
Hand in Glove
Le Miroir
No Time is Passing
Raising the Wind
Residents Only
The Strangers
The Coffin House
Letters to the Postman
The Fully-Conducted Tour
A Disciple of Plato
Just a Song at Twilight
audient_void | 2 outras críticas | Mar 26, 2024 |

This is a collection of eight spooky stories, with a foreword and afterword expanding on Aickman’s life and career. He has a particular gift for atmosphere, of making places that were slightly odd in the first place become more sinister and threatening. Two of the eight stories, to my surprise, are actually set in Belgium, one in the catehdral in Gent and the other in Brussels in the Wiertz Museum and surroundings (now the EU Quarter). I must go to the Wiertz Museum some time, it’s less than ten minutes’ walk from my office.

Peter McClean, to whom I am very grateful, sent me this book ages ago, with a strong recommendation which I can now endorse. I admit I had not heard of Aickman previously, but his modest output is clearly of very high quality.
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nwhyte | 4 outras críticas | Mar 24, 2024 |
*Partial spoilers ahead*

I like Robert Aickman, but I'm not a huge fan. (I prefer him to Walter de la Mare, whose mantle he obviously inherited.) He's the kind of writer whose stories you read one or two at a time, savoring them, and Cold Hand in Mine contains eight mostly fine examples of his style. You won't feel the urge to consume them back to back--I didn't, anyway--but if you've just finished one long novel and are about to tackle another, Aickman's stories make for interesting palate-cleansers.

Several of the tales in this 1975 collection have been widely anthologized: "The Swords," "Pages from a Young Girl's Journal" and overwhelming fan favorite "The Hospice." The two stories I've found myself rereading most frequently are "Niemandswasser" and "The Same Dog," which address similar themes (families with a military background; mothers who died young; awkward, somewhat unconventional male-female relationships) but produce distinctly different effects. The former is an overtly dark meditation on death and the inescapable collapse of all human endeavor, disguised as a monster-in-the-lake yarn; the latter is a surreal account of what happens to two children who witness a strange, disquieting phenomenon after wandering away from their school one afternoon. Aickman hints at explanations (the moldering grimoire that Elmo finds in the family library in "Niemandswasser"; the apparently regenerative effect that Mary has on the haunted house in "The Same Dog") without actually offering them, and this is what readers will find either fascinating or offputting. Like de la Mare in his classic tale "All Hallows," Aickman aimed to create a sense of unease: not to provide resolutions.
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Jonathan_M | 10 outras críticas | Nov 10, 2023 |
There are very few books, even ones that I have enjoyed, that I know while reading them that I will do so again. This 1975 collection of short stories by Robert Aickman is one. I am a recent addition to Aickman’s audience, ever since I read ‘The Stains’, a longer instance of what he called ‘strange stories’. ‘Strange’ hardly does justice to the stories in this collection, which almost casually embody the sentiment of the volume’s epigraph, from Sacheverell Sitwell, ‘In the end it is the mystery that lasts and not the explanation.’

In the year that he died, Aickman won a World Fantasy Award for ‘Pages from a Young Girl’s Journal’, one of the stories in this collection; and perversely enough, this was one of my least favourite. It is, in its gothic way, a straightforward story—a kind of pastiche—so there is less about this that is recognisably Aickman than the other stories. Similarly, though the heart of ‘Niemandswasser’ is as dark and cold as you might hope, the setting does not cause the flesh to creep. It has a very fairy-tale ring to it, with a Prince and a kingdom, and rather heightened language. It is the language that particularly undermines these two tales. The real and leaden dread of the best stories here is the way that the mundane and quotidian plunge the character into inexplicable and possibly dangerous situations.

An editor of pornographic literature may have experienced a future event. A salesman seeks refuge, and finds nothing but rococo bizarrerie. A woman buys a house on a path where, in some world, new pall-bearers take up the coffin. Aickman’s characters are very distinctive, and their slightly neurotic personalities add to the strong sense of inexorability that is reminiscent of some of Patricia Highsmith’s novels. Everything appears ordinary at the start, and some small kink in a plain suburban path brings it to a tipping-point, when it turns into the path through the forest, without the reader being able to pinpoint how exactly it happened.

‘Meeting Mr. Millar’ has a faint sense that the mystery has been resolved, but it has been resolved off the page. It is conceivable that the cuckolded husband of the story has a grasp on what is happening (he is one of the few sturdy, practical, likeable characters in the collection) but it is evidently none of the reader’s concern. ‘The Swords’ is possibly the eeriest, but ‘The Hospice’ is a strong contender for the strangest story in this collection. There is an immediate sense of nightmare when the food is described, and the reader visualises a steaming slab of turkey, accompanied by a sauceboat full of ‘specially compounded fluid, dark red and turgid.’ There is clearly no escape when the protagonist notices that one guest is fettered by the ankle. Aickman’s horror is built up with subtlety. The monstrous meat is ‘seeping slightly with a colourless, oily fluid’ which is somehow far worse than mere liquid. In 'The Real Road to the Church', the woman on the route to the church hears a ‘faint, fluttering knock, not necessarily on the outer door.’

Two of my favourite podcasts have aired episodes on Cold Hand in MineWeird Studies focusing on ‘The Hospice’, Backlisted on the collection as a whole. In the latter, Andy Miller (I think) had embarked on an effort to synopsise a ‘typical’ Aickman story, and the editor Simon Spanton had suggested “Something happens, which may or may not.” Miller also said “He likes to take you somewhere, and leave you there, without saying there’s the path back.” There is no path back with Aickman. You have been through the story, and nothing ever returns to normal.
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Bibliotheque_Refuses | 10 outras críticas | Sep 24, 2023 |



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