- Powers of
- by Robert
- Introduction by Mark
- Robert Aickman (1914-1981) is considered by many to
be one of the finest exponents of the modern ghost story, and he is
certainly versatile. In this collection the reader is offered the
experience of visiting a disused lead-mine, the Houses of Parliament, a
séance in a dreary suburb, and a sun-drenched Greek island. The dust
jacket for the first edition of Powers of
Darkness (first published in 1966) stated ‘. . . in every case his
readers will experience that authentic chill which is the hallmark of
- Mark Valentine points out in his Introduction to
this new Tartarus Press edition that Aickman was striving to achieve
something approaching poetry in his writing, and ‘he often does this in
the service of the strange and sinister.’
- Contents: 'Introduction' by Mark Valentine, '‘Your
Tiny Hand is Frozen’, ‘My Poor Friend’, ‘The Visiting Star’, ‘Larger
Than Oneself’, ‘A Roman Question’ and ‘The Wine-Dark
- Powers of
Darkness is a sewn hardback of 226+ xii pages, printed
lithographically, with silk ribbon marker, head and tailbands, and d/w.
- Cover artwork by Stephen J Clark of The Singing Garden.
- ISBN 978-1-905784-33-2
- Limited to 350 copies.
- £32.50/ $50 inc. p&p.
"As a reader, one can almost
feel the haunting quality not just of the prose and the story, but also
of the book." - Rick Kleffel, The Agony Column
Page updated 4th November