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The Emperor of Dreams: The Lost Worlds of Clark Ashton Smith

Published: Stories first published between 1926 – 1989 (this collection 2002 by Gollancz) My copy: Bought in paperback Memorable quote: “The place has the air of a thirsty vampire, waiting to drink me in somehow if it can. It is … Continue reading

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The Best of Saki by Saki

Stories First Published:  1904 – 1923 (this anthology 1994) My copy: Bought secondhand in paperback Memorable quote: “When I was younger, boys of your age used to be nice and innocent.” “Now we are only nice. One must specialise these … Continue reading

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A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould

First Published: 1904  by Methuen My copy: free download on Kindle Memorable quote: “Believe me, science has done good to mankind, but it has done mischief too. If we wish to be poetical or romantic, we must shut our eyes … Continue reading

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The Compass Rose by Ursula K. Le Guin

Published: 1982 by Harper and Row (Perennial reissue 2005) My copy: bought secondhand Memorable quote: “But what is life without grumbling, and the occasional opportunity to say, “I told you so”? How could one bear housework, or looking after babies, … Continue reading

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After the Quake by Haruki Murakami

Translated from Japanese by Jay Rubin Published: 2003 by Vintage My copy: borrowed from the Library where I work Memorable quote: “Strange and mysterious things, though, aren’t they – earthquakes? We take it for granted that the earth beneath our … Continue reading

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Not Her Real Name by Emily Perkins

Published: (3rd ed) 2002 by Picador My copy: Borrowed from the ‘swap shop’ shelf at work Memorable quote: “How nice to be in a room full of strangers, the lights out, the rain streaking the garden. The shitty day she’d … Continue reading

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Notwithstanding by Louis de Bernieres

First Published: 2010 by Vintage My copy: Bought in paperback Memorable quote: “Certain locations have the ability to retain the emotions of generation upon generation, until they begin to exude them like the resin that forces itself out of the … Continue reading

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The Complete Collection by H.P. Lovecraft

Published: (this edition) 2011 by Signature My copy: Bought on Kindle Memorable quote: “I have looked upon all that the universe has to hold of horror, and even the skies of spring and the flowers of summer must ever afterward … Continue reading

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Machine of Death: A Collection of Stories about People Who Know How They Will Die edited by Ryan North

First Published: 2010 by Bearstache Books My copy: Bought on Kindle Memorable quote: “I’m scared. I could live with OLD AGE; that gives you a reasonable chance of having a decent amount of time left. But… how are ya supposed … Continue reading

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