Cold Hand in Mine

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Faber & Faber, Jul 1, 2014 - Fiction - 384 pages
4 Reviews

Aickman's 'strange stories' (his preferred term) are constructed immaculately, the neuroses of his characters painted in subtle shades. He builds dread by the steady accrual of realistic detail, until the reader realises that the protagonist is heading towards their doom as if in a dream.

Cold Hand in Mine
, first published in 1975, stands as one of Aickman's finest collections and contains eight tales including 'Pages from a Young Girl's Journal' which won the World Fantasy Award.

'He had the ability to invest the daylight world with all the terrors of the night, and specialised in subverting notions of safety and sunshine into something sinister and unforgiving.' Christopher Fowler, Independent


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User Review  - ghr4 - LibraryThing

Cold Hand in Mine is a fine collection of eight of Robert Aickman's utterly unique brand of "strange stories" - so unique as to be difficult to describe. While there are elements of horror and the ... Read full review

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User Review  - DeltaQueen50 - LibraryThing

Originally published in 1975, Cold Hand in Mine by Robert Aickmn is a collection of short stories that highlight his ability at writing “strange” or “weird” fiction. There are eight stories in this ... Read full review

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Title Page
The Real Road to the Church
Pages from a Young Girls Journal
The Hospice
The Same
Meeting Mr Millar
The Clock Watcher
An Afterword by Jean Richardson

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About the author (2014)

Robert Fordyce Aickman was born in 1914 in London. He was married to Edith Ray Gregorson from 1941 to 1957. In 1946 the couple, along with Tom and Angela Rolt, set up the Inland Waterways Association to preserve the canals of Britain. It was in 1951 that Aickman, along with Elizabeth Jane Howard, published his first ghost stories entitled We Are the Dark. Aickman went on to publish eleven more volumes of horror stories as well as two fantasy novels and two volumes of autobiography. He also edited the first eight volumes of The Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories. He died in February 1981.

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