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  • Reggie Oliver
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  • 12 August 2019
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  1. says:

    Since I was impressed with two books published by Tartarus Press both written by Mark Samuels I searched for other things published by them I got this book for my ereader My high opinion of the publisher and their writers standsThe stories in this book some might be novelettes for some are longer than a typical short story are well written According to the author's bio Reggie Oliver is a stage actor and playwright Perhaps it could be said that Reggie Oliver is developing a sub genre of weird fiction for some stories here are supernaturaloccult horror with the theater as the settingOther stories take a different track Feng Shui perhaps the shortest story in this book is partly humorous and justice is done to the main characters in this story It would make a good episode for a revived Twilight Zone TV show Other stories are about the encounter with an evil spirit which I found chilling


  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 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


  3. says:

    Reggie Oliver is a delightful author for any obsessive of the classical supernatural horror tale practised by Robert Aickman Sheridan Le Fanu Walter de la Mare Arthur Machen M R James Sarban William Hope Hodgson etc While some of his stories in this debut collection can at times seemingly only aspire to be warmly entertaining pastiche they are nevertheless a consistent pleasure to read and tinged with that sense of ineffable strangeness of life and when Oliver is on top form displayed here with such excellent tales as The Boy in the Green Velvet Death Mask and the titular story his work is of comparable uality to the great tales of that estimable company of his influences and places him in the highest ranking of contemporary horror authors


  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 and possession in multiple meanings of the word but the breadth of setting is encouragingAs is the uality of the work as a whole There are no bad stories though a couple have eye rolling moments the game titles in Black Cathedral are awful to the point that I wondered if he had played a video game since the 2600 era and several of the endings seem perfunctory The title story is a standout though as is Miss Marchant's CauseNarrative resolution may not be the author's strong suit but tone certainly is Dread and tension of the slow creeping kind pervade this book and that sense of doom is what engaged me most You won't find much gore here nor fast paced thrills and give up much hope of shocking twists These tales steadily build to conclusions which in hindsight seem inevitable There is also a fair bit of humor but it is uite dryThis was the author's first collection and if he maintained or improved upon this level of uality I look forward to reading the others


  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 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


  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 of stories of this kind Oliver's choices tend to be too obvious the references to Ravel and Debussy and a statue of Pan in a garden to take one example All very much in the spirit but a bit too much right down the line provoking a nod and a sigh of Yes of course he went with that and their predictability reinforces that sense of pastiche promising ideas that are never pushed to the point of becoming truly memorable


  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 medievalists but does so without any loss of charm or horror I would highly recommended it to anyone looking for a vein of horror that had seemed as defunct as the heresy of the title tale


  9. says:

    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


  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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The Dreams of Cardinal Vittorini

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

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Foreword Reggie OliverIntroduction Christopher Barker'Beside The Shrill Sea''Feng Shui''In Arcadia''The Evil Eye''Mis Reggie Oliver is a delightful author for any obsessive of the classical supernatural horror tale practised by Robert Aickman Sheridan Le Fanu Walter de la Mare Arthur Machen M R James Sarban William Hope Hodgson etc While some of his stories in this debut collection can at times seemingly only aspire to be warmly entertaining pastiche they are nevertheless a consistent pleasure to read and tinged with that sense of ineffable strangeness of life and when Oliver is on top form displayed here with such excellent tales as The Boy in the Green Velvet Death Mask and the titular story his work is of comparable uality to the great tales of that estimable company of his influences and places him in the highest ranking of contemporary horror authors

review The Dreams of Cardinal Vittorini

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


About the Author: Reggie Oliver

Reggie Oliver is a stage of Cardinal PDF º actor and playwright His biography of Stella Gibbons was praised as “a triumph” by Hilary Spurling in the Daily Telegraph his play Winner Takes All was described as “the funniest evening in London” by Michael Billington in The Guardian and his adaptation of Henneuin and Delacour’s Once Bitten opened at the Orange Tree Theatre in London in December He is the auth.