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The Evil Eye''Miss Marchant’s Cause''Tiger In The Snow''Gardens Gods''The Black Cathedral''The Boy in Green Velvet''The Gol. 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

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The Dreams of Cardinal Vittorini

Foreword Reggie OliverIntroduction of Cardinal PDFEPUB #192 Christopher Barker'Beside The Shrill Sea''Feng Shui''In Arcadia''. 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

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Den Basilica''Death Mask''A Warning To The Antiuary''The Seventeenth Sister''The Copper Wig''The Dreams Of Cardinal Vittorini. 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


10 thoughts on “The Dreams of Cardinal Vittorini

  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

  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

  3. says:

    Reggie Oliver is a delightful author for any obsessive of the classical supernatural horror tale practised by Robert Aickman Sheridan Le Fanu W

  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 object

  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

  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

  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 t

  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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