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May 27, 2016


Todd Mason

Thanks for the citation! And a number of her novels were packaged, in one edition or another, as gothics, as you know...

Todd Mason

And BEWARE is one of those packages, as I blearily see now!

BV Lawson

Thanks for the update, Todd!


"...mysterious monk who Martha thinks she recognizes; a venomous spider mailed as a "gift"; exploding soup cans; and an assortment of gothic thrills and chills..."

Wow, and I was criticizing Edwy Brooks for being old-fashioned in 1957. This almost sounds like a parody of a thriller.

I like Aiken's supernatural stories. She must've inherited that gift for instilling eerieness in her stories from her father who wrote the chilling "Silent Snow, Secret Snow". I have a small collection of her children's book because Edward Gorey did the DJ artwork for many of the US editions. One of these days I'll read them!

BV Lawson

Yes, I imagine some of that writing is with tongue firmly in cheek. Sounds like she had a great sense of humor, though. And I haven't read any of her supernatural stories, but I'd like to!

Todd Mason

Such collections as THE GREEN FLASH mix her horror stories with such conte cruel suspense stories as "Marmalade Wine"...I also suspect she indeed knew exactly what she was doing when she engaged in any sort of fustian...

BV Lawson

Likely so, Todd. And by the way, thanks for collecting all the FFB links last week and this week. For folks stopping by, here's the URL:


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