FFB: The Dancing Man - In Reference to Murder

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June 03, 2016



This is my second favorite of his books, but I've not read them all yet. Very eerie, but can't compare with what I think is his horror masterpiece of greed and collector mania -- THE HIVE OF GLASS. That one is truly chilling and nightmarish.

BV Lawson

Thanks for the recommendations, John! I'll go track it down ...

Todd Mason

I'm glad to see that his suspense novels, which I've been meaning to Get To for decades since first reading his horror stories in F&SF back issues and best-ofs in the late '70s and over the years thereafter, have at least a brushing up against the supernatural as well...and the kind of wit I'd expect of his book-length work makes it unsurprising to me that he might be doing political reportage for PUNCH (contrast, say, Robert Aickman's work on inland waterways, as writer and conservationist otherwise, along with his similar horror fiction...Patti was startled to learn that Russell Kirk similarly was also a horror-fiction writer, and occasional F&SF contributor, when not producing THE UNIVERSITY BOOKMAN or such volumes as THE CONSERVATIVE MIND). I'm reminded of how F&SF, for that matter, was the editorial product of such "amphibians" as Anthony Boucher, Robert Mills and Avram Davidson till Edward Ferman (who had a weakness for espionage fiction, as well) took over in the mid '60s...good pointers. THE HIVE OF GLASS had definitely caught my eye some yaars back.

BV Lawson

As usual, Todd, your insights and additions have me scrambling to add more books to my TBR pile. Don't know when I'll get to all of them, but I've been wanting to read more quality F&SF, so the suggestions are helpful.

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