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Robert Aickman Books In Order

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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Late Breakfasters (1964)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Model (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Go Back at Once (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

The Inner Room (1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pages from a Young Girl's Journal (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Stains (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Compulsory Games (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Collections

Dark Entries (With: Glen Cavaliero) (1964)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Powers of Darkness (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sub Rosa (1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cold Hand in Mine: Strange Stories (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tales Of Love And Death (1977)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Painted Devils: Strange Stories (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Intrusions: Strange Tales (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Wine-Dark Sea (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Unsettled Dust (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Collected Strange Stories of Robert Aickman: v. 1 & 2 (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Night Voices: Strange Stories (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Late Breakfasters and Other Strange Stories (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Attempted Rescue (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
River Runs Uphill (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of The Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories Anthology Books

The 4th Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories (1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories(1964)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Second Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories(1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Third Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories(1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The 4th Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories(1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The 5th Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories(1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sixth Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories(1970)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Nameless Places(1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cold Fear(1977)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
New Terrors Vol. 1(1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Seventh Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories(1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Eighth Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories(1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Great Tales of Fantasy and Science Fiction(1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Horror Stories from the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction(1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best of Modern Horror(1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sea-Cursed(1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Best New Horror 27(2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sunless Solstice: Strange Christmas Tales for the Longest Nights(2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

About Robert Aickman

Seen by many as one of the pioneering voices in contemporary ghost stories, the British writer Robert Fordyce Aickman was a leading figure during his time. Unsurpassed, he was a gifted teller of ghost stories who really knew how to build a creeping sense of suspense and tension. Often writing about psychological terrors as well as physical manifestations, he really captured a sense of dread for the reader. Not only that, but he would often say something through his work too, imparting a central idea, message, or theme.

It’s often said that ghost stories are never just about the ghost, but they’re about common fears surrounding the presence. This is something that Aickman understood only too well, as he would always take each and every one of his stories up a level. Whether they were short-stories or expanded novels, he’d take readers on a journey each and every single time. Inspiring countless writers to follow in his footsteps, his work continues to live on until this day, with it making a profound effect during his lifetime.

Both creepy and intelligent, his work would also excel in creating and establishing strong characters to guide the stories. The tone was dark and foreboding as well, lingering over each of the novels in an apprehensive manner that saw shadows lurking around every corner. This was a legacy that is still felt by many today, as more and more readers around the world discover his work every day. Leaving a strong lasting impact, his work will continue to live on for a long time to come, with it still inspiring many.

Early and Personal Life

Born in 1914 on the 27th of June, Robert Fordyce Aickman would grow up in London, always shrouding much of his life in mystery. This would play into his love of all things horror and ghost stories, immersing himself in the world and the literature from an early age. Invested in the supernatural, he would be a member of ‘The Ghost Club’ and the ‘Society of Psychical Research,’ always looking further into the world.

Initially he would train to be an architect like his father, but this would shift to his love of writing over the years. He was also extremely interested in conservation too, becoming a co-founder of the ‘Inland Waterways Association,’ which looked after England’s otherwise neglected inland canal system. This would be a hugely successful venture for him, and his legacy would live on through this, as well as his much loved writing.

Writing Career

The first collection of short-stories that Robert Aickman brought out was titled ‘We Are for the Dark,’ which would come out in 1951. This was released in collaboration with fellow author Elizabeth Jane Howard, as he would include three short-stories in the collection. Later in 1964 he would release his own full collection titled ‘Dark Entries,’ along with ‘The Late Breakfasters’ his first novel that very same year.

In 1987 he’d have a second novel released posthumously titled ‘The Model,’ along with another one much later in 2020 called ‘Go Back at Once.’ Mostly, though, he’d stick to writing short-stories, along with some non-fiction as well on occasion, including expansive philosophical tracts. Recognized as one of the leading figures of his time, his work continues to get published, with it all set for release.

The Late Breakfasters

This is brought together with a collection of other short-stories as well, making for an eclectic compendium of Aickman’s work. It would also feature an introduction by Philip Challinor, who has previously collated a number of Aickman’s other books. First published in 1964, it would be one of the only novels published during the lifetime of the author, making for an extremely engaging read.

There’s an unsettling air and ambiance throughout that really works well in the stories favor, making for a creeping feeling. Some non-PC language is there, but the stories still hold up, with well observed characters and social behavior. It’s a great introduction to the author, and there’s a diverse range of stories that will definitely keep the reader intrigued.

Invited to a house party at the country estate of Mrs. Hatch, Griselda de Reptonville attends the event at Beams. It is at this estate that she meets an eccentric and colorful cast of characters, along with Louise, who will be the love of her life. Then everything is suddenly cut short, and now Griselda must work to regain the happiness that she once had. Can she hope to recapture it? Where will her journey take her? What is really going on with the late breakfasters?

Go Back at Once

Published in 2020, this would be a stand-alone posthumous novel, and would feature many of Aickman’s own ideas and philosophies. Published through Tartarus Press, this would bring to light another side and perspective of the late author, providing a clear glimpse into his mindset. Working ostensibly as a fantasy, it’s set within the 1920s, and is based upon the principle that art is the key to unlocking the secrets to life itself. Aickman draws upon the philosophies of other writers and poets, bringing their own unique ideas in to the novel as well.

Based on ‘The Free State of Fiume,’ this book draws upon a number of different ideas, bringing together several different philosophies. This would be a posthumous release, and is a definite curiosity for fans of the author, as there’s definitely some interesting ideas here. The book also features a lot of word-play and indirect symbolism, reaching for an underlying message throughout.

Looking to escape a poet ruled supposed utopia, two girls, Cressida and Vivien, are looking to find their way out. Meeting a whole cast of characters they must avoid all manner of different dangers, all while keeping their wits about them. With everyone there playing their part, the girls must do whatever it takes, all the while making sharp, astute observations. There’s a lot to take in from the world around them, as they also begin to come to terms with themselves and their own relationship with each other.

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