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Dark Entries

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  564 Ratings  ·  83 Reviews
Sewn signatures, printed on 110gsm acid-free paper, and bound by Biddles in bergundy wibalin cloth stamped in gilt and silver, with a silk ribbon marker and head and tailbands. 350 copies.
(Out of print).

"Introduction by Glen Cavaliero, "The School Friend", "Ringing the Changes", "Choice of Weapons", "The Waiting Room", "The View" and "Bind Your Hair".

As Dr Glen C
Hardcover, 1st Tartarus edition, 197 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Tartarus Press (first published June 1964)
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mark monday
such curiously precise sentences, so exact, so perfectly constructed. they tell you everything and nothing. it's the meaning between those words, the implications of what is not being said that disturbs. those slippery places, those half-conscious spaces. admire Aickman for his perfect prose and his marvelous subtlety and his dry, dry wit. but love him for what he doesn't tell you, for taking you to a place where your mind must operate on a different level, someplace new and vague and troubling. ...more
Aug 18, 2015 Tristan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My, what a puzzling, yet wondrous experience reading Aickman is. Now it's finally become clear to me why I've seen him so often being talked about in such hushed, reverential tones. This Brit was an absolute master craftsman of the "strange tale", as he himself defined the nature of his work.

The one thing to be appreciated the most about these tales (this collection, astonishingly his debut, consists of 6), is undoubtedly the prose. It's rather gorgeous. Timeless, in fact. See, I have a sneaking
Aug 18, 2014 Char rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Char by: James Everington
This was a strange, but interesting collection!

I've been hearing from a number of other readers I trust that Robert Aickman's stories are fantastic. I was recently presented with the opportunity to pick up a few of his collections for free, and I jumped at the chance. Since Dark Entries won the September Monthly Read poll at the Literary Horror group on Goodreads, I started this one first.

These are NOT horror stories. Some of them hardly even seem to be stories at all...they're more like window
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
A few notes on each story in this pretty much perfect collection:

The School Friend: Aickman invests the theme of the ancestral home that holds dark secrets with a fresh menace and mystery. In contrast to this is the notion of friendship, surviving the vicissitudes of life and time and offering a measure of clemency.

Ringing The Changes: The atmosphere of slowly building oppression and the growing sense of dread kept me on the edge of my seat. What really makes the story are the little, weird de
Dec 26, 2011 Simon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-stories, horror
Normally when I review one of Robert Aickman's collections, I ramble on about his masterful craftmanship of strange tales, his lush and supple prose, talking much about the author's style in general. But I'm not going to do that this time. Let's face it, if you're thinking of picking this book up you are already a hardened fan. Unless you're extraordinarily lucky to discover this tucked away out the back of some dusty old second-hand store, you're paying a lot of money for one of these fine but ...more
Arun Divakar
Sep 20, 2015 Arun Divakar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A reviewer or a group of reviewers ( I don’t remember who specifically) called Robert Aickman a writer who has produced fantastic works in the horror genre. If ‘Dark Entries’ is any indicator, then Aickman is not a horror writer at all ! His prose is lush and the emotion that it switches on is unease, a very profound one at that too. The kind of unease that makes a clammy sweat break out, give you an itch behind your eyeballs and makes your head jerk up when the curtain by your window sways in t ...more
Aug 24, 2014 Karl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Robert Aickman is quite the writer. When he is good he is amazing. He has the ability to paint masterpieces with words. His characters can be extremely complex and humanly vulnerable.

The story I most enjoyed in "Dark Entries" (His second collection of stories following "We Are for the Dark: Six Ghost Stories") is the story called "The View" (Which was originally printed in his first collection "Six Ghost Stories"). The story concerns the protagonist a gentleman named Carfax a vulnerable and exh
Apr 11, 2015 Nikki rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, horror
This collection of stories mostly did not creep me out, despite the accolades of being a great horror writer. But they were certainly strange stories, as Aickman himself preferred to call them. There’s a great atmosphere in some of them, and his writing is careful and precise. Somebody else described the atmosphere in some of the stories as “reality out of joint”, and that’s definitely true — for these characters, ostensibly belonging to our normal world, something jolts out of place and everyth ...more
Sep 04, 2014 Florina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well, I certainly have new material for my nightmares.
Perhaps the best aspect of these short stories are not the plots in themselves, but the writing. Truly, Aickman strikes fear through his prose, not his events. His sentences are so elegant, so chilling, so clear yet so confusing, that you will find yourself thinking it must be some shortcoming of yours that you did not read between the lines. In actuality, that's the warranted effect.
Any action seems to exist solely to complement the writin
May 20, 2015 Andy rated it it was amazing
This collection is a good deal shorter than the other Aickman collections out there. It's about half the length of "The Unsettled Dust," "Cold Hand in Mine" or "The Wine-Dark Sea" -- especially when you take out the Introduction and "Robert Aickman Remembered" (interesting as those may be.)

Two of the stories ("The Waiting Room" and "The View") are of lesser quality than Aickman's average. But I think both this, and the shorter length are made up for by the other four stories, all of which are e
Aug 29, 2014 Brucifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first of what I already know will be several excursions into the world of Robert Aickman, who--along with Ramsey Campbell--is almost universally acknowledged amongst critics as the finest writer of horror fiction of the latter half of the 20th century. Well, finally I took the plunge thanks to these nice new Faber & Faber paperback editions of his previously difficult-to-locate work, and I decided to start with his earliest solo collection. I have to agree that I'm mightily impr ...more
Sep 01, 2014 Ctgt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: weird
I've been on a real Aickman kick recently having just finished The Wine-Dark Sea I heard about a group read for this title and decided to join the discussion. This collection definitely had a "darker"(no pun intended) feel than Wine-Dark but I still wouldn't really call this horror. Weird, yes. Bizarre, absolutely. Loaded with subtext, without a doubt. I did enjoy this collection a bit more than Wine-Dark but that is directly related to all the discussion during the group read. I truly believe A ...more
A collection of short stories is always difficult to rate. The first two stories in this collection were fantastic! I highly recommend them. The third and fourth stories were pretty good but weren't anything near their predecessors. Finally, the last two stories I struggled to finish. They were quite boring most of the way through and I kept thinking, "Get on with it."

Overall, I liked the collection for the most part and would love to read more short fiction by Robert Aickman in the near future.
Kevin Lucia
Mar 01, 2015 Kevin Lucia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Folks have been recommending Aickman's work to me for years now, and I can see why. Subtle, surreal, stories occurring along the boundaries between reality and fantasy. Even I felt a little adrift in a few of the stories, the surreal atmosphere and prose carried me along, nonetheless. Will definitely be searching out more of his work.
Roy Elmer
I had never heard of Robert Aickman, but it seems to me that it's safe to say that few people have. He's not Shirley Jackson, she of the haunted houses, or Lovecraft, with his twisted Cthulu. He is something altogether different and dare I say it, a little more refined than both of these behemoths of horror / dark fantasy fiction.

Robert Aickman's work is thoroughly English. Not contemporary English perhaps, but a reflection of the England of our grandfathers. A certain amount of emotional repres
Hugo Emanuel
Oct 31, 2016 Hugo Emanuel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
I had read Aickman praised frequently, often even lauded as the best writer of strange fiction of the 20 th century. Considering my enjoyment of horror and strange fiction Aickman's praised tales were an obligatory stop, one from which I had anticipated reaping a great deal of deadfull pleasures and delights. And altough I thoroughly enjoyed most of the tales in this collection (the only one I have so far read from Aickman), I found most of them to be just little more than slightly original take ...more
Oct 02, 2016 Spiderorchid rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One star seems very harsh, but in the end, I really "did not like it".

Or perhaps the problem was that the stories didn't live up to the hype. Robert Aickman is being lauded as this brilliant writer of strange stories and while the writing itself is certainly good and very aesthetic, the stories are mediocre at best. They simply don't deliver. Aickman starts of with great, atmospheric descriptions and set ups that then kind of dwindle away, leaving the reader often with open endings and always w
Brian Kenny
Feb 05, 2015 Brian Kenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A collection of weird tales by the talented Robert Aickman. The weird tales as he liked to describe them were not so much cut throat horror but cerebral psychologically based horror in the same style as H P Lovecraft's short stories and Henry James classic tale'The turn of the screw and M R James. The stories in this collection are certainly weird. The six tales have running through them vulnerable characters going through what seem like very unusual and aften creepy situations; the tales that d ...more
Jul 06, 2014 Geraldine rated it it was ok
I bought this because I heard a radio documentary about Aickman describing him as "the best author you've never heard of", and that his stories were a truly chilling example of the horror genre.

I'm afraid to say that this collection of short stories didn't really convince me of any of that. Aickman died in the 1980s, and I found all of these stories difficult to date from the descriptions of dress, technology and general attitude of the characters. The stories are very much like those of M R Jam
Theo Kokonas
Jan 20, 2015 Theo Kokonas rated it liked it
Robert Aickman is seen as a seminal British horror writer of fiction. Personally I think the claims are bogus, although it may just be a matter of taste. I find his descriptions are a little too descriptive, and his stories finishing too incomplete. There's leaving it to the reader's imagination, and then there's short stories that simply haven't been finished properly.
Bryan Alexander
Feb 27, 2016 Bryan Alexander rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gothic, lit, weirdness
Such delicious prose for splendidly weird tales. I wanted to read every story, every page out loud.

More notes coming up.
Jan 23, 2017 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Robert Aickman was an accomplished practitioner of the "strange story", and this collection has some of his best. "Ringing the Changes" is probably his most frequently anthologized story; a newly-married couple honeymoon in one of the strangest towns ever, where church bells ring incessantly all day and night. "Bind Your Hair" is about a young woman visiting her future in-laws for the first time; she takes a walk in the countryside to escape the oppressive atmosphere of their home, and of course ...more
Apr 25, 2017 Canavan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

“The School Friend” (1964) ✭✭✭
“Ringing the Changes” (1955) ✭✭✭
“Choice of Weapons” (1964) ✭✭
“The Waiting Room” (1956) ✭✭✭
“The View” (1951) ✭✭✭✭
“Bind Your Hair” (1964) ✭✭✭
Ian Casey
Jul 09, 2016 Ian Casey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You live surrounded by the claims of other people: to your labour when they call it peace, your life when they call it war...They tell you where you shall live, what you shall do, and what thoughts are dangerous.

Nowadays, Robert Aickman is something of a cult hero among weird fiction authors (and fans) though it seems he was relatively underappreciated in his day (World Fantasy Award notwithstanding). Thankfully we have this series of 2014 Faber & Faber reissues of four of his collections. D
Sep 06, 2014 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In a very welcome move, Faber are marking the centenary of Robert Aickman's birth by republishing some of his classic collections of 'strange stories' along with his two full-length novels. For many years his work has been hard to find, available only as high-end collectors editions from the Tartarus Press, or as print on demand via Faber Finds, but these were marred by poor OCR and subsequent misprints. I'm not completely convinced by the new editions - the text has been entirely reset in a ver ...more
Joe Gola
Sep 15, 2014 Joe Gola rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
A good collection of dark supernatural tales. There is an enjoyable strain of surrealism throughout—the writing is full of strange, unexplained details that are not integral to the stories but which evoke a mysterious atmosphere that enhances them nonetheless. Even in the broad details it is sometimes left to our imaginations to piece together what exactly has happened, but this ambiguity adds to the charm rather than detracting from it.

With the exception of a couple of good-old-fashioned ghost
Alex Sarll
Robert Aickman wrote 'strange stories' (and woe betide anyone who called them horror) which were considered by some - not least Robert Aickman - to be superior to the work of MR James. I don't altogether see it myself; the first few tales here seem oddly external, which is to say I never quite bought the characters as any more than pieces moving around a board, despite the narration following their viewpoint. Also (and this bit I can't explain), despite his being a British writer offering clear ...more
Terrifying of Goats
Sep 18, 2015 Terrifying of Goats rated it liked it
I picked this up because of the 'weird' writers Aickman is commonly compared to. While some of the stories are engaging enough, they lacked any real hook for me, in either concept, language, mood or tone.
They are not horror stories, but ate closer to the form of urban and rural peculiarities with ominous overtones that never deliver the menace promised (and sometimes it is not promised at all.)
The stories have dated pleasantly, like old BBC comedies where the period vintage increases its potency
Dec 05, 2016 Daniel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A short take:

What a wonderful collection of dark, weird fiction! Aickman's prose is delicious, while his ability to weave the weird and spooky into the everyday is downright uncanny. I'm over the moon about this collection and this writer, and I very much look forward to pursuing the rest of his work. Without doubt, these stories are some of the best horror fiction I've encountered, up there with Sloane's two novels in "Rim of the Morning" and some of Chambers' stories in the Yellow Sign.
James Adams
I have read and enjoyed a few of Aickman's "strange stories" (his phrase) before, and have wanted to read one of his collections for a while. This is the one I picked for two reasons: First, it was his first solo collection; and, second, it has "Ringing the Changes", which is a classic and probably his most famous story. I had heard of it, obviously, but had yet to read it for myself.
I can now say that I am truly a fan of Aickman's, but will probably not be going on a major kick just yet.His sto
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