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My reaction ranged from blown away to kinda bored from one story to the next, but overall I enjoyed Collier's writing and would read another book of his in the future. "De Mortuis..." was by far my favorite, and the theme of murder (mostly spouses) reappears over and over and over again, but those remain fresh and unique compared to the second most common theme, hell and being tempted by the devil. The stories that ran a bit longer tended to lose steam, but over half the stories come in under 10 ...more
John Collier was a British-born author and screenplay writer best known for his short stories, many of which appeared in The New Yorker from the 1930s to the 1950s. They were collected in a 1951 volume, Fancies and Goodnights, which is still in print. Individual stories are frequently anthologized in fantasy collections. John Collier's writing has been praised by authors such as Anthony Burgess, R ...moreMore about John Collier...