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The Dreams of Cardinal Vittorini

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Foreword: Reggie Oliver
Introduction: Christopher Barker
'Beside The Shrill Sea'
'Feng Shui'
'In Arcadia'
'The Evil Eye'
'Miss Marchant’s Cause'
'Tiger In The Snow'
'Gardens Gods'
'The Black Cathedral'
'The Boy in Green Velvet'
'The Golden Basilica'
'Death Mask'
'A Warning To The Antiquary'
'The Seventeenth Sister'
'The Copper Wig'
'The Dreams Of Cardinal Vittorini'
Hardcover, 360 pages
Published 2003 by The Haunted River
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Riju Ganguly
At the time of its first publication, this book had dazzled lovers of supernatural fiction as well as hardened critics, with the elegant and yet utterly terrifying narratives. Passage of years since then had increased the price of the book in the second-hand market, as well as the lure of the stories. Tartarus Press has done the fiction-lovers by releasing the book (excluding one story that had grated many-a-reader with its rather controversial undertones in the earlier version, but thankfully h ...more
Reggie Oliver is probably the best living writer of the M.R. James species of weird tale, and one of the finest in the entire horror genre. Unfortunately, his collections of short fiction tend to appear in tiny press runs from small publishers, and are usually unavailable except from high-priced book dealers. The good news is that Tartarus Press, in addition to publishing his latest assortment of horrors ("Mrs. Midnight and Other Stories") is now starting to reissue the earlier collections, begi ...more
Since I was impressed with two books published by Tartarus Press (both written by Mark Samuels), I searched for other things published by them. I got this book for my ereader. My high opinion of the publisher and their writers stands.

The stories in this book (some might be novelettes, for some are longer than a typical short story) are well written.

According to the author's bio, Reggie Oliver is a stage actor and playwright. Perhaps it could be said that Reggie Oliver is developing a sub-genre
I really enjoyed these stories. There was a good mix of themes and ideas, with an underlying nod towards theatre land in many of them, which For me, anchored them together as a whole in a way that I found quite satisfying.
The seventeenth sister is probably nearest to the genre of horror and The Black Cathedral touches on the occult. Garden Gods was another of the longer stories that I found particularly inventive
Chris Cangiano
Elegant and erudite, Oliver is one of the most exciting contemporary writers of unsettling, supernatural and weird tales. He variously brings to mind MR James, Russel Kirk and Robert Aickman but always with a contemporary sensibility. Highly recommended. I will certainly be seeking out more of his work. This review is of the e-book version of this short story collection.
Matt Poland
An heir to M.R. James and Robert Aickman. Can there be higher praise in the small world of English ghost stories?
John Hepple
What can I say? Its Reggie Oliver! Of course its good!

Thank you Tartarus Press for republishing.
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Reggie Oliver is a stage actor and playwright. His biography of Stella Gibbons was praised as “a triumph” by Hilary Spurling in the Daily Telegraph, his play Winner Takes All, was described as “the funniest evening in London”, by Michael Billington in The Guardian, and his adaptation of Hennequin and Delacour’s Once Bitten opened at the Orange Tree Theatre in London in December 2010.

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