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The Dreams of Cardinal Vittorini

4.33  ·  Rating Details ·  79 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Foreword: Reggie Oliver
Introduction: Christopher Barker
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'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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Isidore
Jul 24, 2012 Isidore rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Ronald
Oct 21, 2012 Ronald rated it it was amazing
Shelves: weird-fiction
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
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James Adams
Jan 15, 2016 James Adams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you like early Thomas Ligotti or M.R. James, this collection is for you.
This is a collection of short stories and, as such, varies in content and quality to a degree. Theater is a recurring theme, as are cursed objects and possession (in multiple meanings of the word), but the breadth of setting is encouraging.
As is the quality of the work, as a whole. There are no bad stories, though a couple have eye-rolling moments (the game titles in Black Cathedral are awful, to the point that I wondered
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Riju Ganguly
Jul 26, 2012 Riju Ganguly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Richard
Feb 09, 2016 Richard rated it it was ok
Oliver has his fans, even ardent ones, judging by some of the other reviews here, and the stories in this collection are ok enough. But they're best described as pastiches of M. R. James rather than strong works in their own right. Diverting enough for an undemanding afternoon, but not as polished as they should have been and never quite good enough to make you forget that you're not actually reading the real thing.

If you've read a modest number of stories of this kind, Oliver's choices tend to
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Andrew
Oct 09, 2016 Andrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Modern M. R. James

This is a fantastic collection of short ghost stories in the tradition of Montague Rhodes James. Oliver trades a preoccupation with the theater for his predecessor's familiarity with frumpy Edwardian medievalists, but does so without any loss of charm or horror. I would highly recommended it to anyone looking for a vein of horror that had seemed as defunct as the heresy of the title tale.
Chris Cangiano
Aug 23, 2013 Chris Cangiano rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, weird-fiction
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
Apr 15, 2013 Matt Poland rated it really liked it
An heir to M.R. James and Robert Aickman. Can there be higher praise in the small world of English ghost stories?
Tommy
May 08, 2017 Tommy rated it liked it
Heavy on atmosphere. A couple will stick with me for a while....
Bibliophile
Apr 09, 2016 Bibliophile rated it it was amazing
An evil cupboard that refuses to let itself get feng shui'd, an alluring painting that literally sucks you in, a peeping Tom who gets more than he bargained for, an artist whose hit art show turns bloodthirsty. These are a few of the strange and wonderful stories in Oliver's first short story collection. For each story he creates an entire universe, believable but slightly off-kilter. So far this one and Flowers of the Sea are my favorites. They are hard to come by in hardback, but are available ...more
James
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
John Hepple
Dec 11, 2012 John Hepple rated it it was amazing
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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