New Treasures: The Late Breakfasters and Other Strange Stories by Robert Aickman

New Treasures: The Late Breakfasters and Other Strange Stories by Robert Aickman

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Robert Aickman was one of the finest horror writers in our field. He received the World Fantasy Award in 1975, and the British Fantasy Award in 1981, the year he died.

Not familiar with Aickman? Great! There’s never been a better time to try him. The marvelous Valancourt Books has returned much of his work to print, including The Late Breakfasters and Other Strange Stories, an omnibus collection of his early work, released in hardcover and an affordable trade paperback format last week. It contains his debut novel The Late Breakfasters (1964), half a dozen short stories, and a new introduction by Philip Challinor.

I first discovered Valancourt by standing in front of their booth at the World Fantasy Convention a few years ago, and being absolutely astounded at how many terrific books they have in their back catalog. Here’s a few I’ve managed to highlight recently at Black Gate.

Bringing Neglected Classics Back Into Print: The Horror Catalog of Valancourt Books
A Southern Tale of Spectral Revenge: Cold Moon Over Babylon by Michael McDowell
Nathan Ballingrud on Robert Marasco’s Burnt Offerings
Stories of the Strange and Sinister by Frank Baker
The Great White Space by Basil Copper

Our previous coverage of Robert Aickman includes:

Aickman’s Heirs, edited by Simon Strantzas
New Treasures: Dark Entries by Robert Aickman
Collect the Complete Faber & Faber Editions of Robert Aickman’s Classic Ghost Stories

The Late Breakfasters and Other Strange Stories was published by Valancourt Books on October 4, 2016. It is 382 pages, priced at $34.99 in hardcover, $19.99 in trade paperback, and $9.99 for the digital version. The cover is by M.S. Corley.

See all our coverage of the best in new fantasy here.

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Thomas Parker

He’s certainly one of the finest writers in the genre I’ve ever encountered. He was a master of suggestive ambiguity, as in “The Hospice,” from Cold Hand in Mine, a book I’ve shared with many people over the years. I hope that story is included in this volume; I think it’s Aickman’s single best tale. It’s nice to see his work coming back into print.

I’m ordering The Late Breakfasters and Other Strange Stories right now! Thanks for the heads up!

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