These are some of the best short stories I've ever read, certainly the best short stories by an Australian writer ever. D'Arcy Niland's talents for atmosphere, imagery, richness of language and understanding of the human heart--and his intimations of the otherworld that lies just beyond our mortal ken--are here displayed in their full brilliance. I prefer his stories to his novels--his art is most sparklingly and deeply apparent in these small gems. From murder to ghosts, love to hatred, the natural world and racial prejudice, Niland skillfully and heartbreakingly creates memorable and unexpected stories that linger in the mind and heart. A loving and perceptive introduction by wife Ruth Park, herself a wonderful writer, completes the joy of this collection. Not to be missed. It should never have been allowed to go out of print!