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This review is from: The Drug and Other Stories (Tales of Mystery & the Supernatural) (Paperback)
Full of weirdness. Demonstrates Crowley's wonderful mastery of English, his deep knowledge, and his extraordinary humour and inventiveness. If you are able to step back in time to the period in which he wrote these items and thereby to take into account the social framework and ambience in which he essayed these creative outpourings, then the humour will draw laughs-out-loud. Some of the plots are thin, but raised up by the sheer style of delivery. Theodore Bugg with his social pretensions is one perfect example of all of the factors I have mentioned so far with the exception of 'deep knowledge'. For this there are other more challenging inputs, and serious truths are presented in a way that is at times difficult to negotiate. Such stories are not suitable to read on a train journey, but many others are. So you have a wide selection of which to avail yourself according to your mood and circumstance.