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The Other Place and Other Stories of the Same Sort (Valancourt 20th Century Classics) Paperback – 7 Aug 2018
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The Other Place- parallel worlds, lost Edens
The Grey Ones- conspiracy theories
Uncle Phil on TV - Human foibles, the shock of the new
Guest of Honour - insanity, futility
Look After the Strange Girl - timeslips, the past
The Statues - timeslips, precognition
The Leadington Incident - insanity, futility (thematically v. similar to Guest of Honour, perhaps redundant in this collection)
Mr. Strenberry's Tale - timeslips, precognition, End of the World
Night Sequence - timeslips, the past, folie-a-deux
The pick being the one which impresses the least on first reading- "Night Sequence" has a stereotyped beginning, mock-regency prose, and (initially) unlikeable protagonists, but turns abruptly into a wonderful folie-a-deux piece with Lovecraftian hints.
If you enjoy CS Lewis' short stories, you'll enjoy these.
A friend recommended his short stories but first had me watch a BBC adaptation of An Inspector Calls, which was quite simply excellent, and made me aware of just how wrong I'd been.
This is a wonderful collection of dark and haunting, troubling tales that explore the liminal and notions of time and human experience. They are, of course, dated by contemporary standards in terms of style and setting, but the mark Priestley out as a true original who was, to use a much overused expression (with some irony), a man ahead of his time.
Well worth your time.