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Things Undreamt Of: Six Tales of Terror by [Pickering, David]
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About the Author

Described as 'the maven of reference book writers', David Pickering has written, contributed to, or ghosted over 250 reference books on a wide variety of subjects for major British and American publishers. He has also published several works of fiction, among them the novel 'And Stones Shall Dance' and 'Things Lost and Other Short Stories'. Other titles include a series of classic short story anthologies featuring tales by the greatest names in English literature.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 166 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CHRGAT4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
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In my experience, short collections of stories like this one - just six tales - are often less satisfying than longer anthologies. A six-pack is frequently built around one good idea, with five lesser offerings thrown in as filler to pad it out into book length.

David Pickering's Things Undreamt Of confounds this notion. There's not a single dud in this collection.

These are tales of supernatural terror, but while most of them are set in the present day, there's none of the gratuitous gore or cruelty to be found here that usually forms the basis for modern-day horror. Rather, this is a collection of beautifully crafted tales each of which pays homage in its own way to the classic British - and specifically English - weird tale.

The opening story, The Ghost At The Foot Of The Stairs, is an enjoyably old-fashioned yarn set in Victorian times and cast in the style of M.R. James, with a touch of Peter Cushingesque Hammer Gothicism thrown in. Evoking the atmosphere of a crackling fire casting shadows into a vast and creepy drawing room, it's relatively lightweight, but manages to pack in a deft punchline.

The Thing With No Eyes, the second tale, has the framing device of two old men telling an increasingly frightening story to a pair of schoolboys. The final line is excellent, a witty gem which succeeds as quite profound social commentary even as it entertains.

The Stranger In Room Six and Something In The Garden are something of a piece, incorporating further sociopolitical comment into two quietly sinister and very British accounts of narrowmindedness gone too far. The Tollkeeper, another classic ghost story, is relatively predictable, but succeeds in the desolate atmosphere it evokes.
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I'm generally not a fan of horror but this small collection seemed intriguing, and I'm glad I gave it a chance. I expected gore and crazy murderers, and instead I found supernatural happenings told in an assured narrator's voice, giving them an oldish feel which I enjoyed very much. Frankly, the style reminded me of Victorian goth like Dracula, as did most of the settings (the last story is clearly modern-day, and yet sometimes it feels like we are in the past).
Something In The Garden will have to be my favorite story - I will never wander in a garden fearlessly again (or advocate the use of pesticide)! I also loved The Stranger In Room Six and the first ghost story. Every line, every turn of phrase was polished and perfect like a gem, a pleasure to read.
If you're looking for classic horror stories in the style of a master of the genre, then this might just be the book for you.
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This is part of a series of books of short stories by David Pickering. The style is accessible to all fans of mystery or horror stories. Reminiscent of Mary Shelley and Bram Stoker. Each little gem has an interesting twist. Highly recommended!
See also Things Lost and other short stories.
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i have to agree with the other reviews to date. very well written, very slick and easy to read with that unique english old school pan/hammer horror feel that feels so comfortable. my favourite had to be 'the thing with no eye' due to the ending. one reviewer described it as humourous, and i can see how it could be taken that way, but for me there was a real poignancy and realism to the final words that will stay with me a long time
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I was very much impressed by this collection of shorts. It put me in mind of M.R. James, Poe, Blackwood et al; i.e. creepy but without the gore. If I had to make a minor criticism it would be for the overuse of surnames in the final story. However, that would not stop me reading Mr Pickering's future work. Discomfort Zone
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