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ISBN: 9780571351770
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Faber & Faber - August 6th, 2019

Small investment, big payoff.  Aickman has long been an undervalued and out of print author but is now experiencing a small revival, and this novelette is an ideal place to start.  Like much of Aickman, "The Inner Room" is an entrancing seduction, an impossible mystery, and a melancholy siren song.  Here memory, psychology, and the external world overlap and confound one another.  This is neo-romanticism at its best, shrugging aside the mundane to expose a secret entrance to unfathomable and hazardous depths.  Though often characterized as "horror," it's much better to label such Aickman stories as literary dark fantasy--or to use his own term: "strange stories."

Review by Adam