Old and new this week – today’s WONDERFUL charity shop find is ‘The First Pan Book of Horror Stories’. I loved these books as a teenager and have been thrilled to discover that they’re just as good now. Unlike this first volume, later volumes get wonderfully grotesque covers, which were probably what attracted me to them in the first place.Unlike my teenage self, I can now realise the wealth of talent displayed in these books too. Some known, some less so. Take this volume alone: 22 stories from the likes of Nigel Kneale, Joan Aitken, Muriel Spark, Bram Stoker and Angus Wilson to name but a few. Hurrah!
My second purchase in ‘Moonstone’ by an Icelandic writer named Sjon. A recommendation by A S Byatt always works for me (but, strangely, I’m not a fan of her fiction?!).
I made a further charity shop purchase today, which I’m adding to my holiday reading list, which is now ready to go – Porto Colom, here I come! So , what’s made my final list?
A bit of everything – short stories from Lydia Davies (who I’ve never read – but I think this collection got the Man Booker International Prize, so fingers crossed); the collected letters of Katherine Mansfield; a chilly ghost story in the form of ‘The Victorian Chaise Longue’ from Marghanita Laski and finally, Tony Warren’s ‘Behind Closed Doors’ – to remember the great man and also as background to something I’m working on which I hope to have ready in a couple of weeks.
Have you got your holiday reading sorted yet? If so, let me know.