Stories of the Strange and Sinister (Valancourt 20th Century Classics)

Stories of the Strange and Sinister (Valancourt 20th Century Classics) by Frank Baker 1943910316 9781943910311
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Sadly neglected today, Frank Baker (1908-1983) was an intriguing and highly original author of fantasy and horror fiction, best known for his post-apocalyptic novel of an avian attack, The Birds (1936), which may have been an influence on Hitchcocks film, and Miss Hargreaves (1940), a classic in which two young men invent a story about an unusual old woman only to discover that they have actually brought her to life.

First published in 1983 and long unavailable, Stories of the Strange and Sinister collects ten of Bakers short stories and displays the versatility of his work. Included are wonderfully macabre tales like The Chocolate Box, in which a discarded box found on a Cornish moor contains a gruesome surprise, and In the Steam Room, where a man enjoying a sauna believes he glimpses a horrible event through the steam, as well as more subtle tales of the fantastic like My Lady Sweet, Arise, in which a womans compulsion to sing ends with strange consequences, and Quintin Claribel, the story of a rude young man who must - quite literally - eat his words. This first-ever republication includes a new introduction by R.B. Russell. Frank Bakers The Birds is also available from Valancourt.

Frank Baker is an unusual and appealing writer, at times quite similar to that grandmaster of the supernatural, Arthur Machen. - Michael Dirda, Washington Post

Bakers work contains some of the more memorable treatments and interpretations of ... supernatural themes. - Encyclopedia of Fantasy

Author: Frank Baker

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 184

Publisher: Valancourt Books

Publication Date: 2016-03-15

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