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Book Title: Painted Devils: Strange Stories|
The author of the book: Robert Aickman
ISBN 13: 9780684159997
Format files: PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
The size of the: 649 KB
Edition: Scribner Book Company
Date of issue: 1979
Reader ratings: 5.5
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My average rating for the stories in _Painted Devils_ comes out to 3.38. My three star goodreads rating for this short story collection by Robert Aickman might surprise some people. The poet W.H. Auden made the point that not everything by Shakespeare is outstanding. Similarly, I judge that some of Aickman's lesser stories are in this book.
"Ravissante" is about a symbolist painter whose checked sensuality is awakened by a visit to the widow of a famous painter. The widow urges him to rifle through the shrine-like wardrobe of her adopted daughter, to kneel and tread on the “complex silky nebula” of her dresses. 3 stars
"The House of the Russians" Another story told in a frame structure. A character is almost run over in the street. He might have been saved because he holds a religious item that he received from Russian ghosts on an island. 3 stars
"The View" A supernatural tragic romance story. A man travels to an island and becomes romantically involved with a woman. The time-dilation that occurs on the island tragically ends the relationship. 4 stars
"Ringing the Changes" One of Aickman's better known stories. A newly-wed couple is in the town of Holihaven. There are strange, disturbing details in the story, such as the late night ringing of the bells. I won't reveal the climax. 4 stars
"The School Friend" It's been said that Aickman leaves his stories open to interpretation. The narration stays on the surface, as it were, but I interpret that, beneath the surface, there was a supernatural evil. My full interpretation of this story can be found elsewhere on goodreads. 4 stars
'The Waiting Room" A man stays overnight at a train station. Ghosts around him reenact events.
These ghosts are not a menace. I much prefer evil spirit stories. 3 stars
"Marriage" 1. Laming Gatestead is in a relationship with two women.
2. There is a lot of talk about the theater.
3. The relationships get complicated.
4. One of Laming Gateshead's girlfriends runs after him, falls down, and seriously injures
5. Laming Gateshead goes to his mother.
"Larger Than Oneself" A humorous story. At a social gathering, individuals propound assorted religious, and sometimes non-mainstream, beliefs. Then an incredible event makes me wonder, "Did God appear in the story?" This event also seems similar to some UFO reports. 3.5
"My Poor Friend" The narrator is employed by an organization which advocates the use of rivers and streams for the generation of local electricity. The narrator finds someone in Parliament, named Enright, who support's our narrator's cause. At the end of the story, the MP who supported our narrator's cause is horribly killed.
There are curious things related in the story. For example, another MP tells our narrator, "Well, you'll do no good with Enright...I advise you to make a change..." . Another curious thing is a comment made by Enright about his children.
I think there is something beneath the surface of this story.
Robert Aickman, who co-founded the Inland Waterways Association, must have had experience dealing with the government and the media. Aickman probably drew upon his experience in writing this story. Also, being in contact with the government and media, Aickman might have heard rumors about child sexual abuse by media and government officials.
Perhaps what happened to Enright in the story is something that Aickman would have liked to see happen to the pederasts he heard about. 3.5 stars
Read information about the authorAuthor of: close to 50 "strange stories" in the weird-tale and ghost-story traditions, two novels (The Late Breakfasters and The Model), two volumes of memoir (The Attempted Rescue and The River Runs Uphill), and two books on the canals of England (Know Your Waterways and The Story of Our Inland Waterways).
Co-founder and longtime president of the Inland Waterways Association, an organization that in the middle of the 20th century restored a great part of England's deteriorating system of canals, now a major draw for recreation nationally and for tourism internationally.
Grandson of author Richard Marsh.
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