Fancies and Goodnights

Fancies and Goodnights


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Fancies and Goodnights by John Collier

John Collier's edgy, sardonic tales are works of rare wit, curious insight, and scary implication. They stand out as one of the pinnacles in the critically neglected but perennially popular tradition of weird writing that includes E.T.A. Hoffmann and Charles Dickens as well as more recent masters like Jorge Luis Borges and Roald Dahl. With a cast of characters that ranges from man-eating flora to disgruntled devils and suburban salarymen (not that it's always easy to tell one from another), Collier's dazzling stories explore the implacable logic of lunacy, revealing a surreal landscape whose unstable surface is depth-charged with surprise.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590170519
Publisher: New York Review Books
Publication date: 05/05/2003
Series: NYRB Classics Series
Pages: 440
Sales rank: 183,822
Product dimensions: 4.80(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 12 - 14 Years

About the Author

John Collier (1901-1980) was born in London. He began his writing career as a poet, first publishing in 1920. He turned to fiction in the early 1930s, producing the popular and controversial novel, His Monkey Wife, about a man who is married to a chimpanzee. In 1935 Collier left England for Hollywood, where he became an active and prolific writer for film and later television; he was particularly influential in developing the brilliantly creepy and subversive style of such television classics as “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” and “The Twilight Zone.” An adaptation from Milton, Paradise Lost: Screenplay for Cinema of the Mind was published in 1973, but never produced as a film. Collier’s other works range from the poetry collection Gemini (1931) to the novels Tom’s A-Cold(1933) and Defy the Foul Fiend (1934), and the short story collections Presenting Moonshine (1941), Fancies and Goodnights (1951), Pictures in the Fire (1958), The John Collier Reader (1972), and The Best of John Collier (1975).

Ray Bradbury started writing fiction at the age of twelve and published his first story when he was twenty. He has since written more than thirty books—novels, stories, essays, plays, and poems—including The Martian Chronicles (1950), the futuristic novel Fahrenheit 451 (1952), and a collection of short stories The Illustrated Man (1951). He lives with his wife in Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

Bottle Party1
De Mortuis9
Evening Primrose16
Witchs Money28
Are you too Late or was I too Early40
Fallen Star44
The Touch of Nutmeg Makes it56
Three Bears Cottage64
Pictures in the Fire70
Wet Saturday84
Squirrels have Bright Eyes91
Halfway to Hell97
The Lady on the Grey104
Incident on a Lake112
Over Insurance118
Old Acquaintance124
The Frog Prince132
Season of Mists138
Great Possibilities146
Without Benefit of Galsworthy154
The Devil George and Rosie159
Ah the University178
Back for Christmas182
Another American Tragedy188
Midnight Blue202
Gavin O Leary208
If Youth Knew if Age Could217
Thus I Refute Beelzy228
Special Delivery233
Rope Enough249
Little Memento255
Green Thoughts260
Romance Lingers Adventure Lives275
Bird of Prey279
Variation on a Theme287
Night Youth Paris and the Moon299
The Steel Cat304
Sleeping Beauty311
Interpretation of a Dream327
Hell Hath no Fury346
In the Cards352
The Invisible dove Dancer of Strathpheen Island358
The Right Side365
Spring Fever370
Youth from Vienna378
Possession of Angela Bradshaw398
Cancel all I said403
The Chaser415

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