Ache Man

by John J. Miller on August 22, 2014

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Here’s my article on the ghost story writer Robert Aickman, from the Wall Street Journal.

It might be said that Aickman perfected the surreal ghost story—not surreal in the way that slang has cheapened the word to mean the merely offbeat but rather in the original sense, suggesting a combination of elements that the conscious mind cannot explain. Reading one of Aickman’s ghost stories is like looking at a painting by Salvador Dalí: Much of it is comprehensible, but parts lie beyond the reach of ordinary interpretation, in a realm of dreams and irrational impulses.


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