Monday, 7 September 2015

Mini Review - Dark Entries by Robert Aickman

19246479Genre: short stories, mystery, horror
Pages: 256
Rating: 3.5/5

Dark Entries was the first solo collection of "strange stories" by British short story writer, critic, lecturer and novelist, Robert Aickman. First published in 1964 it contains the classic "Ringing the Changes" and perhaps Aickman's best femme fatale in "Choice of Weapons." The version of "The View" is slightly re-written from its first appearance in We are for the Dark.

My thoughts
This short story collection took me quite some time to read. As with a lot of short story collections I did like some of the stories, but others weren't really for me. The stories were not as scary as I expected them to be, but they definitely had a mysterious atmosphere. Eventhough I was not always sure what exactly was going on, the stories somehow still intrigued me. They are not the best short stories I've ever read but I am compelled to pick up another of Aickman's short story collections.


  1. Sorry this one didn't work out for you :/ exceptional anthologies are hard to come by

    1. Yeah, almost all the anthologies I read I enjoyed, but they weren't amazing!

  2. I am someone who finds it hard to read short story collections but I have been finding some good ones lately and enjoyed them. You should try Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman for that! It's a shame you couldn't like all of them and that they were more atmospheric than scary though...

    1. I'm also not great at reading short story collections. Books like that usually are usually on my currently reading pile forever. I looked up Trigger Warning and it sounds pretty good! Thanks for the suggestion!
      I really would like to be scared by stories like this, but eventhough I often quite enjoy them they generally don't really scare me. I'm still hoping to stumble upon that one book that will really creep me out, haha!