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|Title||:||The Other Passenger|
|Number of Pages||:||320 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Glass Eye • (1944) The Last of the Romantics • (1944) Clair de Lune • (1944) Hands • (1944) Miss Thing and the Surrealist • (1944) The Little House • (1944) Music When Soft Voices Die ... • (1944) The Lovers • (1944) The Other Passenger • (1944)
Cross’ writing is consistently beautiful, all flowing language without overdoing the vocabulary, and his characters are so well illustrated you can see them perfectly. However, while I loved some of the stories, others could have been fleshed out more with a greater focus on building the plot and leading to a climax. That being said, an enjoyable read start to finish. Not every story is ‘weird’, but as a whole the book definitely fits into the weird fiction bookshelf.
I'm not sure what the historical landscape of horror literature for the period 1890-1990 would look like without the efforts of Valancourt Books. Certainly the record would not be accurate. The finest craftsmen would be footnotes, their paperbacks available only on Ebay for hundreds of the dollars. The invisible hand of the horror fiction market works with greater speed and finality than the dreams of a censor.One area for which I have a passion, and in which Valancourt has done yeoman service, is in the world of UK horror fiction. John Keir Cross's collection The Other Passenger (originally published in 1944) is an outstanding example of the type. This is not the UK horror of M.R. James and the Bensons. It is the other UK – the world of strange crime, horrific anecdote, and ghastly punchlines whose masters are John Metcalfe, John Collier, L.P. Hartley, and Gerald Kersh. Keir Cross is an outstanding contributor to this aleatory themed thread (it can hardly be called a "school"). Keir Cross characters are slapped down by mere coincidences, by their own unacknowledged psychological fault lines, as much as they are sometime victims of the supernatural. Often they do not understand they have been something horrible until they piece together their stories in retrospect.
My expectations for this author's short fiction were a tad high, I think. Perhaps the stories need some time to grow on me. They're far from poorly written, but they didn't quite deliver the experiences I've come to anticipate from what end up being my favorite weird tales. That said, Cross' style is definitely unique and there are moments of highly effective atmosphere.