Review – THE DREAMS OF CARDINAL VITTORINI by Reggie Oliver

I’d heard many good things about this writer of supernatural stories, so I started his debut collection with a sense of cynicism and expectation. After the first few stories, I was positively hooked. Let me tell you, the praise he receives is well deserved.

These supernatural tales are rich in mood and style, evoking England of the past – although many are contemporary – in their telling. From seaside settings to threatrical activities, all the way through to scholars and antiquaries, the fifteen stories are reminiscent of the masters of the supernatural – Aickman, de la Mare, M R James – but are more than just pastiches. I would urge you to get a copy of this book if you come across it – it’s extremely rare, and prices are high on Ebay and other cyber stores, but I can tell you that’s is definitely worth the price.

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