THE BUCKROSS RING AND OTHER STORIES OF THE STRANGE AND SUPERNATURAL by L.A.G. Strong, edited and with an Introduction by Richard Dalby. Leyburn, North Yorkshire, UK; Tartarus Press; 2009. 1st edition hardcover.
L.A.G. Strong may be little-known today, but in the mid twentieth century he was considered one of the most popular, versatile and acclaimed writers of his generation. The author of novels, plays, poems, criticism, biography and film scripts, he wrote short stories with 'the passion of a poet' in a closely-knit style with brilliant bursts of description.
Throughout his life Strong was a firm believer in the paranormal, experiencing many psychic phenomena, which inevitably inspired much of his supernatural fiction. He took his own strange and vivid dreams and transcribed them into enigmatic narratives and characters like the unearthly Bibi in 'The Buckross Ring'.
The supernatural is a recurring theme in Strong's varied œuvre, and his short stories in the genre can be found in his own collections from Doyle's Rock in 1925 through to Lady Cynthia Asquith's Second and Third Ghost Books (1952 and 1955). In The Buckross Ring and Other Stories of the Strange and Supernatural L.A.G. Strong's atmospheric, strange and supernatural stories are collected together in one volume for the first time.
The Buckross Ring is a sewn hardback book of 237+ xii pages with silk ribbon marker, head and tailbands, and d/w.
Publication: 2nd April 2009.
'Introduction' by Richard Dalby,
'The Buckross Ring',
' "Splidges" ',
'Tea at Maggie Reynolds's',
'Death of the Gardener',
'Let Me Go',
'The House That Wouldn't Keep Still',
'Light Above the Lake',
'Afterword: The Short Story'.
"LAG was particularly interested in the supernatural, though, being fascinated by the paranormal and this is reflected in the odd and genuinely chilling tales in The Buckross Ring. In 'The Doll', there's voodoo in the kind of quiet country setting that makes these kinds of things even more shuddery and abnormal, and the prose at the end of the story achieves a kind of bleak and affecting poetry." - Ian McMillan, Yorkshire Post.
Fine in fine dj.