We Are for the Dark by Robert Aickman and Elizabeth Jane Howard
Hardcover – Tartarus Press – Nov2011
Limited to 350 copies. 270 pages.
A remarkable collection, and one that can be said to have kick-started the ‘Aickmanesque’ short story. Credit for the genesis of this sub-genre of the ghost story should be given jointly to Robert Aickman and his collaborator in We Are for the Dark, Elizabeth Jane Howard. Contributing three tales each, the authors were not identified with their own stories when the book was first published in 1951.
We Are for the Dark contains six stories: ‘The Trains, ‘The View’ and ‘The Insufficient Answer’ are by Robert Aickman, while ‘Three Miles Up’, ‘Left Luggage’ and ‘Perfect Love’ are by Elizabeth Jane Howard.
R.B. Russell’s new Introduction is based on his interview with the surviving author, Elizabeth Jane Howard.