Books: Spook Department

FANCIES AND GOODNIGHTS (364 pp.)—John Collier—Doubleday ($4).

When it comes to spook literature, the English are still the best in the business, and this collection of short stories by Englishman John Collier is added proof of it. Unlike his fellow Englishman and spook specialist, Algernon Blackwood (TIME, Feb. 12), Collier does not deal in pure supernatural terror. His recipe calls for a good measure of spoof with the spooks, a grain or two of satiric strychnine and a dash of essence of Charles Addams.

In the story called Green Thoughts, for instance, a flower fancier is devoured by his pet orchid and converted...

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