Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1951. First edition. Hardcover. Octavo. [xii], 364 pages. Very good in a very good dust jacket. Bound in black cloth over boards with spine titles stamped in pink, pink endpapers, pink topstain. Shallow bumps to spine ends and fore corners. Jacket has some edge chips at spine ends, some rubs along joint and fore edge folds, and a diagonal vertical crease along spine.
John Collier was an English writer and master of weird and fantastic stories. His stories appeared in The New Yorker in the 1930s to 1950s and he spent much time in Hollywood writing for film and television.
Collier's stories are so well crafted that he is considered by many to be "a writer's writer," particularly admired by the likes of Ray Bradbury, Roald Dahl, Neil Gaiman, Anthony Burgess, and Michael Chabon.
Collier's stories are broadly fantasies but are really of their own kind. Some of them were written for or adapted as episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Twilight Zone. This collection won both the both Edgar Award and the International Fantasy Award in 1952.