Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1951. First edition. Hardcover. Octavo. [xii], 364 pages. Near fine in a near fine, price-clipped dust jacket. Bound in black cloth over boards with spine titles stamped in pink, pink endpapers, pink topstain. Minor edge rubs to book and jacket. Prior owner name and address on front pastedown.
Includes the following items in addition to the book:
- a typed letter signed by Collier, addressed to a fan who had requested an autographed photograph.
- part of the original mailing envelope for the above letter, with Collier's return address in Hollywood.
- black and white 5 x 7 publicity photograph of Collier (not signed).
- a brief press release from Louise Thomas at Doubleday & Company, announcing publication of Fancies and Goodnights on November 15, 1951.
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.