Robert Aickman  (1914-1981)
Excerpt from "An Essay"
Dust jacket of Painted Devils by Edward Gorey.   "I do not regard my work as 'fantasy' at all, except, perhaps, for commercial purposes.  I try to depict the world as I see it...

I care about the literary art, and I know exactly what the Ancients meant by 'the promptings of the Muse'.  The stories which I consider to be my most successful came to me as if dictated...  The true ghost story is akin to poetry:  only in part is it a conscious construction, and when the Muse does not speak, you cannot write it."

    -- “An Essay”

    Jacket art by Edward Gorey.   R.I.P.       Step Inside