COLD HAND IN MINE: STRANGE STORIES. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, . Octavo, boards. First U.S. edition. "Collection of eight sophisticated stories whose horrors are tastefully understated. Included is Aickman's best-known tale, the World Fantasy award-winning 'Pages from a Young Girl's Journal,' which relates through diary extracts its teen-age heroine's coming of age as a woman and a vampire ... Aickman's tales are clearly situated in the classic tradition of supernatural horror and achieve a rich and textured atmosphere of dread through meticulous orchestration of their events to an unsettling crescendo. Nevertheless their horrors can be ambiguous or obscurely symbolic, giving them a distinctly modern feel." - Barron (ed), Fantasy and Horror (1999) 6-3. The first collection of Aickman's fiction to be published in the United States. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 4-3. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 4-1. King list, p. 389. Winter list, p. 267. Private owner's embossed stamp on title leaf. A fine copy in fine dust jacket with 12 mm closed tear at bottom of rear panel near flap fold. Jacket art by Edward Gorey. (#160180).
First printing has code "1 3 5 7 9 11 13 15 17 19 V/C 20 18 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2" on copyright page.