Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Robert Aickman Speaks

For those who ever wondered what Robert Aickman's voice sounded like I have uploaded an extract of his voice, in which he reads aloud his story 'Larger Than Oneself'. It is just one of six stories that the author put on tape.

I tried [unsuccessfully] to persuade those who manage Aickman's copyright to release the readings on CD but to no avail. The reasons for this seemed to be as murky as anything the author might have wished and appear to have involved misappropriation [not, I hasten to add, by the literary agent].

Around the same time I also learned that after the author's death, several unpublished drafts of new stories had mysteriously vanished from his office, and were [allegedly] subsequently passed off as the work of another author who was known to Aickman, without the knowledge of the literary agent.

The matter of the 'missing ninth collection' remains shrouded in mystery, as does that of the audio recordings that no one is allowed to hear.



  1. A shame there seems no possibility of these being made available. I agree, his voice is as you would imagine, though I did meet him briefly over a couple of day back in the mid 70s when he was guest of honour at fantasycon. I don't think he was overly impressed with the convention, mind. It was only our second and was a bit of a ramshackle affair, being held at the now demolished Midland Hotel in Birmingham, not one of the best hotel's the BFS has ever used for its conventions, though it did have a certain down-at-heel charm, though that might have passed Aickman by.

  2. Thanks for your interesting comment, DR. I thought I had replied, saying to whom I had passed on the tapes [Johnny Mains], thinking that I might not be around for much longer, but this seems to have vanished. I should imagine that Aickman preferred Birmingham's waterways to its buildings. He certainly paints a bleak view of the city in his superb story 'A Roman Question'.