Here at Finds Towers we of course need no persuading that Robert Aickman is a) as fine a writer of ‘strange stories’ as ever lived, b) still not fully recognised for all his powers, and c) tremendously well suited to the wireless. Thankful news, then, that this Thursday December 15 from 11.30-12.00pm BBC Radio 4 offers ‘The Unsettled Dust: The Strange Stories of Robert Aickman’, written and presented by the actor and screenwriter Jeremy Dyson, alumnus of the League of Gentlemen who has adapted Aickman’s work in various forms.
According to the BBC’s press release:
‘By speaking with fans of Aickman and introducing students to his work for the first time, Dyson argues that Aickman’s literary gifts have been undervalued and during his lifetime he should have received greater critical acclaim.’
Quite. The PR also offers an intriguing fact of which I was hitherto unaware: Aickman was the grandson of a Victorian novelist named Richard Marsh whose The Beetle (1897) was, apparently, “in its time as popular as Bram Stoker’s Dracula.” Suitably murky genetic materials, then…