Short Fiction Anstey, F.: The Last Load: Stories & Essays. v1. 12 Dec 2021
#1  GrannyGrump 12-11-2021, 06:41 PM
An eclectic collection of short pieces.

“Sparkling Biacrene” tells of an “alcohol substitute” that has remarkable effects. In “The Changelings” a conjurer casts a curious spell on some children. “The Breaking Point” is a poignant, haunting ghost story; and “Ferdie” is the gem of the collection: a classic Weird tale in which Lionel Alchin Filleter meets a Mandrake.

Thirteen additional pieces include several small “playlets” with a sharp satirical flavor, and a bit of literary criticism as well
. (— adapted from publisher’s blurb)

Thomas Anstey Guthrie (8 August 1856 – 10 March 1934) was an English author (writing as F. Anstey), most noted for his comic novel Vice Versa about a boarding-school boy and his father exchanging identities. His reputation was confirmed by The Tinted Venus and many humorous parodies in Punch magazine. Guthrie became an important member of the staff of Punch magazine, in which his “Voces Populi” pieces and his humorous parodies of a reciter’s stock-piece (“Burglar Bill,” etc.) represent his best work. Other familiar titles include The Black Poodle and The Brass Bottle. Many of Anstey’s stories have been adapted for stage and film.

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