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Three Masquerades (Paperback)
The fiction of Rachel Ingalls has haunted me for years. The plots are dramatic, even exaggerated, but the books are quiet and short. The language is plain but curious. I've gathered here three works of hers. Two of these are frightening and one less so, although I sometimes change my mind about which one that is. --from the Introduction by Daniel Handler
Daniel Handler assembled this collection from Rachel Ingalls' wide selection of novellas as a perfect introduction to her beguiling talent. I See a Long Journey and On Ice, novellas Mr. Handler considers basically perfect, originally appeared with a third, Blessed Art Thou, a story he considers to be in an entirely different tone. He felt that Friends in the Country from Ms. Ingalls' later collection, The End of Tragedy, was a more natural companion to the two earlier works. The author happily agreed.
About the Author
"Whatever their genre, the stories are wry, elegant, and terrifying. The first, I See a Long Journey--also the longest, and the best--is Edith Wharton meets Shirley Jackson... People who think they don't like horror stories are going to be very surprised."--Starred Kirkus Reviews Rachel Ingalls is an American born author who has lived in the United Kingdom since 1965. She is the author of the novels Mrs. Caliban and Binsteads' Safari as well as numerous novellas and short stories collected in various volumes including Theft, The Man Who Was Left Behind, Mediterranean Cruise, I See a Long Journey, The Pearkillers, and The End of Tragedy. Daniel Handler is the author of five novels, most recently We Are Pirates, and, as Lemony Snicket, far too many books for children.