Friday, December 28, 2007

Peter Haining

Martin Edwards, in his splendid blog, recently reported on the death of the writer and anthologist, Peter Haining, and there's now an excellent obituary in The Daily Telegraph.   As a teenager, I loved Haining's anthologies of supernatural and crime fiction.  They were always lovingly compiled, sometimes with a theme, sometimes simply a collection of terrific stories, often mixing the relatively familiar with the highly arcane.  Haining was one of the figures who helped turn me into a reader and, in due course, into a writer. 

I was slightly startled to discover that he was only 67 at the time of his death.  When I read his anthologies, I suppose I'd unconsciously imagined him as some aged Jamesian antiquarian figure, so it's a little disconcertingt to discover that, at the time he was compiling those books, he must have been rather younger than I am now.

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