31 Shots of Shock: #1 – ‘A Little Place off the Edgware Road’ by Graham Greene

*Title: ‘A Little Place off the Edgware Road’ by Graham Greene
Date Read: 01 October 2010
Available Online?: NO
Briefly: Completely soaked through and thoroughly miserable, Craven decides to seek sanctuary in a largely unused London theatre which appears to have been taken over by an owner specialising in the screening of silent movies.
Afterthoughts: Taking into account that this story comes from such an eminent writer, and given that it was recommended to me by two very respected short story writers (Philip Langeskov and Jonathan Pinnock), I was expecting really big things from this story. Perhaps I was expecting too much because for me the ‘big things’ never really materialised. Don’t get me wrong this is a very well written story (one would expect no less from Greene), and there were a couple of instances that did send a chill down the spine – the recollection of a dream that constantly disturbs Craven for instance (see below) – but in all honesty I found this story to be mediocre at best. On the upside ‘A Little Place off the Edgware Road’ has a really nice twist in the tale at the end, so I awarded the story a half-a-mark more than I would have if the ending wasn’t so good. All in all an OK story, but I’ll have no trouble turning the light off at bedtime tonight.
Notable Quote: He remembered a dream he had three times woken trembling from: He had been alone in the huge dark cavernous burying ground of all the world. Every grave was connected to another under the ground: the globe was honeycombed for the sake of the dead, and on each occasion of dreaming he had discovered anew the horrifying fact that the body doesn’t decay. There are no worms and dissolution. Under the ground the world was littered with masses of dead flesh ready to rise again with their warts and boils and eruptions.

Rating: ★★★½☆

*Story read as part of my 31 Shots of Shock reading challenge.

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  1. Ha! That’ll teach me to recommend something I haven’t read for years 🙂 I’m going to have to have another look now to see if I agree with you, along with my other two recommendations.

    • Rob (Twitter: robaroundbooks)

      It’s not your recommendation Jon, it’s my picky tastes. Overall it’s a good story but just not creepy enough for me.
      Warmest regards

  2. Oh! I hope the next story is bone-chilling for you 🙂
    I am a dat ahead of you in India, which explains why I am 3 shorts down 🙂
    Here are mine –

    i think you have not read the last one, and I must tell you the 1st one is my fav – The Old Nurse’s Story by Elizabeth Gaskell.

    • Rob (Twitter: robaroundbooks)

      Veens, you’re doing incredibly well. Well done so far. It was my daughter’s 18th birthday at the weekend so I’m actually running a little behind, so it’s not all down to you being a day ahead.
      I’ll be dropping by your blog once I’ve caught myself up. And again, well done so far!