Ah - now I see she specifically chose tales not in the Faber set.
That's right, including the four stories not published in his lifetime: 'The Strangers', 'The Coffee House', 'A Disciple of Plato' and 'The Fully-Conducted Tour', written for the BBC and published in Wormwood a while ago.
Mwa-ha! Recently obtained Cold Hand In Mine, to read The Swords and The Hospice, and watch the TV versions.
The Swords. Perhaps wrongly, watched the TV Version first. The Hunger : Series 1 , Episode 1. Introduced by Terence Damp (who's no David Bowie). Set in London of the 1990s and directed by Tony Scott in the manner of his film version of Whitley Streiber's The Hunger. The tatty funfair set in some bombsite in Wolverhampton is transposed to a glitzy West End fetish club with extras from a Jean-Paul Gaultier ad. Not a lot of Aickman, apart from the actual act of thrusting a sword into a young lady and not drawing blood. The ending is uncharacteristically twee for this series, and messes up the story royally. Kudos to Jamie Foreman as the show's MC,a tatty Elvis in shades and a powder blue drape coat. The most Aickmanesque thing about it has nothing whatsoever to do with the story - it's Timothy Spall as a rather camp presenter at a cosmetics conference - just the right side of not quite right. The story is unfortunately a tad dull.
The Hospice. Really enjoyed the story. Suitably creepy, with the creepiness conjured from nothing, and, much to my surprise, very funny - regarding the two chaps sharing a room, and the spectre of homosexuality hovering over them. "Do you want to do anything before we go to sleep?" The TV version is pretty faithful to the text, occasionally veering off-target (the music, over-use of the hulking Night Man and the attempt to tack on an ending where Aickman's story just finishes rather disappointingly) Lots of good along the way - kudos to Jack Shepherd and Alan Dobie.
Also did a re-watch of The Hunger recently. Had mostly forgotten about it. Some of the material I found odd as a choice. Like Aickman. I was not convinced if that was the best possible adaption material. I expected something more subtle and skillful made.
But it was better then others adaptions. Karl Edward Wagner's is terrible, and some of David Schow's are truly mediocre.