Burial Plots: Robert Aickman’s Eerily Ordinary Stories | The New Yorker

Burial Plots: Robert Aickman’s Eerily Ordinary Stories | The New Yorkerhttps://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/burial-plots-robert-aickmans-eerily-ordinary-stories?mbid=nl_Daily%20050718&CNDID=50268964&spMailingID=13459185&spUserID=MjA0NTE2Mjc4MjE5S0&spJobID=1400626123&spReportId=MTQwMDYyNjEyMwS2Not a lot tends to happen in a story by Robert Aickman. Two young women picnic near a country churchyard. A newly elected councillor is appointed to a committee that oversees maintenance of the local cemetery. Somewhere on a Mediterranean-seeming island, an English couple buys a parcel of land. But, quietly, and at an unhurried pace, these modest scenes are infected by miasmas that feel both existential and supernatural, and which linger, for the reader as much as for the characters, like the ineradicable tint of certain dreams.