Author: Nigel Kneale
Originally published in 1949, Tomato Cain and Other Stories is the sole collection of short fiction by Nigel Kneale. Drawing on his experiences of growing up on the Isle of Man, many of Kneale’s tales conjure up a remote, old-fashioned community where mythology and superstition are part of everyday life. Several stories go further, making imaginative leaps into the kind of weird, eerie territory with which Kneale would go on to make his name, as the writer of TV’s Quatermass, The Road, Beasts, and The Stone Tape. Though garlanded with praise on publication—it won its author the 1950 Somerset Maugham Award—Tomato Cain has long since been out of print. In the face of a steady groundswell of interest, this new edition, published by Comma Press to mark the centenary of Kneale’s birth, makes the collection available again at last, uniting the stories from both the original UK and US editions for the first time ever. It’s sure to delight Kneale’s legions of fans and indeed all admirers of skilfully-crafted short stories.