A story within a story – a man inherits the papers of a painter of fantastical scenes, and finds a memoir of the painter’s visit with the widow of another painter of fantastical scenes.

I couldn’t help but imagine, though it is never made explicit, that the mysterious absent (adopted?) daughter would go on to become the painter’s wife, who appears wholly disinterested in the painter’s estate after his death. Weird and unsettling as only Aickman can deliver.