UNCLE STEPHEN, first published in 1931, is a subtle supernatural novel in the style of Forrest Reid's great friend and admirer Walter de la Mare. It is the story of Tom Barber, an orphaned boy in search of the mysterious uncle he has never met, and about whom there is a hint of scandal. The story of UNCLE STEPHEN came to Reid in a dream, and the dreamlike evocation of the Ulster countryside in which it is set trembles over the brink into the magical.
Forrest Reid (1875–1947) was an Irish novelist, literary critic and translator. He was, along with Hugh Walpole and J.M. Barrie, a leading pre-war British novelist of boyhood. He is still acclaimed as the greatest of Ulster novelists and was recognised with the award of the 1944 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his novel Young Tom.
Forrest Reid. Wikipedia.