Two short stories by 'a master of the weird and wonderful'.
In the first of these stories, Mr Wilberforce, aged a hundred and eight, has a chance encounter with the angel of death. He discovers that he should have died some time ago - but how can this administrative blunder be put right?
Miss Sashburn, a resident in the same retirement home as Mr Wilberforce, is not quite so old - a mere hundred and three. But, as she explains, she has lived a long and charmed life as a result of a favour that she did to the fairies, many years ago.
Excerpt from The Man Who Was Overlooked:
One afternoon towards the end of October, Mr Wilberforce discovered that the angel of death was wearing a Savile-Row suit. But he did not find that at all surprising; for Mr Wilberforce, at a hundred and eight years of age, belonged to a generation which believed...