Re: The Magic Shop by H.G. Wells - A discussion
I was reminded of "The Turn of the Screw" as well. 'The Magic Shop' in my reading falls in the genre of horror. Imagining the father attempting to walk in on the toy soldiers during an animated state hints at a descent into madness.
In reviewing the list of stories Wells is responsible for I'm surprised that I have not read any of his work other than this short story.
This is likely due to having seen the film adaptations of which there are more than several... including The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Food of the Gods.
Being the Si-fi fan that I am, I'm compelled now, to check-out, at least one of his novels.