“Evening Primrose,” John Collier, 1941 – Mannequins in a department store are refugees from society.
Comments: A bit surreal, fantastical. Theme of alienation. Read in The Worlds of Science Fiction.
Author: Collier was a favorite of Henry Kuttner and, when Kuttner became Ray Bradbury’s mentor, was one of the authors he recommended Bradbury emulate. Wikipedia: “John Henry Noyes Collier (3 May 1901 – 6 April 1980) was a British-born author and screenplay writer best known for his short stories, many of which appeared in The New Yorker from the 1930s to the 1950s. They were collected in a 1951 volume, Fancies and Goodnights, which won the International Fantasy Award and remains in print. Individual stories are frequently anthologized in fantasy collections. John Collier’s writing has been praised by authors such as Anthony Burgess, Ray Bradbury, Roald Dahl, Neil Gaiman, Michael Chabon and Paul Theroux.”