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We are proud to carry Tartarus books: beautifully produced in very limited editions, they are a pleasure to read and own, and represent some of the finest rediscovered weird fiction available today. These hardback books are printed lithographically on high quality paper, in sewn sections, and are hand-bound. Each title has original dust jacket artwork and decorated, embossed boards.
Below is a small sampling of the offerings from this and other literary British publishers (all extracts ©publisher of origin except where noted): please do check with us regarding availability, as the limited size of the print-runs means we cannot guarantee all titles represented will stay in stock or remain available in first-edition format!
Cold Hand in Mineby Robert Aickman, introduction by Phil Baker. $64.95, hb.
Robert Aickman (1914-1981) is increasingly esteemed as the most subtle and distinctive practitioner of the modern ghost story, or what he preferred to call the 'strange story': he edited eight collections of ghost stories for the publisher Fontana, but most of his own stories have no obvious ghost. Instead the 'ghost story' [...] was for Aickman essentially 'the story of rare sensations': a genre 'allied to poetry'. —from the Introduction
Contents: Introduction by Phil Baker; 'The Swords', 'The Real Road to the Church', 'Niemandswasser', 'Pages from a Young Girl's Journal', 'The Hospice', 'The Same Dog', 'Meeting Mr Millar' and 'The Clock Watcher'.
Sewn hardback of 296+ xi pages, printed lithographically, with silk ribbon marker, head and tailbands, and d/w. Cover artwork by Stephen J Clark.
Dark Entriesby Robert Aickman, introduction by Glen Cavaliero. $64.95, hb.
As Dr Glen Cavaliero states in his introduction to this new edition of Dark Entries, "It is Robert Aickman's peculiar achievement that he should invest the daylight world with all the terrors of the night". Dark Entries was the first solo collection of strange stories by British short story writer, critic, lecturer and novelist Robert Aickman. First published in 1964 it contains the classic 'Ringing the Changes' and perhaps Aickman's best femme fatale in 'Choice of Weapons'. The version of 'The View' is slightly re-written for this edition.
Contents: Introduction by Glen Cavaliero; 'The School Friend', 'Ringing the Changes', 'Choice of Weapons', 'The Waiting Room', 'The View' and 'Bind Your Hair'.
Sewn hardback of 197+ ix pages, printed lithographically, with silk ribbon marker, head and tailbands, and d/w. Limited to 350 copies.
Powers of Darknessby Robert Aickman, Introduction by Mark Valentine. $64.95, hb.
Robert Aickman (1914-1981) is considered by many to be one of the finest exponents of the modern ghost story, and he is certainly versatile. In this collection the reader is offered the experience of visiting a disused lead-mine, the Houses of Parliament, a séance in a dreary suburb, and a sun-drenched Greek island. The dust jacket for the first edition of Powers of Darkness (1966) stated 'in every case his readers will experience that authentic chill which is the hallmark of the supernatural'; Mark Valentine points out in his Introduction to this new Tartarus Press edition that Aickman was striving to achieve something approaching poetry in his writing, and 'he often does this in the service of the strange and sinister.'
Contents: Introduction by Mark Valentine; 'Your Tiny Hand is Frozen', 'My Poor Friend', 'The Visiting Star', 'Larger Than Oneself', 'A Roman Question' and 'The Wine-Dark Sea'.
Sewn hardback, 226+ xii pages, printed lithographically, with silk ribbon marker, head and tailbands, and dj.
Sub Rosaby Robert Aickman, introduction by R.B. Russell. $64.95, hb reprint.
British short story writer, critic, lecturer and novelist, Robert Aickman is considered by many to be one of the finest modern writers of ghost stories. But Aickman himself referred to his tales as "strange stories", for they are often open to more complex interpretations. The writing is subtle and poetic, presenting us with both psychological and more material terrors. Sub Rosa (first published 1968) is a collection of eight tales: 'Ravissante', 'The Inner Room', 'Never Visit Venice', 'The Unsettled Dust', 'The Houses of the Russians', 'No Stronger Than a Flower', 'The Cicerones', 'Into the Wood'. This edition of Sub Rosa also contains story notes by the author.
Sewn hardback of 288+ ix pages, printed lithographically, with silk ribbon marker, head and tailbands, and dj.
Miss Hargreavesby Frank Baker, introduction by Glen Cavaliero. $64.95, hb.
"A novel whose immediate, refined humor is overshadowed by an impressively chilling atmosphere of anticipation and subtle shock." —William Simmons, Hellnotes
As Dr Glen Cavaliero stresses in his introduction, Miss Hargreaves is a brilliantly funny and moving fantasy with an admirable lightness of touch and wonderful characterisation, but for all that it has a dark and frightening undercurrent. A burlesque parable of 'the ways of God with man', the book explores how the creator must live with the consequences of their creation, no matter how uncomfortable. And if they renounce their responsibilities, then there is always the possibility that their power may be turned against them.
Miss Hargreaves, first published in 1940 to great acclaim, is a classic novel of the supernatural. Glen Cavaliero is a Fellow of St Catharine's College, Cambridge, and author of The Supernatural and English Fiction (O.U.P., 1995).
Sewn hardback of 266+ix pages. Limited to 300 copies, June 2004.
Strangers and Pilgrimsby Walter de la Mare, introduction by Mark Valentine. $74.95, hb.
'Walter de la Mare's stories have a claim to be the most subtle and strangely powerful depictions of the supernatural in English fiction of the twentieth century.' So says Mark Valentine in his introduction to these thirty-one uncanny tales. Amongst this selection are some of the best known of de la Mare's stories: 'Seaton's Aunt', 'Out of the Deep', 'All Hallows', and also some of the more obscure: 'Miss Jemima', 'A Game at Cards', Alice's Godmother'. All illustrate the writer's enigmatic relationship with alternative layers of existence and a sense of the unknown, conveyed in beautifully restrained prose.
There are few overt exterior forces encountered; de la Mare's characters 'do not have to face monstrosities of any sort: but they are haunted nevertheless; by loneliness, by lovelessness, by loss.' This concentration on 'queerness and quiet tragedy' is tempered by the writer's poetic powers of description, particularly his depiction of the English countryside. Strangers and Pilgrims is the definitive collection of de la Mare's supernatural and psychological stories.
Sewn hardback of 510 + xiii pages.
Beresford Eganby Adrian Woodhouse. $95, hb.
Hailed as one of the few truly original British exponents of art déco, Beresford Egan was an essential element of bohemian London for over fifty years. He enjoyed a brief but dazzling career as draughtsman of decadence in the late 1920s-early 1930s, bursting upon artistic London, aged twenty-three, with his brilliantly illustrated lampoon on the banning of Radclyffe Hall's notorious novel The Well Of Loneliness (1928). Over the next six years he produced illustrations and book covers of unparalleled beauty and ferocity for works by Aleister Crowley, Pierre Louÿs and Charles Baudelaire. He also illustrated his own novels and the monographs of his first wife, the beautiful Catherine Bower Alcock.
This book celebrates the centenary of Egan's birth, presenting seventy-nine black-and-white and twenty-five colour illustrations—the best of his published art work from 1928 to 1934—along with many striking drawings, paintings and designs never seen before. These are augmented by Adrian Woodhouse's exhilarating and revealing account of the man and his chief talent, his varied later careers as music-hall performer, film star, dramatist, theatre critic, legendary 'Chelsea artist' and lover of beautiful women. The text is adorned with further images from Egan's long and eventful life, including his earliest work as a cartoonist, photographs of him in British films of the 1940s and his last published drawings before his death in London in 1984.
Oversize sewn hardback. Limited to 750 copies, July 2005.
The Collected Macabre Storiesby L.P. Hartley, introduction by Mark Valentine. $74.95, hb.
Perhaps best known for his 'perfectly realised' novel of Edwardian childhood The Go-Between, L.P. Hartley was also a much admired adept of the macabre short story; he was well-versed in its long and distinguished tradition, and these carefully crafted tales represent some of the most successful attempts to carry the ghost story into the twentieth century.
The Collected Macabre Stories includes thirty-seven of Hartley's best tales, ranging from the well-known, traditional ghost stories 'The Cotillon' and 'Feet Foremost', through the dark humor of 'The Travelling Grave' and 'The Killing Bottle' to the Aickmanesque 'The Pylon'. These encompass a wide range of settings, from English Country Houses to Venetian Palaces. Two accomplished fantasies, 'Conrad and the Dragon' and 'The Crossways' display Hartley's range and versatility. Taken as a whole, the collection represents one of the most impressive achievements of twentieth-century macabre fiction.
2nd printing. Sewn hardback, 498+xv pages.
The Lost Poetryby William Hope Hodgson, with an Introduction by Jane Frank. $74.95, hb limited edition.
The Lost Poetry presents three previously unpublished collections of William Hope Hodgson’s verse, as he arranged them: Mors Deorum and Other Poems, Through Enchantments and Other Poems on Death, and Spume, which together include forty-three poems never seen before.
Hodgson is best known for his novels and stories of horror and the supernatural, but, despite the lack of previous critical research into his poetry, the sheer quantity of output proves Jane Frank’s assertion that '...poetry was a significant creative outlet for Hodgson throughout his adult life'.
The poems range widely in form—from ballads, epic verse, and dirges to sea shanties—and, perhaps not surprisingly, given Hodgson’s early apprenticeship in the Merchant Navy, it is the sea which 'provides the most dramatic and compelling motif...and which informs and illustrates [Hodgson’s] most frequently explored themes: death, immortality, love, religious faith, patriotism, loss, the meaning of life.'
'Nightmarish lights, breathless gloom, silent streams where "dim, ghostly trout shine in the spectral shallows"; these and many other original concepts are revealed in Hodgson’s poetry, providing pleasure for enthusiasts and the more general reader alike. The total effect...is to reveal William Hope Hodgson as at core a writer vividly alive, vigorous and pulsing with energy.' —Jane Frank
The Wandering Soul: Essays and Lettersby William Hope Hodgson, Introduction by Mike Ashley. $74.95, hb trade edition.
Tragically killed in action at the end of World War One, Hodgson (1877-1918) has acquired a formidable reputation for his classic weird writings, which include the monumental novel The Night Land and atmospheric tales of maritime terror fuelled by his early adventures as an apprentice in the Merchant Navy. In The Wandering Soul, Jane Frank has compiled much previously unpublished and uncollected material, gleaned from editor and science-fiction historian Sam Moskowitz's 'Hodgson Archive'. Presented here are 'Coasts of Adventure', a collection of stories never before published in book form; Hodgson's 'Ship's Log' from one of his early sea voyages; photographs of Hodgson and his family; newly discovered poetry; Hodgson's wonderful and historically important sea-going photographs; articles from contemporary newspapers and journals; and an unpublished slide lecture, all augmented by Frank's carefully researched Introduction and a critical appreciation of the fiction and poetry.
The wide-ranging elements of the book are melded together by William Hope Hodgson's uniquely potent imagination and vigorous approach to life, and their publication can only enhance our understanding and appreciation of his life and work.
PS Publishing, UK. Co-production with Tartarus Press. The Deluxe edition (out of print) contained a separate volume of Hodgson's poetry. June 2005.
The Sand-Man and Other Night Piecesby E.T.A. Hoffman, translations by J.T. Bealby, A. Ewing, Thomas Carlyle, E.F. Bleiler and Helen Grant. Edited and Introduced by Jim Rockhill. $74.95, hb.
E.T.A. Hoffmann was Germany's greatest author of fantastic and supernaturalist fiction; a composer, music critic, draftsman and a caricaturist. He was himself the subject of Offenbach's opera The Tales of Hoffmann, and his work inspired Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker (1892) and Delibes's ballet Coppélia (1870). Hoffmann's fiction, exploring the darker side of the human spirit, influenced Poe, Dickens, Baudelaire and Kafka. His highly readable, entertaining and eerie stories are thick with references to ghosts, madness and hypnotic influence. Supernatural and sinister characters appear in the lives of his heroes and heroines, exposing the tragic and grotesque.
The Sand-Man and Other Night Pieces is the definitive collection of Hoffmann's stories of the supernatural, including classic translations by J.T. Bealby, A. Ewing and Thomas Carlyle, and adding important, more recent translations by Everett Bleiler and Helen Grant.
Contents: 'The Sand-Man', 'The Legacy', from The Serapion Brethren: 'A Fragment of the Lives of Three Friends', 'The Mines of Falun', 'The Singers' Contest', 'Eine Spukgeschichte', 'Automatons', 'The Life of a Well-Known Character', 'Albertine's Wooers', 'The Uncanny Guest', 'The Vampire', 'The Cremona Violin', 'The Golden Pot', 'A New Year's Eve Adventure', 'The Abandoned House'.
Sewn hardback book of 531+xviii pages. Cover photo by Jaqueline Vanek.
H. P. Lovecraft: A Lifeby S.T. Joshi. $30, pb.
Back in print! With a new afterword by the author.
"Even for a reader relatively familar with Lovecraft's work and with the gothic legend of his life, H. P. Lovecraft: A Life will contain illuminating surprises." —Joyce Carol Oates
"S. T. Joshi's admirable biographical study of Lovecraft provides the inevitable foundation for all future study of that enigmatic author." —Harold Bloom
"A magnificent book which supersedes every other study of Lovecraft’s life—the definitive biography of Lovecraft... It deserves to be classed with the major literary biographies." —Ramsey Campbell
Teatro Grottescoby Thomas Ligotti. Limited edition hardcover. Sorry, SOLD OUT
Teatro Grottesco collects virtually all of Ligotti's writings, previously available only in various limited editions, in one volume. Each story has been newly revised for this edition. The Durtro edition also includes poems by Ligotti which will not be included in the future trade edition (from Mythos).
Contents: Derangements (Purity, The Town Manager, Sideshow and Other Stories, The Clown Puppet, The Red Tower); Deformations (My Case for Retributive Action, Our Temporary Supervisor, In a Foreign Town, In a Foreign Land); The Damaged and the Diseased (Teatro Grottesco, Gas Station Carnivals, The Bungalow House, Severini, The Shadow, the Darkness); Dead Dreams (Things They Will Never Tell You, This Degenerate Little Town, Envoi)
Dreads and Drollsby Arthur Machen, $74.95, hb, 3rd ptg.
This volume contains sixty studies, mostly from real life, each of which, by its capacity for inspiring terror or causing amused wonder, qualifies as the 'Dread' or 'Droll' of Arthur Machen's general heading. 'To be able so to tell the bare truth that it seems a magnificent lie' is the qualification which has attracted Machen to the most outstanding of his narrations.
When Dreads and Drolls was first published in 1926 it contained twenty-nine articles reprinted from London's The Graphic. Tartarus more than doubled that number by including all of his contributions from that magazine. To 'The Euston Square Mystery', 'The Adventure of the Long-Lost Brother' and others were added 'A Castle in Celtic Myths', 'A Pretty Parricide', 'One Night When I Was Frightened' and many more. There is a tendency towards the re-telling of notable eighteenth-century crimes among these 'Dreads' and 'Drolls', but Machen also manages to illuminate a variety of subjects ranging from the Holy Grail to the 'Little People' and even cookery. In this entertaining and diverse collection of essays, Machen shows how little human nature has changed through the centuries.
Sewn hardback book of 241 + vii pages.
The Complete Symphonies of Adolf Hitler and Other Strange Storiesby Reggie Oliver. $34.95, pb.
The Complete Symphonies of Adolf Hitler is Reggie Oliver’s second collection of strange stories. Oliver’s characteristic wit, style, shrewd observation of humanity, and sense of place and time are all in evidence. He also has the simple gift of knowing how to tell a good story. As Glen Cavaliero says in his introduction, 'no one story is like another', but they all point to the dark metaphysical currents that lurk beneath the surface of our daily lives.
Contents: 'Introduction' by Glen Cavaliero, 'The Complete Symphonies of Adolf Hitler', 'Lapland Nights', 'The Garden of Strangers', 'Among the Tombs', The Skins', 'The Sermons of Dr Hodnet', 'Magus Zoroaster', 'The Time of Blood', 'Parma Violets', 'Difficult People', 'The Constant Rake', 'The Blue Room', 'A Nightmare Sang', 'The Babe of the Abyss', 'Bloody Bill' and 'A Christmas Card'.
Paperback of 338 + ix pages.
The Dreams of Cardinal Vittorini and Other Strange Storiesby Reggie Oliver. $34.95, pb.
Reggie Oliver is an English playwright, biographer and writer of ghost stories. His work has appeared in a number of anthologies, including the Year's Best Fantasy and Horror and The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror.
Paperback edition of Oliver's debut volume, first published in 2003. It was a nominee for best collection of 2003 in the International Horror Guild Awards.
Contents: 'Beside the Shrill Sea', 'Feng Shui', 'In Arcadia', 'Evil Eye', 'Miss Marchant's Cause', 'Tiger in the Snow', 'Garden Gods', 'The Black Cathedral', 'The Boy in Green Velvet', 'The Golden Basilica', 'Death Mask', 'The Seventeenth Sister', 'The Copper Wig', 'The Dreams of Cardinal Vittorini'.
Mrs Midnight and Other Storiesby Reggie Oliver. $34.95, pb.
Winner of the Dracula Society's Children of the Night Award
Nominated for a World Fantasy Award
Nominated for a British Fantasy Society Award
The settings and characters in Reggie Oliver's fifth collection of strange stories are as varied and unusual as ever, though as in previous volumes, the theatre forms the milieu of a number of his tales. But the theatres are not just English ones in the provinces and the West End: one is on the Black Sea; another in post-colonial Kenya. Themes are equally varied, but underlying all is a deep sense of the spiritual under-currents just below the surface of everyday existence, and the precariousness of 'normality'.
Contents: 'Mrs Midnight', 'Countess Otho', 'Meeting with Mike', 'The Dancer in the Dark', 'Mr Pigsny', 'The Brighton Redemption', 'You Have Nothing to Fear', 'The Philosophy of the Damned', 'The Mortlake Manuscript', 'The Look', 'The Giacometti Crucifixion', 'A Piece of Elsewhere', 'Minos or Rhadamanthus'.
Paperback reprint, 381 pages, printed lithographically.
The House of Oracles and Other Storiesby Thomas Owen, translated by Iain White. $74.95, hb.
A master of the fleeting, fantastic, erotic short story, Thomas Owen (pseudonym of Gérald Bertot), was one of a small group of Belgian writers and artists of considerable importance to the European Symbolist movement. Born in 1910, by the age of seventeen Owen had made himself known to Jean Ray, a founding father of the emerging Belgian école de l'étrange, in the tradition of Georges Rodenbach and Maurice Maeterlinck. Owen and Ray remained close friends and literary collaborators until Ray's death in 1964. First writing detective fiction, Owen switched to the fantastic in 1942 with l'Initiation à la Peur, after which, in the 1960s and 70s, came the collections of short stories excerpted in this selection.
In these thirty-one stories, seven of which are newly translated by Iain White, Owen explores love and desire and the uncertainty of the boundary between reality and the unreal, in beautifully economical, deceptively simple prose.
Sewn hardback book of 219+ viii pages with silk ribbon marker, head and tailbands, and dj.
Dark World: Ghost Storiesedited by Tim Parker Russell. $34.95, pb.
Fourteen stories from around the world, most of which have been specially written for this collection. Contributors include: Reggie Oliver, Christopher Fowler, Rhys Hughes, Mark Valentine, Anna Taborska, John Gaskin, Corinna Underwood, Rosalie Parker, Jason Wyckoff, Mark Saxton, Jayaprakash Satyamurthy, R.B. Russell, Stephen Holman, Steve Rasnic Tem.
All profits from Dark World will be used to help the Amala Children's Home, funding a three-week working trip in July 2013, and being donated directly to the cause. Located in the Tamil Nadu region of India, the home provides accommodation, food, safety and schooling for orphans and severely disadvantaged children.
Pub Feb. 2013, limited to 300 copies.
Sredni Vashtar: Sardonic Talesby Saki, introduction by Mark Valentine. $64.95, hb.
This collection brings together all of the sharpest, darkest weird and macabre tales of Edwardian satirist Hector Hugh Munro (pen-name 'Saki'). Saki brings to the supernatural tale a studied nonchalance and a terse remorselessness in the telling. 'Wittily sombre and elegantly grim' was one well-turned contemporary evocation of his work. All the trappings of the Gothic, and the later antiquarian, ghost, or horror story have been quite banished from his work. There is no laboured building-up of portent, no labyrinthine twisting of devious history, no elaborate word-painting to conjure up atmosphere. Instead, Saki achieves a fastidious precision and economy. In his mastery of the sardonic and his ironic, adroit deployment of the supernatural, he has few equals.
Contents: Introduction; 'The Reticence of Lady Anne', 'The Lost Sanjak', 'Gabriel-Ernest', 'The Saint and the Goblin', 'The Soul of Laploshka', 'Esmé', 'Tobermory', 'The Background', 'The Unrest-Cure', 'Sredni Vashtar', 'The Easter Egg', 'The Music on the Hill', 'The Peace of Mowsle Barton', 'The Secret Sin of Septimus Brope', ' "Ministers of Grace" ', 'The Remoulding of Groby Lington', 'The She-Wolf', 'Laura', 'The Hen', 'The Open Window', 'The Cobweb', 'The Seventh Pullet', 'The Blind Spot', 'The Story-Teller', 'The Lumber-Room', 'The Toys of Peace', 'The Wolves of Cernagratz', 'The Interlopers', 'The Hedgehog', 'The Image of the Lost Soul', 'The Infernal Parliament', 'When William Came'
2nd printing. Sewn hardback, 293 + xii pages.
The White Hands and Other Weird Talesby Mark Samuels. $22.95, pb reprint.
This is the first collection of strange stories by contemporary writer Mark Samuels. The themes that thread through these nine accomplished stories are drawn from the great tradition of the twentieth-century weird tale, and they are suffused with a distinctly cosmopolitan, European feel. Mark Samuels writes about the fundamental fears of modern life, especially the effects of isolation and the dislocation that city dwellers can experience in their inhospitable, man-made environment. H.P. Lovecraft wrote about entities beyond human comprehension that might be summoned from beyond the stars, but did he ever consider that they would feel quite at home in the sodium glare of some run-down inner-city?
The title story of 'The White Hands' was shortlisted for the British Fantasy Awards in the best Collection category, and was also on their shortlist for the best Short Story category.
In The White Hands, Mark Samuels earns a reputation as the contemporary British master of visionary weirdness. —Ramsey Campbell, Postscripts Number 5
The Doll Maker and Other Tales of the Uncannyby Sarban, $54.95, hb
Described by no less an authority than E.F. Bleiler as "excellent", 'The Doll Maker' is the story of Clare Lydgate, a young woman studying at boarding school for her Oxford scholarship examinations. In the evenings, she escapes the school grounds by climbing over the wall of Brackenbine Hall. It is here that she encounters the charismatic and mysterious Niall Sterne, the 'Doll Maker' of the title. This is a subtle, intelligent and compelling tale of horror. The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural describes Sarban's stories as "nicely written, with solid characterizations, convincingly detailed backgrounds... and a fine sense of pacing and atmosphere." It notes that 'The Doll Maker' is Sarban's most intriguing work, and that Niall Sterne "offers no ordinary seduction, and there is a delicate horror in his beautiful, sterile doll-world, the antithesis of life itself." First published in 1953, 'The Doll Maker' appears with 'The Trespassers', and 'A House of Call'.
Sewn hardback book of 272 pages. Second printing.
Prince Zaleskiby M.P. Shiel, $54.95, hb
Arguably the most decadent of all fictional sleuths, Prince Zaleski relies upon the methods of ratiocination so beloved of Sherlock Holmes. But unlike his deer-stalkered colleague, Zaleski rarely needs even to leave his divan to solve the perplexing mysteries brought before him by Shiel. Rather than give crude chase to the perpetrators of these sophisticated crimes, Zaleski reclines elegantly in his semi-ruined abbey, 'a bizarrerie of half-weird sheen and gloom,' smoking hashish and fashioning solutions from his encyclopedic knowledge of the esoteric. Although he is in this respect akin to Edgar Allan Poe's detective, Auguste Dupin, Zaleski is primarily an up-to-the-minute 1890s aesthete, prompting one critic to suggest that he is based on that tragically extravagant poet of death, Count Eric Stenbock.
Prince Zaleski contains the three tales originally collected in John Lane's Keynotes edition, (1893) along with three further stories, one unfinished, which represent later 'collaborations' with the poet, writer and literary researcher John Gawsworth. Brian Stableford provides an illuminating Introduction to the twilight world of Prince Zaleski, and R.B. Russell's Note explains the genesis of the three stories written with John Gawsworth.
Sewn hardback book of 187+ xxviii pages. Limited to 400 copies, November, 2002.
Tarnhelm: The Best Supernatural Stories of Hugh WalpoleIntroduction by George Gorniak, 70.00 hb
"If subtlety, originality and ambiguity are hallmarks of the best supernatural tales, then Walpole's stand with the very best."—So writes George Gorniak in his Introduction to this definitive collection of the most admired of Hugh Walpole's supernatural and macabre shorter works, along with two previously uncollected early masterpieces, 'The Clocks' and 'The Twisted Inn'.
Perhaps best known for The Herries Chronicle (1930-34), a series of four historical Lakeland novels which remains in print to this day, Walpole was widely recognised in his own lifetime as a consummate literary craftsman with a fine narrative style and an admirable ability to portray character, humour and dialogue. In classic tales such as 'The Silver Mask', 'Tarnhelm' and 'The Snow', he also demonstrates beyond question that he understood the experience of sheer, stark terror.
Walpole had a deep and abiding interest in the supernatural and consistently incorporated macabre, mystical and supernatural elements in his work throughout his writing career. He also exhibits a markedly modern understanding of the psychological, and it is this combination which allows his more traditional ghost stories, such as 'The Little Ghost' and 'Mrs Lunt', to retain their power today.
This collection of twenty-five stories should help renew the recognition enjoyed by Walpole in his own lifetime. As he said himself "...the creator who relies more upon the inference behind the fact than upon the fact itself, more upon the dream than the actual business, more upon the intangible world of poetry than upon the actual world of concrete evidence, this kind of creator will come into his kingdom again."
Sewn hardback book of 363+xiv pages. Limited to 500 copies. Publication March, 2003.
Where Nothing Sleeps: The Complete Short Stories and other related worksby Denton Welch, ed. James Methuen-Campbell. $130, 2 vol.
This definitive collection of seventy-six short stories and related autobiographical writings, presented in two volumes, is suffused with the paradoxical appeal of Denton Welch: his self-obsession and the Gothic morbidity of his outlook, ranged against his dogged individualism and ability to charm and fascinate the reader with the 'freshness and pin-point detail of his perceptions'.
Admired by literary luminaries as diverse as William Burroughs and Edith Sitwell, Welch, author of Maiden Voyage, was only thirty-three at his death in 1948. An Old Boy of Repton and Goldsmiths' College, he had a memorably idiosyncratic personality and never lost his feeling of being excluded from society in general, perhaps because of his early childhood in China and, as he became aware later in life, his homosexuality. But the fact that he was able to rise above severe physical infirmities inflicted by a tragic road accident when he was twenty to create some memorable writing and artwork, demonstrates that he also possessed a remarkable strength of character.
Slipcased set of two sewn hardbacks, 380/390 pages.
The following titles are all sold out and out of print:
The Green Roundby Arthur Machen, hb [SOLD OUT & out of print.]
Sewn hardback book of 129+xii pages. Limited to 400 numbered copies.
The Secret Gloryby Arthur Machen, hb [SOLD OUT & out of print.]
Sewn hardback book of 253 pages. Limited to 500 copies.
Tales of Horror and the Supernaturalby Arthur Machen, hb [SOLD OUT & out of print.]
Sewn hardback book of 392 pages.
The Collected Strange Stories of Robert Aickmanwith an Essay by Robert Aickman, an Appreciation by David Tibet, a Reminiscence by Ramsey Campbell and cover artwork by Stephen Stapleton, 2-vol. set only, hb [SOLD OUT & out of print.]
Nightmares of an Ether-Drinkerby Jean Lorrain, translated by Brian Stableford, hb [SOLD OUT & out of print.]
The House of the Hidden Lightby Arthur Machen and A.E. Waite, introduction by R.A. Gilbert, hb [SOLD OUT & out of print: no plans to reprint.]
The Suicide Club and Other Dark Adventuresby Robert Louis Stevenson, introduction by Mark Valentine. SOLD OUT
Stevenson's Dark Adventures take us deep into the realms of the "gloriously bizarre and elaborately sinister." So writes Mark Valentine in his Introduction to this definitive collection of Robert Louis Stevenson's fantastic and macabre stories.
While 'Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' has passed into the collective consciousness, many of Stevenson's weird tales, although of seminal importance to the genre, have long been forgotten. This book seeks to redress the balance, bringing back into print the more obscure stories and collecting together the better-known into one volume.Stevenson's range and inventiveness is breathtaking; from the sheer recklessness and swagger of 'The Suicide Club' stories to the more subtle terrors of 'Olalla'; from the macabre horror of 'The Body Snatcher' to the exuberance and exoticism of 'The Isle of Voices'. Over a century after they were written, Stevenson's stories brim with sophistication and power. Who can resist Stevenson's "overt relish for the storyteller's art", his mastery of style and content and his "swagger in the face of the mundane and the sordidly material. ...The excitement, the fierce joy, the delight in strangeness, the pleasure in deep and dark adventures"; all these burn as brightly today as they have ever done.
Sewn hardback of 507+xiv pages. Limited to 400 copies, December 2004.
Masques and Citadels: More Tales of The Connoisseurby Mark Valentine. [OUT OF PRINT]
Sewn hardback book of 212 pages with silk ribbon marker, head and tailbands and dust-jacket. Limited edition of 300 copies.
Black Spirits and Whiteby Ralph Adams Cram, introduction by Stefan Dziemianowicz; introduction to the uncollected stories by Douglas Anderson. [SOLD OUT & out of print.]
Black Spirits and White, a collection of six stories originally published in 1895, is regarded as a landmark of the nineteenth-century weird tale. H.P. Lovecraft singled out the story 'The Dead Valley' as one of the small percentage of American works deserving of high praise in his seminal essay 'Supernatural Horror in Literature'. Sewn hardback of 145+xxi pages. Limited to 300 copies, November 2004.
Three Miles Up, and other Strange Storiesby Elizabeth Jane Howard, introduction by Glen Cavaliero. [OUT OF PRINT]
Sewn hardback book of 216+xii pages with silk ribbon marker, head and tailbands and dustjacket. World Fantasy Award Winner, 2002.
Ghost Stories of Oliver Onionsby Oliver Onions, introduction by Rosalie Parker, [SOLD OUT & out of print: no plans to reprint.]
Containing: 'Credo', 'The Beckoning Fair One', 'Phantas', 'Rooum', 'Benlian', 'The Ascending Dream', 'The Honey in the Wall', 'The Rosewood Door', 'The Accident', 'IO (The Lost Thrysus)', 'The Painted Face', 'The Out-Sister', 'John Gladwyn Says...', 'Hic Jacet', 'The Rocker', 'Dear Dryad', 'The Real People', 'The Cigarette Case', 'The Rope in the Rafters', 'Resurrection in Bronze', 'The Woman in the Way', 'The Smile of Karen', 'Tragic Casements'.