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2010:

 

139. SUB ROSA, by Robert Aickman, with an Introduction by R.B. Russell. 31st October 2010, 288+ ix pages. £32.50. Sewn signatures, printed on 130gsm acid-free paper, and bound by Biddles in burgundy wibalin cloth stamped in gilt and silver, with a silk ribbon marker and head and tailbands. 350 copies. ISBN 978-1-905784-28-8.

Contains: 'Introduction' by R.B. Russell, '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', 'Notes by the Author'.

Review

[Aickman's] writing is sophisticated, confounding and unnerving in equal measure; extreme and diverse reactions to his work are to be expected, but it is for these same reasons that he still attracts so many admirers. Brian Showers, Rue Morgue

 

138. WORMWOOD, Issue 15, Edited by Mark Valentine, 15th November 2010. 92 pages. £8.99. 525 copies. Paperback journal printed on cream bookwove paper, and bound by Biddles.

Contents: 'Editorial', 'Stephan Zechowski: A Pilgrim of the Infinite' by Brian Banks & Marta Mazur, 'Wilfred Rowland Mary Childe' by Jonathan Wood, 'Gerard de Nerval: Exotic Voyager, Hashish Dreamer, Accursed Suicidalist' by Adam Daly, 'Arthur Johnson: Another Sense of the Past' by Robert Eldridge, 'Threshold in the First Half of the Tenth Chapter of Lucius Shepard's Viator' by Adam Golaski, 'Under Review' by Reggie Oliver, 'Late Reviews' by Douglas A. Anderson, 'Camera Obscura', 'Notes on Contributors'.

 

137. GUIDE TO FIRST EDITION PRICES, Eighth Edition, Edited by R.B. Russell, 1st October 2010. 786+xii pages. £20.00. Trade paperback printed and bound by MPG Biddles. 2,500 copies. ISBN  978-1-905784-24-0.

Point: The eighth edition, printed in black and white, containing the values of over 50,000 sought-after books, by 720 (+64 appendices) authors.

 

136. SOURDOUGH, by Angela Slatter, with an Introduction by Robert Shearman and an Afterword by Jeff VanderMeer. 12th August 2010, 238+ viii pages. £30.00. Sewn signatures, printed on 130gsm acid-free paper, and bound by Biddles in black wibalin cloth stamped in gilt, silver and copper, with a silk ribbon marker and head and tailbands. 300 copies. ISBN 978-1-905784-25-7.

Contains: 'Introduction' by Robert Shearman, 'The Shadow Tree', 'Gallowberries', 'Little Radish', 'Dibblespin', 'The Navigator', 'The Angel Wood', 'Ash', 'The Story of Ink', 'Lost Things', 'A Good Husband', 'A Porcelain Soul', 'The Bones Remember Everything', 'Sourdough', 'Sister, Sister', 'Lavender and Lychgates', 'Under the Mountain, 'Afterword' by Jeff VanderMeer.

Reviews

'Like Aickman, her sense of the fantastic serves to show us the weird world we hold within our own psyches.' Rick Kleffel, American Public Radio Books

'These stories are stupendously good' Paul Kane, The Compulsive Reader

'There is magic in this world.' Rick Kleffel's Agony Column

'...an absolute treasure.' Paul Charles Smith, Empty Your Heart Of Its Mortal Dream

'With their larger than life characters and the beautiful, evocative writing, the intricate plotting that continually reinvents itself and twists back on what has gone before, these are wonderful stories from a writer who appeals to both the emotions and the intellect. Sourdough and Other Stories was one of the best books I read in 2010, and it’s work from a writer whose career is just beginning. . . . Tartarus have done Slatter proud with a truly sumptuous volume. Sourdough is a beautiful book, one that gets its collector’s edition status and price tag on merit and not simply by virtue of being signed by whomever or number whatever of a limited edition' Peter Tennant, Black Static

'The sixteen stories contained within this collection attests to both Slatter’s storytelling and her consistency in creating entertaining tales with deep, almost primeval, resonances.' Simon Marshall-Jones, Beyond Fiction

'Slatter displays a rare gift for evocative and poetic prose.' Publishers Weekly

'Slatter’s fairy tales have a ravishing quality which leaves the reader totally spellbound by their elegance and imaginative power.' Mario Guslandi, Bookgeeks

'This book is a fantastic achievement on every level.' Alan Baxter, The Word

'Slatter’s writing is exquisite and very vivid, she really is a master storyteller.' - Scott Wilson, The Fringe

'I would recommend this book to anyone who likes dark fiction, fairytales, strange tales, elegant horror, or anyone who likes stories with strong women protagonists and good characterization.'  She Never Slept

'These stories are stupendously good and offer many distinct pleasures: a strange yet superbly realised world, compelling characters and, above all, beautiful prose that has the power to move.' Jildysauce

'Sourdough is probably the most exquisitely produced and packaged collection of the year. The artifact produced is a credit to Tartarus Press and the quality of the inter-linked fairy-tale-esque stories is a credit to Slatter’s prowess as a short story writer.' The Judge's report for the Aurealis Awards

 

135. N, by Arthur Machen, illustrated by Stephen J. Clark. 1st June, 2010. Published in association with the Stoke Newington Literary Festival and the Friends of Arthur Machen. 39 pages. £4.95. Paperback printed on cream bookwove paper and bound by Biddles. ISBN 978-1-905784-22-6.

Contents: 'N' by Arthur Machen, 'Arthur Machen' by R.B. Russell.

 

134. A BOOK OF DEAR DEAD WOMEN, by Edna W. Underwood, Introduction by S.T. Joshi, 25th May 2010, 237+ xiv pages. £30.00. Sewn signatures, printed on 130gsm acid-free paper, and bound by Biddles in burgundy wibalin cloth stamped in silver and gilt, with a silk ribbon marker and head and tailbands. 300 copies. ISBN 978-1-905784-21-9.

Contents: 'Introduction' by S.T. Joshi, 'The Painter of Dead Women', 'The Mirror of La Granja', 'Liszt's Concerto Pathétique', 'Sister Seraphine', 'The Sacred Relics of Saint Euthymius', 'The Opal Isles', 'The House of Gauze', 'The King', 'An Orchid of Asia', 'Bibliography'.

Review

'...a welcome set of stories from an accomplished writer who has been curiously neglected.' Paul Kane, Jildy Sauce

 

133. WORMWOOD, Issue 14, Edited by Mark Valentine, 16th April 2010. 92 pages. £8.99. 525 copies. Paperback journal printed on cream bookwove paper, and bound by Atheneum Press.

Contents: 'Editorial', 'The Ruins of Reality: Thomas Ligotti and the uses of disenchantment' by Joel Lane, 'E.R. Eddison: Transmutation' by Jon Preece, ' “Soft, Delicious Things”: Decadence in R. Murray Gilchrist' by Laurence Bush, 'Why was Richard Marsh' by Calum James, 'Robert Walser: Strange Supplicant, Idiot Savant, Master of the Microgram' by Adam Daly, 'The Exploits of Lucius Leffing: Investigating Joseph P. Brennan’s Supernatural Sleuth' by Mike Barrett, 'The Decadent World-View' by Brian Stableford, 'Late Reviews' by Douglas A. Anderson, 'Camera Obscura', 'Notes on Contributors'.

 

132. THE COLLECTED CONNOISSEUR, by Mark Valentine and John Howard, 25th March, 2010, 208 pages. £14.95. Paperback printed on cream bookwove paper and bound by Biddles. ISBN 978-1-905784-20-2.

Contents: 'Introduction' by Mark Valentine, 'The Effigies', 'After the Darkness', 'The Paravine Cries', 'Pale Roses', 'In Violet Veils', 'The Lost Moon', 'Café Lucifer', 'The Craft of Arioch', 'The Secret Stars', 'The Hesperian Dragon', 'The Lighting of the Vial', 'The Nephoseum', 'Sea Citadels', 'The Prince of Barlocco', 'The Black Eros', 'Mad Lutanist', 'The Mist on the Mere', 'The White Solander', 'The Last Archipelago', 'The Rite of Trebizond', 'The Serpent, Unfallen', 'The Temple of Time', 'The Descent of the Fire'.

Reviews

'Those for whom the supply of authentic classical supernaturalism can never be enough, those who yearn for lost tales by the likes of Machen, de la Mare, and Dunsany, should consider purchasing this attractive, inexpensive trade paperback at once; unlike so much modern imitation, it won't disappoint.' The Stars at Noonday

'I'd recommend wolfing them down, since unlike chocolates you can return to a book a second time, and the flawless writing here deserves a second, careful reading, free from the consideration of what-happens-next. Very much recommended.' British Fantasy Society

 

131. NIGHTMARE-TOUCH, by Lafcadio Hearn, edited by Rosalie Parker, with an Introduction by Paul A. Murray, 25th March, 2010, 235+ xvi pages. £30.00. Sewn signatures, printed on 130gsm acid-free paper, and bound by Biddles in green wibalin cloth stamped in gilt, with a silk ribbon marker and head and tailbands. 300 copies. ISBN 978-1-905784-19-6.

Contents: 'Introduction' by Paul A. Murray, 'Nightmare-Touch'. Fantastics: 'The Fountain of Gold', 'The Ghostly Kiss', 'The Vision of the Dead Creole', 'The Name on the Stone', 'Aphrodite and King's Prisoner', 'A Dead Love', 'At the Cemetery', 'Stray Leaves from Strange Literature', 'The Fountain Maiden', 'The Magical Words', 'The Bird Wife', 'The Legend of the Monster Misfortune'. Some Chinese Ghosts: he Legend of Tchi-Niu', 'The Story of Ming-Y', 'The Return of Yen-Tchin-King', 'The Tradition of the Tea-Plant'. Two Years in the French West Indies: 'La Guiablesse', 'Yé'. Japanese Ghosts: 'Of Ghosts and Goblins', 'Fragment', 'A Passional Karma', 'Ingwa-banashi', 'The Reconciliation', 'The Corpse-Rider', 'Of a Promise Broken', 'The Story of Umétsu Chubei', 'The Legend of Yurei-Daki', 'In A Cup of Tea', 'The Story of Chugoro', 'Ikiryo', 'The Story of Mimi-Nashi-Hoïchi', 'Rokuro-Kubi', 'Yuki-Onna', 'The Dream of Akinosuké', 'Jikininki', 'Mujina', 'The Story of Ito Norisuké'.

Review

'...a fine introduction to the writer’s work and life.' Ellen Datlow, The Best Horror of the Year Three

 

2009:

 

130. STRANGE TALES III, edited by Rosalie Parker, 14th December 2009, 288+ vi pages. £30.00. Sewn signatures, printed on 130gsm acid-free paper, and bound by Biddles in black wibalin cloth stamped in copper, with a silk ribbon marker and head and tailbands. 500 copies. ISBN 978-1-905784-18-9.

Contents: 'Preface', 'The Lammas Worm' by Nina Allan, 'Morpheus House' by Mark Valentine, 'Sanctuary Run' by Daniel Mills, 'A Woman of the Party' by Elizabeth Brown, 'The Good, Light People' by Gary McMahon, 'Countess Otho' by Reggie Oliver, 'Melting' by A.J. McIntosh, 'It's White and It Follows Me' by Tina Rath, 'Yet No Greater Love nor Promise' by Joel Knight, 'Divan Method' by Eric Stener Carlson, 'Party Talk' by John Gaskin, 'The Other Box' by Gerard Houarner, 'The Great Blind God Passed Through Us' by Adam Golaski, 'Her Father's Daughter' by Simon Strantzas, 'Sister, Sister' by Angela Slatter, 'A Taste of Casu Marzu' by David Rix, 'The Solipsist' by Philbampus, 'Biographical Details'.

Reviews

'ST III is an anthology for any connoisseur of the weird, the uncanny and the fascinating. Like all Tartarus volumes, it is produced to a very high standard, complete with finely odd cover art by Stephen Clark.' Supernatural Tales 17

'... the quality throughout is so high that I would recommend this to any fans of weird tales or dark fiction.' Tales from the Black Abyss

'...a wonderful collection, and perhaps just as importantly, the publication of the Strange Tales series is an important act in the effort to more firmly establish strange fiction in the mind of the modern reader.' The Speculative Fiction Junkie

'...another excellent collection of stories apt to delight not only the afficionados of horror and dark fantasy, but any lover of good fiction.' Mario Guslandi at Bookgeeks

 

129. WORMWOOD, Issue 13, Edited by Mark Valentine, 25th October 2009. 92 pages. £8.99. 525 copies. Paperback journal printed on cream bookwove paper, and bound by Atheneum Press.

Contents: 'Editorial', 'A Whirlpool Still More Rapid: M.P. Shiel’s "Vaila" and Gothic Impressionism' by Paul Fox, 'A Walk in the Woods: On Robert Aickman’s "Bind Your Hair" ’ by Philip Challinor, 'Things of Darkness: The Fiction of G.G. Pendarves' by Mike Barrett, ' "Maison Turque, or, The House of the Rose Leaf": Maupassant’s Obscene Farce' by Reggie Oliver, 'Maison Turque', by Guy de Maupassant (translated by Reggie Oliver), 'The Decadent World-View' by Brian Stableford, 'Late Reviews' by Douglas A. Anderson, 'Camera Obscura', 'Notes on Contributors'.

 

128. THE ST PERPETUUS CLUB OF BUENOS AIRES, by Eric Stener Carlson, 25th October 2009, 233 pages. £25.00. Sewn signatures, printed on 125gsm acid-free paper, and bound by Atheneum Press in brown wibalin cloth stamped in gold, with a silk ribbon marker and head and tailbands. 300 copies. ISBN 978-1-905784-16-5.

Reviews

"The multi-layered narrative is full of surprises, and the conclusion provides a modest grace note that beautifully befits the tale." - Christopher Fowler, Financial Times

"If there is one book you should spend your hard earned money on this year, you should make it The Saint Perpetuus Club of Buenos Aires. If you like Strange Tales, Mysteries, or Thrillers – or if you just enjoy an eloquently written piece of literature – you should not miss the opportunity to pick this book up. This is the finest book I have had the pleasure of reading this year. It kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end." - She Never Slept!

"At bottom, it’s a deal with the Devil story, and as always in these it’s the Devil who has the last laugh, but made special by the distinctive tone and the wealth of ideas planted in the text. Recommended." Peter Tennant, Black Static 17

"...before I had even read a page, I wanted to love the story as much as I loved the paper it had been printed on and the binding it had been sewn into. ... And I did love it, but I loved it in a strange, unsettling, way. Carlson has created a story that is neither occult, nor science fiction nor theology even though elements of all are included." - David Mitchell, Bibliobuffet

"Unpredictable and steeped in allusions to classic and contemporary works, this spry exercise in magic realism can be enjoyed as a parable on how our reading transforms our perception of the world." - Publishers Weekly

"This work should appeal to fans of good writing and the occult. The prose is top-notch and great care has been taken in providing the reader with an intellectual, multi-layered story." - Grim Rictus Reviews

"...a captivating novel written in a sparkling style, precise yet imaginative." - Mario Guslandi at Rick Kleffel's Agony Column

 

127. THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW, by Washington Irving, , edited by Rosalie Parker, with an Introduction by S.T. Joshi, 25th September 2009, 404+xi pages. £35.00. Sewn signatures, printed on 125gsm acid-free paper, and bound by Atheneum Press in blue grey cloth stamped in black, with a silk ribbon marker and head and tailbands. 300 copies. ISBN 978-1-905784-17-2.

Contents: Introduction by S.T. Joshi, From The Sketch Book: 'Rip Van Winkle', 'The Spectre Bridegroom', 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow'. From Bracebridge Hall: 'The Historian', 'The Haunted House', 'Dolph Heyliger', 'The Storm-Ship'. From Tales of a Traveller: Strange Stories by a Nervous Gentleman: 'The Great Unknown' (a preface), 'The Hunting-Dinner', 'The Adventure of My Uncle', 'The Adventure of My Aunt, 'The Bold Dragoon; or, The Adventure of My Grandfather', 'The Adventure of the German Student', 'The Adventure of the Mysterious Picture', 'The Adventure of the Mysterious Stranger', 'The Story of the Young Italian'. The Money-Diggers: 'Hell Gate', 'Kidd the Pirate', 'The Devil and Tom Walker', 'Wolfert Webber; or, Golden Dreams', 'Adventure of the Black Fisherman'. Legends of The Alhambra: 'The Mysterious Chambers' 'The Adventure of the Mason', 'Legend of the Arabian Astrologer', 'Legend of Prince Ahmed Al Kamel', 'Legend of the Moor's Legacy', 'Legend of the Rose of the Alhambra', 'Governor Manco and the Soldier', 'Legend of the Two Discreet Statues', 'Legend of Don Munio Sancho de Hinojosa', 'The Legend of the Enchanted Soldier'. From Heath's Book of Beauty: 'The Haunted Ship'. Wolfert's Roost: 'Wolfert's Roost', 'The Grand Prior of Minorca', 'Guests from Gibbet Island', 'Don Juan: A Spectral Research', 'Legend of the Engulphed Convent', 'The Phantom Island'. 'Bibliography' by Richard Dalby

 

126. COLD TO THE TOUCH, by Simon Strantzas, 29th July 2009, 212 pages. £25.00. Sewn signatures, printed on 125gsm acid-free paper, and bound by Atheneum Press in blue wibalin cloth stamped in silver, with a silk ribbon marker and head and tailbands. 300 copies. ISBN 978-1-905784-15-8.

Contents: 'Under the Overpass', 'The Other Village', 'The Uninvited Guest', 'A Seed on Barren Ground', 'Writing on the Wall', 'A Chorus of Yesterdays', 'The Sweetest Song', 'Pinholes in Black Muslin', 'Fading Light', 'Poor Stephanie', 'Like Falling Snow', 'Here’s to the Good Life', 'Cold to the Touch, and 'Afterword'.

 Reviews:

"Readers who prefer subtlety to shocks and suggestion over explicitness in horror fiction will find much to enjoy") - Publishers Weekly

"...Strantzas succeeds in imbuing his strange tales with the sense of intellectual fear...", Dead Reckonings 6

"Dark but with frequent glimpses of light and beauty creating a dazzling mix of heady highs and tragic lows. . . . A work of great quality." - Tales from the Black Abyss

"An impressive collection of stories that subtly unsettles." - Flux magazine.

"This exceptional collection is highly recommended." - Grim Rictus Reviews

"Overall, the thirteen stories in this collection offer the reader strange rewards. There are no easy explanations, which is realism of a sort. There are no simple payoffs or cheap twists. There are shadows everywhere, and few signposts that can be trusted. But there are moments of humour and humanity amid the darkness and decay. " - David Longhorn, Supernatural Tales 16

"Mr. Strantzas is an amazing writer . . . Cold to the Touch is easily one of the best books I have read this year. Rating: 10/10" - The Speculative Fiction Junkie

"Cold to the Touch is a formidable gift to the field of weird literature." - The Grim Blogger, Grim Reviews

"One thing is certain, Mr. Strantzas ripped out a bit of his soul and threw it onto the page with a violent beauty. Such stories could come from no other place. This collection is evocative, endearing, strange and horrifying all at once. . . All of the stories in this collection are delightfully dark and wonderfully weird. - Sarah L. Gerhardt, She Never Slept

 "Say hello to a new and important voice in the canon of weird fiction." - Michael Kelly, FearZone.

"An excellent writer who likes to deal with the weirdest and more mysterious aspects of human condition, who likes to disturb and upset and manages to do that very effectively by emphasizing the dark shades lurking behind the light of everyday reality." Mario Guslandi at The Short Review.

Cold to the Touch has been the subject of a Weirdmonger "real-time" review by Des Lewis.

 

125. THE DOUBLE EYE, by William Fryer Harvey, 29th June 2009, 303 + xvi pages. £32.50. Sewn signatures, printed on 125gsm acid-free paper, and bound by Atheneum Press in green wibalin cloth stamped in silver, with a silk ribbon marker and head and tailbands. 350 copies. ISBN 978-1-905784-14-1.

Contents: 'Introduction' by Richard Dalby, 'Midnight House', 'The Star', 'Across the Moors', 'August Heat', 'Sambo', 'Unwinding', 'Sarah Bennet's Possession', 'The Tortoise', 'The Beast with Five Fingers', 'Six to Six-Thirty', 'Blinds', 'Miss Cornelius', 'The Heart of the Fire', 'Peter Levisham', 'The Clock', 'Ghosts and Jossers', 'The Sleeping Major', 'The Ankardyne Pew', 'The Tool', 'The Devil's Bridge', 'Two and a Third', 'Miss Avenal', 'The Double Eye', 'The Dabblers', 'Mrs Ormerod', 'The Follower', 'The Man Who Hated Aspidistras', 'Double Demon', 'The Arm of Mrs Egan', 'Account Rendered', 'The Flying Out of Mrs Barnard Hollis', 'The Habeas Corpus Club'.

Reviews:

"...it's now possible to plug another gap in the century's roll-call of top short-fiction writers". - The Independent

  "Harvey is indeed a master of the uncanny and the supernatural who is able to deal with a variety of eerie subjects and to produce solid, compelling fiction, the kind of fiction which, fortunately, will never go out of fashion." - Mario Guslandi, Bookgeeks

 

124. WORMWOOD, Issue 12, Edited by Mark Valentine, 2nd April, 2009. 92 pages. £8.99. 525 copies. Paperback journal printed on cream bookwove paper, and bound by Atheneum Press.

Contents: 'Editorial', 'Ruins of Time: The Mortal Terrors of Harlan Ellison' by Joel Lane, 'Wilkie Collins and the Ghostly Tale' by Albert Power, J'urgen' by Leonard Cline, 'Outer Monstrosities: William Hope Hodgson's "The Hog" ' by Benjamin Szumskyj, 'The Lost Dream: The Changes Günter Eich Made to His Radio Play Träume' by John Howard, 'Edward Lucas White: Narratives Out Of Nightmare' by Mike Barrett, 'The Rod of the Snake Reconsidered and Some Afterthoughts' by Robert Eldridge, 'A Gentleman of Letters: Peter Vansittart' by Mark Valentine, 'The Decadent World-View' by Brian Stableford, 'Late Reviews' by Douglas A. Anderson, 'Camera Obscura', 'Notes on Contributors'.

Review:

"[Wormwood] opens the door to more lost and neglected writers than you can shake a library card at." - Ian McMillan, Yorkshire Post

 

123. THE BUCKROSS RING, AND OTHER STORIES OF THE STRANGE AND SUPERNATURAL, by L.A.G. Strong, edited by Richard Dalby, 2nd April 2009, 237 + xii pages. £32.50. Sewn signatures, printed on 125gsm acid-free paper, and bound by Atheneum Press in black wibalin cloth stamped in silver, with a silk ribbon marker and head and tailbands. 300 copies. ISBN 978-1-905784-13-4.

Contents: 'Introduction' by Richard Dalby, 'The Buckross Ring', ' "Splidges" ', 'Mr Tookey', 'The Farm', 'Tea at Maggie Reynolds's', 'Breakdown', 'The Gates', 'Crabtree's', 'Death of the Gardener', 'Orpheus', 'Sea Air', 'Lobsters', 'The Doll', 'Let Me Go', 'Danse Macabre', 'The House That Wouldn't Keep Still', 'Light Above the Lake', 'Afterword: The Short Story'.

Reviews:

"LAG was particularly interested in the supernatural, though, being fascinated by the paranormal and this is reflected in the odd and genuinely chilling tales in The Buckross Ring. In 'The Doll', there's voodoo in the kind of quiet country setting that makes these kinds of things even more shuddery and abnormal, and the prose at the end of the story achieves a kind of bleak and affecting poetry." - Ian McMillan, Yorkshire Post

"...the author manages to achieve remarkable results thanks to his graceful and skilled narrative style." Mario Guslandi, The SF Site.

 

2008:

 

122. TALES OF TERROR, by Guy de Maupassant, 11th December, 2008, 283+ xiv pages. £32.50. Sewn signatures, printed on 125gsm acid-free paper, and bound by Atheneum Press in red wibalin cloth stamped in gilt, with a silk ribbon marker and head and tailbands. 300 copies. ISBN 978-1-905784-12-7.

Contents: 'Foreword' by Ramsey Campbell, 'Introduction' by Arnold Kellett, 'The Horla', 'The Devil', 'Two Friends', 'Fear', 'The Hand', 'Coco', 'The Mannerism', 'The Madwoman', 'Mohammed-Fripouille', 'The Blind Man', 'At Sea', 'Apparition', 'Saint-Antoine', 'The Wolf', 'Terror', 'The Diary of a Madman', 'A Vendetta', 'The Smile of Schopenhauer', 'On the River', 'He?', 'Old Milon', 'The Head of Hair', 'The Inn', 'Mother Savage', 'Was he Mad?', 'The Dead Girl', 'Mademoiselle Cocotte', 'A Night in Paris', 'The Case of Louise Roque', 'The Drowned Man', 'Who Knows?', 'Mademoiselle Perle', 'Notes'.

Review:

"It's easy to see why Maupassant was regarded as France's best short story writer. . . . A splendid collection from a classic author." Andrew McQuade, Gorezone

 

121. THE SNOW-IMAGE AND OTHER STORIES OF THE SUPERNATURAL, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, , edited by Rosalie Parker, with an Introduction by Richard Dalby, 23rd October, 2008, 417 + xvi pages. £32.50. Sewn signatures, printed on 125gsm acid-free paper, and bound by Atheneum Press in black wibalin cloth stamped in silver, with a silk ribbon marker and head and tailbands. 300 copies. ISBN 978-1-905784-09-7.

Contents: 'Introduction' by Richard Dalby, 'The Hollow of the Three Hills', 'Roger Malvin's Burial', 'Mr Higginbotham's Catastrophe', 'The Grey Champion', 'Young Goodman Brown', ''The White Old Maid', 'Alice Doane's Appeal', 'A Visit to the Clerk of the Weather', 'The Minister's Black Veil', 'Dr Heidegger's Experiment', 'Fancy's Show Box', ''The Great Carbuncle', 'The Prophetic Pictures', 'The Man of Adamant', 'The Sister Years', 'Edward Randolph's Portrait', 'Howe's Masquerade', 'Lady Eleanore's Mantle', 'A Select Party', 'A Virtuoso's Collection', 'The Antique Ring', 'The Hall of Fantasy', 'The New Adam and Eve', 'The Birthmark', 'Egotism; or, The Bosom Serpent', 'The Celestial Railroad', 'The Christmas Banquet', 'Rappaccini's Daughter', 'P's Correspondence', 'Ethan Brand', 'The Snow-Image', 'Feathertop', 'The Ghost of Doctor Harris'.

Review:

'A pessimistic and psychologically disturbing writer if ever there was one, Hawthorne's dark outlook on humanity's fate still makes for compelling storytelling some 150 years on." Andrew McQuade, Gorezone

 

120. WORMWOOD, Issue 11, Edited by Mark Valentine, 23rd October, 2008. 92 pages. £8.99. 525 copies. Paperback journal printed on cream bookwove paper, and bound by Atheneum Press.

Contents: 'Editorial', 'Resurrecting Alexander Crawford' by Douglas A. Anderson, 'The Experiment' by Alexander Crawford , 'Austin Osman Spare: English Satyr, Magus-Artist and Astral Visionary' by Adam Daly, 'Putting on the Surrealist Hat: The Decadent Aesthetic of Jules Charnier' by Reggie Oliver, 'The Maghreb and the Art of Living: André Gide's The Immoralist' by Paul Fox, 'Towards the Drogulus: A Strange Implosion of Self After Reading Elizabeth Bowen' by D.F. Lewis, 'Loving God and the Dead: Language and Theme in the Stories of Théophile Gautier' by Simon Whitechapel, 'The Decadent World-View' by Brian Stableford, 'Late Reviews' by Douglas A. Anderson, 'Camera Obscura', 'Notes on Contributors'.

 

119. AN OCCURRENCE AT OWL CREEK BRIDGE AND OTHER STORIES, by Ambrose Bierce, edited by Rosalie Parker, with an Introduction by S.T. Joshi, July 31st, 2008, 256 + xviii pages. £32.50. Sewn signatures, printed on 125gsm acid-free paper, and bound by Atheneum Press in green wibalin cloth stamped in silver, with a silk ribbon marker and head and tailbands. 300 copies. ISBN 978-1-905784-10-3.

Contents: 'Introduction', by S.T. Joshi, 'An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge', 'A Tough Tussle', 'The Man and the Snake', 'A Watcher by the Dead', 'The Suitable Surroundings', 'An Inhabitant of Carcosa', 'The Boarded Window', 'The Middle Toe of the Right Foot', 'Haïta the Shepherd', 'The Damned Thing', 'The Eyes of the Panther', 'The Death of Halpin Frayser', 'An Adventure at Brownville', 'The Famous Gilson Bequest', 'The Secret of Macarger's Gulch', 'A Psychological Shipwreck', 'The Night-Doings at "Deadman's" ', 'John Bartine's Watch', 'The Realm of the Unreal', 'A Baby Tramp', 'Some Haunted Houses' ('The Isle of Pines', 'A Fruitless Assignment', 'A Vine on a House', 'At Old Man Eckert's', 'The Spook House', 'The Other Lodgers', 'The Thing at Nolan'), 'Bodies of the Dead' ('That of Granny Magone', 'A Light Sleeper', 'The Mystery of Charles Farquharson', ' "Dead and Gone" ', 'A Cold Night', 'A Creature of Habit'), 'Mysterious Disappearances' ('The Difficulties of Crossing a Field', 'An Unfinished Race', 'Charles Ashmore's Trail', 'Science to the Front'), 'A Diagnosis of Death', 'Moxon's Master', 'A Jug of Syrup', 'Staley Fleming's Hallucination', 'Beyond the Wall', 'The Stranger', 'The Ways of Ghosts' ('Present at a Hanging', 'A Cold Greeting', 'A Wireless Message', 'An Arrest'), 'Soldier-Folk' ('A Man with Two Lives', 'Three and One Are One', 'A Baffled Ambuscade', 'Two Military Executions'), 'The Moonlit Road', 'Bibliography' by S.T. Joshi.

Review:

'...an insight into a cynical soul who found humour in murder, patricide and all sorts of other macabre subjects. The master of the twish ending has at last come home." Andrew McQuade, Gorezone

 

118. THE SAND MAN AND OTHER NIGHT-PIECES, by E.T.A. Hoffmann, edited by Rosalie Parker, with an Introduction by Jim Rockhill, May 8th, 2008, 531 + xviii pages. £35. Sewn signatures, printed on 125gsm acid-free paper, and bound by Atheneum Press in green wibalin cloth stamped in gold, with a silk ribbon marker and head and tailbands. 500 copies. ISBN 978-1-905784-08-0.

Contents: 'Introduction' by Jim Rockhill, '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'. 'The Fiction and Collections of E.T.A. Hoffmann'.

 

117. WORMWOOD, Issue 10, Edited by Mark Valentine, 14th April, 2008. 92 pages. £8.99. 525 copies. Paperback journal printed on cream bookwove paper, and bound by Biddles.

Contents: 'Editorial', 'The Void Behind the Face of Order: Robert Aickman, Anthologist of the Ghost Story' by Peter Bell, 'No Secret Place: The Haunted Cities of Fritz Leiber' by Joel Lane, 'Sand in the Machine: The Radio Play Träume (Dreams) by Günter Eich' by John Howard, 'Kenneth Grant: True Tales, Ancient Grimoires and Magical Fiction' by Dave Evans, 'Elementals and Others: The Fiction of Michael McDowell' by Mike Barrett, 'The Decadent World-View' by Brian Stableford, 'Late Reviews' by Douglas A. Anderson, 'Camera Obscura', 'Notes on Contributors'.

 

116. SREDNI VASHTAR, by Saki, edited by Rosalie Parker, with an Introduction by Mark Valentine, 21st March 2008, 293 + xii pages. £30.00. Sewn signatures, printed on 125gsm acid-free paper, and bound by Biddles in red wibalin cloth stamped in gold, with a silk ribbon marker and head and tailbands. 300 copies. ISBN 978-1-905784-07-3.

Contents: 'Introduction' by Mark Valentine, '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'.

 

115. THE TRIUMPH OF NIGHT, by Edith Wharton, edited by Rosalie Parker, 28th January 2008, 310 pages. £32.50. Sewn signatures, printed on 125gsm acid-free paper, and bound by Biddles in yellow wibalin cloth stamped in copper, with a silk ribbon marker and head and tailbands. 300 copies. ISBN 978-1-905784-06-6.

Contents: 'Preface', 'The Fullness of Life', 'A Journey', 'The Duchess at Prayer', 'The Lady's Maid's Bell', 'Afterward', 'The Eyes', 'The Triumph of Night', 'Kerfol', 'Bewitched', 'Miss Mary Pask', 'A Bottle of Perrier', 'Mr Jones', 'Pomegranate Seed', 'The Looking-Glass', 'All Souls' ', 'An Autobiographical Postscript.'

      Review:

'Readers of her ghost stories today can enjoy Wharton’s wry scepticism, and in the process, perhaps have their own creative muscles strengthened to face that which is ghostly about today’s world.' Ann L. Patten, The Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies.

 

2007:

 

114. STRANGE TALES II, edited by Rosalie Parker, 16th November 2007, 327+ vi pages. £30.00. Sewn signatures, printed on 125gsm acid-free paper, and bound by Biddles in black wibalin cloth stamped in copper, with a silk ribbon marker and head and tailbands. 500 copies. ISBN 978-1-905784-05-9.

Contents: 'Preface', 'Calico Black, Calico Blue' by Joel Knight, 'The Fairy Killer' by Quentin S. Crisp, 'She Lights the Little Candle' by Katherine Haynes, 'Mister Poppy' by Stephen Holman, 'Carden in Capaea' by Mark Valentine, 'What Water Reveals' by Adam Golaski, 'Pastor Arrhenius and The Maiden Brita' by Dale Nelson, 'The Other Village' by Simon Strantzas, 'What the Eye Remembers' by Anne-Sylvie Salzman, 'The Magpies' by David Rix, 'The Concise Picaresque Adventures of the Wanderlust Bridge' by Rhys Hughes, 'Sourdough' by Angela Slatter, 'The Hiding Place' by Barbara Roden, 'Mea Tulpa' by Roger Dunkley, 'Llanfihangel' by Elizabeth Brown, 'Dinckley Green' by Christopher Harman, 'Sejanus' Daughter' by Hilbourne Carlone, 'Biographical Details'

Reviews:

'Like all of Tartarus's output, the Strange Tales volume is beautifully produced and is a pleasure to read and put on the shelf. Tartarus books aren't cheap, but quality rarely is. ' Ian McMillan, Yorkshire Post

 '...a very rewarding reading experience producing that pleasant uneasiness and discomfort that any admirer of "strange" tales is seeking in dark fiction of good quality.' Mario Guslandi, The Agony Column.

'Editor Rosalie Parker has a keen eye for profound tales of terror." Andrew McQuade, Gorezone

From Strange Tales II, "The Other Village" by Simon Strantzas and 'Calico Black, Calico Blue' by Joel Knight have been selected for Best New Horror, edited by the indefatigable Stephen Jones. "What Water Reveals" by Adam Golaski has also been selected for Horror: The Best of the Year, 2008 Edition, edited by Stefan Dziemianowicz.

 

113. WORMWOOD, Issue 9, Edited by Mark Valentine, 16th November, 2007. 92 pages. £8.99. 525 copies. Paperback journal printed on cream bookwove paper, and bound by Biddles.

Contents: 'Editorial', 'Mysteries of the Thirteenth Hour: The Enigmatic World of Phyllis Paul' by Glen Cavaliero, 'Speculative Metaphysics: The Early Fantasies of David Lindsay' by Jeff Gardiner , 'A Manifest Aesthetic: Georges Rodenbach and the City of Bruges' by Paul Fox, 'Le Fanu's The House By The Churchyard and the Influence of Richard Brinsley Sheridan' by Albert Power, 'A Great Labyrinth of Stories: Count Jan Potocki's The Saragossa Manuscript by Adrian Eckersley, 'She of Many Names' by William Charlton, 'The Decadent World-View' by Brian Stableford, 'Late Reviews' by Douglas A. Anderson, 'Camera Obscura', 'Notes on Contributors'.

 

110. GUIDE TO FIRST EDITION PRICES, 2008/9, by R.B. Russell, 1st November 2007, 576+x pages. £25.00. Trade paperback printed and bound by 10/10 Printing. 7,000 copies. ISBN 978-1-905784-03-5.

Point: The seventh edition, printed in full colour with 1,000 illustrations and the values of over 42,500 sought-after books, by 585(+98 appendices) authors.

Reviews:

"...curiously fascinating." Times Literary Supplement, 23rd May, 2008.

"…a browser’s delight, as illuminating as it’s absorbing … no collector will be fooled by the £25 tag. It’s priceless." The Bookdealer, October 2007.

 

109. DREADS AND DROLLS, by Arthur Machen, 20th September 2007. Hardback: 241 + vii pages. £35/$65. Sewn signatures, printed on 125gsm acid-free paper, and bound by Biddles in burgundy wibalin cloth stamped in gold, with a silk ribbon marker and head and tailbands. 350 copies. ISBN 978-1-905784-04-2.

Contents: 'Introduction, by R.B. Russell, 'Note, by Arthur Machen, 'The Man With the Silver Staff', 'The Mystery of Mr Haddock', 'Ceremony on the Scaffold', 'Mr Lutterloh', 'A Lament for London's Lost Inns', 'Madame Rachel', 'Sir Benjamin The "Baron" ', 'Our Betty's Day Out', 'How The Rich Live', 'The Highbury Mystery', 'Deadly Nevergreen', 'Polite Correspondence', 'How Clubs Began', 'The Ingenious Mr Blee', 'Old Dr Mounsey', 'Casanova in London', ' "Doubles" In Crime', ' "Characters" ', 'The Euston Square Mystery', 'More Inns', 'The Adventure of the Long-Lost Brother', 'The Power of Jargon', 'The Little People', 'The Campden Wonder', 'Morduck the Witch', 'The Man From Nowhere', 'Before Wembley', 'The Strange Case of Emily Weston', 'The Gay Victorians', 'A Castle in Celtic Mists', 'A Tale of a Turbot', 'Chivalry', '7B Coney Court', 'Concerning Cocktails', 'Mothers-in-Law', 'A Pretty Parricide', 'The Cry of a Captive', 'Our Funny Friends', 'Twins', 'Hungry Weather!', 'The Medicine-Man's Magic', 'The Best of Everything', 'The Merry Widow', 'Knocking Legends To Smithereens', 'One Night When I Was Frightened', 'The Wood Family', 'Houses', 'The People of the Wild', 'Laugh When You Awake', 'The Little Brown Things', 'Shakespeare's 'Bare Bones', 'The Simplicity of Genius', 'Books that a Queen May Read', 'Society and the Savage', 'Those Doctors!', 'The "B" in Baconian Bonnets', 'The Scholar and the Sun-Myth', 'Dr Johnson's Disappearing Act', 'When the Much-Travelled Man Comes Home', 'England's Last State Lottery', Bibliographical information.

 

108. STRANGERS AND PILGRIMS, by Walter de la Mare, edited by Rosalie Parker, with an Introduction by Mark Valentine, 11th June 2007. Hardback: 510 + xiii pages. £35/$65. Sewn signatures, printed on 130gsm acid-free paper, and bound by Bath Press in grey wibalin cloth stamped in gold, with a silk ribbon marker and head and tailbands. 500 copies. ISBN 978-1-905784-02-8.

Contents: Introduction, A:B:O., The Moon's Miracle, The Riddle, The Giant, The Quincunx, The Pear-Tree, The Bird of Travel, Seaton's Aunt, The Vats, Promise at Dusk, The Creatures, Miss Jemima, The Looking-Glass, Out of the Deep, Winter, The Green Room, The Scarecrow, Alice's Godmother, Mr Kempe, A Recluse, All Hallows, The Game At Cards, Crewe, The House, 'What Dreams May Come', Strangers and Pilgrims, A Revenant, The Guardian, An Anniversary, Music, Bad Company, Bibliographical Information.

 Reviews:

'This is a fantastic (in every sense) book of tales.' - Ian McMillan, The Times, 14th July, 2007.

'A beautiful edition of supernatural English fiction, subtle and disquieting rather than out and out frightening.' - Stuart Maconie, The Guardian, 13th February 2008.

'Best known as a poet and a writer of children’s fiction, Walter de la Mare can also deservedly take his place amongst the ranks of early twentieth-century writers of supernatural fiction.' Jenny McDonnell, The Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies.

'Strangers and Pilgrims is a rewarding selection of tales, not a few of which are masterpieces, by an unduly neglected writer whose work will never be out of date. I envy readers who are coming to Walter de la Mare’s writing for the first time.' Paul Kane, The Compulsive Reader

 

107. THE JUSTICE OF THE NIGHT, by Glen Cavaliero, 23rd April, 2007. Hardback: 88 pages. £30/$55. Sewn signatures, printed on 130gsm acid-free paper, and bound by Bath Press in green wibalin cloth stamped in gold, with head and tailbands. 300 copies. ISBN 1872621317.

Contents: 'The First Lesson', 'Points of Recognition', 'Sky Light', 'Solo', 'Mater', 'Armistice', 'The Grange', 'Lay-By', 'Doomsday', 'Golden Girl', 'The Auditors', 'Bolt Hole', 'Winky', 'In Mrs Blicker's Room', 'That Old Black Magic', 'Sad Old Song', 'A Metamorphosis', 'View Halloo', 'The Brown Way', 'Dark Tower', 'Just for the Record', 'Garbo Talks', 'Bexhill-sur-Mer', 'Recantation', 'Moroccan Blues', 'The Wise Woman of Amounderness', 'Spoil', 'Ground Level', 'London Fires', 'Museum and New Moon', 'Hellingly', 'A Legacy', 'Elegy for James', 'Mountain Rescue', 'Memorial', 'Bound in Green', 'Watcher of the Deep', 'The Doorway', 'Mater Dei', 'Dismissal', 'By Command', 'On the March', 'Promised Land', 'Cat Nap', 'Settlement', 'Dulce Domum', 'La Gonterie', 'Midwinter Burial', 'Moving House', 'A Spell of Vertigo', 'Wakey Wakey!', 'Dead Ringers', 'Zero Summer', 'Dedication'.

Reviews:

"It is characteristic of [Cavaliero] and his poetry as a whole that he offers no easy comfort, no easy assurance; and the verse, tautly combining mythology and motorways, the classic deportment of the ode with a diction garnered from fields not tilled by the grand style, is the appropriate vehicle of a vision which is strenuous, unflinching, and comprehensive. . . . footnote. The hardcover volume is beautifully produced by Tartarus Press: printed in elegant type on quality paper and with a very handsome dust wrapper. . . " Derek de Silva, Poetry Salzburg Review.

"Cavaliero is a visionary, taking us beyond the manifestly seen and felt." - Edward Gauntlett, The Charles Williams Quarterly, Summer 2007

 

106. WORMWOOD, Issue 8, Edited by Mark Valentine, 23rd April, 2007. 92 pages. £8.99. 550 copies. Paperback journal printed on cream bookwove paper, and bound by Bath Press.

Contents: 'Editorial', 'The Territory of the Others: The Dark Fiction of Theodore Sturgeon' by Joel Lane, 'Lautréamont: Count of Cult-Authors, Master of Malevolence, Hero of Situationists' by Adam Daly, 'The Crystal Utopia: The Green Child by Herbert Read' by Paul Newman, 'Higuchi Ichiyo: The Brief Flight of a Literary Shooting Star' by Quentin S. Crisp, ' "Long Live Degenerate Art!'" ' by Don LaCoss, 'C.L. Moore' by E.F. Bleiler, 'Lionel Britton: An Update' by Tony Shaw, 'The Decadent World-View' by Brian Stableford, 'Late Reviews' by Douglas A. Anderson, 'Camera Obscura', 'Notes on Contributors'.

 

105. THE SECRET OF THE SANGRAAL AND OTHER WRITINGS, by Arthur Machen, Introductions by R.B. Russell, 6th February 2007. Second Tartarus printing. Hardback: 375 + vi pages. £35/$65. Sewn signatures, printed on 130gsm acid-free paper, and bound by Bath Press in blue cloth stamped in gilt, with silk ribbon marker and head and tailbands. 350 copies. ISBN 978-1-872621-18-0.

Contents: The Secret of the Sangraal: Introduction and Essay. The Stroller, When I Was Young in London, London Thirty Years Ago, The Joy Of London, Re-Discovery of London, Dog and Duck: Dog and Duck, Why New Year?, On Valentines and Other Things, On Simnel Cakes, 'April Fool!' , The Merry Month of May, A Midsummer Night's Dream, July Sport: With Some Remarks on Young Mr Blueface, 'A Thorough Change', Roast Goose: With a Dissertation on Apple Sauce and Sage and Onions, Where are the Fogs of Yesteryears?, Martinmass, Christmas Mumming, A Talk for Twelfth Night, Some February Stars, March and A Moral, St George and the Dragon, The Poor Victorians, Stuff-And Science, On Holidays, Six Dozen of Port, The Custom of the Manor, The Vice of Collecting, Splendour, How to Spend Christmas, Adelphi: Fareewell! , The Art of Unbelief, Note. Dr Johnson's Disappearing Act. Notes and Queries: Guinevere and Lancelot, Shakespeare and Shakespere, A New Year Meditation, Casuistry, Superstition-or Instinct?, Imagination and Health, England and Revolution, Celtic Magic, The Holy Graal, Justice, Liberty-and Fallacy?, The Art of Divination, Our Absurd Education, The Cult of the Secret, Rouge et Noir-and the Unknown, The Moth and the Flame, Tom O'Bedlam and His Song, The Only Way. The Gray's Inn Coffee House. Bridles and Spurs: Bridles and Spurs, A Forgotten Book, The Strange Tale of Mount Nephin, Pictures on the Cards, The Ancient Speech, Mutterings in the Dark Grove, The Old Grammar School, Riddles and Symbols, The Holy Grail, The Bitter Impatience, Lost Books, True to Life. A Note on Poetry. Bibliographical Notes (from Danielson's Bibliography)

Review:

...this volume is . . . an indispensable addition to the library of not only the Machen reader but student of weird fiction in general. . . . A sense of pleasure is available in practically every memory or essay put forth. . . . While the pleasure and intellectual worth of such a volume as this should be immediately recognized, one of the chief uses of these writings is the chance for the curious to draw connections between Machen's fiction and life. . . . this carefully assembled collection depicts various sides of Machen's interests and composition styles in one convenient, reasonably priced volume. William Simmons, Infinityplus

 

2006:

 

104. THE MAN WHO COULD WORK MIRACLES, by H.G. Wells, edited by Rosalie Parker, with an Introductions by Brian Stableford, 1st December 2006. Hardback: 363 + xiv pages. £35/$65. Sewn signatures, printed on 130gsm acid-free paper, and bound by Bath Press in blue cloth stamped in silver, with silk ribbon marker and head and tailbands. 300 copies. ISBN 978-1-905784-00-4.

Contents: 'Introduction', 'The Devotee of Art', 'Walcote', 'The Flowering of the Strange Orchid', 'The Lord of the Dynamos', 'The Temptation of Harringay', 'The Moth', 'Pollock and the Porroh Man', 'Under the Knife', 'The Plattner Story', 'The Red Room', 'The Story of the Late Mr Elvesham', 'The Apple', 'The Crystal Egg', 'The Presence by the Fire', 'The Man Who Could Work Miracles', 'The Stolen Body', 'A Vision of Judgment', 'A Dream of Armageddon', 'The New Accelerator', 'The Inexperienced Ghost', 'Mr Skelmersdale in Fairyland', 'The Truth About Pyecraft', 'The Magic Shop', 'The Country of the Blind', 'The Door in the Wall', 'The Beautiful Suit', 'The Wild Asses of the Devil', 'The Story of the Last Trump', 'The Pearl of Love', 'The Queer Story of Brownlow's Newspaper', 'Answer to Prayer'.

   Reviews:

'The Man Who Could Work Miracles: The Supernatural Tales of H.G. Wells is an extremely worthwhile collection and, like all Tartarus Press books, it is produced to an extremely high standard indeed.' Paul Kane, The Compulsive Reader

 Those who consider Wells only a great SF writer will be pleasantly surprised by this collection of stories, apt to charm both the devotees of fantastic literature and the regular readers of horror and ghost fiction. Mario Guslandi, SF Site

 

103. THE HILL OF DREAMS, by Arthur Machen, Introductions by Mark Valentine, Lord Dunsany and Arthur Machen, 30th October 2006. Hardback: 230 + xxxii pages. £30/$55. Second Tartarus printing. Sewn signatures, printed on 130gsm acid-free paper, and bound by Bath Press in burgundy wibalin cloth stamped in gold, with silk ribbon marker and head and tailbands. 300 copies. ISBN 1872621317.

 

102. WORMWOOD, Issue 7, Edited by Mark Valentine, 30th October 2006. 92 pages. £8.99. 550 copies. Paperback journal printed on cream bookwove paper, and bound by Bath Press.

Contents: 'Editorial', 'G.K. Chesterton: Artist of Fantasy and the Grotesque' by William Charlton, 'Oriental Gothic: William Beckford's Vathek and The Episodes of Vathek' by Albert Power, 'Agorit': An Unpublished Fragment by Sarban, 'Josef Šimánek: Czech Pagan Fantasist' by Cyril Simsa, 'Paul Leppin: The Ghost of Prague: An English Reader's Perspective' by Mark Beech, 'Cry Mider For Zeulas: The Elak Stories of Henry Kuttner' by Richard Toogood, 'The Decadent World-View' by Brian Stableford, 'Late Reviews' by Douglas A. Anderson, 'Camera Obscura', 'Notes on Contributors'.

 Review:

...this is certainly where Wormwood’s talents lie - in close readings of obscure texts, informed by detailed knowledge of the authors and their work. By printing the texts themselves alongside masterly interpretations, the reader is invited to do likewise, thereby encouraging new scholarship and iconoclasm. - Dara Downey, The Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies

 

101. A WALBERSWICK GOODNIGHT STORY, by Louis de Bernières, October 2006. 12 pps. Limited edition of only 200 signed, numbered copies, hand-set in Perpetua type by Alan Anderson and printed on Zerkall paper. £25.00.

 

100. THE SENSE OF THE PAST, by Henry James, edited by Rosalie Parker, with an Introduction by Glen Cavaliero, 23rd June 2006. Hardback: 657 + xi pages. £35/$65. Sewn signatures, printed on 130gsm acid-free paper, and bound by Bath Press in green wibalin cloth stamped in gold, with silk ribbon marker and head and tailbands. 300 copies. ISBN 1 87262199 6 / 978-1-872621-99-9.

Contents: 'Introduction' by Glen Cavaliero, 'The Romance of Certain Old Clothes', 'De Grey: A Romance', 'The Last of the Valerii', 'The Ghostly Rental', 'Sir Edmund Orme', 'The Private Life', 'Owen Wingrave', 'The Altar of the Dead', 'The Friends of the Friends', 'The Turn of the Screw', 'The Real Right Thing', 'The Great Good Place', 'Maud-Evelyn', 'The Third Person', 'The Beast in the Jungle', 'The Jolly Corner', 'The Sense of The Past', 'Notes for The Sense of the Past'.

 

99. WORMWOOD, Issue 6, Edited by Mark Valentine, 8th May 2006. 92 pages. £8.99. 550 copies. Paperback journal printed on cream bookwove paper, and bound by Bath Press.

Contents: 'Editorial', 'The October Revolution: Ray Bradbury's Existential Paradigm for the Horror Genre, Part Two' by Joel Lane, 'Old England, New England: M.R. James, Mary Wilkins Freeman and Sarah Orne Jewett' by John Howard, 'Through a Mind Darkly: Some Thoughts on J.S. Le Fanu and the Psychology of the Ghost Story' by William P. Simmons, 'Savage Songs from a Sinful Sea: Robert E. Howard's Faring Town Trilogy' by Benjamin Szumskyj, 'Introduction to William Hope Hodgson's "The Psychology of Species'" by Douglas A. Anderson, 'The Psychology of Species' by William Hope Hodgson, 'The Lost Genius of Britton: Proletarian Misfit, Apocalyptic Anarchist, Forgotten Genius' by Adam Daly, 'Trajectory of a Comet: Poland's Arch-Decadent' by Brian R. Banks, 'The Decadent World-View' by Brian Stableford, 'Late Reviews' by Douglas A. Anderson, 'Camera Obscura', 'Notes on Contributors'.

 

98. THE PALE APE, by M.P. Shiel, Introduction by Brian Stableford, 8th May April 2006. Hardback: 211 + xiv pages. £30/$55. Sewn signatures, printed on 130gsm acid-free paper, and bound by Bath Press in red wibalin cloth stamped in gold, with silk ribbon marker and head and tailbands. 300 copies. ISBN 1 87262198 8 / 978-1-872621-98-2.

Contents: 'Introduction', ' The Pale Ape', 'The Case of Euphemia Raphash', 'Cummings King Monk', 'A Bundle of Letters','Huguenin's Wife', 'Many a Tear', 'The House of Sounds', 'The Spectre-Ship', 'The Great King', 'The Bride'.

Reviews:

Moments of terror-laden friction -- emotionally charged moments of explosion -- abound in this collection. . . . this volume instills a sense of both mysticism and earthly relevance to fantasies which celebrate the outré in the truest sense of the term, allowing imagination to run unfettered. The result? Stories without genres, nightmares without boundaries. - William Simmons, Infinity Plus

 Tartarus Press, a small UK imprint devoted to weird and supernatural fiction of high quality, after having reprinted Shiel's Prince Zaleski and The Purple Cloud presents us now with a new edition of The Pale Ape, an elegant, hardcover volume graced by a learned Introduction by Brian Stableford, a renowned authority in the field of decadent literature. - Mario Guslandi, Dark Wisdom issue # 10, 2006

 

97. FATHER RAVEN AND OTHER TALES, by A.E. Coppard, edited by Rosalie Parker, with an introduction by Mark Valentine, 3rd April 2006. Hardback: 301 + xii pages. £30/$55. Sewn signatures, printed on 130gsm acid-free paper, and bound by Bath Press in green wibalin cloth stamped in gold, with silk ribbon marker and head and tailbands. 300 copies. ISBN 1 87262197 X / 978-1-872621-95-5.

Contents: 'Introduction', 'Adam & Eve & Pinch Me', 'Arabesque-The Mouse', 'The King of the World', 'Marching to Zion', 'Piffingcap', 'Clorinda Walks in Heaven', 'The Elixir of Youth', 'Simple Simon', 'The Tiger', 'The Man From Kilsheelan', 'Old Martin', 'The Bogie Man', 'The Martyrdom of Solomon', 'The Almanac Man', 'Polly Morgan', 'The Gollan', 'The Post Office and the Serpent', 'Crotty Shinkwin', 'Ahoy, Sailor Boy!', 'Gone Away', 'Jove's Nectar', 'The Philosopher's Daughter', 'Jack the Giantkiller', 'Rocky and the Bailiff', 'Ale Celestial?', 'Father Raven', 'The Drum', 'Cheese', 'The Homeless One', 'The Kisstruck Bogie', 'The Gruesome Fit'.

Reviews:

Not only enjoyable, these pieces capture the age old 'magic' once thought lost when the bards stopped speaking their dramas aloud. - William Simmons, Infinity Plus

This is a welcome addition to tartarus's republications of the masters of the 'strange' story. An informative, well-written introduction by Mark Valentine sets the scene. You may not like all these stories, but you will probably enjoy many; and you cannot fail to admire Coppard's very individual style and craftsmanship. - Reggie Oliver, All Hallows

    I enjoyed this rather weighty tome – 31 stories and 301 pages, and would recommend it. - Matt Johns, Prism (British Fantasy Society), May 2007

 

96. THE LONG RETREATING DAY, by John Gaskin, 2nd February 2006. Hardback: 205 pages. £27.50/$50. Sewn signatures, printed on 130gsm acid-free paper, and bound by Bath Press in red wibalin cloth stamped in gold, with silk ribbon marker and head and tailbands. 450 signed copies. ISBN 9781872621968.

Contents: 'Preface', 'Three Songs of Youth', 'The Conceit of the Dancing Man', 'Tapiola', 'St John's Wood', 'The High-Stepping Man', 'The Long Retreating Day', 'From Lydia with Love and Laughter', 'The Bay Platform', 'Rigor Mortis', 'Road Closed', 'Omega', 'Three Songs of Age'.

Reviews:

"That’s the brilliance of the man, his work has the ability to distort time. These are modern works in a classic style and prove that the traditional supernatural tale is alive and in very good hands." - Highlander's Book Reviews

"Economically written and deeply felt nightmares of atmospheric subtlety and stark spiritual horror. . . reaffirming the importance of structure and lyricism in a genre too often represented by slap-dash sensationalism." - William Simmons, Hellnotes

"if you like solid, elegant fiction apt to make the act of reading almost a physical pleasure, then this is a book you shouldn't miss for any reason. . . . this volume is a literary gem that everybody should be entitled to enjoy." - Mario Guslandi, Agony Column

Gaskin's stories are excellent... - Simon Kurt Unsworth, All Hallows

 

95. RITUAL, by Arthur Machen, with a Foreword by R.B. Russell, January 2006. 382 + xiii pages. £35.00. Fourth edition. Sewn hardback printed on 130gsm acid-free paper, and bound by Bath Press in red wibalin cloth stamped in gold, with silk ribbon marker and head and tailbands. 300 copies. ISBN 1872621279.

Contents: The Priest and the Barber, The Spagyric Quest of Beroaldus Cosmopolita, The Town of Long Ago, Candletime, Cidermas, Over the Gate, Of the Isle of Shadows, A Further Account of the Academy of Lagado, Tales from Barataria, Sir John's Chef, Rus in Urbe, By the Brook, The Autophone, The Brook Farm, A Remarkable Coincidence, A Double Return, A Wonderful Woman, The Lost Club, An Underground Adventure, Jocelyn's Escape, The Red Hand, The Rose Garden, The Turanians, The Idealist, Witchcraft, The Ceremony, Psychology, Torture, Midsummer, Nature, Holy Things, The Young Man in the Blue Suit, The Soldiers' Rest, The Monstrance, The Dazzling Light, The Little Nations, The Men from Troy, The Light That Can Never Be Put Out, Drake's Drum, A New Christmas Carol, 7B Coney Court, Munitions of War, The Gift of Tongues, The Islington Mystery, Johnny Double, The Cosy Room, Awaking, Opening the Door, The Compliments of the Season, The Dover Road, The Exalted Omega, The Tree of Life, Out of the Picture, Change, Ritual.

 

 

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