228: THE QUEST FOR CORVO, by A.J.A. Symons, with an Introduction by Mark Valentine, 17th May 2018. 362+xviii pages. £45.00. Sewn signatures, printed on 150gsm acid-free paper, and bound by CPI Antony Rowe Ltd in printed cloth stamped in gilt, ribbon marker and head and tailbands. 300 copies. ISBN 978-1-912586-01-1.
227: ARTHUR MACHEN'S 1890s NOTEBOOK, edited by The Friends of Arthur Machen, published 1st May, 2018, 348+viii pages. Paperback reprint by TJ International. ISBN 978-1-912586-03-5.
226: WORMWOOD, Issue 30, Edited by Mark Valentine, 26th April 2018. 88 pages. £9.99. 400 copies. Paperback journal printed on cream bookwove paper, and bound by TJInternational.
Contains: ‘ "The best Vitality / Cannot excel Decay": Echoes of Literary Decadence in the Fiction of Caitlín R. Kiernan' by James Goho, 'Another Kind of Fairyland: Margaret Benson’s The Court of the King' by Joseph Hinton, 'A Scientist reads Algernon Blackwood’s The Fruit Stoners' by Rebekah Memel Brown, 'Phantasmion and Phantastes' by William Charlton, 'Impostor in the Hebrides: The Strange History of Ada Goodrich Freer' by Peter Bell, 'Night-Doings in Victorian England: The Sojourn of Ambrose Bierce' by Tim Foley, 'Under Review' by Reggie Oliver, 'Late Reviews' by Douglas A. Anderson, 'Camera Obscura' by John Howard.
225: TREE SPIRIT AND OTHER STRANGE TALES, by Michael Eisele, 3rd April 2018. 291 pages. £35.00. Sewn signatures, printed on 110gsm acid-free paper, and bound by CPI Antony Rowe Ltd in printed cloth stamped in gilt, ribbon marker and head and tailbands. 300 copies. ISBN 978-1-912586-02-8. Contents: ‘Mouse’, ‘Aedan of the Taexili and the Giant’, ‘Leshi’, ‘Sacrifice’, ‘Come Not High’, ‘The Professor and the Nixie’, ‘Tree Spirit’, ‘Willow Rawnie’, ‘Mr Saria’, ‘The Wife’, ‘Brown Jenkins’, ‘The Gardinel’, ‘The Black Man’, ‘The Selchie’, ‘The Nun’s Tale’.
224: THE MACABRE TALES OF EDGAR ALLAN POE, 1st March 2018. Large format sewn hardback book of 436 + xviii pages, printed lithographically on 150gsm Munken pure rough paper, with sewn sections, decorated boards, silk ribbon marker, head and tailbands, and d/w. 400 numbered copies.
Contains: 'Introduction' by Brian Stableford. ‘Metzengerstein’, ‘MS. found in a bottle’, ‘The assignation’, ‘Berenice’, ‘Morella’, ‘King Pest’, ‘Shadow—A Parable’, ‘Silence—A Fable’, ‘ Ligeia’, ‘How to Write a Blackwood Article’, ‘The Devil in the Belfry’, ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’, ‘William Wilson’, ‘The Conversation of Eros and Charmion’, ‘The Man of the Crowd’, ‘The Murders in the Rue Morgue’, ‘A Descent into the Maelström, The Colloquy of Monos and Una, ‘Never Bet the Devil Your Head’, ‘Eleonora’, ‘The Oval Portrait’, ‘The Masque of the Red Death’, ‘The Pit and the Pendulum’, ‘The Mystery of Marie Rogêt’, ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’, ‘The Black Cat’, ‘A Tale of the Ragged Mountains’, ‘The Premature Burial’, ‘Mesmeric Revelation’, ‘The Oblong Box’, ‘Some Words with a Mummy’, ‘The Imp of the Perverse’, ‘The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar’, ‘The Cask of Amontillado’, ‘Hop-Frog’, ‘The Lighthouse’.
The Macabre Tales of Edgar Allan Poe contains all of the illustrations by Harry Clarke for the 1923 edition of Tales of Mystery and Imagination, with one illustration reinstated (for 'Morella'), and a variant added ('The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar'). In total there are 8 colour plates (tipped-in by hand), 23 full page black and white illustrations, and numerous ornaments.
223: HOLY TERRORS, by Arthur Machen, 16th December 2017. Paperback reprint, 70 pages. £5.95. ISBN 978-1-905784-99-8
Contains: ‘The Cosy Room’, ‘The White Powder’, ‘The Bowmen’, ‘Ritual’, ‘The Happy Children’, ‘Midsummer’, ‘Afterword’, ‘The Friends of Arthur Machen’.
222: WORMWOOD, Issue 29, Edited by Mark Valentine, 30th November 2017. 88 pages. £9.99. 400 copies. Paperback journal printed on cream bookwove paper, and bound by CPI/Anony Rowe.
Contains: ''John o’ Dreams and the Siren Voices in Hope Mirrlees’ Lud-in-the-Mist' by Colin Insole, '"Incurable": Lionel Johnson, the Disconsolate Decadent, Part 2 by Nina Antonia, 'Peak Victorian' by Henry Wessells, 'A Forgotten Radical Voice: Edward Upward' by Nick Wagstaff, 'From Canterbury to the Stars: The Dark Imagination of Philip E. High' by John Howard, 'Further Recollections of Robert Aickman' by Richard Dalby, 'The Young Antiquary: Ulric Daubeny' by Richard Dalby, 'Under Review' by Reggie Oliver, 'Late Reviews' by Douglas A. Anderson, 'Camera Obscura' by John Howard.
221: THE LONDON ADVENTURE, Or, The Art of Wandering, by Arthur Machen, 13th November 2017. 252 + xi pages. £40.00. Sewn signatures, printed on 110gsm acid-free paper, and bound by CPI Antony Rowe Ltd in blue printed cloth stamped in gilt, ribbon marker and head and tailbands. 300 copies. ISBN 978-1-905784-97-4. Contents: 'The London Adventure', From the London Evening News: 'The Night Sky of London', 'Peter Pan', 'The Enchanted City', 'A Night on the Thames', 'Wonderful London', 'A Study in Back Streets', 'More about Back Streets', 'Wonderful London: Some of Its Unwritten Laws', 'London in Brave Attire', 'When I was Young in London', 'London Thirty Years Ago', The Young Man in the Blue Serge Suit', 'The Joy of London', 'Re-Discovery of London', 'Sunday Night in London', A Night at the Café Royal', Night in London', 'How Spring Came to Kew', 'I Recommend a House', Ghosts of the Strand', 'Hornsey House of Nightmares', 'Racketty Ghost Breaks Out Again', 'Bertie’s Banging Ghost'.
Recommended by Michael Dirda in the Washington Post.
220: DEVIL'S DAY, by Andrew Michael Hurley, 19th October 2017. 249 pages. £40.00. Sewn signatures, printed on 110gsm acid-free paper, and bound by CPI Antony Rowe Ltd in green cloth stamped in gilt, ribbon marker and head and tailbands. 300 signed copies. ISBN 978-1-905784-98-1.
Winner of the Royal Society of Literature's Encore Award for best second novel.
"The nebulous presence of the Devil is evoked so palpably in this novel that at times I hardly dared look up when reading for fear of seeing him grinning at me from the chair next to mine. But the book would not be so terrifying were Hurley less adept at making the reader believe in his characters . . . Hurley's riveting, disturbing novel is about the ways in which both communities and families create myths to make sense of their pasts, and about how the comforting embrace of these myths can turn, if they are allowed to become too powerful into a stranglehold." Literary Review
"The new master of menace. This chilling follow-up to The Loney confirms its author as a writer to watch . . . Hurley doesn't need the devil's help to grip you. His taut writing does that for him. Nature's routine cruelties are caught with a fierce accuracy that Ted Hughes would have admired." Sunday Times
"Hurley is a superb storyteller. He leads you up on to the moors, into the eye of a snowstorm, dropping little clues, sinister hints at devilment and demonic possession. Then he changes course, scuffs over the prints in the snow, springs new villainies on you, abandons you overnight in the hills." The Times
"Beautifully captures a bleak landscape and the feeling of something evil and unknowable in the moors, the hills and the byways." Sunday Express
"Hurley is a fine writer, with concerns that place him a little to the left of the literary mainstream, a remove that makes him extremely interesting." John Boyne, Irish Times
"This impeccably written novel tightens like a clammy hand around your throat." Daily Mail
"This is a story with pull. Its lively, building sense of evil is thoroughly entangled with the assumptions of the way of life depicted, that apparently timeless relationship of the smallholder and the moor." Guardian
"Makes for impressively uncomfortable reading." TLS
"A gorgeously written novel that leaves the reader wondering and perturbed." Metro
"Devil's Day is evocative and unsettling, exploring the potency of tradition, place and allegiance in a brutal rural environment." Daily Express
"The follow up to The Loney deploys myth, landscape and the tropes of horror to chilling effect." FT
"Andrew Michael Hurley's The Loney was one of the surprise stand-outs of last year, and a worthy winner of the Costa First Novel Award. His new novel, Devil's Day is equally good . . . it is a work of goose-flesh eeriness . . . Hurley's work is like a reincarnation of novels such as John Buchan's Witch Wood or the stories of M.R. James. His prose is precise and his eye gimlet." The Spectator
"A master of flesh-creeping menace. Around macabre happenings in a remote farming community on the bleak moors of the Lancashire-Yorkshire border, he weaves a terror tale of human vulnerability. Hidden horrors surface. Eerie malevolence flickers. Nature's routine cruelties are caught with a fierce accuracy that Ted Hughes would have admired." Sunday Times, Books of the Year
"Andrew Michael Hurley is adept at making his readers' spines tingle." The Times, Books of the Year
219: MIRROR DEAD, by Magda McQueen, 1st September 2017. 254 pages. £35.00. Sewn signatures, printed on 110gsm acid-free paper, and bound by CPI Antony Rowe Ltd in blue cloth stamped in gilt, ribbon marker and head and tailbands. 300 copies. ISBN 978-1-905784-94-3.
"...The book is not really a ghost story in the traditional sense, but it is a superb tale of possession. It certainly belongs in the supernatural category, but its complex psychology goes well beyond any easy classification. Put simply, this is by far the best written modern horror story I have yet experienced." Nigel Robert Wilson, British Fantasy Society
"Mordantly amusing ... Readers fond of dark fantasy with a light touch will be rewarded." Publishers Weekly
"A great piece of paranormal writing that will keep you guessing right up to the end. Highly recommended.' Druid Life
"Magda McQueen has written a startling debut." Russell C.J. Duffy
218: A COUNTRY STILL ALL MYSTERY, by Mark Valentine, 9th August 2017. 306 + xii pages. £40.00. Sewn signatures, printed on 110gsm acid-free paper, and bound by CPI Antony Rowe Ltd in blue cloth stamped in gilt, ribbon marker and head and tailbands. 41 black and white photographs. 300 copies. ISBN 978-1-905784-95-0.
Contains: ‘Introduction', '"A Country Still All Mystery": Machen, Sarban and Otherworldly Landscapes', '"An Atlas of Unknown Worlds": Mary Butts, John Metcalfe and Stories of Strange Regions', '"A Landscape of the End of the World": The Supernatural Terrain of Francis and Eric Brett Young', 'Borderland Mysteries: The Thrillers of R.C. Ashby', 'The Islands Beyond: The Books of Robert Atkinson', 'Half- Seen Shadows: C.R.J. Carstairs and the Great', 'Crying For Elysium: The Pagan Fantasies of Forrest Reid', 'Courted by an Orchid: The Mystical Fantasies of Ronald Fraser', 'The Singer of Samarkand: James Elroy Flecker', 'The Third Alias: A T.E. Lawrence Mystery', 'The Roads to Shangri-La: James Hilton and the Mysteries of the East', 'The Ceremony at Arnsburg: Playing the Glass Bead Game', 'In an Unresting Land: Randolph Stow’s The Girl Green as Elderflower', 'Towards Tir-Nan-Og: Lord Dunsany’s The Curse of the Wise Woman', 'The Last Wolf in England', 'Beyond the Boundaries: Extra-Parochial Districts', 'The Wind in Their Faces: The After-Life of Becket’s Assassins', 'Inheritance of Shadows: John Meade Falkner’s Other Novels', 'Written in Smoke: Oliver Onions’ The Hand of Kornelius Voyt', 'Against the Abyss: Carnacki the Ghost-Finder', 'Gentleman Renegade: A.J. Raffles, Cricketer and Crook', 'Teaching Yourself to Think: Eric Ambler’s Spy Stories', 'Holy Treasures: Three Arthur Machen Mysteries', '‘This Cackling Old Gander’: The New Age and Arthur Machen', 'Gentle Mephistopheles: The Fiction of Frank Baker', 'Cope & Fenwick: A Reminiscence, and a Checklist', 'The Amber Chapel', 'The Original Tower of Moab', '"Who Could Damn Hardest": A Muggletonian Influence upon "Casting the Runes"?', 'The English Catalogue', 'Acknowledgements'.
'Mark's easy, elegant and erudite style, and his vast knowledge of books, places, forgotten legends and folklore, ensure that every single essay is an enjoyable read.' Rosemary Pardoe, the Ghost and Scholars Newsletter 32
'A Country Still All Mystery is a delightful and fascinating collection of essays about books, landscapes, writers, publishers, and the pleasures derived therefrom. Mark Valentine introduces us to his passion for old books, and recounts some of the pleasurable zig-zags this has sent him on. Readers of Machen and Hodgson will find much of interest in each article.' Jay Rothermel, Easily Distracted
'A hugely recommended read for anyone with an interest in the roads less travelled and in the words spoken with a quieter resonance." Wyrd Britain
217: SEVEN STRANGE STORIES, by Rebecca Lloyd. 24th May 2017. 245 pages. £35.00. Sewn signatures, printed on 110gsm acid-free paper, and bound by CPI Antony Rowe Ltd in blue cloth stamped in gilt, ribbon marker and head and tailbands. 300 copies. ISBN 978-1-905784-96-7.
Contains: ‘The Monster Orgorp’, ‘Jack Werrett, the Flood Man’, ‘Christy’, ‘The Pantun Burden’, ‘Again’, ‘Little Black Eyes and Tiny Hands’, ‘Where’s the Harm?’.
"An exquisite collection of macabre tales..." which "...will appeal to readers who like stories that are subtle as well as strange." Publishers Weekly
"... a very strong collection, one that adds new ideas to the genre of the weird, while at the same time recognising the debt to all those who have gone before. Lloyd is shaping up to be a major talent, one with a unique vision and compelling style." Peter Tennant in Black Static 62
"Contains some unforgettable classics of the 'strange stories' genre." D.F. Lewis
216: WORMWOOD, Issue 28, Edited by Mark Valentine, 9th May 2017. 88 pages. £9.99. 400 copies. Paperback journal printed on cream bookwove paper, and bound by CPI/Anony Rowe.
Contains: 'Among the Toiling Masses: On Robert Aickman’s "Meeting Mr Millar"’ by Philip Challinor, 'Herbert Moore Pim: Hibernian Hierophant, Chameleon of Identity, Sorcerous Scribbler' by Adam Daly, 'Incurable: Lionel Johnson: The Disconsolate Decadent, Part 1' by Nina Antonia, 'Kipling’s Fancy: "Wireless" Communication and Cross Correspondences, by Jacob Huntley, 'The Fairy Suffragettes: Evelyn Sharp, Bessie Hatton and Mary de Morgan' by Mark Andresen, 'Devil’s Tor: A Voyage from Arcturus' by Robert Eldridge, 'The Eternal Feminine: David Lindsay’s Fixation as Developed in Devil’s Tor' by Thomas Kent Miller, 'Under Review' by Reggie Oliver, 'Late Reviews' by Douglas A. Anderson, 'Camera Obscura' by John Howard.
215: THE HOUSE OF THE HIDDEN LIGHT, by Arthur Machen and A.E. Waite. 3rd April 2017. Paperback reprint, 99 + xxviii pages. £14.95. ISBN 978-1-905784-93-6
Contains: 'Introduction' by R.A. Gilbert, 'The Quest for the Hidden Book' by R.A. Gilbert, 'The House of the Hidden Light' by Arthur Machen and A.E. Waite.
"In this handsome new edition from Tartarus Press, the editor R.A. Gilbert ... plausibly [suggests] the book to be a coded record of the two men's exploits in the bars and taverns of the metropolis, a secret diary of their boozy peregrinations, a grimoire of London pub life." Times Literary Supplement
"Tartarus Press, one of the few specialty presses making available for modern audiences rare and obscure macabre literary treasures, joins forces with Ferret Fantasy to offer macabre afficionados a gift that at once serves as a collector's edition of mystical allegory, a semi-autobiographical account of two men's spiritual coming of age, and an obscure, mystery-charged text. " - Underworlds Magazine
214: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF ARTHUR MACHEN, by Arthur Machen. 24th March 2017. 309 + xii pages. £40.00. Sewn signatures, printed on 110gsm acid-free paper, and bound by CPI Antony Rowe Ltd in pictorial cloth stamped in gilt, ribbon marker and head and tailbands. Four colour plates on art paper. 350 copies. ISBN 978-1-905784-92-9.
Contains: ‘Introduction' by Stewart Lee, ‘Far-Off Things, ‘Things Near and Far’.
Recommended by Michael Dirda in the Washington Post.
213. HOLIDAYS FROM HELL, by Reggie Oliver, 26th January, 2017. 310 pages. £40.00. Sewn signatures, printed on 110gsm acid-free paper, and bound by TJ International in blue cloth stamped in gilt, ribbon marker and head and tailbands. 500 copies. ISBN 978-1-905784-91-2.
Contains: ‘Introduction' by Robert Shearman, ‘Holiday from Hell, ‘The Silken Drum’, ‘The Green Hour’, ‘The Perfect Author’, ‘Absalom’, ‘The Druid’s Rest’, ‘The Rooms are High’, ‘The Prince of Darkness’, ‘The Book and the Ring’, ‘The Maze at Huntsmere’, ‘Trouble at Botathan’, ‘A Day with the Delusionists’, ‘Rapture’, ‘Love at Second Sight’, ‘Afterword’.
"Each of the 14 stories in Oliver’s seventh collection (after Flowers of the Sea) is a gem of subtly evoked horrors whose climaxes are skillfully understated but still effectively chilling." from a "starred" review in Publishers Weekly
"Oliver is the leading contemporary exponent of the antiquarian ghost story as established by M.R. James." Locus
"Oliver also provides neat and evocative line drawings as illustrations at the start of each story, making this an all-round, very attractive package." Peter Tennant, Black Static 62
"...a wonderful, enticing collection of great stories, apt to prove once again what an incredibly deep pleasure reading can be." Mario Guuslandi, British Fantasy Society
212. THIS SPECTACULAR DARKNESS, by Joel Lane, edited by Mark Valentine and John Howard, 1st December, 2016. 338 + x pages. £35.00. Sewn signatures, printed on 110gsm acid-free paper, and bound by TJ International in black cloth stamped in silver, gilt, copper and metallic red, with frontispiece portrait, ribbon marker and head and tailbands. 300 copies. ISBN 978-1-905784-90-5.
Contains: 'Foreword’ by Mark Valentine, ‘Acknowledgements’, Critical Essays for Wormwood by Joel Lane: ‘The Dark Houses of Cornell Woolrich’, ‘The October Revolution: Ray Bradbury’s Existential Paradigm for the Horror Genre’, ‘The Territory of the Others: The Dark Fiction of Theodore Sturgeon’, ‘No Secret Place: The Haunted Cities of Fritz Leiber’, ‘Ruins of Time: The Mortal Terrors of Harlan Ellison’, ‘The Ruins of Reality: Thomas Ligotti and the Uses of Disenchantment’, ‘World Gone Wrong: H.P. Lovecraft’s Mythology of Loss’, ‘Forever Always Ends: Robert Aickman’s Visions of Afterlife’. Other Critical Essays by Joel Lane: ‘Strange Eons and the Cthulhu Mythos’, ‘Negatives in Print: The Early Novels of Ramsey Campbell’, ‘Beyond the Light: The Recent Novels of Ramsey Campbell’, ‘Writers in the James Tradition: Ramsey Campbell’, ‘The Double Edge: Robert Aickman’s Supernatural Stories’, ‘The Master of Masks’, ‘A Dream by the Old Canal’, ‘Hell is Other People: Robert Bloch and the Pathologies of the Family’. Appreciations of the Writings of Joel Lane: ‘Mapping the Territory: Joel Lane’s Essays’, by John Howard, ‘The Paper Ghosts: Reflections on Five Early Stories’, by Mark Valentine, ‘“Where the Gods are Rotting”: The Poetry of Joel Lane’, by Mat Joiner, ‘Socialism or Barbarism: Joel Lane’s Blue Trilogy and the poetry of the lost’, by Nina Allan. ‘Publication History.’
'Joel Lane...was an exceptionally astute and sympathetic critic of supernatural horror' and 'Lane is particularly good on the modernist horror of Fritz Leiber, with its distinctive feel for the urban environment', also 'For Lane, worthwhile supernatural horror is always about something more: a displacement and distillation that crystallizes human situations in a moment of of metaphorical truth'. Phil Baker, Times Literary Supplement
'A fitting tribute to J0el, whose life was cut too short.' Rosemary Pardoe, Ghosts and Scholars, 31
'This is an excellent non-fiction book and deserves a place on the shelf of any serious scholar of the genre.' The British Fantasy Society
211. WORMWOOD, Issue 27, Edited by Mark Valentine, 10th November, 2016. 90 pages. £9.99. 400 copies. Paperback journal printed on cream bookwove paper, and bound by TJ International.
Contains: 'The Dystopian Bones of Peake’s Castle Gormenghast' by James Butler, 'Lords of All Power: The Apocalyptic Science Fiction Novels of Robert Hugh Benson: Part 2' by John Howard, ' "A Death Most Peculiar and Sad": LeeRoy J. Tappan and the Omar Khayyam Cult' by Gavin Callaghan, 'Amyas Northcote’s Ghostly Companies' by Mike Barrett, 'Worlds: The Life and Theurgic Artistry of Andrei Bely' by Avalon Brantley, 'Under Review' by Reggie Oliver, 'Late Reviews' by Douglas A. Anderson, 'Camera Obscura' by John Howard.
210: THE GIRL WITH THE PEACOCK HARP, by Michael Eisele, 21st October 2016. 268 pages. £35.00. Sewn signatures, printed on 110gsm acid-free paper, and bound by CPI/Antony Rowe Ltd in burgundy cloth, printed, stamped in gilt and silver, with ribbon marker and head and tailbands. 300 copies. ISBN 978-1-905784-89-9.
Contains: ‘An Old Tale’, ‘The Beginning’, ‘The Music’, ‘The Lighthouse’, ‘The Eyes’, ‘What Dreams May Come’, ‘Gloria and the Selchie’, ‘Frogs’, ‘Milosh’, ‘Sanity’, ‘Kelpie’, ‘Monkey’, ‘The Girl with the Peacock Harp’, ‘The Change’, ‘Rolf’.
"Eisele demonstrates uncommon skill at exposing the hearts and minds of his characters and giving their conflicts an emotional immediacy, no matter how weird their circumstances." Publishers Weekly
"I think this book will appeal to anyone who enjoys richly-imagined, intelligent fiction. They are not easy to classify, and certainly don't qualify as horror or ghost stories per se. Instead they occupy a fascinating region where myth and legend overlap with the fears and crises of all-too-real world." David longhorn, Supernatural Tales
Also included in Michael Dirda's Holiday Book Picks at the Washington Post.
209: GREEN THOUGHTS AND OTHER STORIES, by John Collier, 15th September, 2016. 293 + ix pages. £35.00. Sewn signatures, printed on 110gsm acid-free paper, and bound by TJ International in green cloth stamped in blind, gilt and silver, with ribbon marker and head and tailbands. 300 copies. ISBN 978-1-905784-88-2.
Contains: 'Introduction', 'Man Overboard', 'Green Thoughts', 'Special Delivery', 'Thus I Refute Beelzy', 'Evening Primrose', 'Witch’s Money', 'Are You Too Late or Was I Too Early', 'De Mortuis', 'Fallen Star', 'Pictures in the Fire', 'Wet Saturday', 'The Lady on the Grey', 'Old Acquaintance', 'The Devil, George, and Rosie', 'Ah, the University!', ''Midnight Blue', 'Gavin O’Leary', 'Little Memento', 'The Steel Cat', 'Sleeping Beauty', 'In the Cards','The Invisible Dove Dancer of Strathpheen Island', 'Spring Fever', 'Youth from Vienna', 'A Matter of Taste', 'A Dog’s a Dog'.
"A handsome hardback brimming with his unique, wicked, dandyish style." Tim Martin, Daily Telegraph
"...an attractive showcase of a talented writer’s fiction ... likely to resuscitate the author’s reputation and elicit new interest in his work." Mario Guslandi, Nudge
208: THE SOUND OF HIS HORN AND OTHER STORIES, by Sarban, 12th August, 2016. 331 pages. £40.00. Sewn signatures, printed on 110gsm acid-free paper, and bound by TJ International in dark blue cloth stamped in silver, with ribbon marker and head and tailbands. 350 copies. ISBN 978-1-905784-88-2.
Contains: ‘The Sound of His Horn', 'The Sacrifice', 'The Sea-Things', 'Number Fourteen', 'The King of the Lake’.
The Sound of His Horn is the subject of in-depth analysis at the Los Angeles Review of Books.
207: THE HIDDEN BACK ROOM, by Jake Wyckoff, 14th July, 2016,306 pages. £35.00. Sewn signatures, printed on 110gsm acid-free paper, and bound by TJ International in dark grey cloth with affixed vignette photograph by David Baker, with ribbon marker, head and tailbands. 300 copies. ISBN 978-1-905784-85-1
Contains: ‘The Hidden Back Room’, ‘Tanoroar’, ‘Gut Punch’, ‘On Balance’, ‘The Rain-Dirty Valley’, ‘The Homunculus in the Curio’, ‘A Blood Without Blood’, ‘The Dreams of Pale Night’, ‘The House on North Congress Street’, ‘Details’, ‘Comfortidor’, ‘In the Library’, ‘Les Ombres Chinoises’, ‘Stronger Than All Storms’.
"Wyckoff creates characters with whom the reader can easily identify, and that makes their dramas seem all the more disturbing when events move them into the more shadowed recesses of personal experience. His stories abound with surprises that even diehard readers of weird fiction are not likely to anticipate." Publishers Weekly
"Wykoff’s stories are elegantly crafted, aesthetically pleasing." This is Horror
"Readers who enjoy a good dose of terror mixed with their reality will want to book The Hidden Back Room." Rick Kleffel, Narrative Species
206. WORMWOOD, Issue 26, Edited by Mark Valentine, 19th May, 2016. 90 pages. £9.99. 400 copies. Paperback journal printed on cream bookwove paper, and bound by TJ International.
Contains: 'Inner Rooms: A Weird, Ecstatic Cosmology', by Daniel Watt, 'The Strange and the Supernatural in the Short Stories of Rudyard Kipling', by Colin Insole, 'Lords of All Power: The Apocalyptic Science Fiction Novels of Robert Hugh Benson: Part 1', by John Howard, 'A Weekend with a Latterday Henry Ryecroft: Roger Dobson and the Lost Club’s Last Literary Expedition', by Mark Samuels, 'D.K. Broster: Short Voyages through Dark Waters', by Mike Barrett, 'Reality within "Supernatural" Tales', by John Gaskin, 'Under Review' by Reggie Oliver, 'Late Reviews' by Douglas A. Anderson, 'Camera Obscura' by John Howard.
205. ARTHUR MACHEN'S 1890s NOTEBOOK, edited by The Friends of Arthur Machen, published May, 2016, 347+viii pages. Available to members of The Friends of Arthur Machen. Sewn signatures, printed on 110gsm acid-free paper, and bound by TJ International in pictorial cloth, with head and tailbands. 300 copies. ISBN 978-1-905784-83-7.
204. MULADONA, by Eric Stener Carlson, published 18th April, 2016, 290 pages. £35.00. Sewn signatures, printed on 110gsm acid-free paper, and bound by TJ International in pictorial cloth, with head and tailbands. 350 copies. ISBN 978-1-905784-84-4.
"Carlson makes Vergil's increasing sense of helplessness as each is told seem palpable and believable. This book will appeal to readers who believe that childhood fears are often the most potent." Publishers Weekly
"Muladona’s story-within-a-framework structure recalls the Decameron of Boccaccio, though the dark tone is more reminiscent of Dante. It’s a dense tangle of cruelty, anguish, intrigue and history run riot that would be worthy of Borges himself." Whistlingshade
"Muladona is original, fresh, and above all, it is a thinking person's horror novel ... well thought out and intelligently written ... Highly, highly recommended for readers who enjoy the work of excellent writers and for people who like their horror novels more on the cerebral side. This is a good one, folks." Oddly Weird Fiction
"Carlson captures the terror of an almost-remembered nightmare, juxtaposing the familiar and the strange with ease.", Rick Kleffel at KQED
"...a brilliant work of American Gothic supernatural horror." David Longhorn, Supernatural Tales
203. THE COSY ROOM AND OTHER STORIES, by Arthur Machen, with an Introduction by James Machin, published 16th February, 2016, 189 + xviii pages. £35.00. Sewn signatures, printed on 110gsm acid-free paper, and bound by TJ International in pictorial cloth, with head and tailbands. 300 copies. ISBN 978-1-905784-81-3. Contains: ‘Introduction’ by James Machin, ‘The Double Return’, ‘A Wonderful Woman’, ‘The Lost Club’, ‘The Holy Things’, ‘Psychology’, ‘Torture’, ‘Witchcraft’, ‘The Turanians’, ‘The Rose Garden’, ‘The Ceremony’, ‘Midsummer’, ‘Nature’, ‘The Hidden Mystery’, ‘Munitions of War’, ‘Drake’s Drum’, ‘A New Christmas Carol’, ‘The Islington Mystery’, ‘The Gift of Tongues’, ‘The Cosy Room’, ‘Awaking’, ‘Opening the Door’, ‘The Compliments of the Season’, ‘N’
202. MASQUES OF SATAN, by Reggie Oliver, 15th February, 2016. Paperback reprint, 322 pages. £14.95. ISBN 978-1-905784-80-6
Contains: 'Introductory', 'The Man in the Grey Bedroom', 'Grab a Granny Night', 'The Children of Monte Rosa', 'Mr Poo-Poo', 'The Silver Cord', 'The Road from Damascus', 'Mmm-Delicious', 'Puss-Cat', 'The Old Silence', 'Music by Moonlight', 'Blind Man’s Box', 'Shades of the Prison House, a novella', 'The End of History'.
201. THE BITTERWOOD BIBLE, by Angela Slatter, Introduction by Stephen Jones, Afterword by Lisa L. Hannett, Illustrated by Kathleen Jennings, 29th January 2016. Paperback reprint, 277 + viii pages. £14.95. ISBN 978-1-905784-82-0
Contains: 'Author’s Note', 'Introduction' by Stephen Jones, 'The Coffin-Maker’s Daughter', 'The Maiden in the Ice', 'The Badger Bride', 'The Burnt Moon', 'By My Voice I Shall Be Known', 'The Undone and the Divine', 'The Night Stair', 'Now, All Pirates are Gone', 'St Dymphna’s School for Poison Girls', 'The Bitterwood Bible', 'Terrible as an Army with Banners', 'By the Weeping Gate', 'Spells for Coming Forth by Daylight', 'Afterword' by Lisa L. Hannett, 'Acknowledgements'.