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Secret Europe is now available as a trade paperback, 236 + viii pages, ISBN 978-1-912586-16-5


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Secret Europe


John Howard and Mark Valentine


The authors of Secret Europe were inspired by the lives of the many courageous spirits in all parts of the continent who followed their conscience in troubled times: and formed a sort of Secret Europe which tried to preserve the values of our common humanity. The stories often take place in borderlands, not only in terrain but in time too, and sometimes on the borders of this world and other, mysterious worlds. Many are set during times of upheaval—war, revolution, dictatorship—while others concern more personal upheavals. Each of the remote and relatively unknown regions is evoked with a fine sense of place, and we share in the lives of authentic characters who are faced with difficult, often dangerous, choices.


Contents: 'Introduction', John Howard and Mark Valentine, ''Baltersan's Third Edition', Mark Valentine, 'Secret Byzantium', Mark Valentine, 'The Silver Eagles', John Howard, 'Silence and Fire', Mark Valentine, 'The Other Salt', Mark Valentine, 'The White City', John Howard, 'The Baltic Circles', John Howard, 'The Girl with the Violin', Mark Valentine, 'The Goat-Eyed', Mark Valentine, 'The Lion of Chaldea', Mark Valentine, 'Westenstrand', John Howard, 'The Unrest at Aachen', Mark Valentine, 'Prince Aziz', Mark Valentine, 'The Hunting Castle', John Howard, 'The Atelier at Iasi', Mark Valentine, 'A Minor Official', Mark Valentine, 'The Way of the Sun', John Howard, 'Wandering Paths', John Howard, 'A Lantern for Carpathia', Mark Valentine, 'The High Places', John Howard, 'The Fall of Ashes', Mark Valentine, 'Cabaret Zoltaire', Mark Valentine, 'The Waltz of Masks', John Howard, 'The Second Percussionist', Mark Valentine, 'A Gift for the Emperor', John Howard, 'An Officer of the Reserve', Mark Valentine.



'...Inner Europe, a companion to Secret Europe. Both these handsome volumes ... are suffused with that air of mystery, transgression and foreboding one associates with continental literature and film during the 1920s and ’30s.' Michael Dirda, The Washington Post

'... an astonishing work of fiction that effortlessly displaces the world we know with the world created on the pages we read. By virtue of strong, character-based storytelling, subtle prose and genuinely inventive strangeness, Valentine and Howard create a version of Europe that is not ours, but partakes of that which we know in such a manner as to be more powerful than what is real.' Rick Kleffel, The Agony Column

'...this outstanding collection, tales that have been stored away in places waiting for a sensitive ear to give voice to their hidden secrets.' Glen Cole Russell



Paperbacks and ebooks available by Mark Valentine

The Peacock Escritoire with At Dusk

Sphinxes and Obelisks (essays)

A Wild Tumultory Library (essays)

Haunted by Books (essays)

A Country Still All Mystery (essays)

The Fig Garden and Other Stories (short stories)

The Nightfarers (short stories)

The Herald of the Hidden (short stories)

Secret Europe (short stories, with John Howard)

Inner Europe (short stories with John Howard)The Collected Connoisseur (short stories, with John Howard)

The Collected Connoisseur (short stories, with John Howard)


See also:

Phantom Cities by The Sodality of the Shadows



An interview with Mark Valentine


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