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Tartarus is a small, British independent press founded in 1990. We specialise in collectable hardback limited editions of literary supernatural/strange/horror fiction, and we also publish paperbacks and ebooks.We have been the recipient of four World Fantasy Awards, and in 2010 received a "Stoker" from the Horror Writers Association.

"When first encountered, the publications of Tartarus Press seem almost as numinous as the supernatural tales they contain. The simple elegance of their presentation. . . jacketed in uniform cream covers with only minimal decoration, recall an earlier age when books were as rare and treasured as jewels. These are not commodities to be piled high on three-for-two tables, but rarities which remain hidden unless sought out . . . The stories hoarded in their pages are so little known you might be forgiven for wondering if you have dreamed them. The Triumph of Night and Other Tales by Edith Wharton. The Supernatural Tales of H.G. Wells. The Lost Poetry of William Hope Hodgson. And dozens of other titles by authors both famous and obscure which taken as a whole form a secret library, a catalogue of weird fiction from its roots in Victorian Britain through to the modern day."  -- Damien G. Walter, The Guardian

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16th February 2015:
Our next book will be a reprint of Arthur Machen's classic novel The Secret Glory. The new edition contains all six chapters, with notes, and as appendices ‘The Hidden Mystery’ (first published in The Academy, June 6th 1908) and ‘The Martyr’ (first published in The Academy,
June 20th 1908.) The book has illustrated boards with an image from ‘Mural XV: The Golden Tree’ by Edwin Austin Abbey. It will be published 5th March 2015.
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15th February 2015:
The Bitterwood Bible by Angela Slatter is discussed very positely in a podcast at The Writer and The Critic.
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14th February:
Rupetta by N.A. Sulway is mentioned by Alyssa Rosenberg in The Washington Post, suggesting that it would make a great movie. The book is described as "terrific".
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29th October 2015:
We are very pleased to report the excellent news, made official today, that Andrew Michael Hurley's superb novel The Loney has been shortlisted for the James Herbert Award for Horror Writing 2014. This new annual award is sponsored by Pan Macmillan and James Herbert’s family. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony in London in March.
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15th October 2015:
The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley continues to receive great reviews. Stefan Dziemianowicz in Locus (January 2015) writes: "Hurley delivers a haunting and powerful weird tale about religious faith and how it is used to control and make sense of forces that constantly resist it." .
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14th January 2015:
Rosalie Parker's The Old Knowledge gets a very fine review from Rick Kleffel at The Agony Column: "The stories to be found in this slim volume are chilling to be sure, and engrossing in every way. But there's a bigger picture than just the stories themselves. These stories take us not to a different world, but a different vision of this world."
Rick also interviews Rosalie and Ray from Tartarus here.
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10th January 2015:
The Arthur Machen collection at Newport Reference Library is under threat. Watch the news story on the itv website.
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7th January 2015:
No less than three new reviews of The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley, and all of them positive, starting with a "starred" review at Publishers Weekly:
"His sensitive portrayal of Tonto and Hanny's relationship and his insights into religious belief and faith give this eerie tale depth and gravity."
 
And at No Time is Passing:
"What I loved about The Loney is that it struck me as the kind of book Robert Aickman might have written if his strange stories had expanded into strange novels. Yes, it’s more narratively linear and “filled out” than Aickman’s work, and possibly Hurley’s portrayal of the novel’s human characters as distinct from the landscape is less contemptuous and alien than some of Aickman’s."
 
And at Bookmunch:
"Hurley is a terrific writer... That he has honed his talents in short stories shows here, the rhythm of the story is perfect, and the build-up of tension is so well done that your palms will be clammy at just the thought of some of the set pieces. "
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5th January 2015:
We are pleased to announce that our next publication will be Orpheus on the Underground by Rhys Hughes. It will be published on Thursday 8th January. In the twenty years since the publication of his first short story collection (Worming the Harpy, Tartarus Press, 1995) Rhys Hughes has become an éminence grise of the strange tale. He wears his reputation lightly, and it is the sheer fun and individuality of the stories in Orpheus on the Underground that make them so memorable.
 
 
 
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4th January 2015: Happy New Year!
  
We can begin the year with a very good, new review for Mercy and Other Stories by Rebecca Lloyd, at Rick Kleffel's Agony Column: "The stories collected in 'Mercy' are excitingly, invitingly, engagingly human. With each tale, Lloyd offers us the premise that our hearts are a mystery."
 
We are also pleased to note that Tartarus Press and Andrew Hurley's The Loney are both discussed, as is Robert Aickman, in an article on ghost stories in the Sunday Telegraph.
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13th December 2014: The Australian today publishes a very good review of The Bitterwood Bible by Angela Slatter:
"She has carved a niche as one of the best writers of short stories of dark fantasy. . . . Each story is infused with different elements of myth, fairytale and folklore to create something fresh and original. The tales are creepy and supernatural, but also contain wry humour. They often come with a sharp point, sometimes by way of a morality tale or small cruelties. Slatter combines darkness, passion and beauty to leave the reader at turns amused, confronted and horrified. . . . Slatter writes with an exquisite touch, and her words are enhanced by delightful sketches by Australian artist Kathleen Jennings."
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12th December 2014: We've just heard about a great review of Strange Tales IV  in November's issue of LOCUS magazine: "Tartarus Press has always displayed impressive production values but Strange Tales IV raises them to a new height ... With its colour frontispiece by Stephen J. Clark and colour foil-stamped boards bearing another Clark design, this is a book whose physical package is commensurate with the literary quality of its contents."
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8th December 2014: The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley has recently received two very good reviews.
 
The first is from Rick Kleffel at The Agony Column: "The Lonely, a powerfully written tale of faith, reality and what rises from the gulf between the two ... a novel with rich, intense characters and places you'll not soon forget.."
 
The second from Paul StJohn Mackintosh at Teleread: "Hurley has written a dark, disturbing and completely convincing piece of modern Gothic that delivers on all kinds of levels."
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14th November 2014: A great "starred" review received from Publishers Weekly for The Bitterwood Bible by Angela Slatter "13 expertly wrought stories in this short-fiction collection feature characters driven by the all-too-human motives of revenge and frustration with the miserable circumstances of their lives."
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12th November 2014: Andrew Hurley, author of The Loney, will be reading from his new novel at "Bad Language", a literary night at The Castle, Oldham Street, Manchester on 26th November at 7:30pm.
He is also reading in Lancashire at Heysham Library on 14th November, from 10:30-11:30 am, and at Bolton le Sands Library 28th November from 2-3pm.
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11th November 2014: We are always seeking interesting contributions to Wormwood, our journal covering fantastic, supernatural and decadent literature. We are especially interested in contributions on the subject of decadent and European authors whose work may be less well known to anglophone readers. Articles should normally be between 2,000-5,000 words and authors are advised to discuss possible subjects or themes with the editor, Mark Valentine before submitting their work. Payment will be in the form of complimentary copies of the journal.
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3rd November 2014: Our next book will be The House of Souls by Arthur Machen. Published on 10th November, The House of Souls contains: ‘Author’s Note’, ‘A Fragment of Life’, ‘The White People’, ‘The Great God Pan’, ‘The Inmost Light’, ‘The Three Impostors’, ‘The Red Hand’. This new edition is augmented by Sidney H. Sime’s extraordinary original frontispiece and board illustrations:
 
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2nd November: Tartarus Press receives a (very) brief mention in The New York Times.
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26th October: The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley receives a very fine, insightful review at No Time is Passing.
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20th October 2014: Our new publication is Wormwood 23. The issue contains:
The Way to the City: The Final Novels of Charles Williams by John Howard
Bookman’s Holiday by Michael Dirda
Thomas Tessier: Walking the Night Side by Mike Barrett
Dulcie Deamer: Spiritual Awakenings by James Doig
Fire-Flies in Atlantis, or, The Country of Fear by Henry Wessells
Was the Novelist Phyllis Paul also an Illustrator? by Douglas A. Anderson
Under Review by Reggie Oliver
Late Reviews by Douglas A. Anderson
Camera Obscura by John Howard
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21st October: Rick Kleffel at KQED has posted The Literature of Fear: 12 High-Quality Horror Books for Sleepless Nights, and lists three Tartarus Press Books: The Flowers of the Sea by Reggie Oliver, Darkscapes by Anne-Sylvie Salzman, and The Bitterwood Bible by Angela Slatter.
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21st October: A trailer for our Robert Aickman film, due to be premiered at the World Fantasy Convention on Thursday November 6th, 9.30pm, the Conference Theatre:
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17th October 2014: A great review for The Bitterwood Bible by Angela Slatter at Thirteen O'Clock: "Highly recommended."
And a very fine review of The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley on Goodreads: "The Loney is a lovely book, both in its prose and its plotting and its primary characters and even its darkness, which is dished out slowly and carefully"
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