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The Haunted Woman

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David Lindsay

 

With an Afterword by Douglas Anderson

 

David Lindsay's vision in The Haunted Woman (1922) is a strange and personal one, but very different from the alien landscapes of his earlier and better-known novel A Voyage to Arcturus. Set in the Sussex Downland of the 1920s, The Haunted Woman tells of Isbel Loment's strange experiences at Runhill Court, a house with ancient origins. Ascending a staircase that few can see, she meets the owner of the house, Henry Judge, in rooms which seem to exist only in another dimension.

 

As with Lindsay's other novels, The Haunted Woman was appreciated by few in his lifetime. But in recent decades readers and critics have come to recognise how remarkable Lindsay's strange, metaphysical writings really are. Outwardly more conventional than A Voyage to Arcturus, The Haunted Woman nevertheless offers a glimpse of a supernatural world, hinting at alternative existences, whilst remaining a very readable novel of mystery and romance.

 

This new edition of The Haunted Woman contains an Afterword by Douglas A. Anderson, known for his work on J.R.R. Tolkien and for reviving interest in lesser-known fantasy and weird fiction writers. His most recent book is Tales Before Tolkien: The Roots of Modern Fantasy.

 

Review

'A wonderful, undeservedly neglected interweaving masterwork of spiritual and emotional psychosis that will well repay the reader who immerses himself in its dark, wildly imaginative nightmares.' William Simmons, Hellnotes

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