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19th May 2020:
We are pleased to announce the publication of Past Lives of Old Books, essays by R.B. Russell. This new volume collects thirty-six essays, mainly on books and writers.
8th May 2020:
New York Review of Books
Michael Dirda has written a very fine article on Arthur Machen in the New York Review, in which he describes Occult Territory as '...a delightful pictorial scrapbook', and he recommends our Youtube series of videos on collecting Machen.
7th May 2020:
Out of Print
We are sorry to report that the following books are now out of print as limited edition hardback books:
Mark Valentine: A Wild Tumultory Library
Howard and Valentine: Inner Europe
Arthur Machen: The Children of the Pool
W.F. Harvey: The Double Eye
4th May 2020:
Wormwood 34 is now available. It contains Geoff Dibb on Oscar Wilde and ‘Mr W.H.’, J Cruikshank on Peter Van Greenaway, Karen Kohoutek on Strindberg’s ‘Inferno’, Iain Smith on William Croft Dickinson and John Howard on two time-slip novels, as well as the usual review columns by Reggie Oliver and John Howard.
3rd May 2020:
More Londonia reviews
More great reviews for Londonia by Kate A. Hardy:
"I enjoy a good sprawl of a novel about London and Kate A Hardy has served up a good one in her big stewpot of ideas and images with a solid side order of mystery. This is a long, immersive read, excellent for those of us waiting out lockdown." Sarah Tanburn, Horla
"A clever dystopian adventure . . . if you like your apocalypse on the literary side with a relatable human plot, then this is definitely worth your attention . . ." Aurealis
2nd May 2020:
A brilliant review of Londonia by Kate A.Hardy, from Paula Guran in the new LOCUS magazine:
"A deeply engaging and always-entertaining novel, the author’s superb use and invention of future language is brilliant."
27th April 2020:
"This is a superbly written book retaining dialogue, place and characterisation to a masterful level. You believe in Hardy’s world and it should hardly be long before a producer is clamouring to make her highly visual future London into a film or series… it strikes at the heart of what we consider to be important in life – something all of us are thinking about at this strange time."
24th April 2020:
Wyrd Britain has given A Wild Tumultory Library by Mark Valentine a very good review, writing: "Mark is a delightful wordsmith and as such always a joy to read, the lives and ideas of his subjects make for engaging topics and you're always going to find at least one author that you're going to absolutely need to track something down by."
21st April 2020:
A new video for bibliophiles
Ray Russell has uploaded to youtube a new video, Discovering Sarban.
17th April 2020:
Hackney Citizen has reviewed Londonia by Kate A. Hardy: "Londonia fizzes with boisterous humour and quirky invention . . . For those needing diversion, this chunky and handsomely produced novel is a delicious book to sink into; it also helps to think through what really matters in life and perhaps to learn a lesson or two from our own current predicament."
We are making available a number of out of print books as print on demand paperbacks. These include:
The House of the Hidden Light by Arthur Machen and A.E. Waite
Dear Dead Women by Edna W. Underwood
Darkscapes by Anne-Sylvie Salzman
11th April 2020:
We are delighted to announce the publication of Unholy Tales by Tod Robbins on Friday 17th April, 2020.
The collection contains: "An Unholy Biography" by Johnny Mains", "Spurs", "Silent, White and Beautiful", "Who Wants a Green Bottle?", "Wild Wullie, The Waster", "The Unholy Three".
Robbins' posthumous and popular reputation is based on the short story ‘Spurs’ (1923), which Tod Browning used as the basis for Freaks (1932), a controversial film that suffered from censorship and bans, but which developed a cult following. The critic E.F. Bleiler praised the tales included in this new collection, calling them "excellent commercial fiction" "with a note of whimsy and sophistication".
Johnny Mains provides an insightful new biography of Robbins, with hitherto unknown information.
Thank you to everyone who submitted short stories for our 30th anniversary anthology. We received over 500 stories. Submissions are now closed.
8th April 2020:
Petals and Violins has been positively reviewed by Mario Guslandi at SFRevu. He writes: "the large majority of the included material is of high quality, confirming Watt's ability to produce excellent yarns bound to fascinate and disquiet the reader."
7th April 2020:
3rd April 2020:
Kate A. Hardy has written a great article for Writers Online which gives an insight into the ideas behind Londonia. She says: "I actually refer to my novel Londonia, as dyst-hopian in genre because it contains hopeful messages for making the best of the post apocalyptic societal collapse."
Kate has a new channel on Youtube. There is a short story reading at the moment, and an excerpt from Londonia will follow...
1st April 2020:
The Child Cephalina review
AUREALIS #129 has reviewed Rebecca LLoyd's new novel and writes that The Child Cephalina '...is a slow burn in the gothic style of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Jekyll & Hyde or Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey or Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. A perfect late night read."
30th March 2020:
29th March 2020:
We have uploaded to Youtube readings from Copsford by Walter J.C. Murray and House of the Flight-helpers by Philomena van Rijswijk.
24th March 2020:
We consider ourselves very lucky that online businesses are allowed to continue in the current Covid-19 crisis, and that the Post Offices are being kept open as essential. We have been told that national and international postal services are operating as usual, with only slight delays due to inevitable staff absences. We would like to thank everyone who is continuing to support us during these difficult times. But, more importantly, we would like to extend best wishes to our customers, their friends and family, hoping that all remain well.
The new issue of Black Static carries two very positive reviews of Tartarus Press books:
The Child Cephalina by Rebecca LLoyd '... is an authentic and well-crafted piece of Gothic fiction, in turns as eerie and captivating as the child Cephalina herself' writes Laura Mauro.
Petals and Violins by D.P. Watt is '... a fine collection that seized my attention with the opening story and held it to the last. It’s rich, varied and entertaining and draws on a range of traditions from the library of the weird. In addition, it proves the form is vital, relevant to our era and capable of endless reinvention. A compelling set of tales...' writes Andy Hedgecock.
Free Music Album
Exactly 100 years ago Walter J.C. Murray rented a derelict house in the Sussex countryside with the aim of making a living collecting herbs. His year is described in the wonderful book, Copsford. On this anniversary Tartarus's Ray Russell is releasing an album of music inspired by the book. It is free to stream and download digitally from Bandcamp.
And here is a video for 'Midsummer', featuring the guitar of Cousin Silas on Youtube.
It is hoped that a physical release will happen later this year. In the meantime, we hope that you enjoy the music.
18th March 2020:
Business almost as usual
It is almost business as usual here at Tartarus Press. We are still taking orders and posting books to customers. The Royal Mail advise that although many international borders are closed to people, mail to the countries to which we send books is unaffected. (Royal Mail).
Sadly, but understandably, Stokercon in Scarborough this April has been cancelled/postponed. We would like to support the organisers in their attempts to rearrange the event, and we hope to meet later in the year with customers, authors and fellow-publishers in the dealers' room.
In the meantime, we hope that you all keep well.
25th February 2020:
Charles David review
‘. . . accomplished, dark and troubling . . . It finds beauty and some measure of reason in the midst of chaos and tells us about it in prose suffused with a fractured, dislocating and chaotic beauty.’ Jon Gower, Horla
Read the first chapter of The Way Things End here.
24th February 2020:
The Child Cephalina
13th February 2020:
Library of the Lost Review
The real stuff has reviewed The Library of the Lost: In Search of Forgotten Authors, by Roger Dobson, and finds:
'As soon as I had started reading, I grabbed pen and paper and started noting titles of various books and stories mentioned here that wanted to read. When I'd finished Library of the Lost, the list numbered thirty-four, of which I only owned twelve. I bought three more immediately, and then after a second read, I purchased another three. I couldn't help myself.
4th February 2020:
'In THE WAY THINGS END Charles David proves his command of literary expression and unassuming empathy . . . Through the slow decay of reality, THE WAY THINGS END is a sincere consideration of life and circumstance. Unsettling, but a worthwhile read for artful contemplation.
And of The New Inn Hall Deception they write:
'The book is impressive to hold, its dark stories intriguing to read.'
31st January 2020:
Publishers Weekly review
Publishers Weekly have given The Child Cephalina by Rebecca Lloyd a very good review: "...she grounds her story in such rich and colorful period detail that events seem eerily believable when they take a turn for the macabre. Readers will race to this novel’s eerie conclusion."
27th January 2020:
The Most Decadent book in the World
The Hill of Dreams is back in print as a hardback from Tartarus Press. How can one resist a book that Madeleine L. Cazamian claimed is "without doubt the most decadent book in all of English Literature"? (L'Anti-Intellectualism et L'Esthetisme: 1880-1900)". It was also called "the most beautiful book in the world" by Carl van Vechten.
26th January 2020:
Londonia launch in London
Londonia by Kate A. Hardy will be launched Friday 13 March, 2020, 6.30pm-9.30pm at Shoreditch Tree House, 34 Charlotte Rd, Hackney, London EC2A 3PB. There will be readings, Londonia soundscapes, live music and unusual vittles. All are welcome (we would be grateful if you could let us know in advance if you hope to attend.)
26th January 2020:
Muladona by Eric Stener Carlson has been reprinted as a paperback. The book, which received a host of very good reviews, was recently the inspiration for an album by Swiss post-metal band Rorcal.
26th January 2020:
The Child Cephalina
The Child Cephalina by Rebecca Lloyd has received a very generous review at Ringshadow.net. "A dark supernatural tale of friendship and obsession in Victorian London" ... "subtly unsettling and brilliantly written" (5/5 stars)
15th January 2020:
A new novel for pre-order: Londonia
In a break from our usual practice, we are making available for pre-order a wonderful new novel, Londonia, by Kate A. Hardy. It will be officially published 13th March, 2020, but we will post copies direct to Tartarus Press customers in advance of this date.
Londonia is a magnificently immersive page-turner. Set in 2073, it seems at first to be a dystopia in which the internet and other modern technologies have collapsed. An elite have sealed themselves up in Central London, while everyone else has to get on as best they can, making-do, bartering, and cooperating with their neighbours. Moving between the two societies is Hoxton, a "Finder" of desirable objects, her own past a mystery to be solved, with the help of new friends. Can hope and friendship survive in this strange new world? . . .
10th January 2020:
Call for Submissions – Short Stories
It’s Tartarus Press’s thirtieth year in 2020, and we are celebrating by publishing a volume of contemporary literary strange tales. If you would like to be considered for inclusion, then please send one story only to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your submission should be entirely new, unpublished elsewhere, c.2,000 – 6,000 words, and on the literary strange/horror/supernatural spectrum. Payment will be by a share in profits. Deadline: 10th April 2020. We look forward to hearing from you!
8th January 2020:
Happy New Year!
Tartarus Press is one of ten publishers featured in a new video wiki Independent Book Publishers Producing Quality Literature.
19th December 2019:
Times Literary Supplement
The Times Literary Supplement has a lengthy discussion of Arthur Machen, with a generous discussion of Occult Territory: An Arthur Machen Gazetteer, The Occult Catalogues and Hieroglyphics, among other recent publications.
"Occult Territory, the first of three Machenian volumes produced this year by the indefatigable Tartarus Press, seeks to chart as much of the writer’s geographical imaginary as is practicable, blending image and text – including generous excerpts from Machen’s own autobiographies, letters, essays and fiction – in a kind of topographical biography ('gazetteer' is too modest a designation for the book, as is 'editor' for its maker, Tartarus’s founder R. B. Russell)."
19th December 2019:
Des Lewis has just finished his real-time review of his reading of The Child Cephalina by Rebecca LLoyd. On the All Hallows Facebook page he writes that it is "A wonderful supernatural novel".
28th November 2019:
New Rebecca Lloyd Novel
We are delighted to announce the publication of a new novel by Rebecca Lloyd, The Child Cephalina. A powerful novel of the occult and supernatural, it is set in Victorian London, and will haunt and disturb the reader. Rebecca Lloyd is the author of two Tartarus Press collections, Mercy and Other Stories (nominated in the World Fantasy Awards), and Seven Strange Stories.
19th November 2019:
Occult Territory reviewed
Occult Territory, An Arthur Machen Gazetteer has been very favourably reviewed in The Fortean Times: "This long-planned labour of love will be welcomed by Machen readers interested in the links between locale and literature".
13th November 2019:
Readers will notice that with Wormwood 33 we have redesigned the journal, with a new cover design, titles and other changes. We hope you will find this attractive and that it achieves what all good publishing design should: making space for the words to thrive.
9th November, 2019:
Out of print
We must report that The Snow-Image by Nathaniel Hawthorne is now out of print.
8th November, 2019:
We are delighted to announce the publication, on the 11th November, of Petals and Violins: Fifteen Unsettling Tales by D.P. Watt. This is a terrific collection of contemporary weird stories by a very fine author.
8th November, 2019:
Worming the Harpy
Rhys Hughes' classic first collection, Worming the Harpy and Other Bitter Pills, is back in print as a paperback, available either direct from Tartarus Press, or through Amazon.
8th November, 2019:
The award-winning novel by Nike Sulway, Rupetta, is available from us as a traditional paperback, and it can now be ordered via Amazon, print on demand.
7th November, 2019:
We are sad to report that Glen Cavaliero passed way on the evening of 28th October. He was a fine poet and critic, and a lovely man. Copies of his collection, The Justice of the Night, are still available through Tartarus Press, although the definitive collection of his poetry is The Flash of Weathercocks.
7th November, 2019:
The Washington Post
"For some time now, my favorite essayist has been an English writer named Mark Valentine. In fact, the now antiquated term “bookman” more aptly describes the multitalented Valentine. Besides essays, he also writes elegantly eerie or criminous short stories, some about an occult investigator known as the Connoisseur; he’s produced the single best monograph on the mystical Welsh man of letters Arthur Machen; and he oversees the journal Wormwood: Literature of the Fantastic, Supernatural and Decadent. Book collecting, though, lies at the center of Valentine’s life."
For those who haven't seen it, there is an interview with Mark Valentine on Youtube.
5th November 2019:
Publishers Weekly review
"This delightful collection . . . Valentine’s essays brim with fascinating insights and details . . . Book lovers will find this volume’s contents compulsively readable and will almost certainly be driven to seek out the many books and authors cited with whom they are not already familiar."
23rd October 2019:
Out of print
21st October 2019:
Publishers Weekly review
Publishers Weekly have printed a very good review of John Gaskin's The New Inn Hall Deception, concluding 'Gaskin is subtle and indirect in his approach to the uncanny, and the rich atmosphere he builds in his stories makes them enjoyable for fans of classic weird tales.'
8th October 2019:
Out of Print - update
3rd October 2019:
There are also dwindling numbers available of:
Darkscapes by Anne-Sylvie Salzman.
"An outstanding collection and an essential book for all serious readers of dark and fantastic fiction. Not to be missed under any circumstances!" Rick Kleffel at The Agony Column
The Triumph of Night by Edith Wharton
"...the fullest (and most attractive) collection..." Michael Dirda, barnesandnoblereview.com
Frankenstein's Prescription by Tim Lees
"...a philosophically insightful and literary tale of terror." Publishers Weekly
The Snow-Image and Other Stories of the Supernatural by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
"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." Gorezone
16th September 2019:
New Mark Valentine book
We are delighted to announce the publication of A Wild Tumultory Library, a third volume of Mark Valentine's essays on books and authors. The new collection takes its title from an encounter in Thomas De Quincey’s youthful wanderings--Valentine’s writing shares that author’s delight in the arcane, the recondite and the obscure. All copies are signed by the author.
11th September 2019:
Figurehead by Carly Holmes is mentioned in The Best Horror of the Year Vol 11. Ellen Datlow writes:
"[A] terrific debut, by a Welsh writer, with twenty-six stories (and a poem or two), almost half of them new. They’re weird, ghostly, dark, and often chilling. Highly recommended."
1st September 2019:
John Gaskin review
Mario Guslandi, at SFRevu writes of The New Inn Hall Deception, '...the book provides further evidence of Gaskin's enticing storytelling skill and of his ability to create subtly unnerving atmospheres.'
29th August 2019:
Publishers Weekly review
"The author adds, 'It was even said that a good storyteller could drag the full moon with the seductiveness of his tongue.' This is a moon-draggingly good work of fantasy worldbuilding."
22nd August 2019:
Three new reviews
Peter Tennant at Black Static has published three new reviews of Tartarus Press Books.
Of Muladona by Eric Stener Carlson he writes:
"I really liked this book. It took on the tropes of horror and folklore and used them to throw light on very real and human evil."
Of Mirror Dead by Magda McQueen he writes:
"I thoroughly enjoyed this book and didn't want it to end."
He also comments on This Spectacular Darkness by Joel Lane, writing:
"Joel Lane's perspective is insightful and intelligent, but never dull or overly academic, never afraid to introduce an element of humour even at his own expense. This Spectacular Darkness is the work of somebody who was passionate about the horror genre and its often untapped potential to throw light on the human condition, to help us make sense of our lives even as they feel ever more meaningless. In the present moment it often seems that rational and compassionate voices like that of Joel Lane are sadly absent from our dialogues at a time when we need them most."
20th August 2019:
Tartarus Press is pleased to announce the publication of the first novel by Charles David, The Way Things End. A beautifully-written exploration of the inter-connectedness of various disparate characters in the twentieth century.
19th August 2019:
Hidden Back Room reviewed
"Wyckoff is an original talent, but also one who seems very much plugged into the weird/horror genre, so that you can see how his work intersects with so much of what has gone before."
16th August 2019:
New email address
Please note that we are retiring the old 'pavilion' email address. For all general enquiries from now on, the address is email@example.com. (The address for submissions remains the same.)
16th August 2019:
In praise of pretty books
'...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.'
13th August 2019:
Muladona out of print
We are sorry to report that the hardback limited edition of Muladona is now out of print. However, there will be further news in due course...
12th August 2019:
Monsieur de Phocas
'Jean Lorrain's Monsieur de Phocas is one of the most intriguing, mesmerising and memorable novels I've read in a long while, because once you've read it, you won't be able to forget it. It lingers on your mind and you'll be thinking of its contents for a long time after the final page has been read. It's a perfect literary marriage of decadence and depravity, visioned by an author who himself had personal knowledge and experiences about many things described in the story.'
27th July 2019:
Orpheus on the Underground
We have just unearthed a couple of reviews of Orpheus on the Underground by Rhys Hughes that we had not seen before:
"A terrific showcase for this quirky writer's weird fiction. Occasionally horrific, but more often ... strange." Ellen Datlow, Best Horror of the Year, Volume 8
"A brilliantly inventive mix of stories from different genres, all entertaining and fascinating at the same time." Matthew Johns, The British Fantasy Society
If Italo Calvino had been interested in supernatural fiction he might well have written such stories.
17th July 2019:
We are delighted to announce the publication of a new collection of "tales of mystery and fear" by John Gaskin, The New Inn Hall Deception. There are 380 signed copies available. This is John Gaskin's third Tartarus Press collection (The Long Retreating Day and The Master of the House are available as paperbacks.)
16th July 2019:
Out of print
11th July 2019:
Back in print
We are delighted to reprint, as a signed, numbered limited edition paperback, Reggie Oliver's most recent collection, The Ballet of Dr Caligari.
We have also reprinted as a paperback, Secret Europe by Mark Valentine and John Howard. There is also a new reprint of their classic collaboration, The Collected Connoisseur (containing an extra story, 'The Celestial Tobacconist'.)
10th July 2019:
7th July 2019:
Occult Territory reviewed
4th July 2019:
Aurealis magazine, issue 122, has reviewed House of the Flight-helpers by Philomena van Rijswijk, concluding "An astonishing book of many merits for readers of intelligent dystopia."
Aurealis has also reviewed The Ballet of Dr Caligari by Reggie Oliver, describing the book as "a fine collection well worth the read."
10th June 2019:
Valentine and Howard reviewed:
Glenn Cole Russell has reviewed Secret Europe on his blog: "...this outstanding collection, tales that have been stored away in places waiting for a sensitive ear to give voice to their hidden secrets." And The Collected Connoisseur here: "I can’t recommend The Collected Connoisseur highly enough."
6th June 2019:
We are pleased to announce the publication, on 10th June, of Hieroglyphics by Arthur Machen. In this unconventional book of literary criticism Machen argues, through an unnamed literary hermit, that the best writing invokes a sense of awe, wonder and mystery. In this new edition we add Machen's ‘A Note on Poetry’, along with a new Introduction by D.P. Watt, and an Afterword by Nicholas Freeman.
5th June 2019:
Publishers weekly 'starred' review
In a Publishers Weekly 'starred' review, The Ballet of Dr Caligari by Reggie Oliver is described as ‘13 exceptional eerie stories. This volume is essential reading for aficionados of classic weird fiction.’
29th May 2019:
Copsford by Walter Murray is featured in Country Life this week. Patrick Galbraith says: "The writing is masterful, moving gracefully between farce when he's waging war on rodents and the sublime when he's painting the beauty of the South Downs"
20th May 2019:
House of the Flight-helpers by Philomena van Rijswijk has received its first review, and it is a good one. Sarah Tanburn writes at the Horla website: "Van Rijswijk manages the complexity of dystopia beautifully. Each page bristles with unlikely details, strange insights into the horror within and outside the city colliding with beauty, with trust and the possibility of connection. Sentences carry great weight, repaying close reading to quarry out the references and possibilities they contain."
7th May 2019:
An Arthur Machen Gazetteer
We are pleased to be publish Occult Territory: An Arthur Machen Gazetteer. This 272 page limited edition hardback book contains over 160 entries for those places in which Arthur Machen lived, worked, wrote, ate, drank and worshipped. It is also a guide to sites that influenced his life and his work. It is illustrated, often with contemporary photographs, and includes quotes from Machen, and those that knew him.
4th May 2019:
The Clockworm review
The Clockworm by Karen Heuler recieves a great review in Aurealis 120: "Tilted towards the literary end of speculative fiction, The Clockworm collection is reminiscent of Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis, recreated for our time. Readers looking for profound yet accessible stories are richly rewarded. As protagonist Nola reflects in ‘Here and There’, dreams don’t come true in the way you want or in the way you think. The unexpected in Heuler’s writing is addictive."
1st May 2019:
We must apologise for the mis-spelling of Victor Neuburg's name in the article on the poet in Wormwood 32.
8th April 2019:
The new issue of Wormwood is available this week, with articles on Mark Hansom, Julian Osgood Field, Edogawa Ranpo, Charles Eric Maine, Victor Neuberg and Frederick Rolfe's revolver, as well as the regular columns 'Under Review'', 'Late Review's' and 'Camera Obscura'.
2nd April 2019:
The Saint Perpetuus Club of Buenos Aires reviewed
Aurealis magazine, issue 119, has published a great review for The Saint Perpetuus Club of Buenos Aires by Eric Stener Carlson: "The first-person narrative is a slow burn that erupts into a furnace spilling with untameable flame."
23rd March 2019:
The Collected Connoisseur reviewed
'Exquisite writing and tales that transport...' Matthew G Rees, Horla
22nd March 2019:
We are delighted to announce the publication of House of the Flight-helpers by Philomena van Rijswijk.
This brilliant new dystopian novel is a strange and satirical narrative, a mythological mosaic of horrors, feather phobias, dead saints, clay flutes, terrible birds, Border Monkeys, forbidden zones and unsettling forebodings.
Philomena van Rijswijk lives in Tasmania, the ‘south island’ of Australia. Her last novel, The World as a Clock-face, was published by Penguin. Her poems and short stories have been published in collections and literary journals in Australia, Ireland and India.
11th March 2019:
Aurealis magazine (issue 118) has positively reviewed two Tartarus Press paperbacks:
Of Nike Sulway's Rupetta they write "The book is high-concept but beautifully written, with florid, fluid language and just enough of a connection to reality to make it seem believable" and "If you’re into speculative fiction, fantasy or books with LBGTI+ content, this is definitely one you shouldn’t miss."
10th March 2019:
Out of Print
We regret to report that The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving is now out of print.
6th March 2019:
Reggie Oliver Reviewed
'Lovers of dark fiction will welcome with enthusiasm a new collection by Reggie Oliver,by far one
of the very best living authors in that genre. . . . Graced by exquisite illustrations drawn by Oliver himself, the book is a real treat for any fan of great fiction.'
4th March 2019:
The Old Knowledge
He begins: "First impressions are important. At first, I thought "The Rain" might be a well-written rehash of the 1970 TV drama Robin Redbreast. I was so wrong! There are elements of homage (whether intentional or not) to that (in)famous drama. This is far more horrifying, yet the frisson is brought on by careful omission and ominous indicators, by what is explicitly not said or shown, rather than with the literary equivalent of jump-scare scenes. This is something Rod Serling would nod to and smile. Oh, it's five stars worth of eloquent dread!"
3rd March 2019
Arthur Machen's Occult Catalogues
Tartarus Press has produced, for the Friends of Arthur Machen, a new hardback book, Arthur Machen's Occult Catalogues, edited by R.A. Gilbert:
In June 1885 Arthur Machen received a letter from the publisher of The Anatomy of Tobacco, George Redway, suggesting that he could find some work for the author, if he would like to return to London. The job Redway had in mind was the compilation of a catalogue: ‘For the publisher of York Street was also a second-hand book-seller. He had a mass of odd literature stored in a garret in Catherine Street, and on these volumes I was let loose’. Machen summed it up as being ‘as odd a library as any man could desire to see. Occultism in one sense or another was the subject of most of the books.’
The Friends of Arthur Machen are pleased to be able to reprint Machen’s catalogue, The Literature of Occultism and Archaeology, along with the ‘Frederick Hockley’ catalogue of 1887.
Later, while working for the book-sellers Robson & Kerslake, Machen spent his evenings selling books on his own account. With his friend Harry Spurr he created a business under the name of ‘Thomas Marvell’ and produced Thesaurus Incantatus, ‘a remarkable combination of magico-alchemical fable and very select catalogue of al-chemical books’. This was published in a small edition in December 1888, but it was not a great commercial success and with it Machen’s career as a cataloguer and bookseller came to an end. This catalogue is also included in the present volume.
As R.A. Gilbert writes in his Introduction, there is ‘a codicil. Machen retained his enthusiasm for esoteric literature—perhaps inevitable, given his close friendship with A.E. Waite—and thirty-five years later gave his support to a catalogue of modern literature issued by R. Townley Searle’s First Edition Bookshop in 1923.’ Machen’s foreword, ‘The Grande Trouvaille’, describes a successful quest for books in the company of Waite. This last catalogue is also included, and if it is not quite so esoteric as the previous examples, collectors might be interested (and frustrated) to know that it includes a first edition of Dracula at 21s (£1.05) . . .
Please note that this limited, hardback, first edition, will be available free to members of the Friends of Arthur Machen, and cannot be obtained elsewhere. Membership can be obtained here.
1st March 2019
21st February 2019
Wyrd Britain reviews a collection of early Mark Valentine stories, Herald of the Hidden, featuring his occult detective Ralph Tyler. Valentine '. . . draws from a heritage of writers that I find fascinating and marries it with a lively imagination, a curious nature and a writing style that embraces both the then and the now to produce stories that feel timeless.'
21st February 2019
Congratulations to Carly Holmes, whose story 'Sleep' from Figurehead has been selected for The Year's Best Horror, edited by Ellen Datlow.
18th February 2019
The Collected Connoisseur Reviewed
Forrest Aguirre has written a lengthy and very positive review of The Collected Connoisseur by Mark Valentine and John Howard: 'This might be as close to a perfect short story collection as I will ever read. This is definitely becoming one of my "chained books" (meaning I'm figuratively chaining it up so you'll have to remove it with a bolt cutter to get it out of my library or pry it from my cold, dead hands).'
15th February 2019:
3 Wyrd Things
The Wyrd Britain blog has published Ray Russell's 3 Wyrd Things, which are Copsford by Walter J.C. Murray, The Cocteau Twins' album Garlands, and the film The Moon and the Sledgehammer.
6th February 2019:
"A heady dram of vintage gothic"
Publishers Weekly have reviewed Pauliska, or, Modern Perversity by Jacques-Antoine Révéroni, baron de Saint-Cyr: "Révéroni’s deliciously lurid novel is a heady dram of vintage gothic . . . With its many moments of fade-to-black fainting, hairbreadth escapes, and rationalizations of what may be supernatural, this book is a high melodrama sure to appeal to fans of the writings of Ann Radcliffe, Matthew Gregory Lewis, and other classic gothicists."
29th January 2019:
The Clockworm and Other Strange Stories by Karen Heuler has received a 'starred' review at Publishers Weekly. It concludes: "Heuler’s voice is refreshingly original, and readers will find these stories remarkably inventive and brimming with ideas not found anywhere else in contemporary fantasy fiction."
26th January 2019:
And now for something slightly different
In 1920 a young man left London for the Sussex countryside, attempting to make a living collecting herbs. His experiences were published in 1948 in a book called Copsford and we are reprinting this as a limited edition hardback. It is not our usual 'supernatural' or 'strange' fiction, but a quietly beautiful book of nature mysticism. We urge you to take a chance on something slightly different.
25th January 2019:
Out of Print
Please note that The Ballet of Dr Caligari and Madder Mysteries by Oliver, Reggie is now out of print as a limited edition hardback. We hope that a paperback edition will follow later this year.
21st January 2019:
Inner Europe Review
Inner Europe by John Howard and Mark Valentine has been the subject of a rolling review by David Longhorn at the Supernatural Tales blog. He writes: 'Inner Europe is a remarkable achievement, straddling genres to offer the reader strange, moving, and always entertaining tales.'
20th January 2019:
16th January 2019:
Author John Gaskin has just issued a three CD set of stories, Tales of Twilight and Borderlands, read by himself and Michael Hordern.
Disc One contains: 'Introduction', 'Blindburn', 'The Pit'. Disc Two: 'Road Closed', 'The Black Knight'. Disc Three: 'Cropsey's Hole'. The set can be ordered direct through this Paypal link. The CDs are £9.99 plus postage (UK = £1.40, EU = £3.85. US = £4.85.)
1st January 2019:
New Reggie Oliver
We are delighted to announce the publication of The Ballet of Dr Caligari, and Madder Mysteries by Reggie Oliver. It is illustrated by the author, and is available as a numbered, signed hardback edition, as well as an ebook.
The illustrations are also available as limited edition prints.
29th December, 2018:
Out of print
We are sorry to report that Dear Dead Women by Edna Underwood is now out of print.
7th December 2018:
The Quest for Corvo in The Washington Post
"Newly reissued by Tartarus Press in a handsome illustrated edition, superbly introduced by Mark Valentine."
3rd December 2018:
New Book - The Clockworm
We are pleased to announce the publication of our latest book, The Clockworm by Karen Heuler, a collection of wonderful, character- and idea-driven strange tales by an accomplished writer.
14th November 2018:
Out of Print
7th November 2018:
1st November 2018:
28th October 2018:
John Gaskin short story for Halloween
John Gaskin has written and recorded a new short story for Halloween, "The Mere House Derogation". It can be heard for free on Soundcloud and Youtube. We currently have two John Gaskin paperbacks available, The Master of the House and The Long Retreating Day.
27th October 2018:
The author Tyler Keevil has written to say of Figurehead by Carly Holmes: "These stories are extraordinary. The collection moves between settings and time periods as seamlessly as it shifts between genres. Here you’ll find threads of the gothic, the uncanny, the supernatural, the ghost story, the fairy tale, and more: all spun together into a rich tapestry that defies categorization. The writing is both precise and sumptuous, the tales startling and – at times – genuinely frightening. The result is a collection of dark delights that will keep you reading, and keep you up at night."
22nd October 2018:
Wormwood 31 is now available, containing essays on subjects as diverse as Hope Mirrlees, Jocelyn Brooke, the Golden Age of Czech Fantasy, Arthur Conan Doyle and Mack Reynolds. Among the reviews, Reggie Oliver comments on the new Robert Aickman paperback, Compulsory Games.
16th October 2018:
Pauliska, or, Modern Perversity
We are delighted to announce that our latest publication is the first ever English translation of a minor classic of the French Gothic, very much a part of the roman noir genre, Pauliska, or, Modern Perversity by Jacques-Antoine Révéroni, baron de Saint-Cyr.
10th October 2018:
Starred review at Publishers Weekly
Figurehead by Carly Holmes has received a 'starred' review by Publishers Weekly, who write: "The 26 stories in Holmes’s impressive first collection of fantasy fiction alternate between skillfully orchestrated forays into traditional supernatural horror and modern vignettes steeped in the magic of classic fairy tales."
8th October 2018:
Simply Scary Reggie Oliver
The Simply Scary Podcast features a new reading of Reggie Oliver's short story "Mr Pigsny".
2nd October 2018:
We have now made available as paperbacks The Purple Cloud by M.P. Shiel, The Library of the Lost by Roger Dobson, and two short story collections by John Gaskin, The Long Retreating Day and The Master of the House.
14th September 2018:
Putting the Pieces in Place and Literary Remains
R.B. Russell's first two short story collections have now been reprinted as a paperback as Putting the Pieces in Place and Literary Remains.
13th September 2018:
Real Time Reviews
9th September 2018:
Arthur Machen's 1890s Notebook
That Machen’s notebook can be read in an accessible printed volume is down to the admirable efforts of R.B. Russell and Rosalie Parker (of The Friends of Arthur Machen and also Tartarus Press) for whom one suspects it must also have been a labour of love. Assistance with certain finer points was provided by Mark Valentine, James Machin, Jon Preece and William Charlton.
They have performed a fine service. Making sense of Machen’s not always easily readable handwriting (which is reproduced beside typewritten transcriptions) must have been a challenge at times, never mind some of his meanings. And then there’s the astonishing breadth of the material. Not to mention the less than obvious sequencing of some of the pages.
6th September 2018:
5th September 2018:
We have been able to make further older titles available as paperbacks:
1st September 2018:
We are delighted to announce the publication of Inner Europe by John Howard and Mark Valentine. Inner Europe collects thirteen stories, eleven of them newly written for this book. This shared volume follows the two authors’ well-received Secret Europe and takes the reader once again on strange journeys to forgotten or little-known places and peculiar historical byways.
29th August 2018:
We have decided to bring back into print as paperbacks a number of our older titles, using Amazon's "print on demand service" and the examples we have received so far look very good. The first four titles are Haunted by Books and A Country Still All Mystery by Mark Valentine, Le Grand Meaulnes and Miracles by Alain-Fournier, and The St Perpetuus Club of Buenos Aires by Eric Stener Carlson. The books can be ordered direct from us, but we would advise that ordering through your own country's Amazon site will be much quicker. There will be more paperbacks to follow...
Nb - A new limited edition hardback, signed by the authors, will be announced next week...
11th August 2018:
Figurehead reviewed and Carly Holmes interviewed
Figurehead by Carly Holmes has been reviewed by Horla magazine. "This is an impressive body of twenty-six pieces which are by turns surprising, intriguing, poignant and humorous, and always intelligent." The author has also been interviewed here.
26th July 2018:
World Fantasy Awards nomination
With great pleasure we note that Tartarus Press has been shortlisted for the 2018 World Fantasy Awards.
14th July 2018:
Peter Tennant in the new Black Static reviews Michael Eisele's Tree Spirit and The Girl With the Peacock Harp, writing "These two collections contain stories that are polished, quirky and eccentric; that won’t quite fit into any genre straitjacket but instead entertain and enthral in part by virtue of their protean nature."
9th July 2018:
Debut short story collection
We are delighted to announce the publication of a debut short story collection, Figurehead, by Carly Holmes. This stunning collection of tales peers into every corner of the strange fiction genre: from rural gothic through to traditional ghost stories, the uncanny, and folk horror. Recommended reading!
8th July, 2018:
Last weekend we attended the Dublin Ghost Story Festival, run by Brian Showers, with Joyce Carol Oates as Guest of Honour. It was wonderful event, and great to have the opportunity to meet a number of Tartarus authors, including Eric Stener Carlson, Anne-Sylvie Salzman, Andrew Michael Hurley and Reggie Oliver. A hugely enjoyable and successful weekend, it was also the launch of Rosalie Parker's short story collection, Sparks from the Fire. We will certainly be going again!
There have a been a few very good reviews of Tartarus Press books published recently:
Publishers Weekly like Tree Spirit and Other Strange Tales by Michael Eisle, which they call "beguiling", although they mistakenly say it is the author's first collection. The Pan Review has also posted a very enthusiastic review of Tree Spirit, pointing out that, 'Again, we are in the folk-horror territory of fantasy, melding Hoffmann, Carter and Pullman.' It has also been the subject of a "running review" at the Supernatural Tales blog and a "real-time" review by D.F. Lewis.
29th May 2018:
Numbered, signed, Reggie Oliver
We have now reprinted as a paperback, Reggie Oliver's 2017 collection of short stories, Holidays from Hell. The first 200 copies are numbered and signed.
Please note we have 5 copies remaining of the 500 print run hardback, numbered and signed. Please email us direct if you would like a copy at the original cover price.
22nd May 2018:
The Wyrd review
A great new review for Mirror Dead by Magda McQueen: "This is a book that I am going to immediately read again, and there have only been a handful of those in my entire life. Part ghost story, part horror, a dash of love story, this book is an intensely modern examination of the psyche but without ever being pretentious. Written with a deliciously dark humour that keeps the story rolling along, this book is a rare treasure. McQueen is definitely an author to watch out for, I can’t wait to see what she’ll write next." The Wyrd
9th May 2018:
Royal Society of Literature Award
Congratulations to Andrew Michael Hurley, joint winner of this year's Royal Society of Literature's Encore Award for best second novel, for Devil's Day (with Lisa McInerney for 'The Blood Miracles'.)
1st May 2018:
New and Forthcoming
We are delighted to announce the reprinting of Arthur Machen's 1890s Notebook.
And on May 17th we will publish a reprint of an acknowledged classic, the brilliant, The Quest for Corvo by A.J.A. Symons. This new Tartarus Press edition is augmented by over sixty photographs of the characters discussed by Symons, and reproductions of the letters he received and sent while conducting his quest. It also includes a very insightful Introduction by Mark Valentine.
The Quest for Corvo will be launched on 16th May at Maggs Bros. Ltd., 48 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3DR, 6:30pm - 9pm. All are welcome, but we would be grateful if you could tell us if you hope to attend, so we can have some idea of numbers. As well as launching the The Quest for Corvo, there will be a small exhibition of material relating to A.J.A. Symons and Rolfe/Corvo.
26th April 2018:
Mirror Dead Review
Douglas A. Anderson, who writes the "Late Reviews" column for our journal Wormwood, has collected many of his fascinating reviews of older and obscure books under his Nodens Books imprint. Details can be found here.
23rd April 2018:
The new Wormwood 30 is published 26th April, and contains essays on the fiction of Caitlín R. Kiernan, Margaret Benson’s The Court of the King, Algernon Blackwood’s The Fruit Stoners', 'Phantasmion and Phantastes, Ada Goodrich Freer and Ambrose Bierce. There are also the regular columns 'Under Review' by Reggie Oliver, 'Late Reviews' by Douglas A. Anderson and 'Camera Obscura 'by John Howard.
19th April 2018:
Out of print
We are sorry to report that This Spectacular Darkness by Joel Lane is no longer available as a limited edition hardback. The ebook, however, is still available.
3rd April 2018:
Tree Spirit and Other Strange Tales
We are delighted to announce a second collection of short stories by Michael Eisele, Tree Spirit and Other Strange Tales. This terrific volume follows the acclaimed The Girl With the Peacock Harp, which Publishers Weekly described as demonstrating "uncommon skill", and which Michael Dirda recommended in the Washington Post.
27th March 2018:
We are sorry to report that Nightmare-Touch by Lafcadio Hearn is now out of print.
16th March 2018:
Sold out and low stock
Tales of Terror by Guy de Maupassant is no longer available as a limited edition hardback direct from Tartarus Press.
Please note that the following books are low in stock
Holidays from Hell by Reggie Oliver
Star Kites by Mark Valentine
Secret Europe by John Howard and Mark Valentine
Nightmare-Touch by Lafcadio Hearn
This Spectacular Darkness by Joel Lane
7th March 2018:
Black Static reviews
Peter Tennant has discussed two new Tartarus Press titles in Black Static 62, and gives them both very positive reviews. He concludes his review of Seven Strange Stories by Rebecca Lloyd: "... 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."
And the review of Holidays from Hell by Reggie Oliver is ended: "Oliver also provides neat and evocative line drawings as illustrations at the start of each story, making this an all-round, very attractive package." Bonus material by Peter, reviews of several of the Reggie Oliver short stories already published, can be found on Peter's Blog.
6th March 2018:
Mirror Dead reviewed
26th February 2018:
The Macabre Tales of Edgar Allan Poe
We are delighted to announce the publication, on March 1st, of The Macabre Tales of Edgar Allan Poe, with illustrations by Harry Clarke, and a new Introduction by Brian Stableford. It is a volume we have wanted to publish for several years because Poe is, after all, the grandfather of horror fiction.
Our new volume is a large format sewn hardback book of 436 + xviii pages. It is printed lithographically on 150gsm Munken pure rough paper, with sewn sections, decorated boards, silk ribbon marker, head and tailbands, and d/w. It is limited to 400 numbered copies.
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.
23rd February 2018:
Three news items
Joel Lane's This Spectacular Darkness is reviewed in this weeks Times Literary Supplement. Phil Baker writes: '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'.
'Where's the Harm', a terrific short story by Rebecca Lloyd from her collection Seven Strange Stories has been chosen by Ellen Datlow for her Best Horror of the Year Volume 10.
Wormwood is recommended in the Washington Post today along with The Green Book, Weird Fiction Review, Faunus (published by the Friends of Arthur Machen) and Der Orchideengarte. All highly recommended by Tartarus Press too!
12th January 2018:
Wyrd Britain enthuses of Mark Valentine's A Country Still All Mystery. "A hugely recommended read for anyone with an interest in the roads less travelled and in the words spoken with a quieter resonance." If only we had some physical copies left!
4th January 2018:
Dublin Ghost Story Festival
Tartarus Press is booked in for the Dublin Ghost Story Festival this year. Highly recommended!
3rd January 2018:
Radio Three ... again
Do listen to an effectively spine-tingling essay by Andrew Michael Hurley on BBC Radio Three, in which he considers the hauntings of Chingle Hall, a 17th-century manor house near Preston.
2nd January 2018:
Please feel free to follow us on Instagram, where we are slowly uploading a great number of book photos.
1st January 2018:
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year to all customers and friends of Tartarus Press.
29th December 2017:
The Verb: Radio Three
19th December 2017:
Magda McQueen's excellent first novel, Mirror Dead, has just received a great review at Publishers Weekly, which described it as "Mordantly amusing" and says, "Readers fond of dark fantasy with a light touch will be rewarded."
13th December 2017:
Out of print
We are sorry to report that Holy Terrors is now out of print with us. However, copies may still be available from our dealers, and copies may also be obtained from Obsolete Films at screenings of the Holy Terrors film.
12th December 2017:
On the 16th December we will publish Holy Terrors, a paperback of five stories by Arthur Machen. This is in association with Obsolete films, whose portmanteau film, Holy Terrors, will be screened at Folk Horror Revival's Winter Ghosts, 16th December at the Metropole Hotel, Whitby, UK.
1st December 2017:
A fantastic review
"...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."
1st December 2017:
Out of Print
Please note that the signed, limited edition hardback of A Country Still All Mystery by Mark Valentine is now out of print. The ebook edition is still available.
29th November 2017:
The new Wormwood 29 is published tomorrow, 30th November, and contains essays on Hope Mirrlees, Lionel Johnson, Edward Upward and other fascinating writers, by Colin Insole, Nina Antonia, Henry Wessells, Nick Wagstaff, John Howard and Richard Dalby. There are also the regular columns 'Under Review' by Reggie Oliver, 'Late Reviews' by Douglas A. Anderson and 'Camera Obscura 'by John Howard.
15th November 2017:
Black Static review
Horthólary: Tales from Montagascony by Michael Reynier has been reviewed by Peter Tennant in the latest issue of Black Static (#61): "...Reynier is his own man and his creation is as original as it is vivid and entertaining.... Be sure to put Montagascony on your travel itinerary in the near future. You will not be disappointed."
13th November 2017:
Out of Print
Please note that we have sold out of copies of our signed, limited edition of Devil's Day by Andrew Michael Hurley.
13th November, 2017:
The London Adventure
We are pleased to announce the publication of Arthur Machen's The London Adventure, or, The Art of Wandering, in which the author plays a fine game with the reader, discussing what his book might be about, how he should begin it and where it might end. The result is a curiously up-to-date psychogeographical manifesto, written, as always, in the author’s beautiful prose. Added to the original text are a number of essays, several uncollected, which inform and illustrate Machen’s contention that, ‘All the wonders lie within a stone’s-throw of King’s Cross Station.’
11th November 2017:
The British Library
Last night the British Library celebrated the acquisition of the Robert Aickman archive. Left to right on stage, Richard Kelly, Jeremy Dyson, Victoria Nelson, Reece Shearsmith, Leslie Gardner and Ramsey Campbell. Raymond Russell and Rosalie Parker of Tartarus Press attended and were also delighted to talk to Heather, Graham and Guy Smith, Jenny Campbell, Brian Showers, Amelia Bradshaw, Reggie Oliver and Pippa, Nidge Ince, Steve Jones, James Machin, Roger Luckhurst, Eddy Obermuller, Chris Maloney, Monica Petzal and Valerie Butler. We are sorry we didn't get to talk, Mick Curtis and Darryl Samaraweera! It was a good crowd of approximately 150 people, and not the kind of event we ever imagined when Tartarus Press first published Robert Aickman back in 1999.
13th October, 2017:
We are delighted to announce the publication of a signed, limited edition of Andrew Michael Hurley's second novel, Devil's Day. This will be published on the 19th October, on the same day as John Murray's trade edition.
11th October, 2017
'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
11th September 2017:
Robert Aickman news
10th September 2017:
Ghosts and Scholars
Rosemary Pardoe in the Ghost and Scholars Newsletter 32 discusses A Country Still All Mystery by Mark Valentine, stating that: "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.
1st September 2017:
New publication: Mirror Dead
We are delighted to announce the publication of Mirror Dead by Magda McQueen, a contemporary novel which we believe demonstrates the rude health of the ghost story at the beginning of the twenty-first century.
29th August 2017:
Joel Lane reviewed
8th August 2017:
A Country Still All Mystery
Our next publication is a collection of literary essays by Mark Valentine, A Country Still All Mystery. It is available as a limited edition hardback (signed by the author), and as an ebook. This new book is a follow-up to the previous volume Haunted by Books.
30th July 2017:
Out of print
Please note that Stories from a Lost Anthology by Rhys Hughes is no longer available as a limited edition hardback. It is still available, however, as an ebook.
20th July 2017:
18th July 2017:
We recently reported that Holidays from Hell by Reggie Oliver had sold out, but we are very relieved to have found another two boxes! These are available through the website once again.
Star Kites by Mark Valentine is now low in stock. Signed copies are still available for the time being.
As previously reported, we are also down to the last few copies of Stories From A Lost Anthology by Rhys Hughes, The Man Who Could Work Miracles by H.G. Wells, The Wandering Soul by William Hope Hodgson and Dreads and Drolls by Arthur Machen. These remaining copies had been previously held back because they all show slight marks and bumps, and we are unable to replace jackets on the Machen and the Hodgson volumes. These four books have all been substantially discounted on the website to reflect this, and are still offered with free post and packing worldwide.
7th July 2017:
Seven Strange Stories reviewed
Seven Strange Stories by Rebecca Lloyd has been reviewed by Publishers Weekly and is described as an "exquisite collection of macabre tales" which "will appeal to readers who like stories that are subtle as well as strange."
The collection has also been "real-time" reviewed by D.F. Lewis who remarks that it "contains some unforgettable classics of the 'strange stories' genre.'"
4th July 2017:
Eric Stener Carlson's wonderful novel Muladona has been reviewed by Whistlingshade: "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."
29th June 2017:
The Life of Arthur Machen
John Gawsworth's excellent The Life of Arthur Machen is now back in print as a paperback and an ebook.
12th June 2017:
22nd May 2017:
Seven Strange Stories
19th May 2017:
Please note that we are now longer able to accept cheques in US dollars, due to a new policy by our bank. Paypal and bank transfers are still fine.
12th May 2017:
Reggie Oliver review
11th May 2017:
Out of print
Please no that The Master of the House by John Gaskin is now out of print as a limited edition hardback. It is still available, however, as an ebook.
4th May 2017:
Richard Dalby, RIP
We are very sad to report the death of Richard Dalby, editor and researcher. Richard's literary knowledge was immense, but in the ghost story field, especially, he was without compare. RIP, Richard.
4th May 2017:
We are pleased to announce the publication on Tuesday 9th May of Wormwood 28. The new issue 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
£9.99 including p&p worldwide.
10th April 2017:
Out of Print
6th April 2017:
Booking the Hidden Back Room
The Hidden Back Room by Jason A. Wyckoff receives a very good review from Rick Kleffel at Narrative Species: "Readers who enjoy a good dose of terror mixed with their reality will want to book The Hidden Back Room."
3rd April 2017:
The House of the Hidden Light
We are pleased to announce the publication of a new paperback edition of The House of the Hidden Light by Arthur Machen and A.E. Waite.
Please note that Ritual and Other Stories is no longer available as a limited edition hardback.
2nd march 2017:
The Autobiography of Arthur Machen
We are pleased to announce the publication, on Friday 24th March, of The Autobiography of Arthur Machen. Comprising Far Off Things and Things Near and Far, this new volume has an Introduction by Stewart Lee, and has four colour plates. It is also available as an ebook.
17th March 2017:
Holidays from Hell by Reggie Oliver receives a "starred" review in Publishers Weekly: "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."
7th March 2017:
Holidays from Hell by Reggie Oliver has been very positively reviewed by Mario Guuslandi at British Fantasy Society: "...a wonderful, enticing collection of great stories, apt to prove once again what an incredibly deep pleasure reading can be."
21st February 2017:
A number of our titles are newly available as ebooks direct from Tartarus, or through Amazon:
And by Arthur Machen:
9th February 2017:
Reggie Oliver Illustrations for sale
Limited edition prints of Reggie Oliver's illustrations from his collections are available for sale:
6th February 2017:
Matthew Keeley at Tor.com writes in praise of small presses, specifically Small Beer, Subterranean and Tartarus.
25th January 2017:
New Reggie Oliver collection
We are delighted to announce that a new collection by Reggie Oliver, Holidays from Hell, will be published on January 30th. It contains fourteen stories by Oliver, and an 'Introduction' by Robert Shearman. 'No one story is like another' as poet and critic Glen Cavaliero has written of Oliver’s work. And as Pulitzer prize winning Michael Dirda of the Washington Post wrote: ‘Once you’ve read one story by Reggie Oliver you’ll want to read them all.’
A Lost Book
Back in 2001 we published Uncle Stephen by Forrest Reid, a wonderfully sensitive supernatural novel, with a new Introduction by Colin Cruise. We seemed to sell out of the book a little quicker than we expected, but this was because a whole box had been mis-labelled and archived. We recently opened the box and discovered that it contained copies of this great book, and we are pleased to be able to offer copies once again, while stocks last, at the original price of £27.50.
20th January 2017:
Publishers Weekly review
The Girl with the Peacock Harp has received a great review at Publishers Weekly: "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."
9th January 2017:
Happy New Year!
In 2009 Tartarus Press published The St Perpetuus Club of Buenos Aires by Eric Stener Carlson. This is still available from Tartarus as an ebook, although the limited edition hardback sold out several years ago. Admirers of the book might like to know that the Megapolisomancy website has created a page called Locations in The St Perpetuus Club of Buenos Aires, which offers photographs of the key sites from the book. Still available as a limited edition hardback, though, is Carlson's Muladona.
21st December 2016:
We would like to wish all customers and friends of Tartarus Press a very Merry Christmas!
Please note that from 21st December we will not be able to acknowledge orders, and we will be sending physical and ebooks again from the 30th December.
11th December 2016:
The Girl with the Peacock Harp
The debut short story collection by Michael Eisele, The Girl with the Peacock Harp, has been reviewed at the Supernatural Tales website, where the astute David Longhorn has been commenting on the individual stories as his has been reading them. He concludes:
"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."
7th December 2016:
The Los Angeles Review of Books
The books of Sarban, and specifically The Sound of His Horn, are the subject of in-depth analysis at the Los Angeles Review of Books. Paul StJohn Mackintosh discusses Sarban's relevance in the modern world, and recommends Tartarus Press: "...the leading independent English publisher of fine editions of weird and dark fiction, specializes in limited fine-quality print hardbacks and equally well-produced but much cheaper DRM-free ebooks."
5th December 2016:
30th November 2016:
This Spectacular Darkness
We are pleased to announce the publication of This Spectacular Darkness, a collection of critical essays by Joel Lane, edited by Mark Valentine and John Howard.
Joel Lane, renowned as a writer of compelling strange stories, novels in the noir tradition, and acute poetry, was also a thoughtful and perceptive essayist on the fantasy and horror fields. For the journal Wormwood he wrote a series of pieces discussing the leading figures in twentieth-century dark literature, including Lovecraft, Ligotti, Leiber and Aickman. Joel always intended to collect these essays in a book to be entitled This Spectacular Darkness. This cannot be that book: but it brings together all the essays he was able to write in the series.
29th November 2016:
Green Thoughts reviews
A very good review for John Collier's Green Thoughts & Other Stories: "...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
23rd November 2016:
Out of Print
We regret to announce that the limited edition hardback of The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay is now out of print. It is still available, however, as an ebook.
21st November 2016:
Oddly Weird Fiction
Muladona by Eric Stener Carlson has received a very fine review at Oddly Weird Fiction. They write: "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."
20th November 2016:
The Hidden Back Room reviews
Jake Wyckoff's The Hidden Back Room has garnered a number of very good reviews:
"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."
"Wykoff’s stories are elegantly crafted, aesthetically pleasing."
10th November 2016:
We are pleased to announce the publication on 14th November of Wormwood 27. The new issue of our journal 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
30th October 2016:
Green Thoughts recommended
21st October 2016:
The Girl with the Peacock Harp
We are delighted to announce the publication of The Girl with the Peacock Harp, a new collection of entrancing short stories by contemporary author, Michael Eisele.
20th October 2016:
The Washington Post
Michael Dirda, in his Halloween reading recommendations in The Washington Post today writes: "R.B. Russell and Rosalie Parker are not only the proprietors of England’s much-admired Tartarus Press, but also accomplished practitioners of the eerie tale." He then goes on to recommend The Stones are Singing by Russell, and Damage by Rosalie Parker.
15th September 2016:
Green Thoughts by John Collier
Our latest publication is Green Thoughts and Other Stories by the inimitable John Collier. The collection represents what we believe to be the very best of John Collier's dark, witty, sardonic stories.
10th August 2016:
Back in print
5th August 2016:
Out of print
27th July 2016:
Please note that Black Horse by Jason A. Wyckoff is now unavailable as a limited edition hardback. It remains in print as an ebook.
18th July 2016:
Horthólary: Tales from Montagascony by Michael Reynier has been positively reviewed in Aurealius # 92 by Stephanie McLeay: "Hortholary, with all its rich imagery, slow storytelling and depth of (even minor) characters, would appeal more to the Gabriel Garcia Marquez fan than the fan of hard-nosed detectives, but it is the perfect meal for lovers of both."
11th July 2016:
The Hidden Back Room
Our next publication is The Hidden Back Room, a collection of strange stories by Jake Wyckoff, author of Black Horse (about which Publishers Weekly wrote '...these tales are the work of a writer skilled at navigating the twists and turns of his unconventional horror themes.') The Hidden Back room will be published 14th July, and will be available as a limited edition hardback and as an ebook.
24th June 2016:
Wormwood Number 1 reprinted
We are pleased to announce a reissue of Wormwood 1.
15th June 2016:
Really Weird Books for Fogged-in, Coast-Side Reading this Summer
24th May 2016:
20th May 2016:
Arthur Machen's 1890s Notebook.
Please note that Arthur Machen's 1890s Notebook is now out of print! While FoAM still welcomes new members, we can no longer offer the Notebook as a part of the membership package.
17th May 2016:
We are pleased to announce the publication of Wormwood 26. The new issue of our journal contains two essays that consider how supernatural fiction works: Daniel Watt reflects on some sources of the fantastic in literature today, while John Gaskin argues that the ghost story form assumes a distinction between the natural world and another, super-natural world separate to ours Colin Insole considers the work of Rudyard Kipling, while John Howard provides the first part of an extensive essay studying R.H. Benson's apocalyptic science-fiction novels. Mark Samuels takes us on a literary jaunt with the late Roger Dobson, while Mike Barrett considers the short stories of D.K. Broster. In his ‘Under Review’ column, Reggie Oliver considers Charles Williams, Sax Rohmer and Lafcadio Hearn.
10th May 2016:
We have various items of news:
Arthur Machen First Edition
Later this month we are delighted to be publishing, along with the Friends of Arthur Machen, the first ever publication of Arthur Machen's 1890s Notebook. The book is only available as a part of the FoAM membership package, so to secure a copy please join (and also receive two hardback journals a year!)
The Suicide Club & Other Dark Adventures
Next week sees the republication of The Suicide Club & Other Dark Adventures. This definitive collection of Robert Louis Stevenson’s fantastic and macabre stories is Introduced by Mark Valentine. We first published the collection in 2004 and it quickly went out of print.
How The Loney took the publishing world by storm
As revealed by the Daily Telegraph.
The new issue of Wormwood has been slightly delayed, but is now at the printers. An email will be sent when it is available to order.
New ebooks are available in mobi and epub formats of the following Tartarus Press books:
Out of Print
The House of Souls by Arthur Machen is no longer available as a limited edition hardback.
9th May 2016:
Book of the Year
Andrew Michael Hurley has won great critical and popular acclaim for his debut novel, The Loney, first published by Tartarus Press. He has been shortlisted for a number of awards and in January won the Costa First Novel Award. It has now won both the Debut Novel and the Book of the Year at the British Book Industry Awards. The full story with pictures can be read at the Telegraph and Guardian websites.
12th April 2016:
We are delighted to announce the publication, on April 18th, of a new novel by contemporary author Eric Stener Carlson. Muladona is a Southern Gothic horror story, by the author of the acclaimed The St Perpetuus Club of Buenos Aires (Tartarus Press, 2009) which received, amongst others, the following 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
"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
"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
"...a captivating novel written in a sparkling style, precise yet imaginative." - Rick Kleffel's Agony Column
In addition, The St Perpetuus Club of Buenos Aires is now available as an ebook.
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