*** 31st December: Important Note:
Although we always dispatch parcels to the USA by Priority Airmail (at
our expense), deliveries have been very slow since November. We have
been advised by the Royal Mail that this is due to new security
arrangements in place in the US. We are sorry for any inconvenience this
may cause because, at the moment, parcels seem to be taking up to a
month to arrive. All we can suggest is patience! Good news: A new review of Dear Dead Women has been posted at
the Compulsive Reader
*** 13th December 2010:
Delivery update: After long discussions with our printers, it does not
now appear likely that we will receive the slipcased sets of Time, A Falconerand Discovery of Heretics, or Frankenstein's
this side of
Christmas. We would like to offer our sincere apologies for this, but a
number of different factors have made it impossible to bring together
the various processes in the time frame we had expected. Realistically,
these titles will now be published in January/February. We apologise for
any inconvenience this causes, not least where these titles were
intended as Christmas presents.
*** 29th November, 2010: A great review for Cold to the Touch at Jildy
: "...it would be
better by far if you just got the book and read the stories. They’re
*** 4th November 2010: We are sorry to report that we
have sold out of the paperback edition of The Inner Room by Aickman. However, the
story is still available in Sub
*** 26th October, 2010: A glowing review for Sourdough: "Slatter displays a rare
gift for evocative and poetic prose." - Publishers
*** 20th October: We have
great pleasure in announcing the forthcoming publication of a biography
of Sarban by Mark Valentine, Time, A
. Mark has had access to
the author's own papers and has written an illuminating study of the
author responsible for such classics as The Sound of His Horn. In addition,
we will also be publishing a very limited edition of the Unseen Writings
of Sarban, Discovery of
. This selection from
the unpublished and unfinished writings discovered in the author's
archive is strictly limited to 200 copies which will be published in a
signed, numbered slipcased set with the
*** 18th October 2010: Wormwood 15 will be available
mid-November. It will contain Stephan Zechowski: A Pilgrim of
the Infinite by Brian Banks & Marta Mazur, Wilfred
Rowland Mary Childe by Jonathan Wood, Gerard de Nerval:
Exotic Voyager, Hashish Dreamer, Accursed Suicidalist by Adam
Daly, Arthur Johnson: Another Sense of the Past by
Robert Eldridge, Threshold in the First Half of the Tenth
Chapter of Lucius Shepard's Viator by Adam Golaski,
Under Review by Reggie Oliver, Late
Reviews by Douglas A. Anderson and Camera
. Please note that Under
Review by Reggie Oliver is a new,
regular column for reviews of contemporary publications.
*** 8th October 2010: Our new
edition of Sub Rosa by
Robert Aickman will now contain the author's own story notes! This is
courtesy of research by Douglas Anderson, and with the permission of the
fine people at Bowling Green State University
*** 20th September: In addition to the promotional The Inner Room
publication, we are delighted to announce that our next book will be
by Robert Aickman, containing: "Introduction" by
R.B. Russell, "Ravissante", "The Inner Room", "Never Visit Venice", "The
Unsettled Dust", "The Houses of the Russians", "No Stronger Than a
Flower", "The Cicerones", "Into the Wood". It will be launched this
halloween at the Halifax Ghost Story Festival. This is the first of a
series of reprints of Robert Aickman's short stories in their original
*** 15th September: In association with the
Halifax Ghost Story Festival, we will be publishing a very limited
edition trade paperback of Robert Aickman's short story, The Inner Room.
On the 30th October, Jeremy Dyson will be reading "The Inner Room" and
discussing Aickman with R.B. Russell of Tartarus Press. The event will
be 7-9pm in the Viaduct Cafe. There will also be a screening of The
Cicerones. Tickets will be £5, and are on sale now. Tickets are
now also available, free, for the Tartarus Press part of the program,
11am-1pm, in the Project Room.
*** 7th September 2010:
We are delighted to announce that Reggie Oliver will be reading his new
story "Minos or Rhadamanthus" as a part of the Tartarus Press program at
the Halifax Ghost Story Festival.
news: Rosalie Parker's new collection The Old
Knowledge has arrived from the printers. Copies will start
to be dispatched by the Swan River
in the next
*** 5th September 2010: Tartarus Press will be
at the Halifax Ghost Story Festival on Saturday 30th October, 2010. The
venue is the wonderful Dean Clough Galleries. Tartarus will be
hosting a number of events 11am-1pm in the project room. We have a
number of items planned which will be confirmed in the coming week. This
will be a free event, but you will need to book tickets in advance.
Details will be available soon. In addition, 7-9pm in the Viaduct
cafe, R.B. Russell of Tartarus Press will be appearing with Jeremy
Dyson, who is taking time off from his new West End production of Ghost
Stories, to talk about Robert Aickman. There will also be a screening of
*** 30th August 2010: A great review at She Never
Slept! for The Saint
Perpetuus Club of Buenos Aires
by Eric Stener Carlson. Please note - we have only
a very few copies left. *** 28th August 2010:
Tartarus Press will be attending Fantasycon
, run by the British Fantasy Society, 17–19
September, 2010, at the Britannia Hotel, Nottingham. Apart from having a
table of Tartarus Press books for sale, Rosalie Parker will be launching
her new collection The Old Knowledge and will be attending the signing
for the Mammoth Book of Best New Horror #21. Additionally, Ray Russell
will be signing copies of his new chapbook at the launch of "The
Beautiful Room", and will be a part of the signing for Never
*** 27th August: Richard Dalby contributes
an in-depth article on Psychic Detectives in the Book and Magazine
Collector this month, starting with Stoker's Van Helsing and ending with
Valentine and Howard's "Connoisseur"
August 2010: Tartarus Press has received a nomination in the World
Fantasy Awards. Ray Russell has also received a nomination for his short
story, "In Hiding", from Putting the Pieces in
*** 24th August 2010: The first review of
Sourdough by Angela Slatter is online "This book is a fantastic
achievement on every level."
*** 16th August 2010: A
recommendation for Cold to the Touch by Simon Strantzas: "Cold to the
Touch is a delightfully chilling gallery of the ghoulish, the
nightmarish, and the weird. With this follow-up to the excellent Beneath
the Surface, Strantzas continues to impress." - Laird Barron, author of
The Imago Sequence and Occultation.
*** 13th August 2010: The
Eighth Edition of the Tartarus Press Guide to First Edition Prices will
be published (officially) on the 1st October 2010. Pre-publication
copies will be available direct from Tartarus Press on September 10th.
Pre-orders are now being taken.
*** 11th August 2010: Rosalie
Parker's The Old Knowledge will now be published by The Swan River Press
in September. It is available for pre-order now.
July: Looking at other people's bookshelves is always fun - part
novelist John de Falbe was pictured in The Sunday Times a couple of
years ago standing against bookshelves with a number of Tartarus Press
titles, a recent article on the writer Alan Moore in the New York Times
has a photo
of him in his study with the distinctive
spines of Tartarus Press books in the background.
*** 7th July
2010: Our next book will be Sourdough and other stories by Angela
Slatter. This wonderful collection of short stories includes two which
were previously published to great acclaim in Rosalie Parker's Strange
Tales series. Sourdough will be published as one of our larger format
books but with a full-colour frontispiece and highly-decorated boards.
It will be published 12th August 2010.
*** 15th June 2010: We are
saddened to report that Everett Bleiler has apparently passed away. This
news was posted to the FictionMags list, attributed to his son, Richard.
Our deepest sympathies to his family and friends. Fans of supernatural
fiction, researchers and small presses are all deeply indebted to his
*** 8th June: A fine review of The Saint Perpetuus
Club of Buenos Aires in Black Static 17: "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."
*** 6th June 2010. We are sorry
to have to report that we have sold out of copies of "N" by Arthur
Machen. However, some of the specialist book dealers listed on the
Ordering Information page should still have copies available for
sale. This follows the very successful reading of "N" by Stewart Lee at
the Stoke Newington Literary Festival this weekend. Additionally, some
copies are still available from the Stoke Newington
Other news: "Cold to the Touch", the title story
from the Tartarus collection by Simon Strantzas will feature in the
Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 21, along with "Party Talk" by John
Gaskin from Strange Tales III. Additionally, Tartarus Editor Rosalie
Parker's "In The Garden" (from The Fifth Black Book of Horror) will also
be included in the volume. And on the other side of the Atlantic,
Ellen Datlow's next The Best Horror of the Year will include Nina
Allen's "The Lammas Worm" from Strange Tales III.
*** 1st June 2010: "N" by Arthur Machen is now
unavailable direct from Tartarus, but can be obtained from the dealers
found here. After the Stoke
Newington Literary Festival
we hope to have a last few for sale. We can confirm
that all orders received before this weekend have been
Remember You're a One-Ball by Quentin S.
Crisp (one of our favourite contemporary authors) has just been
published by the Chomu Press.
*** 31st May 2010: A very fine
review of The Saint Perpetuus Club of Buenos Aires at Bibliobuffet:
"...before I had even read a page, I wanted to love the story as much as
I loved the paper it had been printed on and the binding it had been
sewn into. ... And I did love it, but I loved it in a strange,
unsettling, way. Carlson has created a story that is neither occult, nor
science fiction nor theology even though elements of all are
*** 25th May: Orders for Dear Dead Women are being
wrapped up today and will in the post tomorrow morning!
May 2010: This year is the 75th anniversary of "N" by Arthur Machen. To
celebrate this the comedian Stewart Lee will be discussing Machen's
short story at the Stoke Newington Literary Festival in June. In
conjunction with the Literary Festival and the Friends of Arthur Machen,
Tartarus Press is publishing a short run paperback of "N" with
illustrations by Stephen J. Clark.
*** 9th May 2010: Our next book
will be the little-known collection of decadent short stories Dear Dead
Women by the American writer Edna W. Underwood. A gifted linguist,
Underwood was read widely in European literature and lost her first
teaching job because of her propensity to read decadent, yellow-bound
books. We have extracted the weird tales from her one wonderfully
entitled collection A Book of Dear Dead Women and have added to them the
excellent long horror story 'An Orchid of Asia', reprinted here for the
first time since its appearance in Asia magazine in 1920. *** 1st May 2010: A great review of The Saint Perpetuus
Club of Buenos Aires in the Financial
by Christopher Fowler today: "The multi-layered
narrative is full of surprises, and the conclusion provides a modest
grace note that beautifully befits the tale."
April: The new Supernatural Tales 17 contains a great review of Strange
Tales III. It also publishes "The Dress" by the enigmatic Elizabeth
Brown and cover artwork by the very talented Stephen Clark (both
contributors to "Strange Tales"). "ST III is an anthology for any
connoisseur of the the weird, the uncanny and the fascinating. Like all
Tartarus volumes, it is produced to a very high
*** 17th April 2010: The Royal Mail has
announced that the closure of UK airspace, and airspace in parts of
Europe, (thanks to the volcanic ash from Iceland), is affecting the
transportation of mail by air. This isn't just on the post we are
sending abroad, but is affecting some UK domestic mail which travels by
air. Hopefully the situation won't last much
*** 16th April 2010: Wormwood # 14 is at the
printers. The new issue contains: The Ruins of Reality: Thomas
Ligotti and the uses of disenchantment by Joel Lane E.R. Eddison:
Transmutation by Jon Preece “Soft, Delicious Things”: Decadence in R.
Murray Gilchrist by Laurence Bush Why was Richard Marsh by Calum
James Robert Walser: Strange Supplicant, Idiot Savant, Master of the
Microgram by Adam Daly The Exploits of Lucius Leffing: Investigating
Joseph P. Brennan’s Supernatural Sleuth by Mike Barrett The Decadent
World-View by Brian Stableford Late Reviews by Douglas A.
Anderson Camera Obscura
other news: Author Lisa Tuttle has
written of Cold to the Touch: "In his stories, Simon Strantzas skilfully
marries ordinary social anxieties with the inexplicable weirdness that
may lie in the darkness beyond. The 'strange story' may be one of the
most difficult to define – and write well -- in the whole horror/dark
fantasy field, but with Cold to the Touch Simon Strantzas displays a
gift for evoking disturbing atmospheres and creating odd, frightening
encounters with the uncanny that puts him right into the arena with
Robert Aickman, Joel Lane, and Ramsey Campbell. An impressive
15th April: Peter
Whitehead of Waterstones bookshops recently conducted an interview with
Ray Russell about Tartarus Press for their in-store website.
With their permission we are pleased to be able to make it available
9th April: Cold to the Touch has been reviewed in Black
reviewer has a few grumbles, but still says "[O]ne of the best volumes
of weird fiction to surface in recent years, and essential reading for
all . . ."
2nd April 2010: We are saddened to learn of the
death of Jocelyn Leighton, daughter of John Wall (Sarban). Without her
enthusiasm and friendship we would not have been able to publish
Sarban's work and discover the previously unpublished stories. Our
deepest sympathies go out to her friends and family.
31st March 2010: The above photo (by Peter Coleborn)
shows the Stoker award winners in Brighton. We were delighted that
Tartarus Press was given the "Excellence in Speciality Press Publishing"
It was a great convention, and many thanks are due
to the organisers for making it such a successful event. It was great to
see so many old friends, and also to meet people we have only ever known
through letters and emails over the years.
28th February 2010: At the World Horror Convention
in Brighton in April we will not only have copies of The Collected Connoisseur for sale, but Nightmare-Touch by Lafcadio Hearn. With Paul Murray we
have put together an essential collection of Hearn's stories which range
from New Orleans to Japan, taking in the French West Indies and China.
Paul Murray's Introduction gives an excellent analysis of Hearn's
24th February: We are pleased to announce the
forthcoming publication of The Collected Connoisseur by Mark Valentine and John
Howard. This paperback collects all the adventures from previous Tartarus
volumes In Violet Veils and Masques and Citadels, along with four further tales
published elsewhere. You can read a story from the collection, The Descent of the Fire, as a free
18th February 2010: Another good review for
Strange Tales III, this time from Tales from the Black Abyss. "... the
quality throughout is so high that I would recommend this to any fans of
weird tales or dark fiction."
The St Perpetuus Club of Buenos
("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
Cold to the Touch ("Readers who prefer subtlety to
shocks and suggestion over explicitness in horror fiction will find much
7th February: The Eighth Issue of the Guide
to First Edition Prices will be published this autumn. It will be much
enlarged and expanded as well as thoroughly revised, but we will be
leaving out the illustrations in an attempt to make such a large book
5th February: Cold to the Touch by Simon Strantzas has received another
great review, this time in Dead Reckonings 6, edited by S.T. Joshi: "...Strantzas
succeeds in imbuing his strange tales with the sense of intellectual
29th January 2010: A good review for Strange Tales III by Mario Guslandi at Bookgeeks: "another excellent collection of stories apt to
delight not only the afficionados of horror and dark fantasy, but any
lover of good fiction."
24th January 2010: Another great review for
Cold to the Touch, this time at Tales from the Black Abyss: "Dark but with frequent
glimpses of light and beauty creating a dazzling mix of heady highs and
tragic lows. . . . A work of great quality."
21st January, 2010: We are honoured that the
Horror Writer's Association Speciality Press Award for 2009
is to be presented to Tartarus Press during the Bram Stoker Awards
Banquet at the World Horror Convention.
18th January 2010: The latest issue of Rue Morgue magazine contains an interview with Ray Russell about Tartarus Press, conducted by Brian
17th January 2010: We will be attending the
World Horror Convention in Brighton on the 25th-28th March 2010.
Tartarus Press will have a couple of tables showcasing all of our
also be attending the launch and book signing of Black
Book of Horror # 6. The latest volume in Charles Black's series
story "An Unconventional Exorcism". He will also be appearing on the "We
Are Not Worthy" panel on Thursday night, discussing literary influences.
More World Horror Convention news to follow...
The research for the next edition continues apace...
The Eighth Edition should be published later this year and already has
full bibliographies for 710 authors, which is 124 more authors than the
last edition. It continues to grow...
15th December, 2009: Strange Tales III is in the post! Many thanks for your
14th December, 2009: Cold to the Touch by Simon Strantzas is described by Flux
magazine as "An impressive collection of stories that subtly
3rd December: Our apologies, but there is yet
another delay with the publication of Strange Tales Volume III. Our new printers have experienced
problems and can't deliver books now until the 14th December. We will be
posting orders out in the following days, ensuring that all
international post is sent by Priority Airmail. We have seen running
sheets, though, and the paper and printing looks very good
17th November 2009: The Independent's Forgotten
Author (Number 42) on Sunday was William Fryer Harvey. The newspaper
concludes that with the publication of The Double Eye by Tartarus Press "...it's now possible
to plug another gap in the century's roll-call of top short-fiction
16th November 2009: A hearty recommendation for
The Saint Perpetuus Club of Buenos
Grim Rictus Reviews: "This work should appeal to fans of
good writing and the occult. The prose is top-notch and great care has
been taken in providing the reader with an intellectual, multi-layered
5th November: A change of printers means that
Strange Tales Volume III will have the slightly revised
publication date of 7th December 2009.
22nd October 2009: Mario Guslandi has just reviewed
The Double Eye by William Fryer Harvey at
Bookgeeks: "Harvey is indeed a master of the
uncanny and the supernatural who is able to deal with a variety of eerie
subjects and to produce solid, compelling fiction, the kind of fiction
which, fortunately, will never go out of fashion."
A testimonial from the author Steve Rasnic Tem for
Cold to the Touch: "Simon Strantzas is an important new
writer of weird fiction, a position solidified by the release of his new
collection, Cold to the Touch, from Tartarus Press. What I admired most about
this collection, besides the fine writing, is how these stories defy a
simply summarization. This fiction goes far beyond the simple scares of
most horror. A mystery defying the usual explication of plot lies at the
heart of each one, giving us much to chew on long after the story has
ended. Cold to the Touch is a great reading experience."
A new and positive review of Cold to the Touch by David Longhorn in Supernatural Tales 16 concludes: "Overall, the thirteen
stories in this collection offer the reader strange rewards. There are
no easy explanations, which is realism of a sort. There are no simple
payoffs or cheap twists. There are shadows everywhere, and few signposts
that can be trusted. But there are moments of humour and humanity amid
the darkness and decay."
11th October 2009: Another great review: "Cold to
the Touch is a
formidable gift to the field of weird literature." - The Grim Blogger,
3rd October 2009: Our next book will be the stunning
first novel by Eric Stener Carlson, The St
Perpetuus Club of Buenos Aires. A contemporary Gothic novel and a bibliomystery,
it is also an occult thriller, and will be published on the 25th
29th September: All of the orders for Sleepy
Washington Irving were posted today and should be with customers both
home and abroad very soon.
It was a lovely surprise to read a great article in The Guardian today on Arthur Machen which describes
Tartarus books as "a secret library, a catalogue of weird fiction from
its roots in Victorian Britain through to the modern
25th September: Ian McMillan has written an
entertaining article about Tartarus in The
magazine this month. He discusses a number of Yorkshire writers Tartarus
has published (inc Oliver Onions and W.F. Harvey) and also mentions our
publication of contemporary writers.
23rd September: A great review for Cold to the Touch at She Never Slept: "One thing is certain, Mr. Strantzas
ripped out a bit of his soul and threw it onto the page with a violent
beauty. Such stories could come from no other place. This collection is
evocative, endearing, strange and horrifying all at once. . . All of the
stories in this collection are delightfully dark and wonderfully weird."
Sarah Gerhardt is also very complimentary about Tartarus in
22nd September: We are pleased to confirm that our
third speaker at our forthcoming Wormwood Afternoon in Coverdale will be Paul M. Chapman who
will talk on "The Decadent Dr Doyle".
21st September: It was good to meet a number of
customers at Fantasycon this weekend. We can confirm that we will be
taking Tartarus books along to the World Horror
Simon Strantzas gets a great review for Cold to the Touch in FearZone from Michael Kelly: "Say
hello to a new and important voice in the canon of weird
7th September: Our next book will be The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other
Washington Irving. This volume is the first to assemble all of
Washington Irving's short stories in the supernatural genre, and the
impressive array of work on offer makes Irving a worthy pioneer of the
American weird tradition.
6th September 2009: We are pleased to announce that
David Stuart Davies will be giving a talk on "The Early History of
Detective Fiction" as a part of the program for our forthcoming
Wormwood Afternoon in Coverdale.
"An excellent writer who likes to deal
with the weirdest and more mysterious aspects of human condition, who
likes to disturb and upset and manages to do that very effectively by
emphasizing the dark shades lurking behind the light of everyday
2nd September 2009: We are pleased to announce a
forthcoming Wormwood Afternoon in Coverdale.
25th August 2009: We are pleased to be able to
announce the line-up for Strange Tales III, which is due to be published in
'Sanctuary Run' - Daniel Mills
'The Lammas Worm' - Nina Allan
'Morpheus House' - Mark Valentine
'A Woman of the Party' - Elizabeth
'Countess Otho' - Reggie Oliver
'The Good, Light People' - Gary
'Melting' - A.J. McIntosh
'It's White and It Follows Me' - Tina
'Yet No Greater Love of Promise' - Joel
'Divan Method' - Eric Stener Carlson
'Party Talk' - John Gaskin
'The Other Box' - Gerard Houarner
'The Great Blind God Passed Through Us' - Adam
The story order is to be finalised, but we can
confirm that the book will be a sewn hardback of approximately 323
pages. Details of how to order will be available in due
19th August: Cold to the Touch by Simon Strantzas has been the subject
of a Weirdmonger "real-time" review by Des Lewis. Simon's story
"Poor Stephanie" from Cold to the Touch has recently been reviewed as a
part of it's previous appearance in Supernatural Tales 14.
23rd July 2009: We have received from the printers
and have wrapped up the advance orders for Cold to the Touch by Simon Strantzas. They will be posted
20th July 2009: We have for sale on Ebay Volume 1 (only) of Robert Aickman's The
Collected Strange Stories. This copy is from the second edition. and includes
all of his stories from We Are For The Dark, Dark
Powers of Darkness and Sub Rosa. It lacks it's significant other -
volume 2. Sale ends 22nd July. All proceeds to Amnesty
12th July 2009: Congratulations to Mark Samuels. His
story "The White Hands", from The
White Hands and Other Weird Tales has been selected by Steve Jones for his The Very Best of Best New Horror.
We now have a Facebook page, if anybody else out
there wishes to connect....
8th July, 2009: John Gaskin's collection of short
stories, The Long-Retreating
received a very positive review at Highlander's Book Reviews. Although officially out of
print, we do have a couple of file copies available at the original
cover price (p&p free) to anybody who is interested. Please
3rd July, 2009: We are pleased to be able to say
that all copies of The
Double Eye by William Fryer Harvey have now been posted out to
customers. They should start landing on doormats next
22nd June: Mark Valentine and Douglas Anderson have
set up Wormwoodiana and cordially invite you to join
them for the discussion of supernatural, decadent and strange literature
with even more of an emphasis on the obscure, the over-looked and the
17th June 2009: Read "Pinholes in Black Muslin" from the forthcoming
Cold to the Touch by Simon Strantzas here. (It is an adobe acrobat file.)
7th June 2009: We are delighted to announce the
forthcoming publication of Cold to the Touch, a collection of 13 disquieting
short stories by Simon Strantzas. To be published at the end of July,
ordering details will follow shortly.
Tartarus Editor Rosalie Parker has a new series of
webpages devoted to her own writing, available here.
Over the last year we have been able to slowly
reduce the price of our books in US dollars due to the weakness of the
British Pound. Please note that due to recent changes in the exchange
rate the advisory dollar price of our books has had to price by
approximately $5. With free airmail postage anywhere overseas we hope
that our customers will still see this as good value for
22nd May 2009: Just a reminder that Rosalie Parker at the Tartarus Press is still
accepting submissions for Strange Tales III, which will be published in time
for Christmas 2009. If you would like to send us stories but are unaware
of our requirements you might like to check out the Preface to the last anthology, and perhaps
acquaint yourself with Strange Tales and Strange
Tales II. We would like previously unpublished stories of
between 3,000 and 9,000 words. Payment will be £10 per one thousand
Electronic submissions should be sent to
firstname.lastname@example.org and we would
prefer stories as a Word or rtf attachment. Mail submissions can be sent
to us at the address at the top left of this page, but please remember
that if we are to mail a reply we will need a stamped, self-addressed
envelope or return postage. Deadline 1st August 2009.