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Strange Tales: Tartarus Press at 30 is a sewn hardback book of 284 pages with silk ribbon marker, printed boards, head and tailbands, and d/w.


The hardback limited edition is now out of print.


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Strange Tales

Tartarus Press at 30

edited by

Rosalie Parker


Stories by

Rebecca Lloyd, Mark Valentine, Andrew Michael Hurley, N.A. Sulway,

Stephen Volk, Inna Effress, Ibrahim R. Ineke, Eric Stener Carlson,

Jonathan Preece, Tom Heaton, J.M. Walsh, Angela Slatter,

John Gaskin, D.P. Watt, Karen Heuler,

John Linwood Grant, Reggie Oliver

and Carly Holmes


These eighteen entirely new stories have been brought together to celebrate the thirtieth year of Tartarus Press. Representing the best contemporary writing in the fields of the literary strange, supernatural, fantasy and horror, they range from the wry comic fantasy of Jonathan Preece’s ‘Great Dead American Authors Alive and Living in Cwmbran’, to the atmospheric horror of Andrew Michael Hurley’s ‘Hunger’.


In ‘Grassman’ by Rebecca Lloyd, two sisters come of age during a village ceremony, while in ‘Meiko’ by J.M. Walsh, a mysterious guest upsets the equilibrium of a country house party. Mark Valentine’s ‘Other Things’ documents the romance and strangeness of private lore, while the search for a missing girl leads to a sinister discovery in D.P. Watt’s ‘The Wardian Case’. Dark family secrets are gradually uncovered in Angela Slatter’s ‘The Three Burdens of Nest Wynne’.


Founded in 1990, Tartarus Press has become known for championing both classic and contemporary writers. The stories in this volume sit proudly within that tradition.


All copies are signed by Rosalie Parker and Ray Russell



‘Tartarus Press at 30’ by Rosalie Parker, ‘Grassman’ by Rebecca Lloyd, ‘The End of Alpha Street’ by Mark Valentine, ‘Hunger’ by Andrew Michael Hurley, ‘Tell me, whacher, is it winter?’ by N.A. Sulway, ‘The Flickering Light’ by Stephen Volk, ‘Nervous System’ by Inna Effress, ‘What it Says’ by Ibrahim R. Ineke, ‘Monsieur Machine’ by Eric Stener Carlson, ‘Great Dead American Authors Alive and Living, in Cwmbran’ by Jonathan Preece, ‘The Women’ by Tom Heaton, ‘Meiko’ by J.M. Walsh, ‘The Three Burdens of Nest Wynne’ by Angela Slatter, ‘The Gathering’ by John Gaskin, ‘The Wardian Case’ by D.P. Watt, ‘The Afterlife of Books’ by Karen Heuler, ‘These Pale and Fragile Shells’ by John Linwood Grant, ‘Collectable’ by Reggie Oliver, ‘Flood’ by Carly Holmes



Featured in the Washington Post

"These formally beautiful stories showcase the best of Tartarus Press and are ones to savor." Publishers Weekly

"Let me tell you right away that this is one of the best anthologies I’ve had the opportunity to read in years. The quality of the included tales is quite high, there are no misfires, and the book is a real treat for anyone fond of good short fiction." Mario Guslandi at the British Fantasy Society


See also:

Strange Tales I

Strange Tales II

Strange Tales III

Strange Tales IV

Strange Tales V


Illustration ‘Kingdom’ by Marcela Bolívar



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