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The Nightfarers is a sewn hardback of 219 pages, printed lithographically, with silk ribbon marker, head and tailbands, and d/w.


Limited to 300 copies.


ISBN 978-1-912586-25-7


Hardback: £40.00 inc. free p&p worldwide


Ebook: £4.99

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The Nightfarers


Mark Valentine


In The Nightfarers, you will discover the secret of a remote Lincolnshire island, visit the last official of a seventeenth century company of explorers, and watch for the light from a Moorish heliograph tower.


You’ll encounter a book that speaks for itself, books that aren’t quite books, and a rare book that really draws you in. There’s also the reincarnation of a decadent occult detective and another, reluctant sleuth who investigates an unusual printing press.


Other stories are set in the afterglow of old Empires in interwar Europe, in the same milieu as the author’s work in Secret Europe and Inner Europe (shared volumes with John Howard). They depict apocalyptic dawns, strange faiths, the stare of stone masks, a Prague actuary, an astrologer in Trieste, a scholar of lost languages.


This new edition of The Nightfarers, the first for over ten years, includes twelve of the original stories and adds two more from the same period.



‘The 1909 Proserpine Prize’, ‘Carden in Capaea’, ‘White Pages’, ‘The Inner Sentinel’, ‘The Dawn at Tzern’, ‘The White Sea Company’, ‘Undergrowth’, ‘The Seer of Trieste’, ‘Their Dark and Starry Mirrors’, ‘The Bookshop in Novy Svet’, ‘The Box of Idols’, ‘The Axholme Toll’, ‘A Walled Garden on the Bosphorus’, ‘The Mascarons of the Late Empire’, ‘About the stories’



"The Nightfarers is an exquisite collection of stories from a writer of incredible genius and talent."  Oddly Weird Fiction blog

"It's a stunning collection of stories that once again displays the scope of the gentleman's imagination and is, as ever, hugely recommended." Wyrd Britain



Limited edition hardbacks available by Mark Valentine:

Sphinxes & Obelisks

The Nightfarers (short stories)

Time, A Falconer: A Study of Sarban (biography)


Paperbacks available by Mark Valentine

A Wild Tumultory Library (essays)Haunted by Books (essays)

A Country Still All Mystery (essays)

The Herald of the Hidden (short stories)

Secret Europe (short stories, with John Howard)

Inner Europe (short stories with John Howard)The Collected Connoisseur (short stories, with John Howard)


Ebooks available by Mark Valentine

The Nightfarers (short stories)

A Wild Tumultory Library (essays)

A Country Still All Mystery (essays)

Haunted by Books (essays)

The Herald of the Hidden (short stories)

The Collected Connoisseur (short stories, with John Howard)

Secret Europe (short stories, with John Howard)

Inner Europe (short stories with John Howard)


An interview with Mark Valentine


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