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The Nightfarers is  available as a paperback of 219 pages.


Please note, the hardback is now out of print.


Paperback: £17.95 inc p&p worldwide


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Ebook: £7.99

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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 inter-war 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




Paperbacks and ebooks available by Mark Valentine

The Peacock Escritoire with At Dusk

Sphinxes and Obelisks (essays)

A Wild Tumultory Library (essays)

Haunted by Books (essays)

A Country Still All Mystery (essays)

The Fig Garden and Other Stories (short stories)

The Nightfarers (short stories)

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)

The Collected Connoisseur (short stories, with John Howard)


See also:

Phantom Cities by The Sodality of the Shadows



An interview with Mark Valentine


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