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Tartarus is a small, British independent press founded in 1990. We specialise in collectable hardback limited editions of literary supernatural/strange/horror fiction, and we also publish paperbacks and ebooks.We have been the recipient of four World Fantasy Awards, and in 2010 received a "Stoker" from the Horror Writers Association.

"When first encountered, the publications of Tartarus Press seem almost as numinous as the supernatural tales they contain. The simple elegance of their presentation. . . jacketed in uniform cream covers with only minimal decoration, recall an earlier age when books were as rare and treasured as jewels. These are not commodities to be piled high on three-for-two tables, but rarities which remain hidden unless sought out . . . The stories hoarded in their pages are so little known you might be forgiven for wondering if you have dreamed them. The Triumph of Night and Other Tales by Edith Wharton. The Supernatural Tales of H.G. Wells. The Lost Poetry of William Hope Hodgson. And dozens of other titles by authors both famous and obscure which taken as a whole form a secret library, a catalogue of weird fiction from its roots in Victorian Britain through to the modern day."  -- Damien G. Walter, The Guardian

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4th May 2015:
Robert Aickman is known for his ‘strange tales’, in fact, forty-eight complete strange tales, published between 1951 and 1981 in eight books. Now, Tartarus Press is publishing a new volume, The Strangers and Other Writings, which includes previously unpublished and uncollected short fiction, non-fiction and poetry by Aickman. Dating from the 1930s to 1980, the contents show his development as a writer. Six unpublished short stories, augmented by one written for broadcast, follow his fiction from the whimsical through the experimental to the ghostly, with ‘The Strangers’ a fully-formed, Aickmanesque strange tale. The non-fiction samples Aickman’s wide-ranging interests and erudition: from the supernatural to Oscar Wilde; from 1940s films to Delius; from politics to the theatre; from Animal Farm to the canals.
Publication 28th May 2015.
 
    
Accompanying The Strangers is a fifty-three minute DVD documentary Robert Aickman, Author of Strange Tales. Featuring rare film, photographs and audio recordings, the film sheds new light on Aickman’s role in the development of the ghost story, his interest in restoring the British canal system and his wider involvement with the arts. Jean Richardson and Heather and Graham Smith share their memories of Aickman’s friendship, and writers Jeremy Dyson and Reggie Oliver evaluate Aickman’s literary legacy.

 
Please note that the dvd is not for sale, and is not available seperately.
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25th April 2015:
Our next publication will be Wormwood 24, which contains the following:
 
Wolfgang Borchert: A Shooting Star in the Literature of the Ruins by Adam Daly
The Shadow Woman: A Re-reading of Robert Aickman’s ‘The Trains’ by Jason Wilcox
Murder and Memory: The Forgotten Fiction of Richard Marsh by Emily Foster
Jacques Yonnet’s Paris Noir: The Secret History of a City by Colin Insole
Down to His Last Sleep: Zuleika Dobson in the Twenty-first Century by Henry Wessells
A Surge of Daemonic Energy: John Buchan and The Dancing Floor by James Machin
Not Exactly Prominent: The Supernatural Tales of Sir Andrew Caldecott by Mike Barrett
Under Review by Reggie Oliver 
Late Reviews by Douglas A. Anderson
Camera Obscura by John Howard
Publication 30th April 2015. Price £9.99 including p&p worldwide
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27th March 2015:
We are very pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of Strange Tales V, the latest volume in our series of award-winning anthologies of contemporary strange fiction. These are, by any measure, superb short stories, and it is hoped that Strange Tales V will further the cause of contemporary speculative fiction and help introduce it to a wider audience. Strange Tales V is a sewn hardback book of 267 pages with silk ribbon marker, decorated boards, head and tailbands, and d/w. Limited to 350 copies with jacket and boards artwork by Stephen J Clark. It will be published April 9th 2015, and contains the following:
 
'The Investigation of Innocence' by Charles Wilkinson
'Julie' by L.S. Johnson
'The Grave House' by Steve Rasnic Tem
'A Life in Plastic' by Andrew Hook
'Bardo Thodol Backup File' by Jacurutu:23
'More Than India' by John Howard
'You-Go-Back' by Elise Forier Edie
'Stranger Must Go' by Douglas Penick
'Beatrice Faraway’s Christmas Tale' by Paul Bradley
'Henge' by David Rix
'Yes, I Knew the Venusian Commodore' by Mark Valentine
'Mary Alice in the Mirror' by Yarrow Paisley
'The Taxidermist’s Tale' by Tara Isabella Burton
'The Man Who Loved Flies' by Andrew Apter
'Purses' by Nathan Alling Long
'Look for the Place Where the Ivy Rises' by Tom Johnstone
'McBirdy' by David McGroarty
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12th March 2015:
You can read an in-depth interview with Andrew Michael Hurley, author of The Loney, on the Weird Fiction Review website. There's also an extract from the book, which is shortlisted for the James Herbert Award for Horror Writing 2015.
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10th March 2015:
We apologise for the delay in the delivery of Arthur Machen's The Secret Glory. We should receive copies within the next two weeks and orders will be fulfilled as soon as they arrive. In the meantime we can share with you some of the artwork from the boards....
 
 
The photograph below shows a detail of the boards of our new edition of The Secret Glory, along with a letter with the signature of the author.
 
 
And this third photo shows a detail of the boards with a part of a letter sent by the poet John Betjeman to Colin Summerford in which he wrote:
" 'The Three Impostors' frightened me more than any book I read & 'The Secret Glory' sent me Anglo when a Public School Evangelical aged 15. I really owe A.M. more than money can buy."
 
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9th March 2015:
Congratulations to Angela Slatter who is a finalist in the 2014 Aurealis Awardsfor a number of books and stories, including The Bitterwood Bible in the "Best Collection" category and "The Badger Bride” (from Strange Tales IV) in the "Best Fantasy Short Story" category.
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