220: DEVIL'S DAY, by Andrew Michael Hurley, 19th October 2017. 249 pages. £40.00. Sewn signatures, printed on 110gsm acid-free paper, and bound by CPI Antony Rowe Ltd in green cloth stamped in gilt, ribbon marker and head and tailbands. 300 copies. ISBN 978-1-905784-98-1.
"The nebulous presence of the Devil is evoked so palpably in this novel that at times I hardly dared look up when reading for fear of seeing him grinning at me from the chair next to mine. But the book would not be so terrifying were Hurley less adept at making the reader believe in his characters . . . Hurley's riveting, disturbing novel is about the ways in which both communities and families create myths to make sense of their pasts, and about how the comforting embrace of these myths can turn, if they are allowed to become too powerful into a stranglehold." Literary Review
"The new master of menace. This chilling follow-up to The Loney confirms its author as a writer to watch . . . Hurley doesn't need the devil's help to grip you. His taut writing does that for him. Nature's routine cruelties are caught with a fierce accuracy that Ted Hughes would have admired." Sunday Times
219: MIRROR DEAD, by Magda McQueen, 1st September 2017. 254 pages. £35.00. Sewn signatures, printed on 110gsm acid-free paper, and bound by CPI Antony Rowe Ltd in blue cloth stamped in gilt, ribbon marker and head and tailbands. 300 copies. ISBN 978-1-905784-94-3.
218: A COUNTRY STILL ALL MYSTERY, by Mark Valentine, 9th August 2017. 306 + xii pages. £40.00. Sewn signatures, printed on 110gsm acid-free paper, and bound by CPI Antony Rowe Ltd in blue cloth stamped in gilt, ribbon marker and head and tailbands. 41 black and white photographs. 300 copies. ISBN 978-1-905784-95-0.
Contains: ‘Introduction', '"A Country Still All Mystery": Machen, Sarban and Otherworldly Landscapes', '"An Atlas of Unknown Worlds": Mary Butts, John Metcalfe and Stories of Strange Regions', '"A Landscape of the End of the World": The Supernatural Terrain of Francis and Eric Brett Young', 'Borderland Mysteries: The Thrillers of R.C. Ashby', 'The Islands Beyond: The Books of Robert Atkinson', 'Half- Seen Shadows: C.R.J. Carstairs and the Great', 'Crying For Elysium: The Pagan Fantasies of Forrest Reid', 'Courted by an Orchid: The Mystical Fantasies of Ronald Fraser', 'The Singer of Samarkand: James Elroy Flecker', 'The Third Alias: A T.E. Lawrence Mystery', 'The Roads to Shangri-La: James Hilton and the Mysteries of the East', 'The Ceremony at Arnsburg: Playing the Glass Bead Game', 'In an Unresting Land: Randolph Stow’s The Girl Green as Elderflower', 'Towards Tir-Nan-Og: Lord Dunsany’s The Curse of the Wise Woman', 'The Last Wolf in England', 'Beyond the Boundaries: Extra-Parochial Districts', 'The Wind in Their Faces: The After-Life of Becket’s Assassins', 'Inheritance of Shadows: John Meade Falkner’s Other Novels', 'Written in Smoke: Oliver Onions’ The Hand of Kornelius Voyt', 'Against the Abyss: Carnacki the Ghost-Finder', 'Gentleman Renegade: A.J. Raffles, Cricketer and Crook', 'Teaching Yourself to Think: Eric Ambler’s Spy Stories', 'Holy Treasures: Three Arthur Machen Mysteries', '‘This Cackling Old Gander’: The New Age and Arthur Machen', 'Gentle Mephistopheles: The Fiction of Frank Baker', 'Cope & Fenwick: A Reminiscence, and a Checklist', 'The Amber Chapel', 'The Original Tower of Moab', '"Who Could Damn Hardest": A Muggletonian Influence upon "Casting the Runes"?', 'The English Catalogue', 'Acknowledgements'.
'Mark's easy, elegant and erudite style, and his vast knowledge of books, places, forgotten legends and folklore, ensure that every single essay is an enjoyable read.' Rosemary Pardoe, the Ghost and Scholars Newsletter 32
'A Country Still All Mystery is a delightful and fascinating collection of essays about books, landscapes, writers, publishers, and the pleasures derived therefrom. Mark Valentine introduces us to his passion for old books, and recounts some of the pleasurable zig-zags this has sent him on. Readers of Machen and Hodgson will find much of interest in each article.' Jay Rothermel, Easily Distracted
217: SEVEN STRANGE STORIES, by Rebecca Lloyd. 24th May 2017. 245 pages. £35.00. Sewn signatures, printed on 110gsm acid-free paper, and bound by CPI Antony Rowe Ltd in blue cloth stamped in gilt, ribbon marker and head and tailbands. 300 copies. ISBN 978-1-905784-96-7.
Contains: ‘The Monster Orgorp’, ‘Jack Werrett, the Flood Man’, ‘Christy’, ‘The Pantun Burden’, ‘Again’, ‘Little Black Eyes and Tiny Hands’, ‘Where’s the Harm?’.
"An exquisite collection of macabre tales..." which "...will appeal to readers who like stories that are subtle as well as strange." Publishers Weekly
"Contains some unforgettable classics of the 'strange stories' genre." D.F. Lewis
216: Wormwood, Issue 28, Edited by Mark Valentine, 9th May 2017. 88 pages. £9.99. 400 copies. Paperback journal printed on cream bookwove paper, and bound by CPI/Anony Rowe.
Contains: 'Among the Toiling Masses: On Robert Aickman’s "Meeting Mr Millar"’ by Philip Challinor, 'Herbert Moore Pim: Hibernian Hierophant, Chameleon of Identity, Sorcerous Scribbler' by Adam Daly, 'Incurable: Lionel Johnson: The Disconsolate Decadent, Part 1' by Nina Antonia, 'Kipling’s Fancy: "Wireless" Communication and Cross Correspondences, by Jacob Huntley, 'The Fairy Suffragettes: Evelyn Sharp, Bessie Hatton and Mary de Morgan' by Mark Andresen, 'Devil’s Tor: A Voyage from Arcturus' by Robert Eldridge, 'The Eternal Feminine: David Lindsay’s Fixation as Developed in Devil’s Tor' by Thomas Kent Miller, 'Under Review' by Reggie Oliver, 'Late Reviews' by Douglas A. Anderson, 'Camera Obscura' by John Howard.
215: THE HOUSE OF THE HIDDEN LIGHT, by Arthur Machen and A.E. Waite. 3rd April 2017. Paperback reprint, 99 + xxviii pages. £14.95. ISBN 978-1-905784-93-6
Contains: 'Introduction' by R.A. Gilbert, 'The Quest for the Hidden Book' by R.A. Gilbert, 'The House of the Hidden Light' by Arthur Machen and A.E. Waite.
214: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF ARTHUR MACHEN, by Arthur Machen. 24th March 2017. 309 + xii pages. £40.00. Sewn signatures, printed on 110gsm acid-free paper, and bound by CPI Antony Rowe Ltd in pictorial cloth stamped in gilt, ribbon marker and head and tailbands. Four colour plates on art paper. 350 copies. ISBN 978-1-905784-92-9.
Contains: ‘Introduction' by Stewart Lee, ‘Far-Off Things, ‘Things Near and Far’.
213. HOLIDAYS FROM HELL, by Reggie Oliver, 26th January, 2017. 310 pages. £40.00. Sewn signatures, printed on 110gsm acid-free paper, and bound by TJ International in blue cloth stamped in gilt, ribbon marker and head and tailbands. 500 copies. ISBN 978-1-905784-91-2.
Contains: ‘Introduction' by Robert Shearman, ‘Holiday from Hell, ‘The Silken Drum’, ‘The Green Hour’, ‘The Perfect Author’, ‘Absalom’, ‘The Druid’s Rest’, ‘The Rooms are High’, ‘The Prince of Darkness’, ‘The Book and the Ring’, ‘The Maze at Huntsmere’, ‘Trouble at Botathan’, ‘A Day with the Delusionists’, ‘Rapture’, ‘Love at Second Sight’, ‘Afterword’.
"Each of the 14 stories in Oliver’s seventh collection (after Flowers of the Sea) is a gem of subtly evoked horrors whose climaxes are skillfully understated but still effectively chilling." from a "starred" review in Publishers Weekly
"Oliver is the leading contemporary exponent of the antiquarian ghost story as established by M.R. James." Locus
"...a wonderful , enticing collection of great stories, apt to prove once again what an incredibly deep pleasure reading can be." Mario Guuslandi, British Fantasy Society
212. THIS SPECTACULAR DARKNESS, by Joel Lane, edited by Mark Valentine and John Howard, 1st December, 2016. 338 + x pages. £35.00. Sewn signatures, printed on 110gsm acid-free paper, and bound by TJ International in black cloth stamped in silver, gilt, copper and metallic red, with frontispiece portrait, ribbon marker and head and tailbands. 300 copies. ISBN 978-1-905784-90-5.
Contains: 'Foreword’ by Mark Valentine, ‘Acknowledgements’, Critical Essays for Wormwood by Joel Lane: ‘The Dark Houses of Cornell Woolrich’, ‘The October Revolution: Ray Bradbury’s Existential Paradigm for the Horror Genre’, ‘The Territory of the Others: The Dark Fiction of Theodore Sturgeon’, ‘No Secret Place: The Haunted Cities of Fritz Leiber’, ‘Ruins of Time: The Mortal Terrors of Harlan Ellison’, ‘The Ruins of Reality: Thomas Ligotti and the Uses of Disenchantment’, ‘World Gone Wrong: H.P. Lovecraft’s Mythology of Loss’, ‘Forever Always Ends: Robert Aickman’s Visions of Afterlife’. Other Critical Essays by Joel Lane: ‘Strange Eons and the Cthulhu Mythos’, ‘Negatives in Print: The Early Novels of Ramsey Campbell’, ‘Beyond the Light: The Recent Novels of Ramsey Campbell’, ‘Writers in the James Tradition: Ramsey Campbell’, ‘The Double Edge: Robert Aickman’s Supernatural Stories’, ‘The Master of Masks’, ‘A Dream by the Old Canal’, ‘Hell is Other People: Robert Bloch and the Pathologies of the Family’. Appreciations of the Writings of Joel Lane: ‘Mapping the Territory: Joel Lane’s Essays’, by John Howard, ‘The Paper Ghosts: Reflections on Five Early Stories’, by Mark Valentine, ‘“Where the Gods are Rotting”: The Poetry of Joel Lane’, by Mat Joiner, ‘Socialism or Barbarism: Joel Lane’s Blue Trilogy and the poetry of the lost’, by Nina Allan. ‘Publication History.’
"A fitting tribute to Joel, whose life was cut too short." Rosemary Pardoe, Ghosts and Scholars, 31
"This is an excellent non-fiction book and deserves a place on the shelf of any serious scholar of the genre." The British Fantasy Society
211. WORMWOOD, Issue 27, Edited by Mark Valentine, 10th November, 2016. 90 pages. £9.99. 400 copies. Paperback journal printed on cream bookwove paper, and bound by TJ International.
Contains: 'The Dystopian Bones of Peake’s Castle Gormenghast' by James Butler, 'Lords of All Power: The Apocalyptic Science Fiction Novels of Robert Hugh Benson: Part 2' by John Howard, ' "A Death Most Peculiar and Sad": LeeRoy J. Tappan and the Omar Khayyam Cult' by Gavin Callaghan, 'Amyas Northcote’s Ghostly Companies' by Mike Barrett, 'Worlds: The Life and Theurgic Artistry of Andrei Bely' by Avalon Brantley, 'Under Review' by Reggie Oliver, 'Late Reviews' by Douglas A. Anderson, 'Camera Obscura' by John Howard.
210: THE GIRL WITH THE PEACOCK HARP, by Michael Eisele, 21st October 2016. 268 pages. £35.00. Sewn signatures, printed on 110gsm acid-free paper, and bound by CPI/Antony Rowe Ltd in burgundy cloth, printed, stamped in gilt and silver, with ribbon marker and head and tailbands. 300 copies. ISBN 978-1-905784-89-9.
Contains: ‘An Old Tale’, ‘The Beginning’, ‘The Music’, ‘The Lighthouse’, ‘The Eyes’, ‘What Dreams May Come’, ‘Gloria and the Selchie’, ‘Frogs’, ‘Milosh’, ‘Sanity’, ‘Kelpie’, ‘Monkey’, ‘The Girl with the Peacock Harp’, ‘The Change’, ‘Rolf’.
"Eisele demonstrates uncommon skill at exposing the hearts and minds of his characters and giving their conflicts an emotional immediacy, no matter how weird their circumstances." Publishers Weekly
"I think this book will appeal to anyone who enjoys richly-imagined, intelligent fiction. They are not easy to classify, and certainly don't qualify as horror or ghost stories per se. Instead they occupy a fascinating region where myth and legend overlap with the fears and crises of all-too-real world." David longhorn, Supernatural Tales
Also included in Michael Dirda's Holiday Book Picks at the Washington Post.
209: GREEN THOUGHTS AND OTHER STORIES, by John Collier, 15th September, 2016. 293 + ix pages. £35.00. Sewn signatures, printed on 110gsm acid-free paper, and bound by TJ International in green cloth stamped in blind, gilt and silver, with ribbon marker and head and tailbands. 300 copies. ISBN 978-1-905784-88-2.
Contains: 'Introduction', 'Man Overboard', 'Green Thoughts', 'Special Delivery', 'Thus I Refute Beelzy', 'Evening Primrose', 'Witch’s Money', 'Are You Too Late or Was I Too Early', 'De Mortuis', 'Fallen Star', 'Pictures in the Fire', 'Wet Saturday', 'The Lady on the Grey', 'Old Acquaintance', 'The Devil, George, and Rosie', 'Ah, the University!', ''Midnight Blue', 'Gavin O’Leary', 'Little Memento', 'The Steel Cat', 'Sleeping Beauty', 'In the Cards','The Invisible Dove Dancer of Strathpheen Island', 'Spring Fever', 'Youth from Vienna', 'A Matter of Taste', 'A Dog’s a Dog'.
"A handsome hardback brimming with his unique, wicked, dandyish style." Tim Martin, Daily Telegraph
"...an attractive showcase of a talented writer’s fiction ... likely to resuscitate the author’s reputation and elicit new interest in his work." Mario Guslandi, Nudge
208: THE SOUND OF HIS HORN AND OTHER STORIES, by Sarban, 12th August, 2016. 331 pages. £40.00. Sewn signatures, printed on 110gsm acid-free paper, and bound by TJ International in dark blue cloth stamped in silver, with ribbon marker and head and tailbands. 350 copies. ISBN 978-1-905784-88-2.
Contains: ‘The Sound of His Horn', 'The Sacrifice', 'The Sea-Things', 'Number Fourteen', 'The King of the Lake’.
The Sound of His Horn is the subject of in-depth analysis at the Los Angeles Review of Books.
207: THE HIDDEN BACK ROOM, by Jake Wyckoff, 14th July, 2016,306 pages. £35.00. Sewn signatures, printed on 110gsm acid-free paper, and bound by TJ International in dark grey cloth with affixed vignette photograph by David Baker, with ribbon marker, head and tailbands. 300 copies. ISBN 978-1-905784-85-1
Contains: ‘The Hidden Back Room’, ‘Tanoroar’, ‘Gut Punch’, ‘On Balance’, ‘The Rain-Dirty Valley’, ‘The Homunculus in the Curio’, ‘A Blood Without Blood’, ‘The Dreams of Pale Night’, ‘The House on North Congress Street’, ‘Details’, ‘Comfortidor’, ‘In the Library’, ‘Les Ombres Chinoises’, ‘Stronger Than All Storms’.
"Wyckoff creates characters with whom the reader can easily identify, and that makes their dramas seem all the more disturbing when events move them into the more shadowed recesses of personal experience. His stories abound with surprises that even diehard readers of weird fiction are not likely to anticipate." Publishers Weekly
"Wykoff’s stories are elegantly crafted, aesthetically pleasing." This is Horror
"Readers who enjoy a good dose of terror mixed with their reality will want to book The Hidden Back Room." Rick Kleffel, Narrative Species
206. WORMWOOD, Issue 26, Edited by Mark Valentine, 19th May, 2016. 90 pages. £9.99. 400 copies. Paperback journal printed on cream bookwove paper, and bound by TJ International.
Contains: 'Inner Rooms: A Weird, Ecstatic Cosmology', by Daniel Watt, 'The Strange and the Supernatural in the Short Stories of Rudyard Kipling', by Colin Insole, 'Lords of All Power: The Apocalyptic Science Fiction Novels of Robert Hugh Benson: Part 1', by John Howard, 'A Weekend with a Latterday Henry Ryecroft: Roger Dobson and the Lost Club’s Last Literary Expedition', by Mark Samuels, 'D.K. Broster: Short Voyages through Dark Waters', by Mike Barrett, 'Reality within "Supernatural" Tales', by John Gaskin, 'Under Review' by Reggie Oliver, 'Late Reviews' by Douglas A. Anderson, 'Camera Obscura' by John Howard.
205. ARTHUR MACHEN'S 1890s NOTEBOOK, edited by The Friends of Arthur Machen, published May, 2016, 347+viii pages. Available to members of The Friends of Arthur Machen. Sewn signatures, printed on 110gsm acid-free paper, and bound by TJ International in pictorial cloth, with head and tailbands. 300 copies. ISBN 978-1-905784-83-7.
204. MULADONA, by Eric Stener Carlson, published 18th April, 2016, 290 pages. £35.00. Sewn signatures, printed on 110gsm acid-free paper, and bound by TJ International in pictorial cloth, with head and tailbands. 350 copies. ISBN 978-1-905784-84-4.
"Muladona’s story-within-a-framework structure recalls the Decameron of Boccaccio, though the dark tone is more reminiscent of Dante. It’s a dense tangle of cruelty, anguish, intrigue and history run riot that would be worthy of Borges himself." Whistlingshade
"Muladona is original, fresh, and above all, it is a thinking person's horror novel ... well thought out and intelligently written ... Highly, highly recommended for readers who enjoy the work of excellent writers and for people who like their horror novels more on the cerebral side. This is a good one, folks." Oddly Weird Fiction
"Carlson captures the terror of an almost-remembered nightmare, juxtaposing the familiar and the strange with ease.", Rick Kleffel at KQED
"...a brilliant work of American Gothic supernatural horror." David Longhorn, Supernatural Tales
203. THE COSY ROOM AND OTHER STORIES, by Arthur Machen, with an Introduction by James Machin, published 16th February, 2016, 189 + xviii pages. £35.00. Sewn signatures, printed on 110gsm acid-free paper, and bound by TJ International in pictorial cloth, with head and tailbands. 300 copies. ISBN 978-1-905784-81-3. Contains: ‘Introduction’ by James Machin, ‘The Double Return’, ‘A Wonderful Woman’, ‘The Lost Club’, ‘The Holy Things’, ‘Psychology’, ‘Torture’, ‘Witchcraft’, ‘The Turanians’, ‘The Rose Garden’, ‘The Ceremony’, ‘Midsummer’, ‘Nature’, ‘The Hidden Mystery’, ‘Munitions of War’, ‘Drake’s Drum’, ‘A New Christmas Carol’, ‘The Islington Mystery’, ‘The Gift of Tongues’, ‘The Cosy Room’, ‘Awaking’, ‘Opening the Door’, ‘The Compliments of the Season’, ‘N’
202. MASQUES OF SATAN, by Reggie Oliver, 15th February, 2016. Paperback reprint, 322 pages. £14.95. ISBN 978-1-905784-80-6
Contains: 'Introductory', 'The Man in the Grey Bedroom', 'Grab a Granny Night', 'The Children of Monte Rosa', 'Mr Poo-Poo', 'The Silver Cord', 'The Road from Damascus', 'Mmm-Delicious', 'Puss-Cat', 'The Old Silence', 'Music by Moonlight', 'Blind Man’s Box', 'Shades of the Prison House, a novella', 'The End of History'.
201. THE BITTERWOOD BIBLE, by Angela Slatter, Introduction by Stephen Jones, Afterword by Lisa L. Hannett, Illustrated by Kathleen Jennings, 29th January 2016. Paperback reprint, 277 + viii pages. £14.95. ISBN 978-1-905784-82-0
Contains: 'Author’s Note', 'Introduction' by Stephen Jones, 'The Coffin-Maker’s Daughter', 'The Maiden in the Ice', 'The Badger Bride', 'The Burnt Moon', 'By My Voice I Shall Be Known', 'The Undone and the Divine', 'The Night Stair', 'Now, All Pirates are Gone', 'St Dymphna’s School for Poison Girls', 'The Bitterwood Bible', 'Terrible as an Army with Banners', 'By the Weeping Gate', 'Spells for Coming Forth by Daylight', 'Afterword' by Lisa L. Hannett, 'Acknowledgements'.