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 five World Fantasy Awards (as recently as 2015), and in 2010 received a "Stoker" from the Horror Writers Association.
'Tartarus was flying the Aickman flag long before Faber experienced its own revival of interest, and still has stunning hardbacks of his work available for sale, as well as work by Arthur Machen, L.P. Hartley, Lafcadio Hearn and other luminaries of the tradition.' Tim Martin, Sunday Telegraph, 26th December 2014
'This enigmatic and distinctly unsettling debut novel (The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley) was discovered last year by Tartarus Press – it’s right up its macabre street – but is now enjoying a second coming courtesy of the more mainstream John Murray. Already hailed as a “modern classic”, it’s been compared to The Wicker Man, and arrives with a plaudit from Stephen King.' The Guardian, 23rd August 2015
[Tartarus'] distinctive yellow hardbacks remain the most satisfying way to collect uncanny masters such as Arthur Machen, MP Shiel and Robert Aickman, as well as a handful of new authors who follow that loose tradition.' Tim Martin, The Telegraph 8th September 2015
'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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