Friday 27 June 2014

RH Benson - The Necromancers

THE NECROMANCERS, by RH Benson, is set in contemporary Britain, and the main character is the young barrister Laurie Baxter. Baxter falls in love with a local girl, Amy, who dies of natural causes before they wed. One could say he was obsessed with Amy Nugent. In his distress after her death, he can’t bear her absence. He needs to contact her, to touch her again, if at all possible. Baxter had recently converted intellectually to the Catholic Faith, but not with his heart. Amy’s death provides a test that he appears to fail. He connects with a spiritualist circle hoping that the medium will help him bring back his love. He will do anything to get back to Amy, except wait for eternity. As goes the ironic inscription on Amy’s tombstone – “I shall see her but not now”

No 20 in Dennis Wheatley's Library of the Occult

Pages: 248
ISBN:  9781304969842

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Thursday 19 June 2014

William Morris - The Well at the World's End

The Well at the World's End by William Morris
The Well at the World's End was among the very first of its kind - it is an epic romance of duplicity, machination, passion, and wizardry, and is, in short, a vast odyssey into the weird. It is a beautifully rich fantasy, a vibrant fairy tale without fairies. It is the most entrancing of William Morris's late romances - part futuristic fantasy novel, part old-fashioned fairy tale. Morris writes his magic love story with a sense of color and pattern, and the sheer imaginative fervor of one of the most brilliant decorative artists that has ever lived.
A Classic fantasy novel!

Pages: 452
ISBN:  9781312185012

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Friday 13 June 2014

F Marion Crawford - The Witch of Prauge

The Witch of Prauge by F Marion Crawford
The Witch of Prague A forgotten master piece which Dennis Wheatley described as a classic of occult fiction. The witch Unorna pursues true love. While she is being pursued by Israel Kafka who is madly in love with her, Unorna falls madly in love with ""The Wanderer,"" who goes about the world in search of his long lost love, Beatrice. Unorna is not able to make the Wandered fall in love with her without making many attempts at casting spells on him and plotting against anyone who comes in her way. Can her hypnotic powers succeed, and can she free herself from her agony through the purity of her love?

No 8 in Dennis Wheatley's Library of the Occult.

Pages: 388
ISBN:  9781304969798

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Thursday 5 June 2014

Talbot Mundy - The Nine Unknown

The Nine Unknown by Talbot Mundy
A secret society founded by the Mauryan Emperor Asoka around 270 BC is entrusted with preserving knowledge that would be dangerous to humanity if it fell into the wrong hands. The nine unknown men are entrusted with guarding nine books of secret knowledge. In their fight to keep the books secret they face nine Kali worshipers, who sow confusion and masquerade as the true sages. A priest, Father Cyprian, who is in possession of the books wants to destroy them out of Christian piety but a number of other characters are interested in learning their content.

You can read about the fascinating story behind the book here and here.

Pages: 316
ISBN:  9781312185005

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