Friday 25 March 2016

Walter de la Mare - The Return

The Return by Walter de la Mare is an occult tale of possession. It is an interesting gothic psychological thriller, nebulous and dark, in the tradition of Edgar Allan Poe.

Gripping and poignant tale of psychic possession concerns Arthur Lawford, who appears to have been possessed by the spirit of a long-dead French 18th-century pirate. One of de la Mare's finest occult stories, the novel also deals with domestic trauma, unrequited love and philosophical reflection.

Insidiously horrific, unrelentingly disturbing…

Pages: 248
ISBN: 9781329903081

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Friday 18 March 2016

Francis Stevens - Nightmares!

Gertrude Barrows Bennett (1883–1948) was the first major female writer of fantasy and science fiction in the United States, publishing her stories under the pseudonym Francis Stevens. Bennett wrote a number of highly acclaimed fantasies between 1917 and 1923 and has been called "the woman who invented dark fantasy".

Her most famous books include Claimed (which Augustus T. Swift, in a letter to The Argosy called "One of the strangest and most compelling science fantasy novels you will ever read") and the lost world novel The Citadel of Fear.

Bennett also wrote an early dystopian novel, The Heads of Cerberus (1919).

Nighmares! And other stories – is a nice collection of her short stories and novelettes.

Pages: 308
ISBN: 9781329903005

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Friday 11 March 2016

Charles Williams - All Hallows Eve

All Hallows' Eve is the story of a man and woman whose love was so great it could bridge the gap of death; of evil so terrible as to be unmentionable, of a vision so beautiful it must be true.

Opens with a discussion between the ghosts of two dead women wandering about London. Ultimately explores the meaning of human suffering and empathy by dissolving the barrier between the living and the dead through both black magic and divine love.

A young woman dies to discover a London that looks right out of Dante. A painter does a portrait of a minister and discovers he has painted beetles, and the minister thanks him for it! A magician sends someone to the future.

All Hallow's Eve is an amazing book in that it explores both the question of 'what happens when you die?' as well as 'what is the relationship between the dead and the living?'. Charles Williams at his best.

Pages: 228
ISBN: 9781329902923

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Friday 4 March 2016

Howard Pyle - The Story of the Grail and the Passing of Arthur

The Story of the Grail and the Passing of Arthur by Howard Pyle 

Time honored retelling of the Arthurian legends, including the adventures of Sir Galahad and the pursuit of the Holy Grail, as well as the last days of King Arthur — his attack on Sir Launcelot, fatal battle with Sir Mordred, and final journey to Avalon.

Follows the adventures of Sir Gerwaint, Galahad's quest for the holy Grail, the battle between Launcelot and Gawaine, and the slaying of Mordred.

This is the final book in a set of four books on Arthur by Howard Pyle, covering the last parts of the reign of King Arthur and how Sir Galahad achieved the Grail.

Pages: 292
ISBN: 9781329902749

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