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by Mark Valentine

Hardback: November 2012 (400)
Paperback: April 2021
Cover image by Jason Zerrillo
Length: 175 pages
Hardback: 978-0-9566587-6-0
Paperback: 978-1-78380-742-0

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"Nothing lasts! The faun sleeps, / Smiling, mute, remorseless." — Ludmila Jevsejeva, Autuna Melodio

In St. Petersburg, amidst an uneasy truce with the revolution, there exists a secret trade in looted ikons. But who are the dark strangers seeking for the Gate of the Archangel? In the small town of Tzern, news arrives of the death of the Emperor; meanwhile a postmaster, a priest, a prophet and a war-wearied soldier watch the dawn for signs of the future. Constantinople: A quest for the lost faiths of the former Ottoman Empire leads a French scholar to believe that the strangest may also be the truest. On the edges of Europe, exiles and idealists meet in a café to talk of their hopes — while sinister forces begin to march. These stories, exquisitely told by Mark Valentine, are about individuals caught up in the endings of old empires — and of what comes next.

"A Certain Power"
"The Dawn at Tzern"
"A Walled Garden on the Bosphoros"
"Carden in Capaea"
"The Bookshop in Novy Svet"
"The Autumn Keeper"
"The Amber Cigarette"
"The Ka of Astarakahn"
"The Original Light"
"The Unrest at Aachen"
"The Mascarons of the Late Empire"

Mark Valentine’s stories have been selected for Best British Short Stories edited by Nicholas Royle, Best New Horror edited by Stephen Jones, The Mammoth Books of Ghost Stories edited by Richard Dalby, and the Ghosts & Scholars books edited by Rosemary Pardoe, as well as for many other anthologies. Along with The Swan River Press, he also publishes with other independent imprints such as Tartarus Press (UK), Sarob Press (France) and Zagava (Germany). His twenty or so books include studies of Arthur Machen and the diplomat and fantasist Sarban, and essays on book-collecting and the esoteric. He also edits Wormwood, a journal of the fantastic.

Titles by Mark Valentine
Seventeen Stories (2013)
Selected Stories (2012)
The Seer of Trieste (2008)

Titles edited by Mark Valentine
The Far Tower: Stories for W. B. Yeats (2019)
The Scarlet Soul: Stories for Dorian Gray (2017)

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