THE SATYR AND OTHER TALES
by Stephen J. Clark
Printings: July 2015 (350)
Cover image by Stephen J. Clark
Style: Dust jacketed hardback
Length: viii + 230 pages
Out of print
A blog post from Stephen J. Clark on this new edition of The Satyr.
"The Horned Tongue" was long-listed for Ellen Datlow's Best Horror of the Year 2011!
"It was the straying that found the path direct." — Austin Osman Spare
In the final throes of the Blitz, Austin Osman Spare is the only salvation for Marlene, an artist escaping a traumatic past. Wandering Southwark’s ruins she encounters Paddy Hughes, a fugitive of another kind. Falling under Marlene’s spell Hughes agrees to seek out her lost mentor, the man she calls The Satyr. Yet Marlene’s past will not rest as the mysterious Doctor Charnock pursues them, trying to capture the patient she’d once caged. The Satyr is a tale inspired by the life and ethos of sorcerer and artist Austin Osman Spare.
Another three novellas of occult enchantment follow: a bookseller discovers that his late wife knew the Devil, in the Carpathian Mountains refugees shelter in a museum devoted to a forgotten author, and in Prague a portraitist must paint a countess whose appearance is never the same twice.
"The Horned Tongue"
"The Lost Reaches"
"The Feast of the Sphinx"
This omnibus is comprised of The Satyr (2010) and The Bestiary of Communion (2011); newly illustrated, expanded, and revised.
Stephen J. Clark was born in County Durham. Since first emerging in surrealist journals and exhibitions throughout the 1990s his fiction and illustrations have appeared in publications by Fulgur Limited, Ex Occidente Press, and Side Real Press among others. Regular collaborations with Tartarus Press have notably featured cover illustrations for a complete series of Robert Aickman’s strange tales. In Delirium's Circle, the author’s debut novel, was published by Egaeus Press in 2012. thesinginggarden.co.uk
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