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OLD HOGGEN AND OTHER ADVENTURES
by Bram Stoker

Printings: 8 November 2017 (300)
Cover image by Jason Zerrillo
Preface: Brian J. Showers
Introduction: John Edgar Browning and Brian J. Showers
Style: Dust jacketed hardback
Length: xv + 186 pages
ISBN: 978-1-78380-018-6

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"Old Hoggen had disappeared: and murder was naturally suspected." — Bram Stoker

At the time of his death in 1912, Bram Stoker was preparing for publication three volumes of stories. The first, Dracula’s Guest, saw print in 1914; the second and third never manifested. Old Hoggen and Other Adventures is a tantalising possibility of one of these unrealised selections, and the stories in this volume span the author’s entire career. In reading them, one thing becomes clear: adventure and mystery rival even the gothic in Stoker’s literary heart. And yet, one will find among these pages many of the same themes found in Dracula: reverence for the dead, the malice of wicked men, black humour, hidden fortunes, daring bravery, exotic locales, a deep love of the sea, and the creeping intrusion of the supernatural.

Contents
"Preface" by Brian J. Showers
"Introduction" by John Edgar Browning and Brian J. Showers
"Old Hoggen"
"Saved by a Ghost"
"The Man from Shorrox'"
"Our New House"
"The Chain of Destiny"
"The 'Eroes of the Thames"
"Buried Treasures"
"To the Rescue"
"The Red Stockade"
"Acknowledgements"

Bram Stoker (1847-1912) was born in Dublin and educated at Trinity College. As a young man he worked as a civil servant at Dublin Castle, and as an unpaid theatre critic for local newspapers. He is best remembered today for his classic novel Dracula (1897), but during his lifetime he was known as the personal assistant of actor Henry Irving, and business manager of Irving’s Lyceum Theatre in London. Other notable works include The Jewel of Seven Stars and The Lair of the White Worm.




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A FLUTTER OF WINGS
by Mervyn Wall

Printings: August 2017 (300)
Cover image by Clare Brennan
Introduction: Val Mulkerns
Style: Dust jacketed hardback
Length: ix + 222 pages
ISBN: 978-1-78380-017-9

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"Strange," he said to himself. "I had an idea that Pat's Tommy was dead." — "Cloonaturk"

First collected in 1974, the stories in A Flutter of Wings span Mervyn Wall's entire writing career, dating back as far as the 1940s. Told in an easy style, tales such as "They Also Serve . . . " and "Adventure" offer the same satirical sensibilities found in Wall's classic novel The Unfortunate Fursey; while darker tales such as "Cloonaturk" and "The Demon Angler" are not without a hint of the grimly sardonic. In addition to an introduction by Val Mulkerns and illustrations by Clare Brennan, this new edition boasts the uncollected Jamesian fragment "Extract from an Abandoned Novel", and Wall's early play, Alarm Among the Clerks, a savagely hilarious and ultimately brutal depiction of office life.

Contents
"Remembering Mervyn" by Val Mulkerns
"They Also Serve . . . "
"Adventure"
"The Hogskin Gloves"
"The Demon Angler"
"Cloonaturk"
"Age Cannot Wither"
"Leo the Lion"
"The Men Who Could Outstare Cobras"
"The Metamorphosis of a Licensed Vintner"
"Extract from an Abandoned Novel"
"Alarm Among the Clerks"
"Acknowledgments"

Mervyn Wall (1908-1997) was born in Dublin. He was educated in both Ireland and Germany, and obtained his B.A. from the National University of Ireland in 1928. After fourteen years in the Civil Service, he joined Radio Éireann as Programme Officer. In 1957 he became Secretary of the Arts Council of Ireland, retiring in 1975. Known during his lifetime as a broadcaster and critic, he is best remembered for his two satirical fantasies set in medieval Ireland, The Unfortunate Fursey (1946) and The Return of Fursey (1948). His book Leaves for the Burning won Denmark's Best European Novel award in 1952.

Other Swan River Titles by Mervyn Wall
The Unfortunate Fursey (2015)
The Return of Fursey (2015)
The Demon Angler & One Other (2013)



   

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SELECTED POEMS
by George William Russell (A.E.)

Printings: 10 April 2017 (300)
Cover image by Count Casimir Dunin Markiewicz
Afterword by Daniel Mulhall
Style: Dust jacketed hardback
Length: xiv + 220 pages
ISBN: 978-1-78380-016-2

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“Yet, bathed in gloom too long, we might / Forget how we imagined light.” – The Twilight of Earth

Published in September 1935, just two months after his death, A.E wrote of Selected Poems, “If I should be remembered I would like it to be for the verses in this book. They are my choice out of the poetry I have written.” A.E’s life-long friend and sometimes rival, W.B. Yeats, observed that his poetry expresses “something that lies beyond the range of expression”, and that he has within him “the vast and vague extravagance that lies at the bottom of the Celtic heart.” To commemorate the 150th anniversary of A.E.’s birth, Swan River Press is pleased to reissue this career-spanning collection of poems from a key artist of the Celtic Revival. This volume includes selections from The Earth Breath, Voices of the Stones, The House of the Titans, and others, introducing a new generation to Ireland’s foremost mystical poet.

Contents

"A Visionary" by W.B. Yeats
Selections from Homeward, Songs by the Way
Selections from The Earth Breath
Selections from The Divine Vision
Poems 1903-1920
Selections from Voices of the Stones
Selections from Vale and Other Poems
Selections from The House of the Titans
"An Evening with A.E." by Edgar DeWitt Jones
"Poet, Painter, Seer" by Daniel Mulhall
Selected Bibliography
Acknowledgements

George William Russell (1867-1935) — who published as “A.E.” — was a poet, painter, economist, and mystic. In 1897 he started work with Sir Horace Plunkett’s Irish Agricultural Organisation Society, editing their journal The Irish Homestead. In addition to numerous volumes of poetry, essays, and mystical writings, A.E. also nurtured the careers of Ireland’s most important writers, including Patrick Kavanagh, James Stephens, and James Joyce. Highly regarded in life, on his death A.E.’s funeral cortège was over a mile long.

Daniel Mulhall has maintained a lifelong interest in the life and work of A.E. He has written extensively on Irish history and literature and co-edited The Shaping of Modern Ireland: A Centenary Assessment (Irish Academic Press, 2016). He has spent his professional career in the Department of Foreign Affairs and is currently Ireland’s Ambassador in London.



   

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YOU'll KNOW WHEN YOU GET THERE
by Lynda E. Rucker

Introduction by Lisa Tuttle
Printings: August 2016 (400)
Cover image by Tobia Makover
Style: Dust jacketed hardback
Length: ix + 174 pages
ISBN: 978-1-78380-013-1

"Who Is This Who Is Coming?" was chosen for Stephen Jones's Best New Horror #28!

"Am I walking toward something I should be running away from?" — Shirley Jackson

A woman returns home to revisit an encounter with the numinous; couples take up residence in houses full of sinister secrets; a man fleeing a failed marriage discovers something ancient and unknowable in rural Ireland . . .

In her introduction, Lisa Tuttle observes that “certain places are doomed, dangerous in some inexplicable, metaphysical way”, and the characters in these stories all seem drawn in their own ways to just such places, whether trying to return home or endeavouring to get as far from life as possible. These nine stories by Shirley Jackson Award winner Lynda E. Rucker tell tales of those lost and searching, often for something they cannot name, and encountering along the way the uncanny embedded in the everyday world.

Contents

"Haunted Places, Haunted People" by Lisa Tuttle
"The Receiver of Tales"
"Widdershins"
"The House on Cobb Street"
"Where the Summer Dwells"
"Who Is This Who Is Coming?"
"The Queen in the Yellow Wallpaper"
"The Wife's Lament"
"This Time of Day, This Time of Year"
"The Haunting House"
"Story Notes"
"Acknowledgements"

Lynda E. Rucker is an American writer born and raised in the South and now living in Europe. Her stories have appeared in dozens of magazines and anthologies. She is a regular columnist for Black Static, has had a short play produced on London’s West End, and won the 2015 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Short Story. Her first collection, The Moon Will Look Strange, was published by Karoshi Books in 2013.




   

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UNCERTAINTIES: Volume I
edited by Brian J. Showers

Introduction by John Connnolly
Printings: August 2016 (400)
Cover image by Chris Priestly
Style: Dust jacketed hardback
Length: xii + 191 pages
ISBN: 978-1-78380-014-8

Maura McHugh's "The Light at the Centre" was chosen for Stephen Jones's Best New Horror #28!

John Reppion's "The Faerie Ring", Martin Hayes's "Wellaway", Maura McHugh's "The Light at the Centre", Sarah LeFanu's "Fran's Nan's Story" and Lynda E. Rucker's "The Seance" were given honourable mention in Ellen Datlow's Best Horror of the Year 2016!

"Turn and face the strange." — David Bowie

"It may be my own imagining, or perhaps the cumulative effect of reading the entire book over a couple of evenings, but the contents appeared to grow darker as the pages turned." – from the Foreword by John Connolly

Uncertainties is an anthology of new writing—featuring contributions from Irish, British, and American authors — each exploring the idea of increasingly fragmented senses of reality. These types of short stories were termed "strange tales" by Robert Aickman, called "tales of the unexpected" by Roald Dahl, and known to Shakespeare’s ill-fated Prince Mamillius as ‘winter’s tales’. But these are no mere ghost stories. These tales of the uncanny grapple with existential epiphanies of the modern day, and when otherwise familiar landscapes become sinister and something decidedly less than certain . . .

Contents

"Foreword"
    John Connolly

"The Faerie Ring"
    John Reppion

"From the Archives of the Westmeath Examiner"
    Derek John

"Wellaway"
    Martin Hayes

"Last Love"
    John Kenny

"On a Clear Day"
    Robert Neilson

"A Letter from McHenry"
    Reggie Chamberlain-King

"The Light at the Centre"
    Maura McHugh

"Fran’s Nan’s Story"
    Sarah LeFanu

"Flyblown"
    Timothy J. Jarvis

"To the Eternal One"
    Mark Valentine

"The Seance"
    Lynda E. Rucker

"Biographical Notes"

"Acknowledgements"

Brian J. Showers has written short stories, articles, interviews, and reviews for magazines such as Rue Morgue, Supernatural Tales, Ghosts & Scholars, and Wormwood. His collection The Bleeding Horse won the Children of the Night Award in 2008. He is also the author of Literary Walking Tours of Gothic Dublin; and, with Gary W. Crawford and Jim Rockhill, he co-edited the Stoker Award-nominated Reflections in a Glass Darkly: Essays on J. Sheridan Le Fanu. The anthology Dreams of Shadow and Smoke, co-edited with Jim Rockhill, won the Ghost Story Award for best book in 2014. Showers also edits The Green Book, a journal devoted to Irish writers of the fantastic; and runs the Swan River Press, Ireland’s only publishing house dedicated to literature of the gothic, strange, and supernatural.

Titles edited by Brian J. Showers
Uncertainties: Volume I (2016)
Uncertainties: Volume II (2016)
Dreams of Shadow and Smoke: Stories for J.S. Le Fanu (2014)
The Green Book: Writings on Irish Gothic, Supernatural and Fantastic Literature (2013-Present)




   

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UNCERTAINTIES: Volume II
edited by Brian J. Showers

Printings: August 2016 (400)
Cover image by Chris Priestly
Style: Dust jacketed hardback
Length: xii + 189 pages
ISBN: 978-1-78380-015-5

Steve Duffy's "The Ice Beneath Us" and Gary McMahon's "What's Out There?" were chosen for Ellen Datlow's Best Horror of the Year 2016!

Peter Bell's "The Swing", R.B. Russell's "The Mighty Mr. Godbolt", Mat Joiner's "Imago", Adam Golaski's "Ruby" and Reggie Oliver's "Love at Second Sight" were given honourable mention in Ellen Datlow's Best Horror of the Year 2016!

"Omnia exeunt in mysterium." — Arthur Machen

"We think we know the world we live in, but we don’t — we very much don’t — and stories of the supernatural and strange, of the weird and the uncanny serve as a reminder of that." – from the Foreword by Brian J. Showers

Uncertainties is an anthology of new writing—featuring contributions from Irish, British, and American authors — each exploring the idea of increasingly fragmented senses of reality. These types of short stories were termed "strange tales" by Robert Aickman, called "tales of the unexpected" by Roald Dahl, and known to Shakespeare’s ill-fated Prince Mamillius as ‘winter’s tales’. But these are no mere ghost stories. These tales of the uncanny grapple with existential epiphanies of the modern day, and when otherwise familiar landscapes become sinister and something decidedly less than certain . . .

Contents

"Foreword"
    Brian J. Showers

"The Swing"
    Peter Bell

"The Mighty Mr Godbolt"
    R.B. Russell

"Then and Now"
    John Howard

"The Ice Beneath Us"
    Steve Duffy

"Closing Time"
    Emma Darwin

"Homecraft"
    Rosalie Parker

"Half-Light"
    Steve Rasnic Tem

"Imago"
    Mat Joiner

"The Edge of the World"
    Helen Grant

"The Court of Midnight"
    Mark Samuels

"What’s Out There?"
    Gary McMahon

"Ruby"
    Adam Golaski

"The Murky"
    V.H. Leslie

"Love at Second Sight"
    Reggie Oliver

"Biographical Notes"

"Acknowledgments"

Brian J. Showers has written short stories, articles, interviews, and reviews for magazines such as Rue Morgue, Supernatural Tales, Ghosts & Scholars, and Wormwood. His collection The Bleeding Horse won the Children of the Night Award in 2008. He is also the author of Literary Walking Tours of Gothic Dublin; and, with Gary W. Crawford and Jim Rockhill, he co-edited the Stoker Award-nominated Reflections in a Glass Darkly: Essays on J. Sheridan Le Fanu. The anthology Dreams of Shadow and Smoke, co-edited with Jim Rockhill, won the Ghost Story Award for best book in 2014. Showers also edits The Green Book, a journal devoted to Irish writers of the fantastic; and runs the Swan River Press, Ireland’s only publishing house dedicated to literature of the gothic, strange, and supernatural.

Titles edited by Brian J. Showers
Uncertainties: Volume I (2016)
Uncertainties: Volume II (2016)
Dreams of Shadow and Smoke: Stories for J.S. Le Fanu (2014)
The Green Book: Writings on Irish Gothic, Supernatural and Fantastic Literature (2013-Present)




   

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THE PALE BROWN THING
by Fritz Leiber

Printings: July 2016 (350)
Cover image by Jason Zerrillo
Style: Dust jacketed hardback
Length: xv + 143 pages
ISBN: 978-1-78380-012-4

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"The ancient Egyptians only buried people in their pyramids. We are living in ours." — Thibaut de Castries

Serialised in 1977, The Pale Brown Thing is a shorter version of Fritz Leiber’s World Fantasy Award-winning novel of the supernatural, Our Lady of Darkness. Leiber maintained that the two texts “should be regarded as the same story told at different times”; thus this volume reprints The Pale Brown Thing for the first time in nearly forty years, with an introduction by the author’s friend, Californian poet Donald Sidney-Fryer. The novella stands as Leiber’s vision of 1970s San Francisco: a city imbued with an eccentric vibe and nefarious entities, in which pulp writer Franz Westen uncovers an alternate portrait of the city’s fin de siecle literary set — Ambrose Bierce, Jack London, Clark Ashton Smith — as well as the darker invocations of occultist Thibaut de Castries and a pale brown inhabitant of Corona Heights.


Contents

"Thibaut de Castries, Revenant"
    Donald Sidney-Fryer

"The Pale Brown Thing"
    Fritz Leiber

"Story-telling Wonder-questing, Mortal Me:
The Transformation of The Pale Brown Thing into Our Lady of Darkness"
    John Howard

Acknowledgements


Fritz Leiber was born in Chicago on 24 December 1910. Although trained as an actor, he made his name among the pages of the pulp magazines of the 1930s and ’40s. After a brief correspondence with H.P. Lovecraft, Leiber began writing in earnest, penning classics of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, including Conjure Wife, the Hugo Award-winning Ill Met in Lankhmar, and the pioneering tale of urban supernaturalism “Smoke Ghost”. Leiber passed away in San Francisco in 1992 at the age of eighty-one.




   

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EARTH-BOUND AND OTHER SUPERNATURAL TALES
by Dorothy Macardle

Printings: May 2016 (350)
Cover image by Brian Gallagher
Introduction: Peter Berresford Ellis
Style: Dust jacketed hardback
Length: xxi + 134 pages
ISBN: 978-1-78380-011-7

"'Tis these places are haunted," he said, "by the old Chieftains and Kings." — "Earth-Bound"

Originally published in 1924, the nine tales that comprise Earth-Bound were written by Dorothy Macardle while she was held a political prisoner in Dublin's Kilmainham Gaol and Mountjoy Prison. The stories incorporate themes that intrigued her throughout her life; themes out of the myths and legends of Ireland; ghostly interventions, dreams and premonitions, clairvoyance, and the Otherworld in parallel with this one. It is so easy to dismiss them, as some have, merely as part of the narrative of "Irish nationalism" of the time, but it is the supernatural elements that make them much more. She would revisit these themes in later works such as her classic haunted house novel The Uninvited (1941). To this new edition of Macardle's debut collection, reprinted for the first time in ninety years, we have added four more tales of the supernatural.

Contents
Introduction by Peter Berresford Ellis
"Earth-Bound"
"Samhain"
"The Brother"
"The Prisoner"
"The Return of Niav"
"De Profundis"
"By God's Mercy"
"The Portrait of Roisin Dhu"
"A Story Without an End"
"Escape"
"The Curlew's Call"
"The Black Banks"
"The Venetian Mirror"
Acknowledgements

Dorothy Macardle (1889-1958) — historian, playwright, journalist, and novelist — was born in Dundalk, Co. Louth. She was educated at Alexandra College in Dublin where she later lectured in English literature. She is best remembered for her seminal treatise on Ireland’s struggle for independence, The Irish Republic (1937), but also wrote novels of the uncanny, including The Uninvited (1941), The Unforeseen (1946), and Dark Enchantment (1953). She died in Drogheda and is buried in St. Fintan's Cemetery, Sutton.



   

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NOVEMBER NIGHT TALES
by Henry C. Mercer

Printings: November 2015 (300)
Cover and illustrations by Alisdair Wood
Introduction by Peter Bell
Style: Dust jacketed hardback
Length: xvii + 236
ISBN: 978-1-78380-010-0

"History fades into prehistoric darkness . . . " — "The Wolf Book"

Each story in November Night Tales is a differently colored gem whose many facets reflect the lively mind of the author. Henry C. Mercer’s life-long interest in world mythology, fairy tales, local legend, symbols, and artifacts form the fabric of his tales. Here, the reader will find vanishing castles, secret sects, biological weapons, sinister wilderness, lycanthropy, possessed dolls, and mythical lands. The characters in each story are driven to explore the unknown, face their fears, and perhaps discover something of themselves in the process. The compelling narratives, infused with intelligence and humanity, leave the reader curious why the stories remain virtually unknown today, and mournful that there are not more to explore. United at last with the six original November night tales is a seventh, posthumously published story, The Well of Monte Corbo. First published in 1928, this new edition is fully illustrated by Alisdair Wood and features an introduction by Peter Bell.

Contents
"Introduction" by Peter Bell
"Castle Valley"
"The North Ferry Bridge"
"The Blackbirds"
"The Wolf Book"
"The Dolls' Castle"
"The Sunken City"
"The Well of Monte Corbo"
"Acknowledgements"

Dreamer, castle builder, archaeologist, and anthropologist, Henry Chapman Mercer (1856-1930) inherited a fortune that fuelled his wanderlust. Mercer was a tireless creative genius who spent his life fulfilling his family motto, Plus ultra — “More Beyond”. He earned a law degree, mastered five languages, supervised archaeological digs around the world, and became a beloved philanthropist in his ancestral home of Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Overshadowed by his many accomplishments is the wonderful but nearly forgotten collection of stories, November Night Tales.




   

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INSECT LITERATURE
by Lafcadio Hearn

Printings: October 2015 (300)
Cover image by Takato Yamamoto
Introduction by Anne-Sylvie Homassel
Style: Dust jacketed hardback
Length: xiv + 272
ISBN: 978-1-78380-009-4

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"The insect-world is altogether a world of goblins and fairies." — "Sémi"

As Lafcadio Hearn observes in his essay "Insects in Greek Poetry", "the capacity to enjoy the music of insects and all that it signifies in the great poem of nature tells very plainly of goodness of heart, aesthetic sensibility, a perfectly healthy state of mind." And to this, one might add a keen sense of wonder.

Insect Literature collects twenty essays and stories written by Hearn, mostly in Japan, a land where insects were as appreciated as in ancient Greece. With a witty gentleness bordering on the eerie, Hearn describes in these pieces the song of the cricket, the spectral flight of dragon-flies, quotes the entomological haiku of classical Japan, and recalls Buddhist tales in which the souls of insects and men are never far one from the other.

Contents
"Of Insects and Children" by Anne-Sylvie Homassel
"Forward" by Masanobu Otani
I. "Butterflies"
II. "Mosquitoes"
III. "Ants"
IV. "Story of a Fly"
V. "Fireflies"
VI. "Dragon-flies"
VII. "Sémi"
VIII. "Insect-Musicians"
IX. "Kusa-Hibari"
X. "Some Poems about Insects"
XI. "Insects and Greek Poetry"
XII. "Some French Poetry about Insects"
XIII. "Insect Politics"
XIV. "Under the Electric Light"
XV. "——! ——!! Mosquitoes!!!"
XVI. "The Festive"
XVII. "The Jewel Insect"
XVIII. "Dr. Hava’s Tarantula"
XIX. "Gaki"
XX. "The Dream of Akinosuké"
"Acknowledgements"

Born on the Greek island of Lefkada, Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904) was brought up in both Ireland and England. At nineteen he emigrated to the United States where he became a journalist. After a sojourn in the French West Indies, he sailed for Japan in 1890. Hearn wrote extensively about his new homeland, its tales, customs, and religions, acting as a bridge between Japan and the Western world. He died in Tokyo where he is buried under his Japanese name, Koizumi Yakumo.




   

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THE ANNIVERSARY OF NEVER
by Joel Lane

Printings: August 2015 (350)
Cover image by Polly Rose Morris
Introduction by Nicholas Royle
Style: Dust jacketed hardback
Length: ix + 130 pages
ISBN: 978-1-78380-008-7

"It was like a black and white film, or someone else’s memory" — "Crow's Nest"

Joel Lane’s award-winning stories have been widely praised, notably by other masters of weird fiction such as M. John Harrison, Graham Joyce, and Ramsey Campbell. His tales also regularly appeared in the “best of” annual anthologies of Ellen Datlow, Karl Edward Wagner, and Stephen Jones. With this posthumous collection, Lane continues his unflinching exploration of the human condition.

The Anniversary of Never is a group of tales concerned with the theme of the afterlife,” observed Lane, “and the idea that we may enter the afterlife before death, or find parts of it in our world.” These stories of love and death will burrow deep into the reader’s mind and impregnate it with a vision often as bleak as the night is black.

Contents
"Introduction" by Nicholas Royle
"Sight Unseen"
"Crow's Nest"
"All the Shadows"
"Midnight Flight"
"Ashes in the Water" with Mat Joiner
"For Their Own Ends"
"Bitter Angel"
"After the Fire"
"The Annniversary of Never"
"The Messenger"
"For Crying Out Loud"
"All Dead Years"
"Some of the Fell"
"Acknowledgements"

Joel Lane (1963-2013) was born in Exeter, but lived most of his life in Birmingham, where many of his stories are set. In addition to two novels, From Blue to Black (2000) and The Blue Mask (2003), Lane was the author of numerous collections, including the British Fantasy Award-winning The Earth Wire (1994), The Lost District (2006), and The Terrible Changes (2009). Where Furnaces Burn won the World Fantasy Award for best collection in 2013.




   

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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
ISBN: 978-1-78380-007-0

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.

Contents
"Author's Preface"
"The Satyr"
"The Horned Tongue"
"The Lost Reaches"
"The Feast of the Sphinx"
"Acknowledgements"

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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THE UNFORTUNATE FURSEY
by Mervyn Wall

Introduction by Michael Dirda
Printings: March 2015 (350)
Cover image by Jesse Campbell-Brown
Style: Dust jacketed hardback
Length: xviii + 251 pages
ISBN: 978-1-78380-005-6

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"In Ireland anything may happen to anyone anywhere and at any time, and it usually does." — Abbot Marcus

The forces of evil have launched a determined offensive on the sanctified precincts of Clonmacnoise, and gain a bridgehead in the cell of Brother Fursey. But the hapless monk is so tongue-tied with fright that he cannot utter the necessary words of exorcism. When the other monks discover this, poor Fursey is expelled, and sets forth on the first stage of his travels accompanied by a fantastic procession of cacodemons, hippogriffs, imps, furies, and other dreadful creatures, not to mention the elegant gentleman in black who is their commander-in-chief. Reviewed in the Irish Times as "wildly fantastic, intensely satirical, and wickedly comic" and described by critic E.F. Bleiler as a "landmark book in the history of fantasy", Mervyn Wall's The Unfortunate Fursey remains a classic of modern Irish literature.

Mervyn Wall (1908-1997) was born in Dublin. He was educated in Belvedere College; Bonn, Germany; and obtained his B.A. from the National University of Ireland in 1928. After fourteen years in the Civil Service, he joined Radio Eireann as Programme Officer. In 1957 he became Secretary of the Arts Council of Ireland, retiring in 1975. Known during his lifetime as a broadcaster and critic, he is best remembered for his plays and novels. His book Leaves for the Burning won Denmark’s Best European Novel award in 1952.

Michael Dirda, a longtime reviewer for The Washington Post, is the author of the 2012 Edgar Award-winning On Conan Doyle. His other books include the memoir An Open Book and several collections of essays, including Readings, Bound to Please, Book by Book, and Classics for Pleasure. In 1993 Dirda received the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished criticism and since then has become a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, and several other literary periodicals.

Other Swan River Titles by Mervyn Wall
A Flutter of Wings (2017)
The Return of Fursey (2015)
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THE RETURN OF FURSEY
by Mervyn Wall

Introduction by Michael Dirda
Printings: March 2015 (300)
Cover image by Jesse Campbell-Brown
Style: Dust jacketed hardback
Length: xiv + 241 pages
ISBN: 978-1-78380-006-3

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"Henceforth I will serve Evil. I’ll become a most depraved character. I’ll turn really wicked." — Fursey

This worthy sequel to The Unfortunate Fursey follows the continued exploits of that reluctant sorcerer Fursey, now a middling grocer in the realm of King Ethelwulf. But when Fursey’s wife is seized by an Irish delegation led by her jilted fiancé, Fursey resolves to embrace evil, return to Ireland, and reclaim his wife. Readers will delight in the return of Fursey’s unhelpful familiar Albert and the Prince of Darkness; plus such memorable new characters as George the Vampire, Sigurd the Skull Splitter, and the wealthy Festus Wisenuts. "The Return of Fursey shows no lessening at all in Wall’s quality of imagination," wrote critic Robert Hogan. "As with the best of Charlie Chaplin, or of Anton Chekhov or O’Casey, the laughter is very akin to high art."

Mervyn Wall (1908-1997) was born in Dublin. He was educated in Belvedere College; Bonn, Germany; and obtained his B.A. from the National University of Ireland in 1928. After fourteen years in the Civil Service, he joined Radio Eireann as Programme Officer. In 1957 he became Secretary of the Arts Council of Ireland, retiring in 1975. Known during his lifetime as a broadcaster and critic, he is best remembered for his plays and novels. His book Leaves for the Burning won Denmark’s Best European Novel award in 1952.

Michael Dirda, a longtime reviewer for The Washington Post, is the author of the 2012 Edgar Award-winning On Conan Doyle. His other books include the memoir An Open Book and several collections of essays, including Readings, Bound to Please, Book by Book, and Classics for Pleasure. In 1993 Dirda received the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished criticism and since then has become a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, and several other literary periodicals.

Other Swan River Titles by Mervyn Wall
A Flutter of Wings (2017)
The Unfortunate Fursey (2015)
The Demon Angler & One Other (2013)



   

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REMINISCENCES OF A BACHELOR
by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

Printings: December 2014 (300)
Cover image by Paul Lowe
Style: Dust jacketed hardback
Length: xi + 132 pages
ISBN: 978-1-78380-004-9

"I know there is a God — a dreadful God — and that retribution follows guilt.""The Watcher"

For the first time in over 150 years, “The Watcher”, Le Fanu’s classic tale of supernatural menace, is reissued from the pages of the Dublin University Magazine along with its original companion piece “The Fatal Bride”, a brooding gothic novella not reprinted since its first publication in 1848. Like matched duelling pistols, Reminiscences of a Bachelor offers the most exquisite balance of craftsmanship, beauty, and peril. In these tales of Old Dublin, honour is ever at stake, the fate of lovers lies mired in the past, and something even worse than deceit stalks the streets, something just as deadly to the soul as it is to the flesh.

Contents

"Introduction"
    Matthew Holness

"Prologue"
"The Watcher"
"The Fatal Bride"

"From an Ancient Leathern Armchair:
Some Comments on the Bachelor"
    Jim Rockhill & Brian J. Showers

"A Note on 'The Watcher' "
    Jim Rockhill & Brian J. Showers

"Acknowledgements"

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu was born in Dublin on 28 August 1814. Though he worked as a journalist and owned several newspapers, he is now best remembered for his pioneering tales of the psychological and supernatural such as “Schalken the Painter”, “Green Tea”, and “Carmilla”. His notable novels include The House by the Church-yard (1863) and Uncle Silas (1864). Le Fanu’s seminal short story collection In a Glass Darkly was published in 1872, less than a year before his death on 7 February 1873.

Matthew Holness is a film and television director. He co-created the Channel 4 series Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, and has recently written and directed A Gun For George (Film4) and The Snipist (Sky Arts Playhouse). www.matthewholness.com

Other Swan River Titles by or about J.S. Le Fanu
Dreams of Shadow and Smoke: Stories for J.S. Le Fanu (2014)
Laura Silver Bell (2012)
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu — A Concise Bibliography (2011)
The Complete Ghost Stories of Chapelizod (2011)
The Ballads and Poems of J. Sheridan Le Fanu (2011)
My Aunt Margaret's Adventure (2009)




   

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DREAMS OF SHADOW AND SMOKE
Stories for J.S. Le Fanu

edited by Jim Rockhill & Brian J. Showers

Printings: 28 August 2014 (400)
Cover image by Jason Zerrillo
Style: Dust jacketed hardback
Length: x + 195 pages
ISBN: 978-1-78380-003-2

Out of Print

Winner of the Ghost Story Award's Best Ghost Story Book of 2014.
Read an interview with the editors on Angela Slatter's blog.

"Perhaps other souls than human are sometimes born into the world, and clothed in human flesh."
Uncle Silas, Chapter XXVII

With Henry James, Elizabeth Bowen, and James Joyce among his admirers, the ghost stories and novels of Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (1814-1873) cast a long shadow on the literary landscape. Dreams of Shadow and Smoke features ten new tales of the fantastic and macabre written in celebration of the bicentenary of Dublin's "Invisible Prince". Revisit a world in which certain elixirs remain capable of awakening the mind to the presence of unknown forces; where the monuments, portraits, and other legacies of history lay traps for the unwary; and the logic of finance butts up against the unyielding rules of folklore. We would like to think that should Le Fanu be handed this book, he would smile at the results and deem it worthy of his consideration.

Contents

"A Preliminary Word"
    Jim Rockhill & Brian J. Showers

"Seaweed Tea"
    Mark Valentine

"Let the Words Take You"
    Angela Slatter

"Some Houses — A Rumination"
    Brian J. Showers

"Echoes"
    Martin Hayes

"Alicia Harker's Story"
    Sarah LeFanu

"Three Tales from a Townland"
    Derek John

"The Corner Lot"
    Lynda E. Rucker

"Rite of Possession"
    Gavin Selerie

"A Cold Vehicle for the Marvellous"
    Emma Darwin

"Princess on the Highway"
    Peter Bell

"Story Notes"

"Biographical Notes"

"Acknowledgements"

Editors Jim Rockhill and Brian J. Showers are long-time admirers of J.S. Le Fanu's ghost stories and novels of gothic suspense. Between them they have worked on several Le Fanu-related projects, including the collected supernatural stories, a bibliography, and a series of chapbooks. They also sit on the editorial board of Le Fanu Studies, and with Gary W. Crawford edited the Stoker Award-nominated volume Reflections in a Glass Darkly: Essays on J. Sheridan Le Fanu.

Other Swan River Titles by or about J.S. Le Fanu
Reminiscences of a Bachelor (2014)
Laura Silver Bell (2012)
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu — A Concise Bibliography (2011)
The Complete Ghost Stories of Chapelizod (2011)
The Ballads and Poems of J. Sheridan Le Fanu (2011)
My Aunt Margaret's Adventure (2009)




   

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THE SILVER VOICES
by John Howard

Printings: July 2014 (300)
Cover image by Meggan Kehrli
Style: Dust jacketed hardback
Length: 168 pages
ISBN: 978-1-78380-002-5

"I found the white cities just as they were in my dreams." — Joseph Roth

Transylvania: the country beyond the forest and land of the seven fortress towns. In The Silver Voices we encounter the previously unknown eighth town: Sternbergstadt. Now known as Steaua de Munte, it’s one of those places where past and present continually meet, with no-one being entirely sure which has the upper hand. In Steaua de Munte history can never be said to be dead and buried; it plays too many tricks on the present and future for that.

Contents
Artist in Residence
Boundaries
The Rise and Fall of the SSS
The Reluctant Visionary
In Strange Earth
The Silver Voice
To Hope for a Caesar
Acknowledgements

John Howard was born in London. His books include The Defeat of Grief, Numbered as Sand or the Stars, Written by Daylight, and Cities and Thrones and Powers. Secret Europe is a joint collection written with Mark Valentine, with whom he also collaborated on several of the stories in The Collected Connoisseur. Howard’s articles on weird fiction and its classic authors are gathered in Touchstones: Essays on the Fantastic.

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Written by Daylight (2013)



   

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THE DARK RETURN OF TIME
by R.B. Russell

Printings: May 2014 (400)
Cover image by Jason Zerrillo
Style: Dust jacketed hardback
Length: 134 pages
ISBN: 978-1-78380-001-8

The Dark Return of Time will soon be a motion picture starring Eric Roberts and Bill Cobbs.
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"I was searching for The Dark Return of Time on the 'net. It's odd, but there isn't a copy for sale anywhere, and it doesn't turn up on the British Library catalogue, the Library of Congress website, or the Biblioteque Nationale." — The Dark Return of Time

The past doesn’t always stay where it should. It is as though somebody, or something, is forever trying to bring it painfully into the present.

Flavian Bennett is trying to leave his past behind when he goes to work in his father’s bookshop in Paris. But a curious customer, Reginald Hopper, is desperate to resurrect his own murky origins. Hopper believes that a rare and mysterious book, The Dark Return of Time, may be the key to what happened before he arrived in Paris. In this quiet thriller by R.B. Russell, the futures — and pasts — of these two men will soon cross.

R.B. Russell is an English author, born in Sussex, and the co-proprietor of the independent publishing house Tartarus Press, which he runs with his partner Rosalie Parker. He has had three collections of his own short stories published, Putting the Pieces in Place (2009), Literary Remains (2010) and Leave Your Sleep (2012); a novella, Bloody Baudelaire (2009), and a collected edition, Ghosts (2012). He is also, occasionally, an illustrator and songwriter, and enjoys making videos. More information can be found here.

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Ghosts (2012)



   

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HERE WITH THE SHADOWS
by Steve Rasnic Tem

Printings: February 2014 (400)
Cover image by Jason Zerrillo
Style: Dust jacketed hardback
Length: 165 pages
ISBN: 978-1-78380-000-1

"The Still, Cold Air" chosen for Paula Guran's Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2015!
"Wheatfield with Crows" was long-listed for Ellen Datlow's Best Horror of the Year 2013!

"Far better to choose an absence than to have an absence forced upon you."
— The Slow Fall of Dust in a Quiet Place

These stories by award-winning author Steve Rasnic Tem drag from the darkness ghosts that haunt us all. Between these covers lurk the spectres of grief, loss, and loneliness: a man discovers he is far from alone in his empty home, a forlorn wife is gifted with an unusual child, a contractor contemplates the sad message left by a grieving father, a blind woman discovers a spiritual manifestation at the edge of a forest, a spectral presence appears in a lonesome Colorado wheat field . . . Here with the Shadows is a volume of supernatural impressions and quiet vacancies, and in each story Tem reminds us that sometimes only a whisper separates us from the eternal.

Contents
Here with the Shadows
A House by the Ocean
The Cabinet Child
The Still, Cold Air
G is for Ghost
Breaking the Rules
The Slow Fall of Dust in a Quiet Place
Inside William James
Back Among the Shy Trees
Seeing the Woods
Smoke in a Bottle
Est Enim Magnum Chaos
These Days When All is Silver and Bright
Telling
Wheatfield with Crows
Acknowledgements

Steve Rasnic Tem is the author of over 400 published short stories and is a past winner of the Bram Stoker, International Horror Guild, British Fantasy, and World Fantasy Awards. His collections include Ugly Behavior (2012), Onion Songs (2013), Celestial Inventories (2013), and Twember (2013). His novels include Daughters (2001) and The Man in the Ceiling (2010, both with Melanie Tem); The Book of Days (2003), Deadfall Hotel (2013), and Blood Kin (2014). For more information visit www.m-s-tem.com






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Seventeen Stories
by Mark Valentine

Printings: October 2013 (400)
Cover image by Jason Zerrillo
Style: Dust jacketed hardback
Length: 210 pages
ISBN: 978-0-9566587-9-1

Out of Print

"The Return of Kala Persad" was long-listed for Ellen Datlow's Best Horror of the Year 2013!

"The general effect was a bizarrerie of half-weird sheen and gloom." — M.P. Shiel

Mark Valentine’s stories have been described by critic Rick Kleffel as "consistently amazing and inexplicably beautiful". He has been called "A superb writer, among the leading practitioners of classic supernatural fiction" by Michael Dirda of The Washington Post, and his work is regularly chosen for year’s best and other anthologies.

This new selection offers previously uncollected or hard to find tales in the finest traditions of the strange and fantastic. As well as tributes to the masters of the field, Valentine provides his own original and otherworldly visions, with what Supernatural Tales has called "the author's trademark erudition" in "unusual byways of history, folklore and general scholarship". Opening a book will never seem quite the same again after encountering this curious volume of Seventeen Stories . . .


Contents

Three Singular Detectives
"The Adventure of the Green Skull"
"Prince Zaleski's Secret"
"The Return of Kala Persad"

Four Curious Books
"The 1909 Proserpine Prize"
"The Late Post"
"An Incomplete Apocalypse"
"The Seer of Trieste"

Three Strange Places
"The Axholme Toll"
"The Fall of the King of Babylon"
"The Other Salt"

Three Odd Societies
"The Tontine of Thirteen"
"Morpheus House"
"Without Instruments"

Four Haunted Figures
"Fire Companions"
"The Antioch Imperial"
"Yogh"
"You Walk the Pages"

Acknowledgements


Mark Valentine has written biographies of the fantasy writers Arthur Machen (Seren 1990) and Sarban (Tartarus Press 2011), and introductions to classic novels in this field from several imprints, most recently Valancourt Books. His supernatural short stories have been published in collections including Selected Stories (Swan River Press 2012) and Herald of the Hidden (Tartarus Press 2013). With his wife Jo, he publishes handmade books of rare literature as Valentine & Valentine.

Other Swan River Titles by Mark Valentine
Selected Stories (2012)






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Written by Daylight
by John Howard

Printings: June 2013 (400)
Cover image by Eoin Llewellyn
Style: Dust jacketed hardback
Length: 170 pages
ISBN: 978-0-9566587-8-4

"I'm already dead, and I'm a dead man speaking, and that's why they can't hear." — Joseph Roth

Sunsets in a London suburb, and a transformation into an Earthly paradise; paths winding through a Transylvanian palace gardens, and an obsessed journey towards a Mediterranean dream; a city so ancient that even its total disappearance has been forgotten, and an island of shifting sands that can never be truly mapped . . . The vivid and diverse settings of these stories are façades obscuring reality for the exiles and outcasts who find their way into them. Seemingly born out of time and place, they seek the right routes to bring them to where they want to be, but there are many diversions on the way. In these stories of haunted landscapes and intimidating cities many possibilities confront the unwary, but there is usually only one choice to be made.

Contents
"Where Once I Did My Love Beguile"
Westenstrand
Silver on Green
Winter's Traces
Out to Sea
Time and the City
The Way of the Sun
The High Places
Wandering Paths
A Gift for the Emperor
Into an Empire
Acknowledgments

John Howard was born in London. His stories have been published in several anthologies and the books The Silver Voices, The Defeat of Grief, and Numbered as Sand or the Stars. With Mark Valentine he contributed to their joint collection Secret Europe, and collaborated with him on several stories in The Collected Connoisseur. Howard has also published articles on many aspects of fantastic fiction, especially the work of Fritz Leiber, Arthur Machen, and August Derleth.

Other Swan River Titles by John Howard
The Silver Voices (2014)






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The Sea Change & Other Stories
by Helen Grant

Printings: February 2013 (400)
Cover image by Jason Zerrillo
Style: Dust jacketed hardback
Length: 144 pages
ISBN: 978-0-9566587-7-7

"Till human voices wake us, and we drown." — T.S. Eliot

In her first collection, award-winning author Helen Grant plumbs the depths of the uncanny: Ten fathoms down, where the light filtering through the salt water turns everything grey-green, something awaits unwary divers. A self-aggrandising art critic travelling in rural Slovakia finds love with a beauty half his age — and pays the price. In a small German town, a nocturnal visitor preys upon children; there is a way to keep it off — but the ritual must be perfect. A rock climber dares to scale a local crag with a diabolical reputation, and makes a shocking discovery at the top. In each of these seven tales, unpleasantries and grotesqueries abound — and Grant reminds us with each one that there can be fates even worse than death.

Contents
Grauer Hans
The Sea Change
The Game of Bear
Self Catering
Nathair Dhubh
Alberic de Mauléon
The Calvary at Banská Bystrica
Story Notes
Acknowledgments

Helen Grant was born in London, but has lived in Spain, Germany and Belgium. Her first novel, The Vanishing of Katharina Linden, won an ALA Alex Award in the US and was shortlisted for both the CILIP Carnegie Medal and the Booktrust Teenage Prize. Since then she has produced two other novels, The Glass Demon and Wish Me Dead, and is currently working on a trilogy set in Flanders. The first book, Silent Saturday, will be published by Bodley Head in 2013. Helen now lives in Scotland with her husband, two children and two cats. You can find out more about Helen Grant on her website.






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Selected Stories
by Mark Valentine

Printings: November 2012 (400)
Cover image by Jason Zerrillo
Style: Dust jacketed hardback
Length: 184 pages
ISBN: 978-0-9566587-6-0

"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.

Contents
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
Acknowledgments

Mark Valentine is the author of several volumes of short stories including The Collected Connoisseur (Tartarus 2010) and Secret Europe (Ex Occidente Press 2012), both titles co-written with John Howard. He has also written a biography of Arthur Machen (Seren 1990); and Time, a Falconer (Tartarus Press 2011), a study of the diplomat and fantasist "Sarban". He currently edits Wormwood, a journal of the literature of the fantastic, supernatural and decadent.

Other Swan River Titles by Mark Valentine
Seventeen Stories (2013)






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Old Albert — An Epilogue
by Brian J. Showers

Printings: September 2012 (300)
Cover image by Jason Zerrillo
Afterword by Adam Golaski
Style: Dust jacketed hardback
Length: xiii + 71
ISBN: 978-0-9566587-4-6

"If dear Old Albert finds you, / Still your tongue, be still your tongue." — School Rhyme

The place is Larkhill House, and during its century and a half of existence it has hosted an array of peculiar tenants: the reclusive though brilliant ornithologist Ellis Grimwood; a murderous wine merchant and his young wife; and the Sacred Order of the Mysteries of Thoth, who re-christened Larkhill the “New Temple of Abtiti” and practised there their outlandish and mystical rites. After vacating Larkhill, these individuals—all of them—left something of themselves behind . . . Set in the same haunted neighbourhood as the stories in the award-winning collection The Bleeding Horse, Old Albert continues with the idea that not all is well in the leafy Victorian suburb of Rathmines, Dublin.

Contents
A Note to the Reader by Jim Rockhill
I. Prologue
II. Ellis Grimwood of Larkhill
III. This Terrible, This Unnatural Crime
IV. An Exaltation of Skylarks
V. Thin and Brittle Bones
VI. Come Like Shadows, So Depart
An Afterword by Adam Golaski
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgements

Brian J. Showers is originally from Madison, Wisconsin. He has written short stories, articles and reviews for magazines such as Rue Morgue, Ghosts & Scholars, Le Fanu Studies and Supernatural Tales. His short story collection, The Bleeding Horse (Mercier Press), won the Children of the Night Award in 2008. He is also the author of Literary Walking Tours of Gothic Dublin (Nonsuch 2006), and the co-editor of Reflections in a Glass Darkly: Essays on J. Sheridan Le Fanu (Hippocampus Press 2011). He currently lives in Dublin, Ireland.





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Longsword
by Thomas Leland

Edited and introduced by Albert Power
Cover image by Ellen McDermott
Printings: July 2012 (200)
Style: Dust jacketed hardback
Length: xv + 187
ISBN: 978-0-9566587-5-3

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"Death's but a Path that must be trod, / If Man wou'd ever pass to God" — Thomas Parnell

Longsword, Earl of Salisbury, by eighteenth century Dublin-born clergyman Thomas Leland, is a fast-paced historical romance of medieval menace and high excitement. Set in the early years of the thirteenth century, it features a blend of real and created characters in a mêlée of intrigue, corruption, lust, and revenge. In part a metaphor for the tug-of-war between the sexes, Longsword is the definitive precursor to the Gothic novel; both in trappings and in style, it provides vital elements of prototype for Walpole's The Castle of Otranto and Lewis's The Monk. Through Longsword, Leland emerges as a forerunner of fellow Dublin clergyman Charles Robert Maturin, author of Melmoth the Wanderer. This 250th anniversary edition is edited and introduced by Albert Power.

Thomas Leland (1722-1785) was born in Dublin. Ordained to ministry in the Church of Ireland, his works include History of Philip, King of Macedon (1758), History of Ireland (1773), and a posthumous collection of sermons (1788). His only work of fiction, Longsword, Earl of Salisbury, was published in 1762. It was adapted for stage in 1765 as The Countess of Salisbury by fellow Dubliner Hall Hartson. The play remained popular into the early nineteenth century.

Albert Power is a writer and Gothic scholar. In 2011, he edited and introduced The Complete Ghost Stories of Chapelizod by J.S. Le Fanu for Swan River Press. He has published essays on William Beckford, Ann Radcliffe, Wilkie Collins, and J.S. Le Fanu, among others, and lectured and given television interviews about Bram Stoker. In 2010, he treated in a National Library of Ireland lecture of literary affinities between Charles Maturin and Oscar Wilde. His fiction has been published by Ex Occidente Press.





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Strange Epiphanies
by Peter Bell

Introduction by Brian J. Showers
Cover image by R.B. Russell
Printings: April 2012 (350)
Style: Dust jacketed hardback
Length: viii + 192 pages
ISBN: 978-0-9566587-2-2

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"A Midsummer Ramble in the Carpathians" was long-listed for Ellen Datlow's Best Horror of the Year 2012!

"...man is made a mystery for mysteries and visions..." — Arthur Machen

A mentally disturbed woman is entrapped in Beltane rituals in the Cumbrian fells; a widower mourning his wife falls beneath the mystic allure of Iona; a quest to the Italian Apennines brings a lonely man to a dread Marian revelation; an alcoholic on a Scottish isle is haunted by a deceased chronicler of local legend; in a small German town a sinister doll discloses truths about a murky family tragedy; an unknown journal by a Victorian travel-writer sends a woman on a grim odyssey to Transylvania; in a childhood holiday paradise a man encounters a demented artist's terrifying legacy. The protagonists in Peter Bell's stories confront the awesome, the numinous, the uncanny, the lure of genius loci, and landscapes undergoing strange epiphanies.

Contents
Introduction by Brian J. Showers
Resurrection
M. E. F.
The Light of the World
An American Writer's Cottage
Inheritance
A Midsummer Ramble in the Carpathians
Nostalgia, Death and Melancholy
Afterword: Marie Emily Fornario — A Historical Note
Acknowledgements

Peter Bell has written articles and stories for All Hallows, The Ghosts & Scholars M. R. James Newsletter, Wormwood, Faunus, and Supernatural Tales; his work has also been published by Ash-Tree Press, Gray Friar Press, Side Real Press, The Scarecrow Press and Hippocampus Press. He is a historian, a native of Liverpool, an inhabitant of York, and likes to wander the hidden places of Scotland and the North of England.





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Ghosts
by R.B. Russell

Introduction by Mark Valentine
Cover image by yomgaille.com
First printing: Feb. 2012 (250)
Second printing: Oct. 2012
Style: Dust jacketed hardback
Length: xii + 201 pages
ISBN: 978-0-9566587-3-9

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"I can barely conceive of a type of beauty in which there is no Melancholy." - Charles Baudelaire

Ghosts contains R.B. Russell's debut publications, Putting the Pieces in Place and Bloody Baudelaire. Enigmatic and enticing, they combine a respect for the great tradition of supernatural fiction, with a chilling contemporary European resonance. With original and compelling narratives, Russell's stories offer the reader insights into the more hidden, often puzzling, impulses of human nature, with all its uncertainty and intrigue. There are few conventional shocks or horrors on display, but you are likely to come away with the feeling that there has been a subtle and unsettling shift in your understanding of the way things are. This book is a disquieting journey through twilight regions of love, loss, memory and ghosts. This volume contains "In Hiding", which was shortlisted for the 2010 World Fantasy Awards. "Bloody Baudelaire" is soon to be filmed by 3:1 Cinema.

Contents
Introduction by Mark Valentine
Putting the Pieces in Place
There's Nothing That I wouldn't Do
In Hiding
Eleanor
Dispossessed
Bloody Baudelaire
Acknowledgements

. . . and this volume comes with Russell's debut album of the same title as a bonus. "Ghosts presents a selection of tracks composed and arranged by Russell himself. Vocals for a number of tracks are provided by the incomparable Lidwine whose poignant voice is the perfect complement to the music. This is an album of haunting songs from ambient to rock, with both vocal and instrumental tracks. Guitar and piano creep in, in a ghostly manner, and sometimes a rhythm kicks in, only to disappear again . . . This is very melancholy, very evocative music." A sample selection of tracks can be heard here.

R.B. Russell is an English author, born in Sussex, who has a fondness for old books and vinyl records. Apart from Putting the Pieces in Place and Bloody Baudelaire, a further collection of tales, Literary Remains, was published by PS Publishing in 2010. Russell is co-proprietor of the independent publishing house Tartarus Press, and now lives in the Yorkshire Dales with his partner, the writer and publisher, Rosalie Parker, their son, and two cats. More on R.B. Russell can be found here.

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The Dark Return of Time (2014)





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Curfew & Other Eerie Tales
by Lucy M. Boston

Introduction by Robert Lloyd Parry
Cover image by Elisabeth Vellacott
First Printing: August 2011 (350)
Second Printing: May 2014
Style: Dust jacketed hardback
Length: xix + 195 pages
ISBN: 978-0-9566587-1-5

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" . . . his eye sockets were appallingly hollow, and he lifted his chin as the blind do when they seek." — from "Curfew"

Lucy M. Boston is best remembered today as the Carnegie Medal-winning author of a series of children's novels set in Green Knowe, an ancient, haunted house based on Hemingford Grey Manor near Huntingdon, Cambridge. She began writing these chilling tales when she was already in her sixties, but they were not her first attempts at fiction. A handful of supernatural tales dating from the early 1930s exist among her papers, and these are here published together for the first time, along with her only play, The Horned Man, which has been out of print since 1970. An introduction by Robert Lloyd Parry considers the literary influences on these works and looks at them in the context of Boston's personal life.

Of the short stories in this volume only three have been published before — "Curfew", "The Tiger-Skin Rug" and "Many Coloured Glass" — all having appeared originally in long out of print anthologies for children. Children play pivotal roles in the first two of these stories, but there is nothing specifically juvenile about their language or themes, nothing to exclude them from a mature bookshelf. Indeed in her use of children as witnesses and victims of the supernatural, Boston was — consciously or otherwise — emulating that other great East Anglian supernaturalist, M. R. James.

Boston's debt to James, in fact, runs deep. The stories collected here offer the same unmistakeable, inexplicable malice that we find in James, and the same lurking feeling of terror: what Boston calls in "Curfew" the "thrill, or chill, of expectation". And like James's most celebrated stories, most of those collected here centre around antiquarian objects — an old bell, a rug bought at auction, an intricately carved desk left in a house by a previous occupant — curious trouvés, artefacts of the past that carry more than memories with them.

Contents
Introduction by Robert Lloyd Parry
Curfew
Pollution
Blind Man's Buff
Many Coloured Glass
The Italian Desk
The Tiger-Skin Rug
The Horned Man: A Play in Two Acts
Acknowledgements

Lucy M. Boston (1892 – 1990) was born in Southport, Lancashire. She studied English at Oxford and served as a nurse in France, before settling in Cheshire towards the end of the First World War. After her marriage broke down in 1935 she trained as a painter in Europe, eventually returning to England on the eve of the Second World War. In 1939 she bought the eleventh century Manor in Hemingford Grey, Cambridgeshire, which was her home and literary inspiration until her death. It is the setting of her much-loved series of Green Knowe novels for children, and is now open to visitors. For more details see www.greenknowe.co.uk.





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The Old Knowledge & Other Strange Tales
by Rosalie Parker

Introduction by Glen Cavaliero
Cover image by R.B. Russell
First printing: Sept. 2010 (200)
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Style: Dust jacketed hardback
Length: ix + 114 pages
ISBN: 978-0-9566587-0-8

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"Make the reader think the evil, make him think it for himself . . . " -Henry James

This first collection of tales by Rosalie Parker contains eight stories that explore the uncanny in the modern world. As Glen Cavaliero observes in his introduction, "like all good stories of the preternatural, these in The Old Knowledge have a subversive effect." In them, "the world of logical, predictable reality is seen to be at risk from rejected modes of knowledge which can thwart the materialist and victimise those innocents who stumble into another order of reality."

In "The Rain", Geraldine heads to the North for a holiday she hopes will provide a welcome break from her busy city life, only to suffer a complicated and enigmatic distortion of her usual world-view. The narrator of "In the Garden" strays into new pastures while explaining her theory of gardening. In "Chanctonbury Ring", the well-meaning protagonist, helping a lady in distress, gets rather more than he bargained for. The temporary schoolteacher in "The Supply-Teacher" elicits altruism from her class, whilst, in "The Old Knowledge", a group of archaeologists called in to excavate a prehistoric round barrow have to negotiate local interventions. In "The Cook's Story" a Gothic country house provides the setting for a modern tale of mystery.

Do not expect blood-and-guts, wraiths or revenants: these stories hold a different kind of terror. "Their unostentatious magic is of an insidious kind; and like the protagonist of the title story, is liable to exert itself in disconcerting ways."

Contents
Introduction by Glen Cavaliero
The Rain
Spirit Solutions
In the Garden
Chanctonbury Ring
The Supply Teacher
The Old Knowledge
The Cook's Story
The Picture
Acknowledgements

Rosalie Parker was born and grew up on a farm in Buckinghamshire, but has lived subsequently in Stockholm, Oxford, Dorset, Somerset, Sheffield and Sussex. She took degrees in English Literature and History, and Archaeology, working first as an archaeologist before returning to her first love of books. Rosalie is co-proprietor and editor of the independent publishing house, Tartarus Press, and lives in the Yorkshire Dales with her partner, the writer and publisher Ray Russell, their son and two cats. Visit her website at: www.rosalieparker.co.uk




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Thirty Years A-Going
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Thirty Years A-Going: A History of the Bram Stoker Society
by Albert Power
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"It was on a raw January evening in 1980, at a public meeting held in the darkling pile of Trinity College Dublin's graduates memorial building, with its ample expanse of grey frontage, high windows and maw-like entrance led up to by a flight of stone steps, that the sturdy first steps to set up the Bram Stoker Society were taken. The date was January 10th and the event had been organised by the college Philosophical Society, of which Bram Stoker had been President in 1869-1870."

Albert Power was present at the January 1980 inaugural meeting of the Bram Stoker Society in Trinity College as a rapt undergraduate. Now, at the dawn of an exciting new chapter in the society's history, he paints a personal picture of its uneven, sometimes unsettled growth - from the heady days of the early 1980s when a plaque was installed on premises lived in by Bram Stoker on Dublin's Kildare Street; through the short fraught association with Trinity College's Philosophical Society; the thirteen years of the journal; the Bram Stoker Club; fraternal links with the Clontarf-centred annual Bram Stoker Summer School; to the death of the society's founder and chairman, Leslie Shepard, in August 2004. The narrative concludes with a putative pencil sketch for the future.



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Four Romances by Mr. Bram Stoker
Introduced by Paul Murray
Bram Stoker Series #1

Printings: January 2010 (125)
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"While the stories that make up this collection are not among Stoker's best, they do cast an interesting light on the psyche of their creator. His lifelong concerns, anxieties, obsessions and ambiguities would cohere into the masterpiece that is Dracula in the 1890s but his other work, including these stories, shine a revealing light into the mind of its creator, a mind more profound, if also more troubled, than has generally been realised."

Here collected for the first time since their original publication in periodicals, these four romances display a side of Bram Stoker's writing somewhat less familiar to modern readers. Even so, these tales are not quite devoid of the elements we have come to expect from the master of horror, mystery, cruelty and black humour. Spanning Stoker's literary career, this volume reprints "Greater Love" (1914), "Our New House" (1886), "A Yellow Duster" (1899) and "The Way of Peace" (1909). Rounding out the collection is an introduction by Stoker biographer Paul Murray and a never before printed essay, "Rules for Domestic Happiness", by Charlotte M. B. Stoker — Bram's mother, who is often credited with instilling in the young author an early sense of fatalism and the macabre.



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Bram Stoker's Other Gothics — Contemporary Reviews
Introduced by Carol A. Senf
Bram Stoker Series #2

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"Just as I would recommend any of Stoker's works, these reviews serve as a reminder that Stoker's literary legacy is substantially more than just Dracula, still his best-known work. These reviews, most of them now in print for the first time in over a century, provide fresh insights into Bram Stoker as an author who dabbled in the popular genres available to writers at the turn of the twentieth century, and who made the Gothic genre his own, not only in Dracula, but in other works that today are not as well known as they deserve to be."

Collected here are a selection of reviews of Stoker's works that are generally classified under the broad heading of Gothic: Under the Sunset (1882), The Snake's Pass (1890), The Mystery of the Sea (1902), The Jewel of Seven Stars (1903), The Lady of the Shroud (1909), and The Lair of the White Worm (1911). Assembled from the list provided by Richard Dalby and William Hughes in their Bram Stoker: A Bibliography (Essex: Desert Island Books, 2004), these reviews appeared in many of the leading publications of their day, including The Spectator, Punch, The Academy, and The Athenaeum as well as in more specialised journals such as The Dial, The Bookman, The Reader Magazine.



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Personal Reminiscences
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Extracts from Personal Reminiscences of Henry Irving by Bram Stoker
Selected and Introduced by Elizabeth Miller
Bram Stoker Series #3

Printings: November 2010 (125)
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Length: 28 pages

"Henry Irving had died in 1905. Born John Brodribb in a Somerset village in 1838, he was the son of a travelling salesman. He would become one of the best known figures in London, and the first actor be be honoured with a knighthood. He acquired the Lyceum Theatre in 1878 and quickly hired Bram Stoker (then living in his native Dublin) to join him as Acting Manager. Stoker was immediately swept into a whirlwind of activity on which he thrived: seasons in London, provincial tours, and eight North American tours. Biographers concur that Henry Irving was the single greatest influence on Stoker's life."

Bram Stoker's tribute to his late, former employer in Personal Reminiscences of Henry Irving (1906) proved to be one of his most successful books during Stoker's lifetime. While Dracula has since surpassed Personal Reminiscences in popularity, the latter title contains many fascinating accounts central to the author’s life. Selected and introduced by Elizabeth Miller, this booklet features the most interesting portions of Stoker's semi-autobiographical account. Extracts focus on Stoker's early meetings with Irving, anecdotes from his years managing the Lyceum Theatre in London, and his association with many of the famous people of his day including Whitman, Gladstone, Tennyson, Browning, Vambéry and Liszt. The volume also includes excerpts from five contemporary reviews.



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Contemporary Reviews of "Dracula"
Introduced by Leah Moore and John Reppion
Bram Stoker Series #4

Printings: January 2011 (125)
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"Over the decades, as with so many other iconic stories, Dracula has fallen prey to numerous popularly held misconceptions. Until recently we had ourselves laboured under one such misconception: that Dracula was not well received by the reading public when it was first published. We believed it to have been something of a disappointment where sales where concerned; an overlooked treasure, ahead of its time, destined to be rediscovered at a later date... we also assumed that some of the subtler aspects of the novel, which give the post-modern reader satisfaction, might have gone over the heads of the nineteenth century audience. How could a stuffy Victorian possibly get pleasure from this book in the same way a twenty-first century reader might? Needless to say — as this volume of reviews demonstrates — we grossly underestimated not only the horror reader of 1897, but also, to some degree, Mr. Stoker himself."

Contemporary Reviews of "Dracula" collects together a selection of reviews of Stoker's seminal work shortly after it was published in England in 1897 and in America in 1899. These reviews — both complimentary and critical — give insight into Dracula's initial public reception, unmarred by decades of misconceptions, academic scrutiny and literary legendry. Assembled from the list provided by Richard Dalby and William Hughes in their Bram Stoker: A Bibliography, these reviews appeared in many of the leading publications of their day, including The Spectator, Punch, Vanity Fair, and The Athenaeum. The booklet includes an insightful introduction by Leah Moore and John Reppion, who faithfully adapted Dracula as a graphic novel; and also reproduces first edition US and UK covers, as well as two short reviews of Dracula's Guest and Other Weird Stories (1914).



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To My Dear Friend Hommy-Beg: The Great Friendship of Bram Stoker and Hall Caine
Introduced by Richard Dalby
Bram Stoker Series #5

Printings: April 2011 (125)
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"Hall Caine was an incredible literary phenomenon, becoming the richest and most popular novelist of the late Victorian and Edwardian era, greatly outselling all of his rivals from Henry James to Joseph Conrad. By the end of the twentieth century all of his novels were out-of-print, and ironically his major claim to fame now comes from being the dedicatee of Dracula, albeit under the disguised family nickname of "Hommy-Beg". It is a bizarre twist of fate that Bram Stoker is now so much more famous worldwide than Hall Caine — an unbelievable reversal of their roles one hundred years ago."

This booklet explores the intimate, lifelong friendship between Stoker and Caine in their own words. Accompanying an introduction by Stoker scholar Richard Dalby are rare and un-reprinted pieces including letters, extracts from Caine's autobiographical My Story (1908) and Stoker's Personal Reminiscences of Henry Irving (1906), Stoker's introductions to The Works of Hall Caine (1905) and hitherto unknown essay "The Ethics of Hall Caine" (1909), Caine's touching obituary to Stoker (1912), and a reproduction of Stoker's inscription to Caine in the latter's copy of Dracula — printed here for the first time.



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The Definitive Judge's House
Introduction and frontispiece by Mike Mignola
Endnotes and afterword by Jack G. Voller
Bram Stoker Series #6

Printings: December 2011 (150)
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Length: 36 pages

"I was probably about thirteen years old when I read Dracula for the first time. I have no idea why. I ordered it from one of those little book catalogues you used to get in school. I shudder to think what would have happened if, instead, I'd tried to read Frankenstein at that age. It surely must have been in the same catalogue. Maybe I'd be an accountant now. Nothing against Frankenstein, but I know me, and I know it would not have hooked me through the eyeball (and brain) the way Dracula did. I distinctly remember finishing the book and thinking, 'Well, this is it. I have found my thing.' It’s like finding that city or, if you’re very lucky, that house where you know you want to spend the rest of your life. And that's pretty much what I've done."

Just in time for Christmas comes the definitive edition of Stoker's famous haunted house story, "The Judge's House". This facsimile edition, celebrating the 120th anniversary of the tale's first appearance, reproduces the text from Dracula's Guest and Other Weird Stories (1914). And especially for the occasion, Mike Mignola, the esteemed creator of Hellboy, has provided an original frontpiece — a portrait of Stoker's baleful and vindictive Judge — and an introduction entitled "Bram Stoker and I". Also included is a reproduction (in miniature) of the story's 1891 appearance in the Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News's Christmas annual, Holly Leaves. Rounding out the booklet are endnotes and an afterword by Gothic scholar Jack G. Voller. And remember, "Rats is bogies, I tell you, and bogies is rats!"




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Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu — A Concise Bibliography
By Gary William Crawford and Brian J. Showers
Sheridan Le Fanu Series #0

Printings: June 2011 (200)
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Length: 44 pages

"As my book J. Sheridan Le Fanu: A Bio-Bibliography (Greenwood Press, 1995) has shown, cataloguing Le Fanu’s work is no easy task. There are many snares and chasms, omissions and errors to be found on the bibliographer’s journey. Most difficult is the fact that many of Le Fanu’s works were published anonymously in Victorian magazines. This has been further complicated by the fact that Le Fanu’s account books, notebooks and other papers were dispersed and lost after his death. There are undoubtedly many unsigned items produced by Le Fanu’s pen that will never be found.

"This concise edition of that bibliography was edited, re-organised and amended by Brian J. Showers, with assistance from Richard Dalby. A major difference is that the magazine appearances are listed chronologically to help give a sense of Le Fanu’s development as a writer. The listing of books is selective as to first editions and major appearances, as is the secondary material with annotations provided for landmark critical works." - from the Preliminary Word by Gary W. Crawford

Contents: "A Preliminary Word" by Gary W. Crawford; I. Magazine Publications and Serialisations; II. Books; III. Manuscripts; IV. Misattributed Stories and Writings of Disputed Authorship; V. Early Articles and Studies; VI. Significant Studies and Criticism. The booklet also reproduces a selection of five title pages.





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My Aunt Margaret's Adventure
A Long Lost Tale of Mystery and Suspense,
Attributed by M.R. James to Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

Sheridan Le Fanu Series #1

Cover by Allison Elrod
Printings: July 2009 (200)
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"My Aunt Margaret's Adventure" is reminiscent of the great terror tales of mounting alarm such as Wilkie Collins's "A Terribly Strange Bed"; the hotel scene, to a lesser extent, in Lovecraft's "The Shadow Over Innsmouth"; James Whale's The Old Dark House; and the more recent film The Last Great Wilderness (2002) directed by David Mackenzie. In fact, with their often arch and sardonic senses of humour, the latter two examples are most appropriate comparisons. Comfort and safety are fleeting in stories like these. Familiar and generally hospitable surroundings quickly take turns into strange worlds of indefinable menace. Terror mounts. A candle going out may be discomforting, but an accident befalling your only light source is downright sinister. Like Aunt Margaret, the reader is cursed with an active mind courtesy of the author's vivid prose rich in regional flavour and Gothic detail. It's only a matter of time — we can just feel it in our bones! — before the other shoe drops.

"My Aunt Margaret’s Adventure" first appeared in the March 1864 issue of the Dublin University Magazine, which was then under the editorship of Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu. The DUM was a regular venue for Le Fanu’s work. The February issue contained the final instalments of his novel Wylder's Hand, while the April issue saw the publication of "Wicked Captain Walshawe of Wauling"--"My Aunt Margaret’s Adventure" appeared in the interceding issue. Believed by M.R. James and S.M. Ellis to be the work of Le Fanu, "My Aunt Margaret’s Adventure" shares many motifs, themes, and effects found in the Irish author’s work. This new edition will feature commentary on the story and its authorship by two leading Le Fanu scholars, Jim Rockhill (introduction and annotations) and Gary W. Crawford (afterword).





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The Ballads and Poems of J. Sheridan Le Fanu
Introduced by Alfred Perceval Graves
Sheridan Le Fanu Series #2

Printings: August 2011 (150)
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Length: xi + 45 pages

"When in the year 1880 I wrote a memoir of Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, as a Preface to his 'Purcell Papers', I was not aware that, besides being the author of the Irish poems contained in that collection of Irish stories and of the celebrated 'Shamus O'Brien', Le Fanu had anonymously contributed half-a-dozen other poems to the Dublin University Magazine between the years 1863 and 1866; two of which . . . exhibit Le Fanu's genius in a new and unexpected light. They show him to have been capable of dramatic and lyrical creation on a distinctly higher plane than he had hitherto reached . . . The same magnetic attributes of superhuman mystery, grim or ghastly humour and diabolic horror which characterise the finest of his prose fictions meet us again." -from the Introduction by A. P. Graves

This booklet reproduces much of the contents of The Poems of Le Fanu, which was first published in 1896. The original introduction by Alfred Perceval Graves is herein reproduced as are the appendices. New to this edition are extracts from Seventy Years of Irish Life in which the author's brother, William Le Fanu, included extracts of juvenile poetry ("O'Donoghue" and "Valentine to Miss K"); and a selection of contemporary reviews. Contents: Introduction, "Duan na Claev—The Legend of the Glaive", "Shamus O'Brien", "Phaudhrig Crohoore", "Molly, My Dear", "Abhain au Bhuideil—Address of a Drunkard to a Bottle of Whiskey", "Song", "Memory", "The Stream", "A Doggrel in a Dormant-Window", Notes on "Shamus O'Brien", Notes on "Phaudhrig Crohoore", Extracts from Seventy Years of Irish Life, and Contemporary Reviews.



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The Complete Ghost Stories of Chapelizod
Introduced by Albert Power
Sheridan Le Fanu Series #3

Printings: October 2011 (150)
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"One does well not to under-appreciate the ever-alive allure of reminiscences begotten in childhood. . . . Chapelizod, like the Irish capital of which it was in effect a suburb, in the early 1800s glumly epitomised the glamour and the grandeur that was gone: 'Dead walls; dead trees overhanging them; dead lights instead of windows in the houses; the men grave, the women lifeless, the little spirits squeaking and gibbering in the muddy streets!' Thus must it have appeared to the sensitive mind of the child who grew up to be the author of Uncle Silas, Wylder’s Hand, and The House by the Church-yard—this last the writer’s towering salute to the village and its picturesque environs which had sparked his eager imagination before it could shape itself in prose. Although the Le Fanu family moved to the mid-west of Ireland in 1826, with Reverend Le Fanu’s appointment as Dean of Emly and Rector of Abington, and much of his elder son’s early macabre tales are set in this region and elsewhere in the Irish countryside, the memory of Chapelizod lay dormant in the writer’s mind for twenty-five years before being unleashed in the stories which feature in this book." -from the Introduction by Albert Power

This edition commemorates the 160th anniversary of "Ghost Stories of Chapelizod" (1851) and the 150th anniversary of The House by the Church-yard (1861-1863), and is the first time "Some Gossip about Chapelizod" (1851) has been re-printed. Contents: "Introduction" by Albert Power, "Ghost Stories of Chapelizod", "Some Gossip about Chapelizod" and "Ghost Stories of a Tiled House—Some Extracts from The House by the Church-yard" and "An Afterword Concerning the Text to 'Ghost Stories of the Tiled House' " by Jim Rockhill.




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On the Banks of the River Jordan
by John Reppion, cover by Meggan Kehrli
Haunted History Series #7

Printings: March 2010 (150)
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Length: 20 pages
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"Dear Brian, My name is John Reppion. You may remember that we corresponded briefly last year on the subject of my article "Where Goes the Blackberry Man". I am currently at something of a loose end whilst my wife, and day-to-day writing partner, is off visiting her sister for a few days prior to Christmas. It is at times such as these that I would normally take the opportunity to work on some of my more esoteric researches. Going through my notes, I came across a mass of material concerning Princes Park - the Victorian park adjacent to where I live - which I gathered whilst researching my book 800 Years of Haunted Liverpool. There are many intriguing and esoteric titbits associated with this locale . . . but I'm finding it hard to get the various pieces of information into a logical order. I'm sure there is an obvious angle, a path winding through these disparate elements that would draw the whole thing together . . . I wonder if I might ask you the favour of offering your opinion on material I have amassed thus far. If you are willing, I would like to "talk" through the disjointed data via email and hopefully make sense of it all in the act of doing so. Very best, John"





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The Seer of Trieste: A Lecture
by Mark Valentine, cover by Meggan Kehrli
Haunted History Series #6

Printings: December 2008 (150)
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"The old Austro-Hungarian imperial seaport of Trieste has been home to several literary figures: Anglo-Irish novelist Charles Lever, Victorian explorer, translator and erotologist Sir Richard Burton, James Joyce, who started his masterpiece Ulysses there, the fine bookseller-poet Umberto Saba, and Italo Svevo, the chain-smoking man of business who caught its curious atmosphere so well in his novels. A place apart, at first mercantile and prosperous, but with a history associated with loss, melancholy and the liminal, it also has a strange undercurrent of the shabby-bohemian and semi-magical. An acquaintance with a genteel seer and almanac-maker in the city led me to an unexpected revelation about the prevailing spirit of the place and its influence upon those who wrote there. In quest of this, I encountered scrying youths, a masked ball, a reclusive artist perfecting a new form, and at last a monstrous brooding presence. Here is the full text of a lecture to the Aeolian Club of Lincoln which may merit a place amongst the more astonishing of the accounts it has heard. -Mark Valentine"





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The Nanri Papers
by Edward Crandall, illustrations by Meggan Kehrli
Haunted History Series #5

Printings: August 2008 (150)
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Length: 24 pages
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"Dear Mr. Otani, I am contacting you on behalf of Mr. Masanobu Nanri of Onimaru, Saga City. Mr. Nanri recently showed me some papers and personal effects belonging to his parents (both deceased). These papers have to do with events he describes as 'likely paranormal in nature' that have occurred over the years at Akamatsu Primary School, also in Saga City. For your reference, I have included transcripts of the original documents he showed me as well as an explanation of the circumstances under which he showed them to me. Mr. Nanri is concerned, as you will see from the following text, that there is the chance of physical danger not only to the students, teachers and staff of the school, but also to the general public. You will see from the printout of a website Mr. Nanri recently viewed that the school has been listed as a 'paranormal hot spot' on the Internet. He is therefore interested in the site being investigated by reputable professionals and experts in the field so that any danger may be averted. -Sincerely, Edward Crandall"





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Brutal Spirits: Some Notes on Strange Occurrences in a Car Park in Gateshead
by Gary McMahon, illustrations by Meggan Kehrli
Haunted History Series #4

Printings: February 2008 (150)
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Length: 18 pages
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"My friend and sometime mentor, Charles Edward Urban, died in March 2007. He was seventy years old. Unfortunately, Charles took his own life before I had the chance to ever meet him in the flesh, and our long-distance relationship remained sadly unresolved. I had been fortunate enough to conduct an informal correspondence with him (a loose friendship that took the form of letters and emails) in the few years before his untimely death, which was begun when I sent him a fan letter because a story of his ("The Red Yawn") affected me profoundly enough to cause me to re-examine my entire life. Charles named me in his will as sole executor of his estate. Going through his belongings, ostensibly in search of unpublished material for a proposed posthumous collection of his short fiction , I came across the following papers in the locked bottom drawer of a battered Victorian bureau. Whether they constitute notes for an unfinished tale, the ramblings of a suicidal and deeply unsettled mind, or accounts of genuine strange occurrences in the north east of England, I will leave you to decide. -Gary McMahon, editor"





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The Red House at Münstereifel
by Helen Grant, illustrations by William Bond
Haunted History Series #3

Printings: July 2007 (150)
Style: A5, staple-bound pamphlet
Length: 28 pages
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"Early in 2007, whilst researching an article about Steinfeld Abbey, I came across the collection of documents (originally in German) which comprise this booklet, in a forgotten folder bearing the name of Löher, a name closely connected with that infamous period in European history when witch-hunting was at its height. For reasons which will soon become clear upon perusal of the documents, I have chosen to publish them outside Germany. It is imperative that the facts relating to the history of the Red House in Münstereifel--in so far as they can be established--are put before those persons best equipped to take the appropriate action. The author of the original documents perished in a horrific incident which appears not unconnected with their compilation. Whether his fears and suspicions were justified is for you, the reader, to judge. -H. Grant, editor"





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Blind Man's Box: Some documents relating to the history of the Grand Pavilion Theatre, Seabourne
by Reggie Oliver, illustrations by Meggan Kehrli
Haunted History Series #2

Printings: June 2007 (150)
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Length: 20 pages
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"On the thirteenth of July this year, Dr. George Vilier, died suddenly at the age of fifty five. He was lecturer in Theatre Studies at Bath University, and a colleague and friend of mine, so I suppose it should have been no surprise to discover that he had made me his literary executor. Among his papers I found the almost complete MS of his long-awaited work, The Gothic Experience in Victorian Drama, which I hope will soon see publication. I also found a folder which contained the following documents and notes. I am sure that Vilier was intending to use them to form a single connected narrative, and I debated whether I should do the same. In the end I decided that I would serve his memory better if I arranged these papers in a moderately coherent order, secured the relevant copyright permissions and published them as they stood. I have added a short note at the end, but readers must decide for themselves whether what follows provides any clue to the mystery of his sudden and tragic death. -Reggie Oliver, editor"





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On the Apparitions at Gray's Court
by Peter Bell, illustrations by Meggan Kehrli
Haunted History Series #1

Printings: Dec. 2006 (150)
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Length: 16 pages
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"This intriguing pamphlet, handsomely produced by Swan River Press, is the first in a promised series of fake histories of real buildings. Peter Bell's fascinating On the Apparitions at Gray's Court leaves you eager for more. Taking the form of a reprinted academic paper, complete with footnotes, bibliographic references and the kind of entertainingly pernickety detail beloved of the local history enthusiast, we're very much in M. R. James territory, physically as well as stylistically--a medieval building in the cathedral precinct at York, which has played host at different times to clergy, academics and something altogether less reassuring.

"By the end I was googling away to try and sort the truth from the fiction. It's a great idea and Dr. Bell pulls it off with ease and elegance. If anyone out there has a second hand copy of the author's
Poltergeist over the Wolds: a Study of Paranormal Phenomena in the East Riding of Yorkshire, I'd be very interested in putting in an offer."

-Robert Lloyd Parry, All Hallows #42




Chapbooks


    

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Quis Separabit
by Brian J. Showers, illustrations by Jeffrey C. Roche

Printings: December 2007 (300)
Style: A7, hand-sewn soft cover chapbook with ribbon bookmark
Length: 48 pages
Postscript

Out of print

"Shortly after crossing La Touche Bridge and proceeding south along Rathmines Road, you will notice a nondescript and ultimately dead end lane stretching to the west. This is tiny Blackberry Lane, as evidenced by a sign bolted to the adjacent terrace, and in days past it was literally neither here nor there. This east-west lane was once a narrow and much lengthier bohreen beat through the dense foliage between the Earl of Meath's lands to the south and the old Farm of St. Sepulchre to the north. It should arouse no curiosity that neither estate claimed this stretch of ground, as for countless generations it was primarily utilised by the dead. Until 1850, the lane served as a corpse road--a path used not only by funeral processions, but also, according to belief, by souls of the deceased."



    

    

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No. 70 Merrion Square, Parts One & Two
by Brian J. Showers, illustrations by Duane Spurlock

Printings: Oct. 2006 (300) / Dec. 2006 (300)
Style: A7, hand-sewn soft cover chapbook with ribbon bookmark
Length: 48 pages x 2
Postscript

Out of print

"Anyone familiar with Brian J. Showers' supernatural stories, presented in the delightful miniature chapbooks of Swan River Press, so tastefully illustrated by Duane Spurlock and Meggan Kehrli, will not be disappointed by his latest publication: No. 70 Merrion Square. Aficionados will recognise the address of the Dublin house where the great Sheridan Le Fanu wrote some of his finest tales and spent the last lonely decades of his life. Showers has cleverly engaged with the motif of Le Fanu by writing a story in which the protagonist, a horror author seeking renewed inspiration, settles in the house and encounters troubling experiences.

"Inter-textual references, to classic and contemporary supernatural writers, constantly inform the narrative, making it great fun for the connoisseur; and it is threaded with a vein of wry humour, tastefully and effectively juxtaposed against the horror, never an easy task. Throughout, the narrative displays the author's lucid prose style and easy pace, a hallmark of all his previous work: in a phrase, Showers is a damned good story-teller, as well as a master of atmosphere and a shrewdly informed practitioner of the ghostly tale. Working closely within established genre conventions--haunted house, ghostly possession, numinous dreams, the angry dead, the inspiration and alienation of the artist, and the borderland between insanity and the supernatural-- Showers has written a superb tribute to Victorian Gothic set within 21st Century Dublin. Few modern writers can be as versed in the supernatural heritage of that atmospheric city, with its strange mix of glitzy economic miracle and elegantly sombre past."
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-Peter Bell, ghost story writer


    

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Tigh an Bhreithimh €8.00


Tigh an Bhreithimh
by Brian J. Showers, illustrations by Duane Spurlock

Printings: Oct. 2005 (300), March 2007 (150)
Style: A7, hand-sewn soft cover chapbook with ribbon bookmark
Length: 48 pages
Postscript

A struggling writer travels to a remote cottage in western Ireland for the solitude and inspiration he needs to finish writing his first novel. But when the forgotten secrets of the desolate landscape want to be remembered, he learns a lesson in fear, one more terrifying than any tale he could ever write. In the tradition of M.R. James and J. Sheridan Le Fanu, Brian J. Showers's Tigh an Bhreithimh is a tale that is sure to please fans of the traditional ghost story.

"I really enjoyed Tigh an Bhreithimh, which is a nicely written ghost story set in a small town in Ireland. The atmosphere--puzzle and horror--is very well handled, and the folkways are interesting. The story is conveyed in a small, attractive chapbook with good line illustrations by Duane Spurlock."

-E.F. Bleiler, editor

 



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Snow Came Softly €8.00


The Snow Came Softly Down
by Brian J. Showers, illustrations by Duane Spurlock
 and poetry courtesy of William Wordsworth

Printings: Dec. 2004 (200), Sept. 2005 (100), Feb. 2007 (150)
Style: A7, hand-sewn soft cover chapbook with ribbon bookmark
Length: 48 pages
Postscript

"Small but perfectly formed, The Snow Came Softly Down by Brian J. Showers is a delightfully-produced little chapbook with its own ribbon marker and simple but effective line drawings by Duane Spurlock, containing 'A Tale Concerning Ghosts'. You would expect from this, and from the old-fashioned typeface, that it is set in a more innocent era, and so it proves. M.R. James would probably disapprove of the decidedly benign spooks, but the tale cannot be faulted for atmosphere--especially the protagonist's scary walk through the freezing woods on Christmas Eve. If I call the tone of the story 'Dickensian' it is meant as a compliment, evoking as it does those semi-mythical White Yuletides depicted on a certain type of Christmas card... but with added creepiness. Wordsworth’s poem 'Lucy Gray', possibly an inspiration to the tale and certainly complementing it, rounds off this charming book."

-Chico Kidd, All Hallows #42




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The Old Tailor and the Gaunt Man
by Brian J. Showers, illustrations by Meggan Kehrli

Printings: Oct. 2003 (150), March 2005 (100), June 2006 (150)
Style: A7, hand-sewn soft cover chapbook with ribbon bookmark
Length: 48 pages
Postscript

Out of print

"Here is a small treat from The Swan River Press in Dublin, Ireland: an old-fashioned ghost story in a hand-sewn binding with soft covers and its own ribbon marker. Brian J. Showers, an expatriate American writer living in Dublin, reveals an expert hand at deploying the shadows and portents, ironic disclosures, and gradual accumulation of detail, which still make the masters of supernatural fiction so chillingly entertaining to this day. His tale of a lonely old tailor eking out a miserable existence who discovers 'there is still enough faith for dark things to walk the night' is a delightful folkloric ghost story in a gently facetious and slightly antique tone reminiscent of Charles Dickens and Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu. The text is complemented by Meggan Kehrli's arabesque cover design, six full-page illustrations, and an equal number of spot illustrations, all of which add to the work’s eerie charm. This is perfect fare for solitary reading on blustery autumn evenings or a group gathered round the holiday fireplace in expectation of a Winter’s Tale."

-Jim Rockhill, All Hallows #40

'The Old Tailor & the Gaunt Man' was re-printed in Ash-Tree Press's 2004 collection, Acquainted With The Night.




Booklets



The Demon Angler & One Other
by Mervyn Wall

Printings: January 2013 (125)
Style: A5, hand-sewn pamphlet
Length: 28 pages

Out of print

Mervyn Wall's "The Demon Angler" was first published in The Capuchin Annual in 1943. "Cloonaturk" was first published in Argosy (London) in 1947; it was also printed in Weird Tales in 1989/90. These tales of rural Ireland, verging on the supernatural, reflect the same dark humour and satire found in Wall's popular novels The Unfortunate Fursey and The Return of Fursey. "The Demon Angler" and "Cloonaturk" were republished in Wall's only collection, now difficult to find, A Flutter of Wings, in 1974.

The Demon Angler & One Other is limited to 125 copies. Although the booklet was printed in January 2013, it was not issued until 2015 when it was given away free with the first 100 copies of The Unfortunate Fursey and The Return of Fursey sold through this website.

Mervyn Wall (1908-1997) was born in Dublin. After fourteen years in the Civil Service, he joined Radio Eireann as Programme Officer. In 1957 he became Secretary of the Arts Council of Ireland, retiring in 1974. Known during his lifetime as a broadcaster and critic, he is best remembered for his plays and novels. His book Leaves for the Burning won Denmark’s Best European Novel award in 1952.




Laura Silver Bell
by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

Printings: February 2012 (2)
Style: A5, hardback, hand-sewn booklet
Length: 22 pages

Out of print

Laura Silver Bell was published in an ultra-limited run of only two copies. It will not be given any further printings and was mainly published as an experiment. The signature is hand-stiched, bound in handmade paper with green endpapers and flyleaves inlaid with leaves and grass. Additional Swan River Press publication may appear in this format, though given the time-consuming nature of the binding, the print runs will be limited.







Just Like That
by Lucy M. Boston

Introduction by Brian J. Showers
Printings: Aug. 2011 (125), Sept. 2012 (25)
Style: A5, hand-sewn pamphlet
Length: 15 pages

Out of print

Unlike the stories included in Curfew & Other Eerie Tales, "Just Like That" lacks that overt element of supernatural brutality. Where the majority of Boston's stories adhere to the Jamesian call for "malevolence and terror", "Just Like That" is more a story of emotional tragedy, and its supernatural manifestation is of the non-threatening order. As if to punctuate this, Boston originally gave this story the title "Gentle Shadow", which she crossed off, writing "Just Like That" in pencil — this re-titling, perhaps, emphasises the natural element of fate more than the slight supernatural manifestation of fate's gentle shadow.

Just Like That is a booklet with an initial print run limited to 125 copies containing a hitherto unpublished story by Lucy M. Boston. The booklet was given away free with the first 100 copies of Curfew & Other Eerie Tales sold through this website.




Ghostly Rathmines: A Visitor's Guide
by Brian J. Showers

Cover: Duane Spurlock
Printings: March 2008 (125)
Style: A5, staple-bound pamphlet
Length: 32 pages

Out of print

Ghostly Rathmines: A Visitor's Guide is a companion booklet limited to 125 numbered copies containing artefacts, images, and photographs from locations in the stories in The Bleeding Horse and Other Ghost Stories. The booklet was given away free with the first 125 copies of The Bleeding Horse sold through this website. Click here for details.













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