The Scarlet Soul
Stories for Dorian Gray
By Mark Valentine
“Yet it was watching him, with its beautiful marred face and its cruel smile.” – Oscar Wilde
Art, obsession, love, lust, sorcery—ten contemporary writers respond to the imperishable themes of Oscar Wilde’s great Decadent romance, The Picture of Dorian Gray. What happens when a face, a form, an uncanny force changes everything we thought we knew? What survives of us when we stray into a borderland of the mind, where our deepest urges seem to call up remorseless powers?
Whether in fantastic imaginary realms or in the gritty noir of today, these new stories, all especially written for this anthology, take us into some of the strangest and darkest places of the psyche. These ten boldly original portraits in the attic take many disturbing forms, revealing strong truths about the secrets of our selves, our society, and our very souls.
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Cover art by John Coulthart
Selected and introduced by Mark Valentine
ISBN: 978-1-78380-019-3 (hbk)