Fantasy, myth, and religious scholars probably know of the eccentric Sabine Baring-Gould’s work. He was prolific in his day, (more than 1,240 publications and 15 children) specifically in writing hymns. The Book of Were-Wolves, written in 1865, is a fascinating read on many levels. First, it shows the transition of literary styles from the late 1800s to today. Second, it is a real attempt at unbiased scholarship by someone whose biases show up in everything else. (He is also remembered as the composer of the hymn Onward Christian Soldiers)
The Book of Were-Wolves is still one of the most frequently cited studies of lycanthropy.
Another of Baring-Gould's enduringly popular works was Curious Myths of the Middle Ages, first published in two parts during 1866 and 1868, and republished in many other editions since then. “Each of the book’s twenty-four chapters deals with a particular medieval superstition and its variants and antecedents,” writes critic Steven J. Mariconda. H. P. Lovecraft termed it “that curious body of medieval lore which the late Mr. Baring-Gould so effectively assembled in book form.”
We are thrilled to be able to publish Were-Wolves, and to loving reproduce the gorgeous cover of the first edition.
“Sumptuous, mystifying and wholeheartedly haunting…”
Is Dracula truly dead? Is the life of a model the model life? Could the Prince of Darkness actually be our saviour? And what does it mean to be popular in Japan? The much anticipated second volume of short stories written in David Keyes’ unique voice, these short stories invite you into worlds both haunting and haunted.
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The line forms on the right! At long last the second collection of short stories by David Keyes will be released next week. Stay tuned!
Two interesting bedfellows, so to speak.
In 1918, Aleister Crowley, the British occultist and so-called wickedest man in the world, composed a lyrical essay on absinthe and aesthetics titled Absinthe – The Green Goddess. He wrote his essay (according to legend, while waiting for a female companion) in the Old Absinthe House in New Orleans. “Art is the soul of life,” he proclaimed, “and the Old Absinthe House is the heart and soul of the old quarter of New Orleans”.
The essay was originally to have been included in the February 1918 issue of The International (New York). However, the magazine never published that issue, and an editorial notice the following month simply extended all subscriptions for an extra month, without explanation. After typesetting, and final correction of page-proofs by the author (from which the piece has been edited for subsequent published versions), the whole issue was withdrawn. Most likely compliance with the new war-time sedition laws proved daunting for editor George Sylvester Viereck, who had been openly propagandizing for sympathy with Germany since 1914. When US soldiers were at last sent in large numbers to Europe at the beginning of 1918, the Congress suspended many freedoms of expression, and Viereck passed on the actual editorial management of The International to Aleister Crowley for the last few months before a completely new editorial team assumed control in April of that year.
The House of the Vampire was Viereck’s first novel, originally published in 1907, this gothic novella was among the first stories of its type and remains a gripping tale of psychic vampirism.
"Weird thriller of a vampiric aesthete who drains creativity from his proteges; Wildean allusions in the characterization and cultural milieu, 1890s Decadence refracted through the New Aestheticism of 1907, of which Viereck was a prominent advocate. An unusual variant on the vampire myth, overwritten but quite effective, especially the uncompromising finale."
It's no lie, we still get a thrill when one of our books comes back from the printers. So chuffed with our edition of Flaming Youth by Warner Fabian originally published in 1922 still sizzles!
So says the dust jacket: "A startling exposé of ultra-modern society to which the author didn’t dare sign his right name!
It was her first Red kiss; her lips burned, and she shrank back frightened, yet with a strange thrill. Her first step—in the gay, butterfly society set which she had just entered—and one that led to more kisses in a crowd that obeyed no conventions. A book every girl should read and see as a warning against the pitfalls that beset her in in the world of today."
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The perfect valentine's gift for any witch, historian or midnight eccentric who's wiling away of these lock down hours is in need of a life. First published in 1889 there is nary a mention of Hogwarts or that terrifying talking hat.
The journalist and author W. H. Davenport Adams (1828–91) established a reputation for himself as a popular science writer, translator and lexicographer. He also wrote several children's books. In this 1889 work, Adams gives a general introduction to alchemy in Europe and traces the development of magic and alchemy in England from the fourteenth century onwards. Initially the disciplines were persecuted by the Church and met with 'the prejudice of the vulgar', languishing throughout the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. In Book 1 Adams portrays the English 'magicians' Roger Bacon, whom he considers to have been ahead of his contemporaries; John Dee and William Lilly, astrologists of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, respectively; and the English Rosicrucians. Book 2 is a historical account of witchcraft in England and Scotland, from the middle ages to the witch trials of the seventeenth century, and includes a chapter on witchcraft in literature.
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We are so excited to be releasing three new editions of these classic turn of the century detective and ‘master-thief’ novels. This is the Arsene Lupin, Gentleman Burglar, a Netfilx series of which is making such a sensation. Here in print, is the original source. And there is the much loved by the surrealist Fantômas, considered a sensational trio with two early films Judex and Les Vampires. And before she wrote The Scarlet Pimpernel, Baroness Orczy wrote Lady Molly of Scotland Yard. There is a link in the bio to assist in your book buying and surreal experience.
Arsène Lupin, Gentleman Burglar is the first collection of stories by Maurice Leblanc recounting the adventures of Arsène Lupin, released on 10 June 1907. Containing the first eight stories depicting the character, each was first published in the French magazine Je sais tout the first on 15 July 1905.
Fantômas is the first of 32 novels penned from 1911 to 1913 by Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre. The title character is a ruthless thief and killer, a bloodthirsty successor to LeBlanc's Arsène Lupin. The first five novels were made into silent film serials. In Fantômas, the Marquise de Langrune is savagely murdered and Inspector Juve, who is obsessed with capturing Fantômas, arrives to solve the murder.
Lady Molly of Scotland Yard is a collection of short stories about Molly Robertson-Kirk, an early fictional female detective. It was written by Baroness Orczy, who is best known as the creator of The Scarlet Pimpernel, but who also invented two turn-of-the-century detectives in The Old Man in the Corner and Lady Molly of Scotland Yard.
First published in 1910, Orczy's female detective was the precursor of the lay sleuth who relies on brains rather than brawn. The book soon became very popular, with three editions appearing in the first year. As well as being one of the first novels to feature a female detective as the main character, Orczy's outstandingly successful police officer preceded her real life female counterparts by a decade.
What better way to spend yet another quarantine with four vintage locked room mysteries. Spiritualists, seances, mayhem, murder, mystery and martinis. There is a link in the bio to make purchasing that much more convenient.
The Shadow World
Hannibal Hamlin Garland was an American novelist, poet, essayist, short story writer, Georgist, and psychical researcher. A prolific writer, Garland continued to publish novels, short fiction, and essays well into his 80s.In 1917, he published his autobiography, A Son of the Middle Border. The book’s success prompted a sequel, A Daughter of the Middle Border, for which Garland won the 1922 Pulitzer Prize for Biography.
Garland naturally became quite well known during his lifetime and had many friends in literary circles. He was made a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1918."The Shadow World" was first published in 1908 by Hamlin Garland, who was known for his fiction works involving farmers and the hardships of agrarian life, such as "Main-Traveled Roads" (1891), and who in 1929 moved to California from Massachusetts to pursue devotedly a paranormal phenomena, an area of study that he first took interest in 1891.
Mr. Garland had had pointed out, in his Foreword, that "The Shadow World" is a "faithful record" of several psychic phenomena that he observed up to seventeen years before this book's publication. This is pretty much the synopsis for the entire book, but it was done with a novelist's style. The author shared his experiences, in a first-person perspective, during his numerous séances with both "professional" and "amateur" mediums as well as all the noted physical phenomena, such as furniture and other objects movements, etc. It sure is an interesting reading of its timeAfter moving to Hollywood, California, in 1929, he devoted his remaining years to investigating psychic phenomena, an enthusiasm he first undertook in 1891. In his final book, The Mystery of the Buried Crosses (1939), he tried to defend such phenomena and prove the legitimacy of psychic mediums.
The Mystery of the Yellow Room
The Mystery of the Yellow Room is a mystery novel written by French author Gaston Leroux. Considered one of the first locked-room mystery novels, it was first published serially in France in the periodical L'Illustration from September 1907 to November 1907, then in its own right in 1908.
It is the first novel starring fictional reporter Joseph Rouletabille and concerns a complex, and seemingly impossible, crime in which the criminal appears to disappear from a locked room. Leroux provides the reader with detailed, precise diagrams and floor plans illustrating the crime scene. The emphasis of the story is firmly on the intellectual challenge to the reader, who will almost certainly be hard.
The Red House Mystery
A very scarce detective fiction by A.A. Milne, more famous of course as the creator of Winnie-the-Pooh and Christopher Robin. It is one of three such works by Milne, being followed by the murder mystery The Fourth Wall (1928) and the detective drama The Perfect Alibi (1928). The book is a Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone, and drew considerable favourable comment by specialist bibliographer & collector Eric Quayle'And an excellent story it is Anthony Gillingham light-heartedly unravels the mystery, standing at the head of a long, and soon extending queue of humorous sleuths who gave a new and refreshing slant to the business of fictional crime. 'What fun Here's a body ' sums up the style; yet this fantasy, with its brilliant dialogue, finely-drawn scenes from the night-life of the 'twenties and credible characters, hold the reader until the final page is turned.' (The Collector's Book of Detective Fiction, pp.107-108).
The Secret of Lonesome Cove
A corpse emerges on a New England beach, handcuffed to a raft. The whole town seems to want to cover up everything and bury the body as quickly as possible without even bothering to identify it. Our hero, Chester Kent, is determined to investigate the matter...Nothing is as it seems in this completely engrossing mystery yarn that plays out like walking inside a labyrinth! The listener comes up against constant dead-ends during the tale's unfolding, right up to the surprising and satisfying resolution.
Samuel Hopkins Adams was an American writer, best known for his investigative journalism and muckraking exposing public-health injustices. He was a close friend of both the investigative reporter Ray Stannard Baker and District Attorney Benjamin Darrow
Adams was a prolific writer, “Night Bus” (1933), one of his many magazine stories, became the basis for the 1934 film It Happened One Night. He also published a biography of Alexander Woollcott (1945) In the 1920s and 1930s, Adams, under the pseudonym of Warner Fabian, wrote several novels that at the time were considered highly risqué. These titillating works, which mainly featured young women flappers and their trials and tribulations of early adulthood, often became best-sellers avidly read by Jazz Age youth.
Pictured is our Ghosts and Vampires trio. I am so excited about these releases, which featuring illustrations by the very wonderful Gemma Quevedo and, in Dracula, an outrageous and fact-filled afterword by national living treasure Derek McCormack.
I'm hoping to offer boxed set of these three for those interested. Click on the picture to make your festive shopping that much easier.