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The Library of the Lost

In Search of Forgotten Authors


Roger Dobson


Edited and with an Introduction

by Mark Valentine


with a Foreword, 'A Remarkable Man'

by Javier Marías


Why did W.B. Yeats want a hair from the head of Aleister Crowley, and how did the artist Althea Gyles get it for him? What was the terrible lesson learned by scholar and demonologist the Reverend Montague Summers? Why was Sherlock Holmes reticent about his college years? Which unlikely chronicler of the decadents numbered among his friends Christine Keeler, Sir Oswald Mosely, Colin Wilson and an assortment of beat poets?


This volume is a tribute to Roger Dobson (1954-2013), who had a keen eye for the strangest outposts of literature. The twenty essays offered here demonstrate why the eminent Spanish novelist Javier Marias described Dobson as ‘a remarkable man’, recondite and bookish. Readers will encounter kings, priests, tragic poets, dandies, and forgotten authors whose rare works should be better known. Several pieces track Arthur Machen’s characters through the great mystery of London, rediscovering their lairs and lost haunts, and there are vivid studies of M.P. Shiel, Bulwer Lytton, George Gissing, Jocelyn Brooke and others. The collection will delight all connoisseurs of fantastic, supernatural and outré literature.



A Remarkable Man by Javier Marías

Introduction by Mark Valentine

The Mysterious Montague Summers

W.B. Yeats and The Golden Dawn

Sherlock Holmes: The Last Mystery

M.P. Shiel and Arthur Ransome

A Palimpsest of The Three Impostors

Julian Maclaren-Ross

Black Magic Against the Beast

‘A Weird and Marvellous Pursuit’

Edward Bulwer-Lytton

John Gawsworth: King of Redonda

The Return of Prince Zaleski

The Wrenne Jarman Mystery

Terror By Night

The Book in Yellow

New Arabian Frights

Madam Satan

‘A Trade of the Damned’

Lucian in the Labyrinth

The Weird World of Dennis Wheatley

Cartographer of Myth

A Checklist of the Writings of Roger Dobson

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