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Tartarus is a small, British independent press founded in 1990. We specialise in collectable hardback limited editions of literary supernatural/strange/horror fiction, and we also publish paperbacks and ebooks.We have been the recipient of four World Fantasy Awards, and in 2010 received a "Stoker" from the Horror Writers Association.

"When first encountered, the publications of Tartarus Press seem almost as numinous as the supernatural tales they contain. The simple elegance of their presentation. . . jacketed in uniform cream covers with only minimal decoration, recall an earlier age when books were as rare and treasured as jewels. These are not commodities to be piled high on three-for-two tables, but rarities which remain hidden unless sought out . . . The stories hoarded in their pages are so little known you might be forgiven for wondering if you have dreamed them. The Triumph of Night and Other Tales by Edith Wharton. The Supernatural Tales of H.G. Wells. The Lost Poetry of William Hope Hodgson. And dozens of other titles by authors both famous and obscure which taken as a whole form a secret library, a catalogue of weird fiction from its roots in Victorian Britain through to the modern day."  -- Damien G. Walter, The Guardian

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30th June: Our next book will be a new edition of Nugent Barker's Written With My Left Hand. Perhaps best known for two much-admired tales, the evocative ghost story 'Whessoe' and the grimly humorous horror tour-de-force 'Curious Adventure of Mr Bond', the stories collected range widely, from the Poe-esque Parisian sophistication of ‘The Strange Disappearance of Monsieur Charbo’, to the sly and strangely touching Sussex folk-wisdom of ‘Stanley Hutchinson’; from the dislocated, dreamlike horror of ‘One, Two, Buckle My Shoe’ to the idyllic, time-travelling nostalgia of ‘The Thorn’. Publication 4th July 2014 .
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29th June: Mercy by Rebecca Lloyd received another good review, this time at Neon: A Literary Magazine . "Her control of the form is obvious, and it’s a joy to read the work of such a talented short story writer. Or maybe joy is the wrong word, since it seems to be Lloyd’s mission to craft tales loaded with creepy and uncanny details that will stick with you long after the close of any single story"
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29th June: We have just returned from London where we attended the Robert Aickman evening at the Freud Museum on Thursday 26th June. Many thanks to Faber and Faber, Jeremy Dyson and Reece Shearsmith for a great evening. And additional thanks to Faber and the Freud Museum for arranging for our books to be made available.
On Saturday 28th we attended "Intrusions: Looking After Robert Aickman" at Printroom in Highgate. With thanks to Chris Maloney and Monica Petzal for a fine day, and for making our books available for the duration of their show.
Both events were in celebration of the centenary of Robert Aickman's birth on the 27th June.
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23rd June: Mercy receives a good review: "Rebecca Lloyd is a name to look out for." British Fantasy Society
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Our next publication is The River Runs Uphill by Robert Aickman. This is Aickman's second volume of autobiography, following The Attempted Rescue. Mostly written in 1967 and first published in 1986, this new edition of The River Runs Uphill reinstates material pruned by Aickman from the first edition, including the original ‘Chapter Ten: Kyogen’, which deals with his theatre criticism and other matters related to ‘life, death and the human heart’. Other reinstated passages add colour and detail to the story of the founding of the Inland Waterways Association and the part played by Aickman in the post-War struggle to save the British canal network from abandonment and destruction.
Rosalie Parker's Foreword can be read here.
Publication 17th July 2014, pre-orders are now being taken. Limited to 350 copies
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9th June 2014: Rupetta by Nike Sulway is the winner of the 2014 Norma K. Hemming Award!
The judges write: 'In Rupetta, N.A. Sulway tells a passionate story about history, truth , power, sexuality and love. From its opening pages, the novel is a joy to read – written with remarkable craft and authority. It is likely to become a classic of Australian speculative fiction, and it confirms that Sulway is a major talent.'
(The images above are the Hemming Award trophy and the Tiptree Award prize created by Carl Cone, which is a representation of Rupetta's heart.)
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