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13th November 2013: We have now sold out of the hardback first printing of Flowers of the Sea by Reggie Oliver (ebook versions are still available.) We hope to reprint the book as a paperback in the New Year. A few copies of the first printing will be available to attendees at the Friday December 13th event in Aldeburgh. All the usual dealers should still have copies for a while...
All orders received before today are now being wrapped and posted. Most will be on their way to customers by the end of tomorrow (Wednesday), although a few cannot be posted until next week because they require new jackets, which are being printed now.
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11th November, 2013: We will be celebrating the launch of Flowers of the Sea by Reggie Oliver with the author at the Aldeburgh Bookshop on Friday 13th December. Reggie will be talking about his work and reading from it, while Ray Russell will give a short talk on the Tartarus Press.
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10th November: Please note that we only have few remaining copies of the paperback reprint of John Gawsworth's Life of Arthur Machen.
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6th November, 2013: We are sorry to report that there has been a slight delay in the publication of Flowers of the Sea by Reggie Oliver. Although electronic copies have now been sent, the old-fashioned paper copies will not be with us until next week, at which time we will immediately start shipping them. Many thanks for your patience!
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25th October, 2013: Very good reviews for Michael Reynier's Five Degrees of Latitude and Jason Wyckoff's Black Horse, both from Peter Tennant on his Trumpetville blog: "These are excellent volumes, and it’s encouraging to reflect that there are new talents of this calibre waiting to be discovered by readers. Kudos to Tartarus for bringing them both out of the shadows and demonstrating once again that the genre we love isn’t suffering from any lack of gifted writers."
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23rd October, 2013: Ray Russell is interviewed at Bibliographia.
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22nd October, 2013: Anne-Sylvie Homassel/Salzman is interviewed at Teleread.
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10th October, 2013: Paul St John Mackintosh at Telereads has given Darkscapes by Anne-Sylvie Salzman a positive review: "Salzman’s subjects are sinister rather than brutal, and often push dark psychology into the territory of fantasy or surrealism . . . .they are highly effective, albeit occasionally vague, and a really attractive addition to contemporary dark and fantastic literature"
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20th September 2013: Our next publication will be Flowers of the Sea by Reggie Oliver. Containing thirteen stories and two novellas, it is a substantial 388 page hardback volume, introduced by Michael Dirda. Each story is illustrated with a black and white vignette by the author. It will be launched at the World Fantasy Convention in Brighton, on the 1st October. Advance orders are being taken, and a limited number of signed copies will be available to customers on a first come, first served basis.
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23rd September, 2013: A very appreciative review of Mark Valentine's poetry colletion, Star Kites, can no be read here.
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21st September 2013: Mark Valentine's Herald of the Hidden is now available as an ebook.
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8th September, 2013: Reggie Oliver is interviewed by Fata Libelli about the art of the short story here.
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1st September 2013: Two new reviews from the British Fantasy Society for Tartarus Press titles:
  
Darkscapes by Anne-Sylvie Salzman ("Salzman displays a vivid imagination, a knack for the weird and the fantastic, and a very elegant prose.") Read the full review here.
  
Herald of the Hidden by Mark Valentine ("...for those who appreciate a traditional ghost story well-told, this volume can sit proudly on your bookshelf beside the greats.") Read the full review here.
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26th August 2013: Two new, great reviews for recent Tartarus Press books.
    
In the new issue of Ghosts & Scholars Rosemary Pardoe reviews Herald of the Hidden by Mark Valentine, beginning by stating that:
"Among the current weird and supernatural fiction authors, Mark Valentine has established a position as one of the most original and interesting. He rarely if ever sets out to horrify, but rather to awe and mystify, even to inspire; an aim he usually succeeds in achieving...."
The review ends:
"Herald of the Hidden and Other Stories is a typically classy Tartarus hardback: at £35 it's not cheap, but worth every penny, in my opinion."
    
And Rick Kleffel at The Agony Column reviews Darkscapes by Anne-Sylvie Salzman, writing that:
"An outstanding collection and an essential book for all serious readers of dark and fantastic fiction. Not to be missed under any circumstances!"
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8th August 2013: A new review for the ebook version of The Complete Symphonies of Adolf Hitler, by Reggie Oliver, can be read here. "For any lover of ghost stories, this is a great read, at an almost ludicrously low price considering its quality." - Paul St John Mackintosh, TeleRead
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6th August: Please note that we are temporarily closed for ALL submissions (including stories for Strange Tales). As soon as we are able to receive submissions again we will make an announcement here.
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22nd July 2013: Our next publication will be Darkscapes, short stories by Anne-Sylvie Salzman (Homassel). She will be known to many aficionados of strange literature as the co-director of the French literary magazine and small press, Le Visage Vert, and as a contributor to our Strange Tales volumes. She has been widely published in France, and this is her first collection of stories issued in English, superbly translated by William Charlton. It will be published on Monday 29th July.
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18th July 2013:
The Complete Symphonies of Adolf Hitler by Reggie Oliver is now available direct from us as a an ebook.
Rupetta has received another good review, this time from Jildy Sauce: "...And there are wondrous, moving passages full of lyricism, elegy, wonder and suggestive speculation.  Cherish them as you puzzle out Rupetta’s world and its underlying culture and history.  This is a strangely enchanting, wholly convincing novel."
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8th July 2013: The Australian, the country's biggest-selling national newspaper, has reviewed Rupetta by Nike Sulway:
"Rupetta is a rich, complex work wrapped in an engaging style. It is not a book that can be pigeonholed. It has elements of fantasy, romance and even gothic horror in the mould of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. At the same time, it contains lengthy discussions on questions such as the meaning of knowledge. It is unlike any other book that you will read this year. If nothing else, it deserves a wide readership for the author's bold ambition and striking feat of imagination."
Read the full reviewhere
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6th July 2013: Please note that for the moment we are closed to submissions of novels and short story collections. However, we are still reading individual stories for Strange Tales V .
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24th June, 2013: Now on US National Public Radio Books, 'New Strange' Stories Hold A Chilling Mirror To Life: Robert Aickman, Angela Slatter, Reggie Oliver and Jason Wyckoff , by Rick Kleffel.
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14th June, 2013: Our next publication will be a paperback reprint of The Life of Arthur Machen by John Gawsworth, edited by Roger Dobson, originally published by Tartarus Press in 2005 with the Friends of Arthur Machen and Reino de Redonda. This new paperback edition includes an index, and (while stocks last), each copy is accompanied by the booklet 'Hail, O King', The Last Days of John Gawsworth by Roger Dobson, and a dvd of the BBC LINE-UP documentary on Gawsworth, narrated by Barry Humphries, originally released by The Friends of Arthur Machen in 2005.
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31st May: Dark World has received a very positive review from Publishers Weekly:
"Whether they provide their ghosts with a rationale for appearing, or present them as frightening because they are inexplicable, all the authors exercise restraint in their storytelling that encourages readers to fit their own worst fears to the story's supernatural events. This anthology, whose proceeds will benefit the Amala Children's Home of India, is Russell's first, but it shows a seasoned editor's understanding of effective weird tale telling."
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30th May 2013: We have now accepted all the stories required for Strange Tales IV, and plan to publish the book later in 2013. We are now reading submissions for Strange Tales V, and the submissions window will remain open until we have accepted enough stories for the volume.
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28th May, 2013: Although we have now received copies of Night Voices from the printers, unfortunately the jackets will have to be reprinted, which will take a couple of weeks. We apologise for any inconvenience, but the books will be shipped as soon as we possibly can.
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24th May:
Nike Sulway's Rupetta receives a great review at Publishers Weekly:
"Sulway uses rich and evocative prose to pull the reader irresistibly into her tale's vividly rendered alternate Europe and its centuries of human power struggles. Her profound reflections on human frailty and the price for everlasting life seem as much a bonus as an integral part of its telling."
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Wormwood 17 gets a very good review at She Never Slept:
"Once again, Mark Valentine has assembled an adept and well-read team of scholars who discuss fiction writers dealing in the unusual, whether famous, infamous, or obscure. Indeed, the lesser-known individuals are often the most interesting subjects."
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23rd May 2013: We've received a few very positive notices on blogs today. Mark Valentine's Herald of the Hidden is positively reviewed by Mark Andresen at The Pan Review and by David Longhorn at the Supernatural Tales blog. Additionally,  The Mumpsimus discuss our reprints of Robert Aickman here.
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22nd May 2013: Our next publication will be Night Voices by Robert Aickman. It contains all of the original stories from the posthumous 1985 collection, plus Aickman's fantasy novella 'The Model', along with Aickman’s ‘An Essay’ (written on winning the first World Fantasy Award in 1976), and his Introductions to The Fontana Book of Great Ghost Stories series, which he edited. In ‘Robert Remembered’, author Ramsey Campbell concludes this volume with memories of his friend.
It will be published on 29th May, 2013.
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We are sad to learn of the death of Roger Dobson, a real, old-fashioned bookman who was devoted to a number of neglected writers, including Arthur Machen, M.P. Shiel, George Gissing, C.W. Blubberhouse and Julian Maclaren-Ross. His essays on literary matters were published in the Antiquarian Book Monthly Review and The Book and Magazine Collector, along with amateur publications like All HallowsThe Doppelganger Broadsheet, and his own Lost Club Journal (published with Mark Valentine).
 
Back in 1990 Roger Dobson and Mark Valentine encouraged Ray Russell to research and publish The Anatomy of Taverns, the first publication issued by Tartarus Press. Always supportive of Tartarus, Roger contributed to a number of our publications over the years, including the Introductions to our reprints of Arthur Machen's Tales of Horror and the Supernatural. He also edited Gawsworth's Life of Arthur Machen and contributed to Wormwood. We collaborated with Roger and Mark on the publication of our editions of Aklo and Ornaments in Jade.
 
Those who knew Roger will miss accompanying him on obscure literary expeditions and his conversations on all manner of bookish topics, for which he had great enthiusiasm and profound knowledge. RIP Roger.
   
A fine obituary of Roger can be found at the Wormwoodiana blog here.
 
They are not long, the weeping and the laughter,
Love and desire and hate:
I think they have no portion in us after
We pass the gate.
        
They are not long, the days of wine and roses:
Out of a misty dream
Our path emerges for awhile, then closes
Within a dream.
                                                                                       Ernest Dowson
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Left to right: Mark Saxton, Mark Valentine, Reggie Oliver, Tim Parker Russell
 
6th May, 2013: Many thanks to all who came to our Dark World afternoon in Carlton-in-Coverdale. We raised £250 towards the Amala children's home in India from book sales and donations.
 
A video of Mark Valentine reading his story "An Incomplete Apocalypse" during the afternoon can be watched here.
 
Reggie Oliver has very kindly donated a signed and mounted limited edition print of his illustration for his story 'Come into my Parlour', which he read during the afternoon. It is being auctioned on ebay here, along with a  signed copy of the out-of-print first edition (limited to 300 copies) of Dark World, signed by editor Timothy Parker Russell, cover illustrator Stephen J. Clark, and contributing authors Mark Valentine, Reggie Oliver, Mark J. Saxton, Rosalie Parker and R.B. Russell. Proceeds from the auction will also go to Amala.
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26th April: Nike Sulway and her new novel, Rupetta, are featured at the Weird Fiction Review. On the website you can read their thoughts on Nike and the book, an interview, and, finally, you can read the first full chapter of Rupetta, 'The Miracles of Consciousness'.
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18th April 2013: We are delighted to announce an afternoon celebrating the publication of the book Dark World, edited by Tim Russell. It is to be held on Saturday May 4th, 1:30-4:30 pm, at the Coverdale Memorial Hall, Carlton, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 4AY.
Details here.
There will be readings by authors Mark Valentine and Reggie Oliver, an illustrated talk on the ghost story by Dr Gail-Nina Anderson, book sales, signings and refreshments.
Admission free – donations welcome.
For more details email tartarus@pavilion.co.uk, or call 01969 640399
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15th April 2013: Rupetta by N.A. Sulway is "Novel of the Week" in The Tablet, where it is described as a novel with "a heart".
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10th April 2013: We are pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of Wormwood 20. The new issue contains the following eclectic mix of essays dealing with literature of the fanstic, supernatural and decadent:
‘Forever Always Ends: Robert Aickman’s Visions of Afterlife’ (part one) by Joel Lane
 ‘The Baroque of the Void: A Fantastic Fiction of the Austrian Idea’ by John Howard
‘John Cowper Powys: Celtic Colossus and Eminence Grise’ by Adam Daly
‘A Sombre and Unique Beauty: The Stories of Helen Simpson’ by James Doig
 ‘Fate as a Character: H. Rider Haggard’s Secret Currents' by Thos. Kent Miller
‘Under Review’ by Reggie Oliver
‘Late Reviews’ by Douglas A. Anderson
‘Camera Obscura’ by John Howard
 
Please note that the price of the new issue has been increased to £9.99
Wormwood 20 will be published on 19th April.
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22nd March 2013: Please note, we have now accepted all the stories required for Strange Tales IV, but the submissions window will remain open and we are now reading stories for Strange Tales V, which we hope to publish in 2014.
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19th March 2013: Our next two books are by Mark Valentine. Both will be published in signed, numbered editions:
 
Herald of the Hidden collects ten adventures of Ralph Tyler, an occult detective from an obscure shire in the darkest heart of England, without private means or any special esoteric knowledge. Mark Valentine’s Ralph Tyler stories first appeared in hard-to-find small press publications. Three of the stories in this volume are previously unpublished, including two newly written for this collection. Along with six further supernatural tales, all the stories are previously uncollected in book form.
 
Star Kites is Mark Valentine’s first collection of poems, and draws on the sources that have inspired his acclaimed short stories—oneiric and otherworldly, and inexplicably beautiful. The poems evoke half-lit figures and images, seen in smoke, shadow, sun-haze and stone, and moments when the visible world does not quite cohere.  Also offered are versions of poems by previously unheard European voices.
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11th March 2013: Great reviews of Dark World can be found at Nudgemenow and M.R.Cosby's blog. Rosemary Pardoe has also commented on the anthology in the latest issue of Ghosts and Scholars (23) calling it a "quality" collection.
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15th February 2013: Many thanks to everyone who bought a copy of Dark World, edited by Timothy Parker Russell. Tim has now raised the funds for his volunteering trip to the Children's Home at Amala in India this summer, and to make the extra contribution required. There are still a few copies left, and each one sold will form a part of an additional donation. There has been quite a lot of publicity for Tim and the book, and one of our favourite unsolicited comments is to be found at the Readhead blog.
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10th February 2011: Many thanks to those who came along to the Golden Fleece in York for the launch of Rupetta by Nike Sulway. The crooked staircase, sloping floor, suits of armour and skulls added to the atmosphere, as did the friendly staff and pints of Theakstones Old Peculiar.
 
Nike Sulway reading from Rupetta
 
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7th February 2013: We have various items of news:
 
The newest member of the Tartarus Press team, Timothy Parker Russell, has received a great feature for his Dark World anthology in The Guardian Online. The book is now also available as an ebook.
 
Also, great reviews have been posted at Rick Kleffel's Agony Column for Rupetta and The House of Oracles.
 
Ebooks are now available of Rupetta and Sourdough.
 
And finally, Michael Dirda has written an interesting article on M.P. Shiel for the Barnes and Noble Review. He notes: "A few years back, Tartarus Press, known for its important editions of neglected supernatural fiction, published a much coveted hardback, supplementing the text with illustrations from the novel's original serial publication. I treasure my copy."
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4th February: Dark World has received a mention in The Independent's Between the Covers section.
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3rd February 2013: We are pleased to announce the publication of The Complete Symphonies of Adolf Hitler by Reggie Oliver in a new paperback edition.
 
And don't forget that Rupetta by Nike Sulway is to be published on the 9th. A "taster" pdf can be downloaded here. If anyone would like to join us in York for the launch/get-together next weekend, please email us at tartarus@pavilion.co.uk
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25th January 2013: Forthcoming from Tartarus is a new paperback collection of ghost stories, Dark World, edited by Timothy Parker Russell. Published on 4th February, it contains stories by:
 
Reggie Oliver
Christopher Fowler
Rhys Hughes
Mark Valentine
Anna Taborska
John Gaskin
Corinna Underwood
Rosalie Parker
Jason A. Wyckoff
Mark J. Saxton
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
R.B. Russell
Stephen Holman
Steve Rasnic Tem
(cover art by Stephen J. Clark)
 
Dark World will be a numbered, limited edition paperback, with profits going to Amala Children's Home and School, India, where Tim will be working with orphaned children in July 2013.
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22nd February 2013: We have reprinted Sub Rosa and Dark Entries by Robert Aickman. Both books will also be available from the usual dealers.
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18th February: As a "taster", the Foreword to Rupetta by Nike Sulway is available as a pdf here.
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15th February, 2013: Our next book will be a stunning new novel by award-winning Australian writer Nike Sulway. Rupetta invokes the great tradition of European fantasy/horror fiction and moves it forward in a superbly imaginative, highly original fashion.
And to celebrate the publication of Rupetta , Nike Sulway will be joining us for the launch of her book on the 9th February, from 12pm, at The Golden Fleece in York (UK). Everyone is welcome, but we would appreciate it if you could let us know in advance if you are coming, and whether you would like to eat with us. It is a great venue, in an amazing city (with some good bookshops!)
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7th January 2013: Mario Guslandi has positively reviewed Intrusions by Robert Aickman at The Short Review.
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3rd January 2013: Happy New Year!
 
Please note that Dark World is now closed for submissions. Many thanks to all those who offered stories. Publication is still planned for February.
We have blogged! Many thanks to Douglas Campbell for letting us publish his review of Dreads and Drolls by Arthur Machen.
 
Michael Dirda writes in praise of small presses (including Tartarus) at The American Scholar.
 
Rick Kleffel discusses Robert Aickman's Intrusions in his Agony Column, stating that the stories "offer readers perfect perspectives into the minds of men and women in such a manner as to make it clear that we really never, ever, can truly understand one another.
 
And Intrusions is also discussed by Mark Andresen at The Pan Review.
 
In other Robert Aickman news . . . 2014 will be the centenary of the birth of Robert Aickman, and he will be celebrated at the 2014 World Fantasy Convention in Washington DC.
 
A very fine review of The White Hands by Mark Samuels can be found at the Brazilian Airmandade website. An approximate translation into English can be found here.
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14th December 2012: The House of Oracles by Thomas Owen has been published. All pre-orders have now been mailed. We can't guarantee delivery before Christmas, but we've done our best...!
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26th November 2012: We have blogged again: Rosalie Parker recommends four Tartarus Press books for long winter nights here.
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14th November, 2012: Our next book will be The House of Oracles by Thomas Owen. Owen was a Belgian Symbolist (real name Gerald Bertot, 1910-2002), and master of the fleeting, fantastic, erotic short story, translated for us by Iain White (King in the Golden Mask by Marcel Schwob).
You can read our blog post, "Why should you read . . . Thomas Owen" here.
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13th November: A good review of Frankenstein's Prescription by Tim Lees has just been posted here. It is described as "Moody, fast-paced and told with verve, Frankenstein's Prescription has the feeling of vintage Michael Moorcock in a black, Gothic vein."
 
The latest in our series of interviews with book collectors is now available to watch on youtube. It features John Hirschhorn-Smith, preoprietor of the Sidereal Press who have published, among other authors, Hanns Heinz Ewers.
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5th November: Our next publication will be Intrusions by Robert Aickman, on the 12th November.
 
In other news, we are very pleased to have received a World Fantasy Award in Toronto last night!
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2nd November, 2012: We are pleased to report that we've received copies of Wormwood 19 from the printers, and are able to send them out in advance of the 12th November date we previously promised.
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24th October 2012: Wormwood 19 is due to be published on the 12th November. The new issue contains:
"Standing in the Shadows of ‘Lud’: A Selective Discussion of Interesting Fantastical Novels of the Immediate Aftermath of the First World War"by Henry Wessells
"He Wrote of Dark Forces: The Weird World of Dennis Wheatley"by Roger Dobson
"Bram Stoker and Another Dracula"by Brian J. Showers
"The Man in the Yellow Mask"by Lucien Verval
"The Autobiographical Nature of Fr. Rolfe’s The Weird of the Wanderer" by Jason Rolfe
"The Woman in the Gentleman’s Club" by Mark Andresen
"Under Review" by Reggie Oliver
"Late Reviews" by Douglas A. Anderson
"Camera Obscura" by Mark Valentine
 
Dark Entries by Robert Aickman is now out of print. As with Sub Rosa, we hope to reprint it in 2013.
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15th October, 2012: Another very good review has been received for Five Degrees of Latitude by Michael Reynier, here at The Stars at Noonday.
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27th September 2012: Peter Tennant at Black Static (the print magazine) has given great reviews to Five Degrees of Latitude by Michael Reynier and Black Horse by Jason A. Wyckoff.
  
Discussing the five novellas that make up Five Degrees of Latitude, Tennant writes that 'Le Loup-Garou' has "a pitch perfect delivery". In 'No. 3 Hobbes Lane' "the air of ambiguity [is] carefully maintained, and 'The Rumour Mill' is "carefully detailed", while 'Sika Tarn' "is a disturbing exercise in rustic terror". The last novella, 'The Visions of Lazaro' "brings to mind the creations of Borges, with its cleverness and artifice".
  
In his review of Black Horse Tennant is equally positive, writing (amongst other nice things), that 'The Highwall Horror'  is a "story full of oblique angles and shifting perspectives, as the protagonist's worldview becomes unravelled." The title story, 'Black Horse' is described as "another highlight ... A strange offbeat tale, with hints of the wild hunt ... but with a quality that is uniquely Wyckoff’s own. And 'A Willow Cat in Meadowlark' is a "story melding prosaic and magical to the betterment of both."
  
Tenant concludes that "These are excellent volumes, and it’s encouraging to reflect that there are new talents of this calibre waiting to be discovered by readers. Kudos to Tartarus for bringing them both out of the shadows and demonstrating once again that the genre we love isn’t suffering from any lack of gifted writers."
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9th September: We are sorry to report that we have sold out of copies of Sub Rosa by Robert Aickman. Please note that we now have few copies remaining of Dark Entries....
 
...A recent (prophetic) post in Rick Kleffel's Agony Column is very complimentary about our books and suggested "It should seem obvious by now; run, don't walk and pick up every Tartarus Press re-print of the Robert Aickman catalogue." We will see see what we can do about pringing this volume back into print.
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2nd September 2012: Congratulations to Reggie Oliver, whose short story collection, Mrs Midnight, has won the Dracula Society's Children of the Night Award for the most outstanding work of fiction in the Gothic/supernatural genre published last year.
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14th August 2012: We have blogged...
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13th August 2012: The World Fantasy Award nominations have been announced and we are delighted that Tartarus has received a nomination in the non-professional special award category, alongside Mark Valentine's Wormwood. Reggie Oliver's Mrs Midnight is also nominated in the Best Collection category.
In other news, Black Horse has received a great mention in a blog by C.F. Muller.
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7th August: Wiliam Simmons has positively reviewed two recent Tartarus Press books for Hellnotes . He says of Frankenstein's Prescription by Tim Lees: "The writing style is sharp and descriptive ... The period is realistically described ... Grim and beautifully written."
And of Robert Aickman's Tales of Love and Death he writes:  " Dreadful possibilities beautifully written, this Tartarus Press reprint is as attractively constructed as its horrors are elegantly told."
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2nd August 2012: Another great review for Black Horse by Jason A. Wyckoff, this time from the British Fantasy Society: "This is an astonishing debut book by a superb writer, whose stories remind us how rewarding and bewitching good fiction can be."
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30th July 2012: Black Horse by Jason A. Wyckoff receives a positive review from Robert Morrish at Twilight Ridge. It concludes: "Black Horse is a surprising and impossible-to-overlook debut, perhaps even a dark horse contender for best collection of the year."
And Black Horse has also received a great review from Rick Kleffel at the Agony Column: "It's the sort of collection that you'll read slowly, deliberately, drawing out the pleasure on your porch in the long afternoons and haunted evenings."
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16th July: Please note that the paperback edition of the Tartarus Press Guide to First Edition Prices is no longer available direct from us. It can still be obtained, however, from Antiques Information Sevices.
 
2nd July: Our next book will be a paperback of Reggie Oliver's first short story collection, The Dreams of Cardinal Vittorini and Other Strange Stories.
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2nd July: A fine notice for The King in the Golden Mask from Rick Kleffel's Agony Column: "Reading it is the literary equivalent of visiting a museum in the hours after it closes. Shadows move; the curtains whisper your name and you are not sure if you are awake or dreaming."
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29th July: We have today uploaded to Youtube an adaptation of Arthur Machen's "The White People":
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31st May: Rosalie Parker has been interviewed by John Kenny at the Swan River Press website. Although her collection, The Old Knowledge, is now out of print as a physical book from Swan River, the ebook is available here.
 
In other Tartarean News, Michael Dirda has written about the Tartarus book collecting videos in The Washington Post. He very generously writes: "Russell, Valentine and Oliver are all superb writers, among the leading practitioners of classic supernatural fiction. Check out not just the books they own, but the books they’ve written."
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24th May 2012: A new interview with Tartarus Press.
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17th May 2012: Publishers Weekly have reviewed Black Horse by Jason A Wyckoff and say: "these tales are the work of a writer skilled at navigating the twists and turns of his unconventional horror themes."
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17th May 2012: The next in our series of reprints by Robert Aickman is his collection Tales of Love and Death. It will be published 28th May, and contains a new Introduction by Michael Dirda who says:
"Along with Walter de la Mare, Elizabeth Bowen and a few others, Robert Aickman belongs to the Chekhov school of the weird tale. Such writers recognise that stories don’t require pat endings. They don’t need to close with the snap of an O. Henry trapdoor, or the ironic twist of a Maupassant. A short story can actually convey a more haunting depiction of the human predicament by avoiding any kind of artificial conclusiveness. Life is messy, not neat; most problems are never clearly resolved, but only lived with; people act unreasonably for no apparent reason."
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14th May 2012: Ray Russell of Tartarus Press has been interviewed here by John Kenny with reference to his recent collection, Ghosts. He also discusses the Tartarus Press and its authors.
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3rd May: The White Hands and Other Weird Tales by Mark Samuels has been reprinted and is available once again. Click to read the story Vrolyck.
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23rd April: Wormwood 18 is published next week, and contains articles on H.P. Lovecraft, William Sharp, Frances Oliver, Robert Aickman, Randolph Stow and F. Marion Crawford.
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19th April 2012: Read the first four chapters of Frankenstein's Prescription, the great novel by Tim Lees, as a pdf here.
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18th April 2012: Today's pdf is a taster of the first four chapters from 'Le Loup-Garou" by Michael Reynier, from his collection Five Degrees of Latitude. It can be downloaded here.
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17th April 2012: Todays free pdf story is "Dibblespin", a taster for Angela Slatter's Sourdough and Other Stories, which is currently available as a paperback (£14.95). Publishers Weekly said of this collection, "Slatter displays a rare gift for evocative and poetic prose." The book was nominated for the World Fantasy Award and Aurealis Awards. The story is available here.
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16th April 2012: We thought it might be a good idea to make available pdffile samples of the work of some Tartarus authors you may not yet have read.
 
We’re starting with our growing list of contemporary writers. First up is that masterful magician of the macabre, Reggie Oliver, whose collection with us, Mrs Midnight, has proved such a popular and critical success. Mrs Midnight is now available in a paperback edition (priced £14.95). The title story of the collection is a tour de force of mounting horror with a music hall theme. It is available here, and we hope you will enjoy it.
 
Future PDFs will be announced as they become available and will include samples of the writing of Mark Samuels, Mark Valentine, Angela Slatter, Quentin S. Crisp, Tim Lees, Rhys Hughes, Michael Reynier and Jason P. Wyckoff. We also hope to provide samples of some of our classic authors, and our journal Wormwood.
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5th April 2012: The next Tartarus Press publication will be The King in the Golden Mask by the French symbolist author Marcel Schwob. Published on 19th March 2012, it contains 51 very decadent stories.
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19th March 2012: We are pleased to announce that as part of the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the birth of Arthur Machen, we will be collaborating with the Hieroglyphic Press to produce a tribute anthology dedicated to the great artist and mystic. Sorcery and Sanctity: A Homage to Arthur Machen, will be launched as part of the Machen events at the 2013 World Fantasy Convention in Brighton.
To this end, submissions are sought, and guidelines can be found here.
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18th March 2012: A good review just in for Five Degrees of Latitude by Michael Reynier, from Robert Morrish at Twilight Ridge: "Five Degrees of Latitude, the debut collection from Michael Reynier is, in many ways, a thing of beauty — from the simple but elegantly designed physical book produced by Tartarus Press to the five intricate and highy-polished tales contained within, there is much to admire here."
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13th March: A new paperback edition of Sourdough by Angela Slatter is now available. The book was nominated for the World Fantasy Award
and the Aurealis Award, 2011, and we are very pleased to be able to make it available again.
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28th February 2012: A video trailer for Black Horse is now available here.
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21st February: Our next publication will be Black Horse and Other Stories by Jason A. Wyckoff. This is a collection of contemporary short stories by a first-time author with an original, authentic and insightful new voice. Read "The Highwall Horror" from The Black Horse as a pdf here.
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20th Feb: Here is a review that we managed not to post before, of Frankenstein's Prescription by Tim Lees, at Twilight Ridge.
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8th February 2012: R.B. Russell is interviewed by Jason Rolfe on his BIbliomancy Blog about Tartarus, book collecting etc.
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24th January 2012:
R.B. Russell's Ghosts book and CD package is now sold out. However, the CD can be purchased individually using the Paypal button below, and a copy will be sent from the UK via R.B. Russell at the Tartarus Press. Each copy is £12, post free worldwide, and will be sent out early February.
 
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19th January 2012:
 
Morbid Tales by Quentin S. Crisp is now available as an ebook from the Morbid Tales page, or via Amazon.
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16th January:
 
We are pleased to announce the paperback reprint of Quentin S. Crisp's acclaimed 2004 short story collection, Morbid Tales.
We are sorry to report that Sourdough by Angela Slatter has sold out.
 
R.B. Russell's book/CD Ghosts is now available to order from the Swan River Press.
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9th January 2012: Happy New Year!
 
Our first news of the year is the paperback reprint of Mrs Midnight by Reggie Oliver.
The first 200 copies are signed and numbered by the author.
An ebook version is also available direct from us (and very soon via Amazon for Kindle).
An Interview with Reggie Oliver is available here.
A video trailer for Mrs Midnight has been created by Anna Taborska.
 
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30th December 2011:
We've returned, and all recent orders have been wrapped up and will be posted tomorrow morning.
While we've been away, there have been a few of items of interest elsewhere on the internet:
 
Mrs Midnight by Reggie Oliver is the Book of the Year 2011 at The Endless Bookshelf
We Are for the Dark has been reviewed by Mario Guslandi at Specusphere
Rick Kleffel's Agony column review of Cold Hand in Mine by Robert Aickman
 
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21st December 2011:
A Merry Christmas to everyone! We will be taking a short break from wrapping up books, but normal service will resume early in the New Year. Many thanks for your support in what has been an especially busy year.
Our programme for 2012 includes a collection of decadent stories by Marcel Schwob, a paperback (and ebook) reprint of Reggie Oliver's Mrs Midnight, further reprints of Robert Aickman, and a couple of new, exciting, contemporary authors.
In the meantime, for those wanting some alternative literary entertainment, there is always our Interview with a Book Collector and A Mild Case of Bibliomania films. At least one other book-themed film is planned for next year.
2012 will also see the release of Ray Russell's album of new music, Ghosts.
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15th December: The Unsettled Dust, a Radio Four programme about Robert Aickman's strange stories was aired today, and is available to be listened to again via the iplayer.
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6th December 2011:
Worming the Harpy by Rhys Hughes is now available as an ebook, direct from Tartarus, or through Amazon for Kindle (US, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain)
Forthcoming, a BBC Radio Four appreciation of Robert Aickman: The Unsettled Dust.
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2nd December 2011:
A nice mention of Tartarus is made by Alan Moore in a new interview with Honest Publishing.
For the convenience of those with e-readers, a list of our ebooks is now available here.
 
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26th November, 2011: We have posted a short film on Youtube that should be of interest to those familiar with Tartarus Press, Mark Valentine, and some of the authors we have published over the years. The link is here.
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23rd November 2011: Two good reviews of Tartarus Press titles have been posted by the British Fantasy Society. Frankenstein's Prescription by Tim Lees is reviewed here, and Mrs Midnight by Reggie Oliver here.
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18th November, 2011: Wormwood # 17 has been delivered, orders have been packed up, and copies will be posted tomorrow morning. We've just noticed an annoying mistake: "Some Notes on Aickman's Plays" by Douglas A. Anderson has somehow been missed from the cover and contents page. This is a short but fascinating article, and our apologies to Doug.
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17th November: Robert Aickman is discussed in the Invisible Ink column in The Independent, with a mention of "some very collectable, elegant hardbacks from Tartarus Press"
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15th November 2011: Wormwood # 17 is published next week and contains articles on H.P. Lovecraft, Gabriele d’Annunzio's poetry, Reginald Hodder, Ernest Bramah’s Max Carrados, Donald Armour’s Swept & Garnished, and an Overview of American Decadence, as well as 'Under Review', ' Late Reviews' and ' Camera Obscura'.
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14th November: We've written an account of the alt.Ghost Story Festival on our blog, which includes a link to a video of Reggie Oliver reading "Ritual" by Arthur Machen.
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9th November: A fine review of Clarimonde by Gautier can be found at The Pan Review:
"Read this for the prose style alone, which, for anyone who has read his one anthologised story ‘Loving Lady Death’ (‘La Morte Amoureuse’) - re-translated as the title tale here -  will already have experienced his stunning, sensual evocation of place and time. This continues in the other eleven tales."
 
An appreciation of Reggie Oliver's new collection: 'Mrs Midnight and other stories is one of the best books I have read this year.' - Henry Wessells, The Endless Bookshelf.
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7th November: The White Hands by Mark Samuels is now available as an ebook, either direct from us, or through Amazon.
Please note that Mrs Midnight by Reggie Oliver, will be "launched" at the Aldburgh Bookshop on the 26th November, and signed copies will be available on the night. 
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5th November: Comedian Stewart Lee discusses Arthur Machen's The Green Round on BBC's The Review Show, and shows off his Tartarus Press edition. Use the iplayer and you'll find it at 44:19.
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2nd November 2011: Michael Reynier's Five Degrees of Latitude is now available as an ebook. It can be bought from us direct via the Five Degrees of Latitude page, or through Amazon via the links on that page.
Mrs Midnight by Reggie Oliver has received a starred review at Publishers Weekly. "Readers who like their horrors subtle but unsettling will find this volume much to their liking.
"Copies should still be available at Cold Tonnage Books and Fantastic Literature. A reprint an an ebook version will be along in due course.
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31st October: A well-written essay on the incomparable Arthur Machen, for Halloween, by Michael Dirda at the Barnes and Noble Review.
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6th October: Michael Reynier, author of Five Degrees of Latitude, has been interviewed by Rick Kleffel at the Agony Column. The interview is offered on the website as a downloadable podcast.
You can hear the complete, 1-hour 22-minute interview by following this link.
The interview is also available divided into two parts.
You can hear part one (43 minutes) by following this link.
You can hear part two (39 minutes) by following this link.
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24th October, 2011: Win a signed copy of the 2011 World Fantasy Award nominated Sourdough and Other Stories!
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19th October 2011: We are delighted to announce that the next book published by Tartarus Press will be We Are for the Dark by Robert Aickman and Elizabeth Jane Howard. It will be launched at the Alt.Halifax Ghost Story Festival, at which will be shown rare tv adaptations of Howard's "Three Miles Up" (from We Are for the Dark) and Aickman's "The Hospice". As a part of the research for the We Are for the Dark reprint, Ray Russell interviewed Elizabeth Jane Howard, and a part of that interview is available on the Tartarus Press blog.
Another strand of the festival will be a discussion of the work of Arthur Machen, which will include a reading of Machen's story "Ritual" by Reggie Oliver, a panel discussing his work chaired by Mark Valentine, and a presentation of the recent film of "The Happy Children".
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14th October 2011: We have just received copies of Clarimonde and Other Stories by Theophile Gautier. We'll be wrapping these up and putting them in the post next week. In the meantime, you can read "The Opium Pipe" by Gautier on our blog.
 
5th October 2011: Our next book will be Clarimonde and Other Stories by Theophile Gautier. We believe that this will be the definitive Gautier collection, using Lafcadio Hearn's classic translations, with newly-commissioned translations for the remaining supernatural tales which have not been previously collected.
We are sorry to report that Mrs Midnight by Reggie Oliver is now out of print, despite only being offically published a few days ago! Copies should still be available from some of the dealers listed here.
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3rd October, 2011:
We would like to recommend you check out an ebay auction with some rare and interesting items, some from Tartarus Press. They are all being sold to aid a literary colleague in financial hardship.
A fine review of Sourdough can be read at The Compulsive Reader: "These stories are stupendously good". Angela Slatter is also interviewed.
Booking details for the Halifax alt.ghost story festival are now available. Tobook a ticket call 01422 255 266 or visit www.deanclough.com
A Mild Case of Bibliomania is a short film by R.B. Russell that goes some way to explaining the genesis of Tartarus Press.
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26th September: A good review of Five Degrees of Latitude has just been posted by Publishers Weekly: "Readers who like weird tales with a vintage feel will find this volume an auspicious debut."
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19th September 2011: An ebook edition of The Collected Connoisseur is now available.
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18th September 2011: Updated news of the Halifax alt.ghost story festival can be found here:
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12th September: Sourdough is "an absolute treasure" according to Paul Charles Smith at Empty Your Heart Of Its Mortal Dream
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10th September 2011: Our Guide to First Edition Prices is now available as an ebook.
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7th September 2011: A new review of Cold Hand in Mine by Robert Aickman can be found at The Short Review:
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1st September: A fine review of Sourdough can be found at Jildysauce. The reviewer says: "These stories are stupendously good and offer many distinct pleasures: a strange yet superbly realised world, compelling characters and, above all, beautiful prose that has the power to move."
Additionally, Angela Slatter is interviewed here.
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26th August 2011: We have great pleasure in announcing that we will publish Mrs Midnight and Other Stories by Reggie Oliver on 30th September 2011. The book will be launched at Fantasycon in Brighton.
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26th August 2011: The Halifax Ghost Story Festival will return this year, in an alt.ghost story guise. It will be held on Saturday 12th November at Dean Clough, Halifax, and will start about 2pm. (There will be a break for food between about 5pm-7pm, then the evening events begin.) There may well be a Sunday session, although it will be a couple of weeks before this can be confirmed.

Tartarus Press will play a large part in the proceedings. We will be exploring the boundaries where the ghostly and the supernatural meet the psychological and the mystical. We aim to turn the spotlight on Arthur Machen in particular; plus Elizabeth Jane Howard and Robert Aickman, and we will be showing film(s) relating to their work. We can confirm that we will be showing the new film of "The Happy Children" by Machen, the TV adaptation of Howard's "Three Miles Up", and we are negotiating to show "The Hospice" by Aickman.
 
We will have a number of guests including Mark Valentine and Reggie Oliver who will help furnish us with a highly informed, urbane take on the supernatural fiction genre.
 
We hope that there will also be theatre and readings courtesy of Lawrence Gordon Clark, and Jeremy Dyson will be back...
 
Additionally, we also hope to launch the publication of a new edition of We Are for the Dark by Robert Aickman and Elizabeth Jane Howard.
 
More details will be posted as they are confirmed....
 
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12th August 2011: A fine review just in for Michael Reynier's Five Degrees of Latitude at The Agony Column, and a rather more mixed one for Robert Aickman's Cold Hand in Mine at The Pan Review.
Additionally, we have blogged again!
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20th July 2011: We have written another blog entry, this time on art and design.
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16th July 2011: More non-Tartarus Press news: Ray Russell's Novella, Bloody Baudelaire, has been optioned for a film by 3:1 Cinema in the USA, with filming set to start later this year.
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15th July, 2011: Other News:  Anyone eligible to vote in the forthcoming British Fantasy Society Awards is welcome to Tartarus Press proprietor, Ray Russell's, shortlisted story, "The Beautiful Room", made available hereas a pdf courtesy of the publisher, Nightjar Press. Non-voters are welcome to read it as well. And everyone is welcome to buy a copy (£3) from Nightjar by emailing: nicholasroyle@mac.com
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11th July 2011: The next book published by Tartarus Press will be Cold Hand in Mine by Robert Aickman, with an Introduction by Phil Baker.

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9th July 2011: We have written another blog entry about the changing nature of publishing. It includes the news that the following are now available as ebooks:
 

 


Le Grand Meaulnes by Alain-Fournier
 
The Old Knowledge by Rosalie Parker

All of the above are available direct from this website. Alternatively, you can purchase them direct from Amazon.

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1st July: A great review of Sourdough at Rick Kleffel's Agony Column, and a nice endorsement of Tartarus.
 
Also, we have blogged again!
 
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24th June 2011: We have just received finished copies of Five Degrees of Latitude by Michael Reynier. We will be packing these up over the next few days and will post them out at the beginning of next week.
 
Other news:
We have been blogging again, this time on the subject of collaborations with other presses.
 
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20th June 2011: As a part of our commitment to Sarban’s writings, and our aim to make his work as widely available as possible, we are publishing the following as ebooks:
 
The Sound of His Horn by Sarban
 
Ringstones by Sarban
 
The Doll Maker by Sarban
 
We already have Ringstones and The Doll Maker available as hardback volumes, and in due course will also be putting back into print The Sound of His Horn and The Sacrifice and Other Stories.
 
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17th June 2011: We have "blogged" again. This time discussing the invaluable contribution of Mark Valentine to Tartarus Press.
 
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13th June 2011: Our next title will be Five Degrees of Latitude by Michael Reynier. This new collection of short stories has been described as "Sarban meets Blackwood meets late Machen," by Jim Rockhill, and we would like to agree with his recommendation! We are very pleased to be able to add Michael Reynier to our Contemporary Fiction series. Publication 1st July 2011.
 
Two fine reviews received:
Publishers Weekly describe Mark Valentine's biography of Sarban, Time, A Falconer, as  "insightful".
And Publishers Weekly say of Frankenstein's Prescription by Tim Lees that the novel is "...a philosophically insightful and literary tale of terror."
Please not that we have now sold out of all copies of Father Raven by A.E. Coppard.
 
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12th June 2011: In this month's issue of Locus, Stefan Dziemianowicz says of Time, A Falconer by Mark Valentine : "A sensitive and sympathetic portrait … [Valentine] weaves his analyses of Sarban’s fiction seamlessly into the broader tapestry spun from the known biographical facts. The result is a thoroughly engrossing account of the writer’s intellectual growth and interests in the course of his lifetime."
 
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10th June 2011: We have a new post on our blog, inspired by the fact that we are down to our last few copies of Father Raven and Other Tales by A.E. Coppard.
 
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7th June 2011: Tartarus Press has a blog: http://tartaruspress.blogspot.com/
 
The judge's report for the Aurealis Awards said of Sourdough and Other Stories by Angela Slatter:
   "Sourdough is probably the most exquisitely produced and packaged collection of the year. The artifact produced is a credit to Tartarus Press and the quality of the inter-linked fairy-tale-esque stories is a credit to Slatter’s prowess as a short story writer."
 
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6th June 2011: A good review of Time, A Falconer by Mark Valentine can be found here.
 
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Please note that Three Miles Up by Eizabeth Jane Howard is now out of print.
 
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5th June 2011: Tartarus receives a mention at the conclusion to Christopher Fowler's Independent on Sunday article on Arthur Machen. Of all the authors to compare Machen to, Dan Brown is the last one we'd have hoped for...
 
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11th May 2011: An interesting review of The Collected Connoisseur can be found here.
 
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3rd May: Congratulations to Angela Slatter and Eric Stener Carlson for their Nightmare Awards for Sourdough and The St Perpetuus Club of Buenos Aires. Tartarus Press also receives an award.
 
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2nd May 2011: Powers of Darkness receives the perfect review.
 
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27th April: We have very few copies remaining of Three Miles Up by Elizabeth Jane Howard...
 
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20th April: Wormwood 16 is at the printers and will be published on 16th May. Among other items, it contains articles on two forgotten fantasy novels of 1911 (Algernon Blackwood’s The Centaur and J.D. Beresford’s The Hampdenshire Wonder), Charles Allston Collins, Carl Jacobi, H.T.W. Bousfield, Vincent O’Sullivan and William Walker Hamilton.
 
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19th April 2011: The new issue of Black Static includes an ecstatic review of Frankenstein's Prescription by Tim Lees: "...it is, quite frankly, a brilliant novel, one which takes the old stereotype and fills it with vibrant new life. The story is gripping, with each and every element of the plot fitting into place perfectly..." Many thanks to the reviewer, Peter Tennant, for the kind words at the conclusion to his review: "It’s only February, and I may already have read the best horror novel of 2011. As with the Angela Slatter collection that I reviewed last issue, huge kudos to Tartarus for putting work of this exceptional quality into the public domain."
 
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14th April 2011: A fine review by Mario Guslandi for our first two Robert Aickman volumes is published at Rick Kleffel's Agony Column. The editor's commentary can also be found here.
 
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13th April 2011: Congratulations to John Shire on the publication of Bookends: A Partial History of the Brighton Book Trade. Amongst material which will be fascinating to those who have known and loved the bookshops of Brighton, there is an account of the genesis of the Tartarus Press!
 
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12th April: Please note that Cold to the Touch by Simon Strantzas and Various Temptations by William Sansom are now out of print.
 
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11th April: We are pleased to announce the publication of Powers of Darkness by Robert Aickman.
 
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31st March 2011: Congratulations to Angela Slatter, whose story, "Lavender and Lychgates", from Sourdough and Other Stories, has been selected for the latest Mammoth Book of Best New Horror.
 
Well done to Johnny Mains whose auction of genre fiction material has raised just over £1,000 for the Red Cross Japan Disaster appeal!
 
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22nd March 2011: We are delighted to learn that Sourdough by Angela Slatter has been shortlisted for the Aurelias Award for best collection, and "Sister Sister" for best short story.
 
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21st March: Our next publication will be a reprint of Sarban's Ringstones and Other Curious Tales.
 
A good, full page review of Time, A Falconer by Mark Valentine has been published in The Literary Review this month. Robert Irwin concludes: "It is somewhat unsettling to imagine this quiet man sorting out visa applications or attending dull formal receptions and all the while brooding on the taloned cat-women."
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13th March 2011: A new review has been posted of Dark Entries at The Pan Review.
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10th March 2011: We have very few copies remaining of Various Temptations by William Sansom. The Sense of the Past by Henry James is now out of print.
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16th February 2011: In the new issue of Black StaticPeter Tennant devotes six pages to Angela Slatter comment, interview and review. Of Sourdough he writes: "With their larger than life characters and the beautiful, evocative writing, the intricate plotting that continually reinvents itself and twists back on what has gone before, these are wonderful stories from a writer who appeals to both the emotions and the intellect. Sourdough and Other Stories was
one of the best books I read in 2010, and it’s work from a writer whose career is just beginning."
 
Peter additionally writes: "Tartarus have done Slatter proud with a truly sumptuous volume. Sourdough is a beautiful book, one that gets its collector’s edition status and price tag on merit and not simply by virtue of being signed by whomever or number whatever of a limited edition"
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11th February 2011:Frankenstein's Prescription has arrived! Our apologies for the delay, but we will be posting these on Monday.
 
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10th February: We are pleased to report that copies of Worming the Harpy by Rhys Hughes and Dark Entries by Robert Aickman have been delivered to us. Copies will be posted to customers over the next few days.
 
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4th February: We now have now sold out of all remaining Discovery of Heretics slipcased sets.
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 25th January: We're a little late in noting this rave review for Sourdough at She Never Slept: "I would recommend this book to anyone who likes dark fiction, fairytales, strange tales, elegant horror, or anyone who likes stories with strong women protagonists and good characterization."
 
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20th January 2011: We are very pleased to announce the reprinting of the first, classic collection of short stories by Rhys Hughes, Worming the Harpy. This highly sought-after collection from 1995 will be available as a paperback, augmented by the additional story "The Forest Chapel Bell" which was originally included in Tales from Tartarus (1995). This new edition also contains an "Afterword" by the late E.F. Bleiler.
 
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17th January 2011: Dark Entries by Robert Aickman will be published March 2011 in an edition of 350 copies, uniform with the previous Sub Rosa. We have created a video trailer for the book using footage from the HTV West production of "The Hospice": Many thanks to Colin Fenwick for unearthing the "Hospice" footage.
 
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13th January 2011: Sub Rosa by Robert Aickman has been reviewed by Brian Showers in the new issue of Rue Morgue magazine: "[Aickman's] writing is sophisticated, confounding and unnerving in equal measure; extreme and diverse reactions to his work are to be expected, but it is for these same reasons that he still attracts so many admirers."
 
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Frankenstein's Prescription :
 
 
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8th January 2011: We have started to ship the slipcased sets of Time, A Falconerand Discovery of Heretics !
5th January 2011: Happy New Year!
 
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31st December:
Important Note: Although we always dispatch parcels to the USA by Priority Airmail (at our expense), deliveries have been very slow since November. We have been advised by the Royal Mail that this is due to new security arrangements in place in the US. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause because, at the moment, parcels seem to be taking up to a month to arrive. All we can suggest is patience!
Good news: A new review of Dear Dead Women has been posted at the Compulsive Reader by Paul Kane.
 
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13th December 2010: Delivery update: After long discussions with our printers, it does not now appear likely that we will receive the slipcased sets of Time, A Falconerand Discovery of Heretics, or Frankenstein's Prescription this side of Christmas. We would like to offer our sincere apologies for this, but a number of different factors have made it impossible to bring together the various processes in the time frame we had expected. Realistically, these titles will now be published in January/February. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes, not least where these titles were intended as Christmas presents.
 
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29th November, 2010: A great review for Cold to the Touch at Jildy Sauce : "...it would be better by far if you just got the book and read the stories. They’re terrific."
 
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4th November 2010: We are sorry to report that we have sold out of the paperback edition of The Inner Room by Aickman. However, the story is still available in Sub Rosa .
 
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3rd November: Congratulations to the winners of the World Fantasy Awards this year. We made the shortlist, but unfortunately got no further.
A fine review for Sourdough by Angela Slatter at Beyond Fiction .
Please note that we have very few copies remaining of The Inner Room .
 
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29th October: Michael Dirda describes Nightmare Touch as "typically handsome" in his Library Without Walls column for Barnes & Noble Review.
 
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26th October, 2010: A glowing review for Sourdough: "Slatter displays a rare gift for evocative and poetic prose." - Publishers Weekly
 
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20th October: We have great pleasure in announcing the forthcoming publication of a biography of Sarban by Mark Valentine, Time, A Falconer . Mark has had access to the author's own papers and has written an illuminating study of the author responsible for such classics as The Sound of His Horn.
In addition, we will also be publishing a very limited edition of the Unseen Writings of Sarban, Discovery of Heretics . This selection from the unpublished and unfinished writings discovered in the author's archive is strictly limited to 200 copies which will be published in a signed, numbered slipcased set with the biography.
 
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19th October 2010: Tales of Terror by Guy de Maupassant receives a fine review from Paul Kane at The Compulsive Reader .
 
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18th October 2010: Wormwood 15 will be available mid-November. It will contain Stephan Zechowski: A Pilgrim of the Infinite by Brian Banks & Marta Mazur, Wilfred Rowland Mary Childe by Jonathan Wood, Gerard de Nerval: Exotic Voyager, Hashish Dreamer, Accursed Suicidalist by Adam Daly, Arthur Johnson: Another Sense of the Past by Robert Eldridge, Threshold in the First Half of the Tenth Chapter of Lucius Shepard's Viator by Adam Golaski, Under Review by Reggie Oliver, Late Reviews by Douglas A. Anderson and Camera Obscura .
Please note that Under Review by Reggie Oliver is a new, regular column for reviews of contemporary publications.
 
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8th October 2010: Our new edition of Sub Rosa by Robert Aickman will now contain the author's own story notes! This is courtesy of research by Douglas Anderson, and with the permission of the fine people at Bowling Green State University
 
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7th October 2010: Two new, good reviews:
Sourdough by Angela Slatter at The Fringe and
Cold to the Touch by Simon Strantzas at Biff Bam Pop!
 
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23rd September: As a part of the Halifax Ghost Story Festival, artwork by Stephen J. Clark and R.B. Russell will be on show at the Dean Clough Link Gallery, from October 9th.
 
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20th September: In addition to the promotional The Inner Room publication, we are delighted to announce that our next book will be Sub Rosa by Robert Aickman, containing: "Introduction" by R.B. Russell, "Ravissante", "The Inner Room", "Never Visit Venice", "The Unsettled Dust", "The Houses of the Russians", "No Stronger Than a Flower", "The Cicerones", "Into the Wood". It will be launched this halloween at the Halifax Ghost Story Festival. This is the first of a series of reprints of Robert Aickman's short stories in their original collections.
 
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15th September: In association with the Halifax Ghost Story Festival, we will be publishing a very limited edition trade paperback of Robert Aickman's short story, The Inner Room. On the 30th October, Jeremy Dyson will be reading "The Inner Room" and discussing Aickman with R.B. Russell of Tartarus Press. The event will be 7-9pm in the Viaduct Cafe. There will also be a screening of The Cicerones. Tickets will be £5, and are on sale now.
 Tickets are now also available, free, for the Tartarus Press part of the program, 11am-1pm, in the Project Room.
 
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7th September 2010: We are delighted to announce that Reggie Oliver will be reading his new story "Minos or Rhadamanthus" as a part of the Tartarus Press program at the Halifax Ghost Story Festival.
 
Other news: Rosalie Parker's new collection The Old Knowledge has arrived from the printers. Copies will start to be dispatched by the Swan River Press in the next few days!
 
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5th September 2010: Tartarus Press will be at the Halifax Ghost Story Festival on Saturday 30th October, 2010. The venue is the wonderful Dean Clough Galleries.
Tartarus will be hosting a number of events 11am-1pm in the project room. We have a number of items planned which will be confirmed in the coming week. This will be a free event, but you will need to book tickets in advance. Details will be available soon.
In addition, 7-9pm in the Viaduct cafe, R.B. Russell of Tartarus Press will be appearing with Jeremy Dyson, who is taking time off from his new West End production of Ghost Stories, to talk about Robert Aickman. There will also be a screening of The Cicerones.
 
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4th September 2010: We are sorry to reprt that we have sold out of copies of The Saint Perpetuus Club of Buenos Aires by Eric Stener Carlson.
 
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 30th August 2010: A great review at She Never Slept! for The Saint Perpetuus Club of Buenos Aires by Eric Stener Carlson. Please note - we have only a very few copies left.
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28th August 2010: Tartarus Press will be attending Fantasycon , run by the British Fantasy Society, 17–19 September, 2010, at the Britannia Hotel, Nottingham. Apart from having a table of Tartarus Press books for sale, Rosalie Parker will be launching her new collection The Old Knowledge and will be attending the signing for the Mammoth Book of Best New Horror #21. Additionally, Ray Russell will be signing copies of his new chapbook at the launch of "The Beautiful Room", and will be a part of the signing for Never Again.
 
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27th August: Richard Dalby contributes an in-depth article on Psychic Detectives in the Book and Magazine Collector this month, starting with Stoker's Van Helsing and ending with Valentine and Howard's "Connoisseur"
 
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24th August 2010: Tartarus Press has received a nomination in the World Fantasy Awards. Ray Russell has also received a nomination for his short story, "In Hiding", from Putting the Pieces in Place.
 
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24th August 2010: The first review of Sourdough by Angela Slatter is online "This book is a fantastic achievement on every level."
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16th August 2010: A recommendation for Cold to the Touch by Simon Strantzas: "Cold to the Touch is a delightfully chilling gallery of the ghoulish, the nightmarish, and the weird. With this follow-up to the excellent Beneath the Surface, Strantzas continues to impress." - Laird Barron, author of The Imago Sequence and Occultation.
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13th August 2010: The Eighth Edition of the Tartarus Press Guide to First Edition Prices will be published (officially) on the 1st October 2010. Pre-publication copies will be available direct from Tartarus Press on September 10th. Pre-orders are now being taken.
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11th August 2010: Rosalie Parker's The Old Knowledge will now be published by The Swan River Press in September. It is available for pre-order now.
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  27th July: Looking at other people's bookshelves is always fun - part two!
After novelist John de Falbe was pictured in The Sunday Times a couple of years ago standing against bookshelves with a number of Tartarus Press titles, a recent article on the writer Alan Moore in the New York Times has a photo of him in his study with the distinctive spines of Tartarus Press books in the background.
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7th July 2010: Our next book will be Sourdough and other stories by Angela Slatter. This wonderful collection of short stories includes two which were previously published to great acclaim in Rosalie Parker's Strange Tales series. Sourdough will be published as one of our larger format books but with a full-colour frontispiece and highly-decorated boards. It will be published 12th August 2010.
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15th June 2010: We are saddened to report that Everett Bleiler has apparently passed away. This news was posted to the FictionMags list, attributed to his son, Richard. Our deepest sympathies to his family and friends. Fans of supernatural fiction, researchers and small presses are all deeply indebted to his scholarship.
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8th June: A fine review of The Saint Perpetuus Club of Buenos Aires in Black Static 17: "At bottom, it’s a deal with the Devil story, and as always in these it’s the Devil who has the last laugh, but made special by the distinctive tone and the wealth of ideas planted in the text. Recommended."
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6th June 2010. We are sorry to have to report that we have sold out of copies of "N" by Arthur Machen. However, some of the specialist book dealers listed on the Ordering Information  page should still have copies available for sale. This follows the very successful reading of "N" by Stewart Lee at the Stoke Newington Literary Festival this weekend. Additionally, some copies are still available from the Stoke Newington Bookshop.
 
Other news: "Cold to the Touch", the title story from the Tartarus collection by Simon Strantzas will feature in the Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 21, along with "Party Talk" by John Gaskin from Strange Tales III. Additionally, Tartarus Editor Rosalie Parker's "In The Garden" (from The Fifth Black Book of Horror) will also be included in the volume.
And on the other side of the Atlantic, Ellen Datlow's next The Best Horror of the Year will include Nina Allen's "The Lammas Worm" from Strange Tales III.
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1st June 2010: "N" by Arthur Machen is now unavailable direct from Tartarus, but can be obtained from the dealers found here. After the Stoke Newington Literary Festival we hope to have a last few for sale. We can confirm that all orders received before this weekend have been posted/shipped.
 
Remember You're a One-Ball by Quentin S. Crisp (one of our favourite contemporary authors) has just been published by the Chomu Press.
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31st May 2010: A very fine review of The Saint Perpetuus Club of Buenos Aires at Bibliobuffet: "...before I had even read a page, I wanted to love the story as much as I loved the paper it had been printed on and the binding it had been sewn into. ... And I did love it, but I loved it in a strange, unsettling, way. Carlson has created a story that is neither occult, nor science fiction nor theology even though elements of all are included."
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25th May: Orders for Dear Dead Women are being wrapped up today and will in the post tomorrow morning!
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11th May 2010: This year is the 75th anniversary of "N" by Arthur Machen. To celebrate this the comedian Stewart Lee will be discussing Machen's short story at the Stoke Newington Literary Festival in June. In conjunction with the Literary Festival and the Friends of Arthur Machen, Tartarus Press is publishing a short run paperback of "N" with illustrations by Stephen J. Clark.
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9th May 2010: Our next book will be the little-known collection of decadent short stories Dear Dead Women by the American writer Edna W. Underwood. A gifted linguist, Underwood was read widely in European literature and lost her first teaching job because of her propensity to read decadent, yellow-bound books. We have extracted the weird tales from her one wonderfully entitled collection A Book of Dear Dead Women and have added to them the excellent long horror story 'An Orchid of Asia', reprinted here for the first time since its appearance in Asia magazine in 1920.
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1st May 2010: A great review of The Saint Perpetuus Club of Buenos Aires in the Financial Times by Christopher Fowler today: "The multi-layered narrative is full of surprises, and the conclusion provides a modest grace note that beautifully befits the tale."
 
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24th April: The new Supernatural Tales 17 contains a great review of Strange Tales III. It also publishes "The Dress" by the enigmatic Elizabeth Brown and cover artwork by the very talented Stephen Clark (both contributors to "Strange Tales").
"ST III is an anthology for any connoisseur of the the weird, the uncanny and the fascinating. Like all Tartarus volumes, it is produced to a very high standard."
 
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17th April 2010: The Royal Mail has announced that the closure of UK airspace, and airspace in parts of Europe, (thanks to the volcanic ash from Iceland), is affecting the transportation of mail by air. This isn't just on the post we are sending abroad, but is affecting some UK domestic mail which travels by air. Hopefully the situation won't last much longer...
 
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16th April 2010: Wormwood # 14 is at the printers. The new issue contains:
The Ruins of Reality: Thomas Ligotti and the uses of disenchantment by Joel Lane
E.R. Eddison: Transmutation by Jon Preece
“Soft, Delicious Things”: Decadence in R. Murray Gilchrist by Laurence Bush
Why was Richard Marsh by Calum James
Robert Walser: Strange Supplicant, Idiot Savant, Master of the Microgram by Adam Daly
The Exploits of Lucius Leffing: Investigating Joseph P. Brennan’s Supernatural Sleuth by Mike Barrett
The Decadent World-View by Brian Stableford
Late Reviews by Douglas A. Anderson
Camera Obscura
other news:
Author Lisa Tuttle has written of Cold to the Touch: "In his stories, Simon Strantzas skilfully marries ordinary social anxieties with the inexplicable weirdness that may lie in the darkness beyond. The 'strange story' may be one of the most difficult to define – and write well -- in the whole horror/dark fantasy field, but with Cold to the Touch Simon Strantzas displays a gift for evoking disturbing atmospheres and creating odd, frightening encounters with the uncanny that puts him right into the arena with Robert Aickman, Joel Lane, and Ramsey Campbell. An impressive collection."
 
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15th April: Peter Whitehead of Waterstones bookshops recently conducted an interview with
Ray Russell about Tartarus Press for their in-store website. With their permission we are pleased to be able to make it available here.
 
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10th April 2010: The Tartarus Press is interviewed by the Speculative Fiction Junkie.
 
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9th April: Cold to the Touch has been reviewed in Black Static. The reviewer has a few grumbles, but still says "[O]ne of the best volumes of weird fiction to surface in recent years, and essential reading for all . . ."
 
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2nd April 2010: We are saddened to learn of the death of Jocelyn Leighton, daughter of John Wall (Sarban). Without her enthusiasm and friendship we would not have been able to publish Sarban's work and discover the previously unpublished stories. Our deepest sympathies go out to her friends and family.
 
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1st April: Non-Tartarus news: Rosalie Parker's story "The Picture" has won the reader poll for Supernatural Tales 15.
 
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31st March 2010: The above photo (by Peter Coleborn) shows the Stoker award winners in Brighton. We were delighted that Tartarus Press was given the "Excellence in Speciality Press Publishing" award.
It was a great convention, and many thanks are due to the organisers for making it such a successful event. It was great to see so many old friends, and also to meet people we have only ever known through letters and emails over the years.
 
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28th February 2010: At the World Horror Convention in Brighton in April we will not only have copies of The Collected Connoisseur for sale, but Nightmare-Touch by Lafcadio Hearn. With Paul Murray we have put together an essential collection of Hearn's stories which range from New Orleans to Japan, taking in the French West Indies and China. Paul Murray's Introduction gives an excellent analysis of Hearn's fascinating life.
 
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24th February: We are pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of The Collected Connoisseur by Mark Valentine and John Howard. This paperback collects all the adventures from previous Tartarus volumes In Violet Veils and Masques and Citadels, along with four further tales published elsewhere. You can read a story from the collection, The Descent of the Fire, as a free pdf.
 
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18th February 2010: Another good review for Strange Tales III, this time from Tales from the Black Abyss. "... the quality throughout is so high that I would recommend this to any fans of weird tales or dark fiction."
 
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15th February 2010: Good reviews at Publishers Weekly:
The St Perpetuus Club of Buenos Airues ("Unpredictable and steeped in allusions to classic and contemporary works, this spry exercise in magic realism can be enjoyed as a parable on how our reading transforms our perception of the world.")
Cold to the Touch ("Readers who prefer subtlety to shocks and suggestion over explicitness in horror fiction will find much to enjoy").
 
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7th February: The Eighth Issue of the Guide to First Edition Prices will be published this autumn. It will be much enlarged and expanded as well as thoroughly revised, but we will be leaving out the illustrations in an attempt to make such a large book affordable.
Please note that we still have copies of the last, colour, illustrated deluxe 2008/9 edition available, now at the discounted price of £20.
 
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5th February: Cold to the Touch by Simon Strantzas has received another great review, this time in Dead Reckonings 6, edited by S.T. Joshi: "...Strantzas succeeds in imbuing his strange tales with the sense of intellectual fear..."
 
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1st February 2010: An audio version of "Fading Light" by Simon Strantzas (from Cold to the Touch) is available at pseudopod.
 
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29th January 2010: A good review for Strange Tales III by Mario Guslandi at Bookgeeks: "another excellent collection of stories apt to delight not only the afficionados of horror and dark fantasy, but any lover of good fiction."
 
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28th January 2010: The new collection of short stories by Tartarus Press proprietor Ray Russell, Literary Remains, is now available for pre-order from PS Publishing as a trade hardcover, or a signed, traycased hardcover. The provisional publication date is May.
 
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24th January 2010: Another great review for Cold to the Touch, this time at Tales from the Black Abyss: "Dark but with frequent glimpses of light and beauty creating a dazzling mix of heady highs and tragic lows. . . . A work of great quality."
 
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21st January, 2010: We are honoured that the Horror Writer's Association Speciality Press Award for 2009 is to be presented to Tartarus Press during the Bram Stoker Awards Banquet at the World Horror Convention.
 
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19th January 2010: A positive review of Strange Tales III can be found at The Speculative Fiction Junkie.
 
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18th January 2010: The latest issue of Rue Morgue magazine contains an interview with Ray Russell about Tartarus Press, conducted by Brian Showers.
 
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17th January 2010: We will be attending the World Horror Convention in Brighton on the 25th-28th March 2010. Tartarus Press will have a couple of tables showcasing all of our books.
Ray Russell will also be attending the launch and book signing of Black Book of Horror # 6. The latest volume in Charles Black's series contains Ray Russell's story "An Unconventional Exorcism". He will also be appearing on the "We Are Not Worthy" panel on Thursday night, discussing literary influences. More World Horror Convention news to follow...
 
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12th January 2010: All of the entries from the Tartarus Press Guide to First Edition Prices 2008/9 are now all available online at the Hyraxia website, for a modest subscription. That's the values of 42,500 collectable books all in one place.
The research for the next edition continues apace... The Eighth Edition should be published later this year and already has full bibliographies for 710 authors, which is 124 more authors than the last edition. It continues to grow...
 
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Happy New Year!
 
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31st December 2009: A fine first review of Strange Tales Volume III from Joy Silence.
 
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21st December: Mario Guslandi at Rick Kleffel's Agony Column has written a positive review of The Saint Perpetuus Club of Buenos Aires: "...a captivating novel written in a sparkling style, precise yet imaginative."
 
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18th December: The Speculative Fiction Junkie has just announced his Top Five Reads of 2009. First is Cold to the Touch by Simon Strantzas. There are some positive comments for Tartarus Press in general towards the end of the article, and Ray Russell's  Bloody Baudelaire is also included in the top five.
 
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15th December, 2009: Strange Tales III is in the post! Many thanks for your patience.
 
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14th December, 2009: Cold to the Touch by Simon Strantzas is described by Flux magazine as "An impressive collection of stories that subtly unsettles."
 
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3rd December: Our apologies, but there is yet another delay with the publication of Strange Tales Volume III. Our new printers have experienced problems and can't deliver books now until the 14th December. We will be posting orders out in the following days, ensuring that all international post is sent by Priority Airmail. We have seen running sheets, though, and the paper and printing looks very good indeed!
1st December: Another great review for Cold to the Touch by Simon Strantzas, this time at Grim Rictus Reviews: "This exceptional collection is highly recommended."
 
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17th November 2009: The Independent's Forgotten Author (Number 42) on Sunday was William Fryer Harvey. The newspaper concludes that with the publication of The Double Eye by Tartarus Press "...it's now possible to plug another gap in the century's roll-call of top short-fiction writers".
16th November 2009: A hearty recommendation for The Saint Perpetuus Club of Buenos Aires at Grim Rictus Reviews: "This work should appeal to fans of good writing and the occult. The prose is top-notch and great care has been taken in providing the reader with an intellectual, multi-layered story."
 
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10th November: Two blogs worth checking out:
The Speculative Fiction Junkie gives Cold to the Touch by Simon Strantzas a perfect ten out of ten
and
The Lord Bassington-Bassington Chronicles has some nice words to Tartarus Press as he discusses the joy of holding an old-fashioned, well-made, hardbound book in your hands.
 
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5th November: A change of printers means that Strange Tales Volume III will have the slightly revised publication date of 7th December 2009.
 
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22nd October 2009: Mario Guslandi has just reviewed The Double Eye by William Fryer Harvey at Bookgeeks: "Harvey is indeed a master of the uncanny and the supernatural who is able to deal with a variety of eerie subjects and to produce solid, compelling fiction, the kind of fiction which, fortunately, will never go out of fashion."
 
  A testimonial from the author Steve Rasnic Tem for Cold to the Touch: "Simon Strantzas is an important new writer of weird fiction, a position solidified by the release of his new collection, Cold to the Touch, from Tartarus Press. What I admired most about this collection, besides the fine writing, is how these stories defy a simply summarization. This fiction goes far beyond the simple scares of most horror. A mystery defying the usual explication of plot lies at the heart of each one, giving us much to chew on long after the story has ended. Cold to the Touch is a great reading experience."
 
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14th October 2009: All pre-orders for The St Perpetuus Club of Buenos Aires and Wormwood 13 have now been posted.
A new and positive review of Cold to the Touch by David Longhorn in Supernatural Tales 16 concludes: "Overall, the thirteen stories in this collection offer the reader strange rewards. There are no easy explanations, which is realism of a sort. There are no simple payoffs or cheap twists. There are shadows everywhere, and few signposts that can be trusted. But there are moments of humour and humanity amid the darkness and decay."
 
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11th October 2009: Another great review: "Cold to the Touch is a formidable gift to the field of weird literature." - The Grim Blogger, Grim Reviews
 
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3rd October 2009: Our next book will be the stunning first novel by Eric Stener Carlson, The St Perpetuus Club of Buenos Aires. A contemporary Gothic novel and a bibliomystery, it is also an occult thriller, and will be published on the 25th October.
 
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29th September: All of the orders for Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving were posted today and should be with customers both home and abroad very soon.
It was a lovely surprise to read a great article in The Guardian today on Arthur Machen which describes Tartarus books as "a secret library, a catalogue of weird fiction from its roots in Victorian Britain through to the modern day."
 
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25th September: Ian McMillan has written an entertaining article about Tartarus in The Dalesman magazine this month. He discusses a number of Yorkshire writers Tartarus has published (inc Oliver Onions and W.F. Harvey) and also mentions our publication of contemporary writers.
 
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23rd September: A great review for Cold to the Touch at She Never Slept: "One thing is certain, Mr. Strantzas ripped out a bit of his soul and threw it onto the page with a violent beauty. Such stories could come from no other place. This collection is evocative, endearing, strange and horrifying all at once. . . All of the stories in this collection are delightfully dark and wonderfully weird." Sarah Gerhardt is also very complimentary about Tartarus in general.
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22nd September: We are pleased to confirm that our third speaker at our forthcoming Wormwood Afternoon in Coverdale will be Paul M. Chapman who will talk on "The Decadent Dr Doyle".
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21st September: It was good to meet a number of customers at Fantasycon this weekend. We can confirm that we will be taking Tartarus books along to the World Horror Convention in March.
Simon Strantzas gets a great review for Cold to the Touch in FearZone from Michael Kelly: "Say hello to a new and important voice in the canon of weird fiction."
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7th September: Our next book will be The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories by Washington Irving. This volume is the first to assemble all of Washington Irving's short stories in the supernatural genre, and the impressive array of work on offer makes Irving a worthy pioneer of the American weird tradition.
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6th September 2009: We are pleased to announce that David Stuart Davies will be giving a talk on "The Early History of Detective Fiction" as a part of the program for our forthcoming Wormwood Afternoon in Coverdale.
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3rd September 2009: Simon Strantzas gets a great review for Cold to the Touch from Mario Guslandi at The Short Review.
"An excellent writer who likes to deal with the weirdest and more mysterious aspects of human condition, who likes to disturb and upset and manages to do that very effectively by emphasizing the dark shades lurking behind the light of everyday reality."
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2nd September 2009: We are pleased to announce a forthcoming Wormwood Afternoon in Coverdale.
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25th August 2009: We are pleased to be able to announce the line-up for Strange Tales III, which is due to be published in November:
'Sanctuary Run' - Daniel Mills
'The Lammas Worm' - Nina Allan
'Morpheus House' - Mark Valentine
'A Woman of the Party' - Elizabeth Brown
'Countess Otho' - Reggie Oliver
'The Good, Light People' - Gary McMahon
'Melting' - A.J. McIntosh
'It's White and It Follows Me' - Tina Rath
'Yet No Greater Love of Promise' - Joel Knight
'Divan Method' - Eric Stener Carlson
'Party Talk' - John Gaskin
'The Other Box' - Gerard Houarner
'The Great Blind God Passed Through Us' - Adam Golaski
'Her Father's Daughter' - Simon Strantzas
'Sister, Sister' - Angela Slatter
'A Taste of Casu Marzu' - David Rix
'The Solipsist' - Philbampus
 
Cover artwork by Stephen J Clark of The Singing Garden
 
The story order is to be finalised, but we can confirm that the book will be a sewn hardback of approximately 323 pages. Details of how to order will be available in due course.
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19th August: Cold to the Touch by Simon Strantzas has been the subject of a Weirdmonger "real-time" review by Des Lewis. Simon's story "Poor Stephanie" from Cold to the Touch has recently been reviewed as a part of it's previous appearance in Supernatural Tales 14.
Mario Guslandi has also reviewed The Buckross Ring at the SF Site.
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2nd August 2009: Paul Kane has reviewed The Man Who Could Work Miracles by H.G. Wells at The Compulsive Reader. He concludes "...an extremely worthwhile collection and, like all Tartarus Press books, it is produced to an extremely high standard indeed."
  
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23rd July 2009: We have received from the printers and have wrapped up the advance orders for Cold to the Touch by Simon Strantzas. They will be posted tomorrow morning.
20th July 2009: We have for sale on Ebay Volume 1 (only) of Robert Aickman's The Collected Strange Stories. This copy is from the second edition. and includes all of his stories from We Are For The Dark, Dark Entries, Powers of Darkness and Sub Rosa. It lacks it's significant other - volume 2. Sale ends 22nd July. All proceeds to Amnesty International.
  
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12th July 2009: Congratulations to Mark Samuels. His story "The White Hands", from The White Hands and Other Weird Tales has been selected by Steve Jones for his The Very Best of Best New Horror.
We now have a Facebook page, if anybody else out there wishes to connect....
 
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8th July, 2009: John Gaskin's collection of short stories, The Long-Retreating Day, has received a very positive review at Highlander's Book Reviews. Although officially out of print, we do have a couple of file copies available at the original cover price (p&p free) to anybody who is interested. Please email Tartarus Press
 
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3rd July, 2009: We are pleased to be able to say that all copies of The Double Eye by William Fryer Harvey have now been posted out to customers. They should start landing on doormats next week.
Non-Tartarus news: Our editor, Rosalie Parker, has just had her short story 'The Picture' published in Supernatural Tales 15, edited by David Longhorn.
 
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22nd June: Mark Valentine and Douglas Anderson have set up Wormwoodiana and cordially invite you to join them for the discussion of supernatural, decadent and strange literature with even more of an emphasis on the obscure, the over-looked and the under-appreciated.
 
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17th June 2009: Read "Pinholes in Black Muslin" from the forthcoming Cold to the Touch by Simon Strantzas here. (It is an adobe acrobat file.)
Later this year we will be publishing more contemporary fiction, and are pleased to announce as forthcoming The Saint Perpetuus Club of Buenos Aires, a new novel by Eric Stener Carlson.
 
Paul Kane has reviewed Strangers and Pilgrims at The Compulsive Reader. He finishes up "I envy readers who are coming to Walter de la Mare’s writing for the first time."
 
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7th June 2009: We are delighted to announce the forthcoming publication of Cold to the Touch, a collection of 13 disquieting short stories by Simon Strantzas. To be published at the end of July, ordering details will follow shortly.
 
Tartarus Editor Rosalie Parker has a new series of webpages devoted to her own writing, available here.
 
Over the last year we have been able to slowly reduce the price of our books in US dollars due to the weakness of the British Pound. Please note that due to recent changes in the exchange rate the advisory dollar price of our books has had to price by approximately $5. With free airmail postage anywhere overseas we hope that our customers will still see this as good value for money!
 
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22nd May 2009: Just a reminder that Rosalie Parker at the Tartarus Press is still accepting submissions for Strange Tales III, which will be published in time for Christmas 2009. If you would like to send us stories but are unaware of our requirements you might like to check out the Preface to the last anthology, and perhaps acquaint yourself with Strange Tales and  Strange Tales II. We would like previously unpublished stories of between 3,000 and 9,000 words. Payment will be £10 per one thousand words.
Electronic submissions should be sent to rosalieparker@btinternet.com and we would prefer stories as a Word or rtf attachment. Mail submissions can be sent to us at the address at the top left of this page, but please remember that if we are to mail a reply we will need a stamped, self-addressed envelope or return postage. Deadline 1st August 2009.
 
Please note that we are now out of print of Wormwood # 2.
 
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18th May 2009: Our next classic collection of supernatural fiction will be The Double Eye by William Fryer Harvey. This will contain all of the supernatural fiction previously published in Midnight House, The Beast With Five Fingers, Moods and Tenses and The Arm of Mrs Egan. It will be Introduced by Richard Dalby. Publication is scheduled for 29th June.
 
Please note that we are now out of print of A Damask of the Dead.
 
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14th May 2009: We have to report that we are down to our last few copies of A Damask of the Dead and Wormwood # 2.
 
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11th May: An item of non-Tartarus news - Ray Russell's novella Bloody Baudelaire now has a publication date of 1st June. Please go to the Ex Occidente website if interested in purchasing a copy. The first few pages are available as a pdf.
 
Tartarus Press was mentioned on Stuart Maconie's The Freak Zone yesterday evening on BBC Radio Six. The show is available online for the next seven days here. Ray Russell's song with Lidwine, "It Is There", was played, and then Stuart Maconie discussed the fact that Ray is the proprietor of Tartarus. He mentioned not only Arthur Machen and Robert Aickman in relation to Tartarus, but also Quentin S. Crisp. The song is played 18 minutes and 20 seconds into the show, and the mention of Tartarus starts at 22 minutes 30 seconds.
 
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2nd May, 2009: Discover the darker side of the Dales with poet and broadcaster Ian McMillan in the Yorkshire Post.
 
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17th April 2009: We are sorry to report that we have now sold out of The Long Retreating Day by John Gaskin.
 
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16th April 2009: We are down to our last few copies of The Long Retreating Day by John Gaskin. We always have mixed feelings when our books sell out: it's good to know they have found loving homes, but frustrated that we will no longer be able to fulfil orders. The last few copies will be sent out on a first come, first served basis.
 
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11th April: All copies of Wormwood 12 and The Buckross Ring by L.A.G. Strong have now been posted - our apologies for the delay.
A new review of Strange Tales Volume One has just been posted at Highlander's Book Reviews. The website is also running a competition to win a copy and you can find full details Here. The closing date is 17th April 2009. 
 
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3rd April 2009: Our edition of The Man Who Could Work Miracles has just been repackaged with a groovy "steampunk" jacket by Barnes and Noble in the United States. It is retitled A Dream of Armageddon.
 
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2nd April: We can report that individual copies of Wormwood 12 have now been posted out to customers, although The Buckross Ring by L.A.G. Strong has been delayed by a week (our apologies.) 
 
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23rd March 2009: M.P. Shiel's "truly extraordinary" The Purple Cloud was discussed by Christopher Fowler in the Independent on Sunday yesterday. Shiel was considered in their "Forgotten Authors" series and Christopher Fowler says "The Purple Cloud is now available in a beautiful edition from the specialist publishers Tartarus Press." Unfortunately our edition is officially out of print. However, I know that Andy Richards does have copies available at the original cover price.
  
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13th March 2009: We are pleased to announce that our next book will be The Buckross Ring and Other Stories of the Strange and Supernatural by L.A.G. Strong. The author is little-known, but amongst work which was highly acclaimed in his day Strong wrote a number of fine stories of the strange and supernatural. It will be published on 2nd April.
 
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Also imminent is Wormwood # 12, which contains, among the regular columns, articles on Harlan Ellison, Wilkie Collins, William Hope Hodgson, Edward Lucas White and Peter Vansittart
 
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5th March: We have just sent a new book to the printers. As soon as we get a date for delivery we will be announcing details.
 
The White Hands by Mark Samuels has just been reviewed very favourably at Highlander's Book Reviews. They also have a competition to win a copy of the first Strange Tales volume which can be found here.
 
And non-Tartarus news, the first published review of Ray Russell's Ex Occidente book, Putting the Pieces in Place, can be found here.
 
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22nd January 2009: To celebrate the centenary of the death of F. Marion Crawford, we are pleased to be able to reprint Uncanny Tales, one of the classic collections of ghost and horror stories. Dorothy Scarborough, one of their earliest critics and connoisseurs observed: 'Few writers have equalled F. Marion Crawford in the modern ghost story. His tales have a curdling intensity, a racking horror that set them far above the ordinary supernatural fiction.'
 
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For the Machen enthusiast, especially members of FoAM , we can recommend Stewart Lee's rejected article on Arthur Machen.
 
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20th January 2009: We have decided that in future we will be publishing work by contemporary authors as trade hardbacks under a new banner of "Tartarus Contemporary Fiction". The first of these titles will be published later this year. Rather than just short story collections we are also looking for contemporary novels.
Under this new arrangement we hope to be publishing a few more contemporary writers than we have done in the past, but please be assured that our classic supernatural fiction will continue to be published as traditional limited editions.
Please click here for submission guidelines.
 
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11th January 2009. Happy New Year!
 
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20th December 2008: There's a useful overview of the Small Presses by Michael Dirda in the Washington Post tomorrow (!) which mentions the Tartarus Press along with Ash-Tree, PS etc.
 
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19th December 2008: The latest issue of Gorezone here in the UK has positive reviews of Strange Tales II , The Snow-Image and Other Stories of the Supernatural by Nathaniel Hawthorne and An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge and Other Stories by Ambrose Bierce. Of Strange Tales II the reviewer, Andrew McQuade writers "Editor Rosalie Parker has a keen eye for profound tales of terror."
  
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18th December: Ex Occidente Press tell us that Putting the Pieces in Place by Tartarus Press Proprietor Ray Russell will now be published on 15th January. Copies are not only available from the previously mentioned sources ( Ex Occidente, Cold Tonnage Books and Realms of Fantasy) but now Mark V. Ziesing, Booksellers, POB 76, Shingletown CA 96088-0076. email Mark Ziesing.) 
  
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8th December 2008: Rosalie Parker at the Tartarus Press is now accepting submissions for Strange Tales III, which will be published in time for Christmas 2009. If you would like to send us stories but are unaware of our requirements you might like to check out the Preface to the last anthology, and perhaps acquaint yourself with Strange Tales and  Strange Tales II. We would like previously unpublished stories of between 3,000 and 9,000 words. Payment will be £10 per one thousand words.
Electronic submissions should be sent to rosalieparker@btinternet.com and we would prefer stories as a Word or rtf attachment. Mail submissions can be sent to us at the address at the top left of this page, but please remember that if we are to mail a reply we will need a stamped, self-addressed envelope or return postage. Deadline 1st August 2009.
 
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7th December 2008: To celebrate its 20th Anniversary, The World Horror Convention will be held n the historic British seaside town of Brighton over the weekend of March 25-28, 2010. This is the first time that the event will have been held off the North American continent. The theme will be "Brighton Shock! - A Celebration of the European Horror Tradition from Victorian Times to the Present Day". We will be attending and hope to see many other fans of horror supernatural and strange fiction there.
 
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28th November 2008: Our next book will be Tales of Terror by Guy de Maupassant, 32 great stories by a classic author of supernatural fiction. It is selected, translated and Introduced by Arnold Kellett, with a Foreword by Ramsey Campbell. Publication will be on 11th December, 2008.
 
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28th November 2008: Iain Macmillan gave us a nice plug on Radio 3's The Verb this evening in his introduction to an interesting discussion of The New Uncanny published by the Comma Press. It is only fair to reciprocate the publicity so click here to listen to AS Byatt and Alison MacLeod discuss the book (scroll to 1:18:30 in).
  
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27th November 2008: Our dollar prices have been slashed! because of the changes in the exchange rate our books are now much cheaper for US customers. We have decreased the dollar prices of our books by $10 on average. Unfortunately cheques will still have to incur a surcharge of $5 per cheque, but payments by visa, mastercard, paypal etc are free.
 
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21st November 2008: We would like to draw your attention to a new collection of stories by Tartarus Press proprietor Ray Russell, Putting the Pieces in Place, which is about to be published by the Ex Occidente Press in Bucharest.
 
The publisher says: "The five long stories that make up R.B. Russell's stunning debut collection, Putting the Pieces in Place, demonstrate a subtle mastery of the macabre. Enigmatic and enticing, they combine a pleasing respect for the great tradition of supernatural fiction with a chilling contemporary European resonance."
 
Copies are available direct from the publisher for $35 through Paypal (exoccidente@gmail.com).
 
In the UK copies will be available for £25 inc. p&p through Cold Tonnage Books, 22 Kings Lane, Windlesham, Surrey, GU20 6JQ. Phone +44 (0) 1276 475388. Cold Tonnage Books website. email Cold Tonnage
 
In the US copies will be available through Realms of Fantasy Books, 617 W. Grand Avenue, #250, Chickasha, OK. 73018, USA. Realms of Fantasy website . email Realms of Fantasy
  
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21st November 2008: We are sorry to report that we have now sold out of copies of The Golem by Gustav Meyrink.
 
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24th October 2008: We are now posting out copies of our two new titles, The Snow-Image and Other Stories of the Supernatural by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Wormwood # 11.
 
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22nd October 2008: We would like to recommend a new collection of stories by Mark Valentine and John Howard, The Rite of Trebizond and Other Tales, which is about to be published by the Ex Occidente Press in Bucharest.
 
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11th October 2008: We are deeply saddened to learn that Janet Machen passed away yesterday at Salisbury hospital. Janet was a very good friend and will be greatly missed. (Without her there would have been no Tartarus Press.) Our thoughts go out to her family. Obituaries will be appearing in the journals of the Friends of Arthur Machen and the Sylvia Townsend Warner Society.
 
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4th October 2008: Our next book will be The Snow-Image and Other Stories of the Supernatural by Nathaniel Hawthorne, edited by Richard Dalby. It will be published on the 23rd October. We haven't received a delivery date from the printers yet, but Wormwood # 11 is also due later this month.
 
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23rd September: We regret to announce that we have now sold out of the paperback edition of Heathcliff's Tale by Emma Tennant. Copies of the hardback are still available.
Returning from the British Fantasy Convention in Nottingham I'm sorry to say that Wormwood didn't win the non-fiction award, but congratulations to Peter Tennant who did for the Whispers of Wickedness website. Many thanks to the organisers of an enjoyable convention.
 
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8th September 2008: We realise that some of these articles are a rather historic, and some of the books are now out of print, but full Times and Times Literary Supplement reviews of a number of Tartarus titles are available to be read online. Click on these links to read reviews of The House of the Hidden Light by Arthur Machen and A.E. Waite reviewed by Jon Barnes, Heathcliff's Tale by Emma Tennant reviewed by Lucasta Miller, The Collected Strange Tales of Robert Aickman reviewed by Phil Baker, and Le Grand Meaulnes and Miracles by Alain Fournier reviewed by Adrian Tahourdin.
Also available in The Guardian newspaper's archives are full reviews of Tartarus titles. Again, click on these links to read reviews of Ritual and Other Stories by Arthur Machen reviewed by Richard Stanley, The Guide to First Edition Prices reviewed by Robert McCrum, The Collected Strange Tales of Robert Aickman, and Denton Welch: Writer and Artist by James Methuen-Campbell reviewed by Phil Baker. (Just a note to mention that Alan Bennett's splendid Introduction to our Denton Welch biography is reprinted in his recent collection of essays, Untold Stories.)
 
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26th August 2008: Many thanks to Elizabeth Brown who has allowed us to upload a pdf of her story Llanfihangel from Strange Tales II. You will need Adobe Acrobat to be able to view the story. We have also made available the Preface to the anthology.
 
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7th August: We are pleased to learn that Tartarus Press has been shortlisted for a World Fantasy Award in the Non-Professional category. And Mark Valentine has been shortlisted in the British Fantasy Society Awards, for Wormwood.
 
Best New Horror, edited by the indefatigable Stephen Jones is about to be published and contains two stories from Strange Tales II, "The Other Village" by Simon Strantzas and 'Calico Black, Calico Blue' by Joel Knight.
 
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3rd August 2008: Looking at other people's bookshelves is always fun. In the Culture section of The Sunday Times today author John de Falbe is pictured in front of his bookcase and he has Saki's Sredni Vashtar, de la Mare's Strangers and Pilgrims, Meyrink's The Golem and Shiel's The Purple Cloud on his shelves, all in Tartarus editions. Obviously a man of taste... Thanks to Reggie for spotting this.
  
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30th July 2008: We are pleased to announce that "What Water Reveals" by Adam Golaski from Strange Tales II will be reprinted in Horror: The Best of the Year, 2008 Edition, edited by Stefan Dziemianowicz.
 
We are sorry to announce that due to a hold-up at the printers there will be an unavoidable delay of about a week in sending out copies of the new Ambrose Bierce title.
  
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21st July 2008: We are pleased to learn that Strange Tales II has been shortlisted for an International Horror Guild Award in the anthology category.
  
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1st July 2008: We are pleased to announce that our next publication will be An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge and Other Stories by Ambrose Bierce. Perhaps best known as a journalist and the author of the sardonic The Devil's Dictionary, Bierce ranks alongside Poe as one of the fathers of American supernatural fiction. This new collection contains all of his supernatural fiction, and is introduced by S.T. Joshi.
  
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19 June 2008: Non-Tartarus publications: Wordsworth Editions have just published The Werewolf Pack, edited by Mark Valentine, which contains a new short story by Tartarus proprietor Ray Russell ('Loup-Garou'). This original paperback collection offers "some of the greatest, rarest and most unusual werewolf stories ever written..." They shall also be publishing, in the very near future, The Black Veil, again edited by Mark Valentine, containing "sixteen chilling cases of ... supernatural sleuths". This original anthology contains another original short story by Ray Russell ('Like Clockwork') and another by Tartarus Editor Rosalie Parker ('Spirit Solutions'). Both books are published n paperback it is the bargain price of £2.99, and are available from Wordsworth, Amazon etc.
 
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30th May 2008: Another review in the Times Literary Supplement, and many thanks again to Paul Hatcher for tracking down a copy for us. The new edition of our Guide to First Edition Prices is discussed in a long article which makes some valid points about trends in book collecting. We've culled from it the quote "curiously fascinating."
 
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21st May: We have now sold out of The Purple Cloud by M.P. Shiel and Morbid Tales by Quentin S. Crisp. Copies should be available for a limited time from a number of the dealers listed on the ordering page.
 
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20th April 2008: A nice plug from Stuart Maconie on The Freak Zone (Radio Six) this evening for Tartarus. The reason we were mentioned was that he played a track by Ring, "Into It", from Arcadia, one of the first Persepolis Records release. If you would like to listen to the song go to Stuart Maconie's Radio 6 webpage and use the "listen again" feature during the next week. We are about 10 minutes into the programme, although the whole show can always be recommended.
 
Many thanks to Paul Hatcher for tracking down the piece in the Times Literary Supplement we had heard about. In the NB column on the back page (28/3/08) J.C. writes about Edith Wharton's dialogue and mentions our The Triumph of Night. He also mentions a letter we sent discussing grants and subsidies to small presses (in which we pointed out that we don't receive any, and for which we received a back-handed compliment.)
 
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16th April 2008: To promote contemporary authors, we are also offering seven titles by contemporary writers for only £99. They can be ordered either here or through ebay.
 
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14th April 2008: Wormwood has reached its 10th issue! The latest contains articles on Robert Aickman and Fritz Leiber, along with a few more obscure authors (as one would expect!)
 
Also, why not try the aural equivalent of Wormwood, Persepolis Records? This new venture by Ray Russell and Mark Valentine has just released its first two cds. Sample both releases at the Persepolis myspace site
 
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8th April 2008: We are pleased to announce that our next publication will be The Sand-Man and Other Night Pieces by E.T.A. Hoffmann. The author was Germany's greatest author of fantastic and supernaturalist fiction and his highly readable, entertaining and eerie stories are thick with references to ghosts, madness and hypnotic influence.
 
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30th March 2008 - We have now sold out of copies of Echoes and Shadows by Jon Manchip White. Copies should be available for a limited time from the dealers listed on the ordering page.
 
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23rd March 2008. We have now added a facility on the website so that you can order books by simply clicking a button on the page and adding the book to a "cart". This is done through paypal, although you do not need to have a paypal account to pay (they accept all major credit cards). We believe that all the correct code is in place, but if there are any glitches please let us know!
 
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20th March 2008: We are just about to sell out of our last few copies of Echoes and Shadows by Jon Manchip White. If you would like a copy please let us know before they go.... You can read Jon's story Angharad from the collection by clicking the link.
 
And just a reminder, you can also read on this site Vrolyck from The White Hands and Other Weird Tales by Mark Samuels, A Languid Elagabalus Of The Tombs by Rhys Hughes from his collection Stories from a Lost Anthology, The Descent of the Fire by Mark Valentine and John Howard from the World Fantasy Award winning Strange Tales and The Tattooist from Morbid Tales by Quentin S. Crisp. Many thanks once again to the authors for making these stories available. You will need Adobe Acrobat to be able to view them.
 
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9th March 2008: We are pleased to announce that our next publication will be Sredni Vashtar by Saki. Subtitled "Sardonic Tales", this collection brings together all of the sharpest, darkest, weird and macabre tales of the author of such classic tales as "Laura", "The Open Window" and, of course, "Sredni Vashtar."
 
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14th February 2008: In yesterday's Guardian Stuart Maconie (presenter of The Freak Zone on Radio Six - our favourite radio show!) wrote that he is reading Strangers and Pilgrims by Walter de la Mare: "A beautiful edition of supernatural English fiction, subtle and disquieting rather than out and out frightening."
 
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10th February 2008: We have now sold out of The Ghost Stories of Oliver Onions. Copies should be available for a limited time from the dealers listed on the ordering page.
 
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2nd February 2008: Just to confirm that all copies ordered of our new title, The Triumph of Night by Edith Wharton., were posted last week and should be arriving with customers any time now. look out for news of our next title coming soon...
  
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14th January 2008: Our next publication will be The Triumph of Night by Edith Wharton. Throughout her career this Pulitzer Prize winning author wrote ghost stories, and is a central figure within the genre in the twentieth century. Publication 28th January 2008.
  
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14th January, 2008: A good, illustrated review received today of Beresford Egan in Studies in Illustration, the journal of the Imaginative Book Illustration Society:   "With its informative text and reproduction of all the major published illustrations it deserves a place on the shelves of anyone with a specific interest in the illustrators of the art-deco period, or the lesser known but highly individual artists whose imagination and style provided such variety and richness to twentieth century illustration."
 
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10th January 2008: Happy New Year! And we start off the new year with a very positive review for Strange Tales II by Mario Guslandi at The Agony Column, with a nice preface here. Also a brief mention by the esteemed Ellen Datlow in her Live Journal.
 
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2nd December 2007: We are pleased to be able to report that all copies of Strange Tales II will be in the post on Monday morning. UK customers should receive their copies towards the end of the week, and those overseas should arrive by the beginning of next week. Our apologies for the delay, and thank you for your patience!
 
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20th November: Our apologies, but we will have to move back the publication dates of both Wormwood and Strange Tales Volume II for at least a week. The books have been delivered, but the artwork for the covers and jackets of both books are not as we designed them, and we are arranging for them to be reprinted. A firm date will be announced when we have one from the printers.
 
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21st October, 2007: We have great pleasure in announcing the line-up for Strange Tales, Volume II! To be published on 16th November 2007, It will contain:
'Calico Black, Calico Blue' by Joel Knight
'The Fairy Killer' by Quentin S. Crisp
'She Lights the Little Candle' by Katherine Haynes
'Mister Poppy' by Stephen Holman
'Carden in Capaea' by Mark Valentine
'What Water Reveals' by Adam Golaski
'Pastor Arrhenius and The Maiden Brita' by Dale Nelson
'The Other Village' by Simon Strantzas
'What the Eye Remembers' by Anne-Sylvie Salzman
'The Magpies' by David Rix
'The Concise Picaresque Adventures of the Wanderlust Bridge' by Rhys Hughes
'Sourdough' by Angela Slatter
'The Hiding Place' by Barbara Roden
'Mea Tulpa' by Roger Dunkley
'Llanfihangel' by Elizabeth Brown
'Dinckley Green' by Christopher Harman
'Sejanus' Daughter' by Hilbourne Carlone (Don Tumasonis)
 
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19th October 2007: A great review in the newly revamped Bookdealer today (reprinted in Sheppard's Newsletter) for the Guide to First Edition Prices: "…a browser’s delight, as illuminating as it’s absorbing…" and "no collector will be fooled by the £25 tag. It’s priceless." We've had a great deal of positive feedback about the new issue.
 
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10th October, 2007: We are pleased to be able to announce the forthcoming publication of Wormwood # 9 on the 16th November. The new issue contains articles on Phyllis Paul, David Lindsay and The Saragossa Manuscript, among other subjects.
 
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7th October, 2007: There is a postal strike here in the UK (good old Royal Mail!) which will be holding up parcels for a few days (and for a few days after the strike, we are told.) Many orders for the new Price Guide went out before the strike action started, but may well be caught up in it. We are still delivering parcels to our local sorting office, but for a few days they are staying there. Our apologies!
 
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17th September, 2007: We are now taking orders for the 2008/9 edition of our best-selling Guide to First Edition Prices. This is the seventh edition of the Guide, which grows in size and detail with each issue, and now suggests values for 42,500 sought-after books by 684 authors and artists. Titles published after 1920 are assigned values with and without dust-jackets, almost doubling the total number of suggested values to over 70,000! It is now a larger format paperback of 564 + x pages.
 
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1st September, 2007: Dreads and Drolls by Arthur Machen will be published on 20th September 2007. This will be the first "complete" edition, with over twice as many essays as the first edition, all from The London Graphic.
 
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25th August, 2007: Our next title will be Dreads and Drolls by Arthur Machen. It is with the printers now, and as soon as we can confirm the publication date we will create a webpage and send out the new catalogue. Our next edition of the Guide to First Edition Prices is similarly completed and at the printers, although it will be published a little later in the year.
 
In the meantime, we have three odd lots on ebay that may be of interest, comprising 8 books by (mainly) contemporary writers, 6 out of print books, and 3 unbound books which may interest anyone with binding skills.
 
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16th July 2007: Thanks to Ian McMillan in The Times this weekend for recommending Strangers and Pilgrims as a book to "cherish": "This is a fantastic (in every sense) book of tales."
 
If it appears to have gone a little quiet here for the past few months I can report that it is in part because of the time taken to finish the research for the next edition of the Guide to First Edition Prices. More details will follow.
 
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6th June: We have finished uploading all of our webpages to the new server. Please do let us know if any of the links are not working properly, or if pictures are missing. Unfortunately the old frozen pages are still up and google, yahoo and other website are still directing people to those.
 
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31st May 2007: Our next publication will be Strangers and Pilgrims by Walter de la Mare. We believe that it can be considered the definitive collection of de la Mare's supernatural and psychological short stories. it is due to be published on the 11th June.
 
Our sincere apologies to those who have been trying unsuccessfully to access our webpages in the last month or so. We have had to change our webhosting and will be uploading the pages to a new server over the next few weeks. Please be patient with us!
 
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13th April 2007: There is a new review online for The White Hands at The Compulsive Reader which he concludes by writing: "The White Hands and Other Weird Tales is a highly impressive, extremely well-written book that will appeal to all with an interest in contemporary horror or “weird” fiction. This is one to place on the bookshelf in the company of Robert Aickman, Elizabeth Hand and Thomas Ligotti."
The White Hands continues to garner reviews and receive positive attention (and sales of the paperback reprint) since it was first published over four years ago.....
 
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28th March 2007: We are pleased to announce the publication on the 23rd April of The Justice of the Night, poems by Glen Cavaliero. Cavaliero will be know to aficionados of "spook stories" for his The Supernatural and English Fiction (Oxford University Press, 1995), and those with long memories will remember that ten years ago we published a previous collection of his poetry Steeple on a Hill.
 
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27th March 2007: We are pleased to be able to announce the forthcoming publication of Wormwood # 8 on the 23rd April. The new issue contains articles on a tragic Japanese poetess, Egyptian anti-Nazi surrealists, a mad Uruguyan-born French adolescent savage and a Knighted bow-tied English anarchist, among other subjects.

 
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18th March: Machenians should tune in to BBC7 later today! Between 18:30-19:00: The White People: The nature of good and evil and the origins of sin are explored in this intriguing tale. [Rptd Mon 12.30am].
 
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18th March: The splendid Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies has just reviewed a number of Tartarus Press titles. They can be found by clicking here.
 
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 12th March: We have now sold out of The Attempted Rescue by Robert Aickman. Copies should be available for a limited time from the dealers listed on the ordering page.
 
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7th March: We have now sold out of A Walberswick Goodnight Story by Louis de Bernières. Copies should be available for a limited time from the dealers listed on the ordering page.
 
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6th March: We have now sold out of Black Spirits and White by Ralph Adams Cram. Copies should be available for a limited time from the dealers listed on the ordering page.
 
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5th March: Copies of the following titles are now in very short supply and will soon be out of print: The Attempted Rescue by Robert Aickman, A Walberswick Goodnight Story by Louis de Bernières and Black Spirits and White by Ralph Adams Cram.
 
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19th February: A pdf index to John Gawsworth's Life of Arthur Machen prepared by Sara Inkster is available here. If you right-click with your mouse on the titles of the stories and choose "Save target as" you can decide where to download the story onto your computer. You will need Adobe Acrobat to be able to view the index.
 
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13th February 2007: Just a reminder that we are seeking submissions for an anthology of previously unpublished stories in the fields of horror, fantasy or the supernatural. Provisionally entitled More Tales from Tartarus, it will be published for Christmas 2007. Details can be found by clicking here.
 
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13th February 2007: Our latest title to sell out is The Suicide Club by Robert Louis Stevenson. Copies should be available for a limited time from the dealers listed on the ordering page.
 
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17th January 2007: Our next publication will be a reprint of The Secret of the Sangraal and Other Writings by Arthur Machen. This collection of his non-fiction ranges from reminiscences of his early years in London, though folklore and customs, to the legend of the Holy Grail. It collects together all of the essays from Dog and Duck (1924), Notes and Queries (1926), Tom O'Bedlam and His Song (1930), Bridles and Spurs (1951) and A Note on Poetry (1949) as well as a number of other fugitive pieces. It also includes the 'Bibliographical Notes' from Henry Danielson's Arthur Machen: A Bibliography (1923). It will be a sewn hardback book of 375+vi pages with silk ribbon marker, head and tailbands, and d/w. Publication 19th February 2007.
 
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10th January 2007... later the same day ... : We have now sold out of The Collected Strange Stories of Robert Aickman. No doubt copies will be available for a limited time from the dealers listed on the ordering page.
 
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10th January 2007: Happy New Year! We are just about to sell out of our last few copies of The Collected Strange Stories of Robert Aickman. If you've been putting off indulging, then this is your last chance....
 
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21st November: Our next book, to be published on 1st December, will be The Man Who Could Work Miracles: The Supernatural Tales of H.G. Wells.
 
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26th October: We now have back in print Arthur Machen's classic novel, The Hill of Dreams. Next year will be the centenary of its first publication and our edition contains all three of the original illustrations intended for the book by acclaimed fantasy artist Sidney Sime. It also contains introductions by Mark Valentine, Lord Dunsany, and Machen himself.
This second Tartarus printing is our usual high quality hardback with sewn signatures, printed lithographically on 135gsm acid free paper, bound in burgundy cloth with boards blocked in gilt with an additional illustration by Sidney Sime. As usual, the book has head and tail bands, a silk ribbon marker, coloured endpapers, and an unlaminated cream dustjacket.
 
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25th October 2006: We have now received and posted out copies of A Walberswick Goodnight Story by Louis de Bernières and Wormwood # 7.
 
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11th October 2006: We are pleased to be able to announce the publication of A Walberswick Goodnight Story by Louis de Bernières on the 20th October, and Wormwood # 7 on the 30th October. One of the highlights of the new issue of Wormwood is a hitherto unpublished fragment by Sarban.
 
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We have tidied up our news page by putting Old News on a separate page.
 
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13th August 2006: The Independent on Sunday's "Building a Library" column today is written by R.B. Russell. In recommending where to invest a hypothetical windfall he suggests spending your money on the tried and tested classics. However, he also recommends keeping a little back to invest is a couple of sleepers - Thomas Ligotti and Quentin S. Crisp.
 
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6th August 2006: I'm delighted to be able to say that the Friends of Arthur Machen have been shortlisted for a World Fantasy Award in the Non-Professional category. The nomination specificially mentions the society's publications Faunus, Machenalia, and The Life of Arthur Machen.
 
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19th July 2006: The paperback edition of The White Hands by Mark Samuels has received a great review in Weird Tales, and Father Raven at the Infinityplus.co.uk website.
 
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14th July: Anyone in London wishing to browse Tartarus titles in print have been able to do so for some time at Waterstones' Piccadilly Branch, at The Fantasy Centre on the Holloway Road and Atlantis Books on Museum Street. For those further north, however, there is now a great display of our books at the Leyburn Bookshop in Leyburn, North Yorkshire.
 
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14th June 2006: We are seeking submissions for an anthology of previously unpublished stories in the fields of horror, fantasy or the supernatural. Provisionally entitled More Tales from Tartarus, it will be published for Christmas 2007. Details can be found by clicking here.
 
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31st May 2006: Our next publication will be The Sense of the Past: The Ghostly Stories of Henry James. It has just gone to the printers and will be ready for publication on June 23rd.

 
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19th May 2006: One of the top dealers in U.S. modern first editions is Between the Covers Rare Books, whose website is always worth visiting. An added attraction is their new facility for watching a book revolve! See our Guide to First Edition Prices from every conceivable angle by clicking here.
 
8th May: Newly published: The Pale Ape and Other Pulses by M.P. Shiel, and issue 6 of Wormwood.
 
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31st March 2006: The new issue of the Rare Book Review contains an article by R.B. Russell on collecting modern first editions. The magazine have entitled the feature "Collecting Made Easy", which is a rather hopeful title, but on the front cover more reasonably call it "A Beginner's Guide to Collecting" (the sub-heading is "Make Money from Rare Books" which is even more optimistic!). The same issue prints a bibliography and guide to the prices of Samuel Becket's books, excerpted from the Guide to First Edition Prices, and among their reviews is a positive notice for Where Nothing Sleeps by Denton Welch.
 
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 25th March 2006: We have just taken delivery of Father Raven and Other Tales by A.E. Coppard, and the Bath press have done another fine job in printing and binding it for us. We are packing up copies for those who have ordered in advance and they should be going out next week. A contents list has been added to the Father Raven page.
 
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25th February 2006: The new edition of Machenalia, the newsletter of the Friends of Arthur Machen has alerted us to a couple of Tartarean newspaper items that we missed last year.
The first was an article in The Independent (29/10/05) entitled "Cheer Up, It's Winter", by Suzi Feay in which she says "Stories of the macabre exert their pull from Hallowe'en onwards, such as the stories of Arthur Machen, republished by Tartarus Press in handsome editions, made for reading by a flickering fire."
The second was a review of The Life of Arthur Machen by John Gawsworth which we designed and published for the Friends of Arthur Machen last year. In the Fortean Times in December, Mark Pilkington noted that it is a "sumptuous, heavily illustrated edition" and took the chance to point out that Machen's "short stories still resonate with a profound sense of the magical and numinous. And, unlike those of many of his contemporaries the tales retain their ability to unsettle, even disturb. It's this timelessness that makes Machen's stories last so well."
 
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22nd February 2006: The Feb/March issue of the Rare Book Review contains a review of the new edition of our Guide to First Edition Prices. They conclude a positive review by saying: "Whether you're buying, selling or just curious, an entertaining and informative 'must have' for your reference library."
 
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17th February: John Gaskin's The Long Retreating Day has already received two reviews. The first, by William Simmons, will be in the forthcoming issue of Hellnotes and says that the stories are "Economically written and deeply felt nightmares of atmospheric subtlety and stark spiritual horror. . . reaffirming the importance of structure and lyricism in a genre too often represented by slap-dash sensationalism." And Mario Guslandi in his Agony Column states that "if you like solid, elegant fiction apt to make the act of reading almost a physical pleasure, then this is a book you shouldn't miss for any reason. . . . this volume is a literary gem that everybody should be entitled to enjoy."
 
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16th February: We have created a few pages dedicated to Denton Welch which we hope will be of interest, and these can be accessed through our links page, or direct by clicking here. Additionally, our son, Tim (10), has himself created a few pages which can be found at www.mailed-fist.com
  
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3rd February 2006: We have updated our webpages devoted to the current Guide to First Edition Prices and now show some sample pages. The 2006/7 edition is printed in colour throughout and each entry contains at least one illustration. As you may imagine, a number of Tartarus Press authors are included in the Guide, including Arthur Machen, Robert Aickman, Sarban, Hugh Walpole, M.P. Shiel etc. There are also many other authors who wrote in the supernatural/decadent/strange genres including H.P.Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, M.R. James and lord Dunsany, to name just a few. For a full list of authors included click here.
  
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1st February 2006: We have just acquired from a Brighton bookseller a few signed copies of our 2001 publication, Günter Weber's Confession by Louis de Bernières. This has been out of print for some time and we are pleased to be able to offer these copies at the original (unsigned) price of £32.50/$60. The 18 page booklet was hand-set in Perpetua type and printed and bound by hand by Alan Anderson at the Tragara Press, and has a special full-colour lithographic frontispiece. These few copies were a part of the unsigned 250 copies (from a 350 run) but were subsequently signed by the author at a recent literary festival.
 
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30th January 2006: I have updated the page of secondhand books for sale, removing all of those that have been sold from the catalogue, and adding a few more. You can go direct to the page by clicking here.  - Ray Russell
 
 
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17th January 2006: We have just received copies of The Long Retreating Day by John Gaskin and in the next couple of days we will be posting copies out to those who have ordered in advance.
 
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8th January 2006: This morning a printed catalogue of second hand books, mainly but not exclusively by Arthur Machen should be dropping on to the doormats of our regular customers. This sale has been occasioned by my purchase of a couple of lots at a recent Sotheby's auction. I have taken the opportunity to pass some of those books on, and to dispose of a few duplicates and other items that I have recently acquired. For those who have not received a copy of the catalogue, a copy can be found by clicking here. I hope that there is something to interest most collectors.  - Ray Russell
 
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23rd December: Our first book of 2006 will be The Long Retreating Day by John Gaskin. John's previous collection of ghostly tales, Twilight and Borderlands was very well-received and we are confident that this second volume of stories will be equally as highly-acclaimed.
 
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12th December, 2005 - The Independent yesterday put Where Nothing Sleeps by Denton Welch at the top of their list of must-have books for Christmas! (ABC section, p.47)
 
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6th December, 2005 - Many thanks to Rhys Hughes who has allowed us to upload a pdf of his wonderful A Languid Elagabalus Of The Tombs from his collection Stories from a Lost Anthology.
 
5th December, 2005 - We have now made available for free download, pdfs of four stories by contemporary authors from in-print Tartarus collections. The Descent of the Fire by Mark Valentine and John Howard from the World Fantasy Award winning Strange Tales, The Tattooist from Morbid Tales by Quentin S. Crisp, Angharad from Echoes and Shadows by Jon Manchip White, and Vrolyck from The White Hands and Other Weird Tales by Mark Samuels. Many thanks to the authors for making these stories available. If you right-click with your mouse on the titles of the stories and choose "Save target as" you can decide where to download the story onto your computer. You will need Adobe Acrobat to be able to view the stories.
 
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27th November 2005 - The publication of Where Nothing Sleeps by Denton Welch prompts a page-and-a-half article by Ian Irvine in the Independent on Sunday today. He points out that James Methuen-Campbell's Denton Welch: Writer and Artist (Tartarus, 2002) did much to establish Welch's reputation as an artist, and that until the new publication of Where Nothing Sleeps Welch's shorter work has been difficult to obtain. The article is wonderfully headlined "Dreams of cheap lipsick and Turkish Delight."
 
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23rd November 2005 - Issue no. 5 of Wormwood has been delivered to us today and copies will be put in the post over the next couple of days.
 
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11th November - Issue no. 5 of Wormwood, has been sent to the printers today and should be available early in December. It will open with 'The Fully-Conducted Tour' a previously unpublished story by Robert Aickman, with an Afterword by Dr Glen Cavaliero. Articles in this edition will look at the life and writings of Ray Bradbury, Algernon Blackwood, Victor Neuburg, Malcolm Lowry, Poe and Hoffman, and finally Blaise Cendrars. It will also include the regular 'The Decadent World-View' by Brian Stableford, 'Late Reviews' by Douglas Anderson, and 'Camera Obscura'. The letters pages shed light on the history of the Mervyn Peake illustration featured on the cover of Wormwood No. 4, and the identity

of the enigmatic writer 'Halidom' is revealed!
  
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4th November 2005 - The dust is settling after the delivery of the new Denton Welch volumes and the latest edition of the Guide to First Edition Prices. Everyone who has pre-ordered copies of either should have received copies in the last few days, or will receive them very shortly.
 
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1st October 2005 - The new-look website is launched! please let us know if you spot any broken links or are having problems viewing any pages.
 
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12th September 2005 - We are pleased to be able to announce the forthcoming publication of Where Nothing Sleeps by Denton Welch, a definitive collection of seventy-six short stories and related autobiographical writings, presented in the two slipcased volumes. Publication 21st October.
 
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(picture: Beresford Egan Exhibition, 12th August 2005, Adrian Woodhouse on the right)
 
 The new issue of the Book and Magazine Collector (cover date October 2005) carries a glowing review of Adrian Woodhouse's Beresford Egan: "This is quite simply a beautifully illustrated, well-written and lavishly produced biographical account of a great artist."
 
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Monday 15th August 2005 - From the 'Londoner's Diary', London Evening Standard :
A BRUSH WITH CHELSEA
Twenty-six years after organising an exhibition of the work of Beresford Egan at the National Theatre's foyers, Adrian Woodhouse has written a book about the Chelsea artist known as "the 1920s Aubrey Beardsley".
The handsome limited edition volume marking Egan's centenary was launched at the weekend in the Bloomsbury Gallery in Maddox Street with many of the artist's wicked and erotic drawings and watercolours on the walls.
The gallery was filled with his diverse friends, playwright Bernard Kops, restaurateur the Earl of Bradford, parliamentary historian David Scott, society jewellery vendeuse Olivier Gerrish and England juniors rowing coach Charlie Warner.
"Beresford always loved a good party and I'm sure he's somewhere up there with a sketch pad drawing us all," said one of Egan's last companions, artist Oriel Bath, Lady Bowden, the organiser.
 
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12th July 2005 - We have today received from the printers copies of Beresford Egan, by Adrian Woodhouse. Over the next few days we will be sending out copies to all who have pre-ordered the book.
 
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1st July 2005 - A second edition of The Lost Poetry by William Hope Hodgson, edited by Jane Frank, is now available from PS Publishing. Although we have produced the book, please note that copies will be available from PS Publishing only.
 
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29th June 2005: We are pleased to confirm that an exhibition of Beresford Egan's work runs from 13th to 22nd August 2005 at Bloomsbury Book Auctions, 24 Maddox Street, London, W15 1PP, UK. tel: 0207 4959494.
 
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22nd June 2005: Our next publication (July) will be a highly illustrated biography of Beresford Egan, British decadent artist of the 1920s and 30s. Adrian Woodhouse's exhilarating and revealing account of Egan (Art Deco artist, Chelsea Bohemian, music-hall performer, film star, writer, dramatist, theatre critic, and lover of beautiful women) is augmented by seventy-nine black-and-white and twenty-five colour illustrations (the best of his published art work), and many other striking drawings, paintings and designs never seen before. The book celebrates the centenary of Egan's birth and coincides with a major exhibition of his work in London this August (details to follow.)
 
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13th May 2005: Wormwood # 4, has been delivered by the printers and will be posted to subscribers early next week.
 
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7th May 2005: The Life of Arthur Machen by John Gawsworth is given a favourable review in the new issue of the Book and Magazine Collector (June issue) which describes the volume as "sumptuous". The same issue of the B&MC contains an article by Adrian Woodhouse on Beresford Egan. Adrian has written a biography of Egan which we hope to publish in July with a large selection of full page and some colour illustrations of Egan's work.
 
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5th May 2005: Heathcliff's Tale has today received a glowing review by Lucasta Miller in the Times Literary Supplement. She ends by saying that "her beautiful tale is wonderfully engaged and engaging."
Our printers have given us a delivery date of the 12th May for Wormwood # 4, which will have on the cover a great, hitherto unknown and unpublished, illustration by Mervyn Peake. This new issue contains articles on Joyce Carol Oates by Peter Bell, Alfred Kubin by Mark Beech, Margaret Irwin by Sandra Unerman, Bruno Schulz & Tadeusz Kantor by Daniel Watt, M.P. Shiel’s Prince Zaleski by Benjamin Hervey, The Decadent World-View by Brian Stableford, plus the usual Late Reviews & Camera Obscura.
 
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28th April 2005 - Phil Baker has reviewed John Gawsworth's The Life of Arthur Machen in the Times Literary Supplement today, and the book even receives a mention on the front cover. In a full page review Phil Baker notes that the biography has been "excellently edited by Roger Dobson who displays an impressive knowledge of Machen", and Baker says that the book "is an extraordinary achievement". At the moment this biography has been published only for members of the Friends of Arthur Machen and is not available direct from Tartarus Press. Membership is available to all and for details please contact: The Treasurer, Friends of Arthur Machen, 78 Greenwich South Street, Greenwich, London, SE10 8UN. Email The Treasurer. More details of The Friends of Arthur Machen can be found at their website: Arthur Machen.
 
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22nd April 2005 - We now accept payment by Paypal (enter tartarus@pavilion.co.uk as the recipient's email)
 
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18th April 2005 - Emma Tennant continues to receive media coverage following the publication of Heathcliff's Tale. The Guardian and The Herald admitted that they couldn't see the point of the book, but John Sutherland in the Financial Times on the 16th April called it "a provocatively rewritten Wuthering Heights". On Sunday the novel was reviewed by Stuart Kelly in The Scotsman who said "glorious... with astute satires on academic spats, as well as answering John Sutherland’s question: 'Was Heathcliff a murderer?' "
Emma was also interviewed in the Sunday Herald and the Herald finished the piece by saying: "whoever’s life or work she chooses to embellish, Tennant always makes it work. She is one of the greats, one of the originals."
 
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18th April 2005 - The Collected Macabre Stories has been reprinted and is now available direct from us, or through the usual dealers.
 
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18th April 2005 - The Wandering Soul by William Hope Hodgson, edited by Jane Frank, is now available from PS Publishing. Although we have produced the book, please note that copies will be available from PS Publishing only.
 
10th April 2005 -An excerpt from Heathcliff's Tale has been published today in the Review section of The Independent on Sunday!
 
2nd April 2005 - Heathcliff's Tale has been reviewed in the The Scotsman today: "...it is an unalloyed pleasure."
 
27th March 2005 - Emma Tennant's new novel, Heathcliff's Tale, has been reviewed in the The Observer today: "This ambitious novel . . . is a gothic tale . . . The language is Brontë-esque and, most importantly, this works well as a stand alone novel."
 
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3rd March 2005: JC mentions in his NB column today in the Times Literary Supplement that Emma Tennant's novel, Heathcliff's Tale , is soon to be published. The hardback limited edition, signed by the author, will be available direct from us, and we have just agreed that Central Books will distribute the trade paperback.
 
9th February 2005: News: The next title available direct from Tartarus Press will be Heathcliff's Tale by Emma Tennant. It is great to be able to add Emma Tennant to our list of contemporary authors. Her new novel brings together a chilling ghost story, a literary mystery, and a satire of Brontë academic studies. It will be published on the 14th April.
 
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Other news: On Friday March 4th the Friends of Arthur Machen will be launching The Life of Arthur Machen by John Gawsworth. The location will be Tenby, North Wales, at the annual meeting of The Friends of Arthur Machen.  Tartarus has produced the book for The Friends, and it will be available to anyone who has either been a member of the Friends for two years, or who takes out a two-year subscription (£15 per year.) This fascinating biography was written with the co-operation of Arthur Machen in the 1930s, but has languished unpublished since then. Roger Dobson has edited the book, which comes out at over 400 pages and has over seventy illustrations. The book is produced in association with Javier Marias, King of Redonda, and may be published in a trade edition later this year by Tartarus. At the moment this book has been published only for members of the Friends of Arthur Machen and is not available direct from Tartarus Press. Membership is available to all and for details please contact: The Treasurer, Friends of Arthur Machen, 78 Greenwich South Street, Greenwich, London, SE10 8UN. Email The Treasurer. More details of The Friends of Arthur Machen can be found at their website: Arthur Machen.
 
And more news: We are also co-publishing , with PS Publishing. The Wandering Soul by William Hope Hodgson, edited by Jane Frank, which presents a variety of hitherto uncollected material for Hodgson fans. It will be in the form of a limited trade edition (500 copies), and a special limited edition (150 copies which will be slipcased along with a volume of Hodgson's unpublished poetry.) Please visit the PS Publishing website for further details: PS Publishing. Please note: Copies will be available from PS Publishing only.
  
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1st January 2005: Happy New Year! We have returned from our Christmas break and will try to reply to emails, letters and orders over the next few days. It was good to come back to a review of The White Hands paperback in The Guardian today, even if their reviewer obviously did not find the book to their taste. The current edition of the Times Literary Supplement comments that "As a literary genre, 'Horror' is in reduced circumstances", but points out "how many classic novels come under this heading, including some that have attained the status of myth."
"Horror" may be out of vogue at the moment, but Waterstones Piccadilly branch have had to re-stock copies of titles by Machen, Onions and Samuels, which suggests that there is a demand for "supernatural" fiction in general.
 
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10th December: We are now posting out copies of The Suicide Club and Other Dark Adventures by Robert Louis Stevenson, introduced by Mark Valentine. We will do our utmost to get them to customers before Christmas. Other news, The Bookseller (a UK book and publishing trade magazine) this week includes a letter from us describing our experiences dealing with Waterstone's. What we were not able to report in the letter is that Machen's Tales of Horror and the Supernatural has now been admitted into Waterstone's "core stock" , which means that all of their major stores are obliged to carry copies on their shelves.
 
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1st December 2004: The Fantasy Centre on the Holloway Road and Atlantis Bookshop in Museum Street, near the British Museum, are the places to find our in-print books in London (Murder One on Charing Cross Road also carries a few titles). However, if you are in the capital in the run-up to Christmas, we can now also recommend a visit to the Waterstone's bookstore in Piccadilly. They have mounted a large display of Tartarus Press books in their fiction department on the first floor.
 
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26th November: Mike Mitchell's translation of The Golem was described as "gorgeous" by Ian McMillan on BBC Radio 3's arts programme The Verb last night. Following an interesting discussion of the book ("...a frighteningly and frankly devilishly skilful description of the Prague ghetto and the creation by Rabbi Loew of an artificial man"), ghosts etc, Ian McMillan kindly announced that "The Golem is published by the Tartarus Press and is absolutely beautiful and is out now." To our pleasant surprise he then announced that "you should support any Press that also brings back into print the magnificent work of the lost English ghost story writer Oliver Onions - the Oliver Onions revival begins here now!"!
 
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25th November: Anyone with an interest in the concept of Frankenstein and other literary man-made monsters should listen to The Verb on Radio 3 this coming Saturday evening (27th November, approx 21:30). Mike Mitchell, whose translation of Gustav Meyrink's The Golem was recently published by Tartarus, will be discussing Meyrink's monster on the programe. After Saturday, there should be the chance to listen to the programe again via The Verb website.
 
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14th November: Thanks to everyone who came along to the King's Head in Richmond and made it such a spendid afternoon on Saturday.
Left to right: Quentin S. Crisp, Mick Sims, Malcolm Henderson, David Longhorn, Len Maynard, Ray Russell, Rosalie Parker, Tim, David Rix, Mark Valentine, John Gaskin, Sarah Jarvis, David Fletcher, Mike Butterworth, Angela Charlesworth, Peter Bell. (Photo taken by Paul Moran.)
 
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11th November 2004: SPECIAL CELEBRATION OFFER - We will be celebrating the World Fantasy Award for Strange Tales by offering the forthcoming reprint for £15 for a limited period (until 31st December.)
 
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10th November 2004: From The Guardian, Saturday November 6 - "It's axiomatic that small presses thrive in an era of conglomerates. Yorkshire-based Tartarus Press, specialising in horror and mystery (with sumptuous editions of writers such as Robert Aickman and Algernon Blackwood), won two World Fantasy awards last week in Arizona: the most prestigious award in publishing for those working with fiction of a non-realistic nature. Another Yorkshire-based publisher, PS Publishing, also won two awards."
 
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9th November 2004 - A reprint of our World Fantasy Award winning anthology Strange Tales edited by Rosalie Parker will be available on the 19th November. Our next new book Black Spirits and White by Ralph Adams Cram will be published on the 30th November. This will be followed in December by The Suicide Club and Other Dark Adventures by Robert Louis Stevenson.
 
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3rd November 2004 - We have arranged for a few bookish friends to meet up on the afternoon of Saturday the 13th November in Richmond, North Yorks. If you would like to join us, please email us for further details.
 
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1st November 2004 - We are delighted to report that last night in Arizona Tartarus Press picked up two World Fantasy Awards. The first was in the Anthology category with Strange Tales edited by Rosalie. Well done to all of the authors who contributed such terrific stories to the collection. The second was in the Non-Professional category, and was in general recognition of our publications in 2003. Many thanks to all of the authors who worked with us last year - Mark Samuels, Quentin S. Crisp, Anne-Sylvie Salzman, David Rix, Brendan Connell, Rhys Hughes, Mark Valentine, John Howard, Adam Daly, William Charlton, Dale Nelson, Tina Rath, Nina Allan, Len Maynard & Mick Sims, John Gaskin, Don Tumasonis and Elizabeth Jane Howard. Thanks also to Mark Valentine and Bob Gilbert who edited titles for us, Karen Busby for her proof-reading services, and Tony Fisher at the Bath Press for being so understanding when we have been so demanding.
 
Congratulations to Pete Crowther at PS Publishing who picked up the Award in the Professional category, and whose Bibliomancy by Elizabeth Hand won the Award in the Collection category. Thanks also to Steve Jones for accepting the awards on our behalf.
 
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31st October 2004 - Good luck to everybody nominated for the World Fantasy Awards  in Arizona this weekend! Our Strange Tales is shortlisted in their best Anthology category, and Tartarus in their Non-Professional category.
 
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30th October 2004 - By coincidence Tartarus publications are mentioned in two major newspapers today. Here in the UK The Guardian reviews our edition of Ritual and Other Stories by Arthur Machen, devoting a good deal of space to discussing Machen's life and work. In the US the Washington Post has a long article by Michael Dirda on Ghost Stories which specifically mentions Tartarus along with Ash-Tree Press and Nightshade Books as the best sources for books by "the established, the forgotten and the modern masters of the quietly scary". Wormwood, under Mark Valentine's august editorship is mentioned, as is Machen's Tales of Horror and the Supernatural. To see the former online click here , and for the latter click here.
 
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29th October 2004 - The Golem by Gustav Meyrink has arrived and copies are in the post today.
 
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12th October 2004 - We are very pleased to announce that our next book will be The Golem by Gustav Meyrink. We have been wanting to publish this book for many years, and had to decide between the first translation into English by Madge Pemberton (out of copyright and freely available), and the 1995 translation by Mike Mitchell (published by Dedalus.) As the former is a cut translation we were pleased to obtain permission from Dedalus for the first hardback edition of Mike Mitchell's translation. We have also managed to track down the Hugo-Steiner-Prag lithographs from the first edition, and the remaining lithographs which he made at a later date. The cover illustration is by the contemporary artist Joachim Seinfeld, and another of his Golem pictures is used on the title page.
 
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12th October 2004 - Wormwood # 3 has been received from the printers and standing order copies have been posted today.
 
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19th September 2004 - Wormwood # 3 is at the printers now and will be available mid-October. The new issue contains articles on Mervyn Peake, Cornell Woolrich, Hugh Walpole’s The Killer & The Slain, Mexico’s Spectral Literature, John Wyndham, and The Panic God. It also includes the regular features The Decadent World-View, Late Reviews and Camera Obscura.
 
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9th September - The paperback reprint of The White Hands by Mark Samuels is now available.
 
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21st August 2004 - The Sacrifice by Sarban and The Green Round by Arthur Machen are now out of print. For a limited time copies of both of these books should still be available from the dealers listed on the ordering page.
 
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6th August 2004 - We would like to congratulate all of the contributors to Strange Tales which has been nominated in the World Fantasy Awards  this year in their Anthology category. We are very pleased to have also received a nomination for Tartarus in their Non-Professional category.
 
6th August 2004 - Congratulations to Mark Samuels. His collection The White Hands is on the final shortlist for the British Fantasy Awards  this year in the best Collection category. The title story of The White Hands is also on their shortlist for the best Short Story category. We wish him every success.
 
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29th July 2004 - Our first printing of The White Hands by Mark Samuels, a collection which has received many glowing reviews, is now out of print. There will be a reprint available, however, this autumn.
Strange Tales, our anthology of new fiction which was published late last year is now out of print. For a limited time copies of both of these books should still be available from the dealers listed on the ordering page.
 
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  19th July 2004 - We have given the new edition of Ritual and Other Stories by Arthur Machen a publication date of 31st July, although we hope to have copies to send out some days before this.
 
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21st June 2004 - We are sorry to have to report that we have sold out of Wormwood # 1. Copies should still be available, however, from the dealers listed on the ordering page.
 
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21st June 2004. Quentin S. Crisp's reading at the Twickenham bookshop went well last week. The shop does still have a handful of signed copies of Quentin's book in stock.
 
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17th June 2004 - We will today be receiving from the binders copies of our new title, Miss Hargreaves by Frank Baker. This is a wonderful fantasy novel which was highly acclaimed when it was first published in 1940. The role of Miss Hargreaves herself was played by the marvellous Margaret Rutherford when it was adapted for the stage. Baker is perhaps better-known for The Birds.
 
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10th June 2004 - Quentin S Crisp will be undertaking a signing and reading for Morbid Tales in Twickenham on Thursday the 17th of June at The Bookstore, 19 King Street at 19.30 hours. Everyone is welcome, but John Foulkes who runs the bookshop would like some idea of numbers, so if you intend going please phone him on 020 8744 3030.
 
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7th June 2004 - Many thanks to Erik Arthur and Ted Ball for arranging the launch party for Morbid Tales!
(Left-right: ? / Erik Arthur / Rosalie Parker / Raymond Russell / Mark Samuels / Adriana Diaz Enciso / Gwilym Games / Quentin S. Crisp / Ted Ball. Other guests were somewhat camera-shy.)
 
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1st June 2004 - We will be officially launching Quentin S. Crisp's Morbid Tales at the Fantasy Centre on the Holloway Road, London, on Friday 4th June, 2004. All are welcome to come along from 5:30/6:00pm for an hour or two, before the drinks run out and we carry on to the the British Fantasy Society open night. The author will be on hand to sign copies of the book, and the co-proprietors of Tartarus will be there to answer any questions. And, of course, Ted and Eric's fine stock of books will be available to browse. Please do come along, say hello, and have a drink.
 
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1st June 2004 - We have only just discovered that The White Hands by Mark Samuels was reviewed on KPFA-FM in the US in their book review program Cover to Cover back on the 15th April. Richard Lupoff (author of Lovecraft's Book, etc) said: This is a book that was recommended to me about a week ago by Stephen Jones, who is a British anthologist, one of the two or three leading anthologists working in the UK. He said he'd come across a book called The White Hands and Other Weird Tales by Mark Samuels, published by Tartarus Press. It's a beautifully made book, published in an edition of 350 copies. Steve Jones says Samuels is the most exciting new young(ish) writer that he (Jones) has come across in at least a year. … I think that there is just a chance that we are seeing the emergence of the next Clive Barker. Certainly a name worth keeping in mind.
As with the other contributors to the program he was also very complimentary about Tartarus Press. If you click on the above link and find the entry for the 15th April, the discussion is 8 mins 11 seconds into the show.
 
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 26th May 2004 - We have received from the printers and are now sending out Morbid Tales, a collection of stories by the contemporary writer Quentin S. Crisp. We are also sending out Wormwood # 2 which contains articles on Oliver Onions, Ithell Colquhoun, Francis Stevens, Jekyll & Hyde, the Godwins, Clark Ashton Smith and Pessoa. We will also be including the regular colums 'The Decadent World-View' by Brian Stableford, 'Late Reviews' by Douglas Anderson and 'Camera Obscura'.
 
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We have added to the website a Supernatural Fiction Database. It can be accessed through the Tartarus website, or independently at: supernaturalfiction.co.uk
 
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