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The Doll Maker by Sarban is a 234 page, sewn hardback book printed lithographically on acid-free paper, with headbands, tailbands, silk ribbon marker and dust jacket.

Third Tartarus Press printing.


ISBN 978-1-912586-41-7


Hardback: £40.00 inc. free p&p worldwide


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The Doll Maker

and Other Tales of the Uncanny




Described by no less an authority than E.F. Bleiler as 'excellent', 'The Doll Maker' is the story of Clare Lydgate, a young woman studying at boarding school for her Oxford scholarship examinations. In the evenings, she escapes the school grounds by climbing over the wall of Brackenbine Hall. It is here that she encounters the charismatic and mysterious Niall Sterne, the 'Doll Maker' of the title. This is a subtle, intelligent and compelling tale of horror. The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural describes 'The Doll Maker' as Sarban’s most intriguing work, and says that Niall Sterne 'offers no ordinary seduction, and there is a delicate horror in his beautiful, sterile doll-world, the antithesis of life itself.'


First published in 1953, ‘The Doll Maker’ appears with ‘The Trespassers’, and ‘A House of Call’.


Also by Sarban


The Sound of His Horn and Other Stories


See also Time, A Falconer, a biography of Sarban by Mark Valentine




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