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Bloom, Clive (ed) GOTHIC HORROR a Reader's Guide from Poe to King and Beyond
Macmillan Press, 1998 First Edition. Book Condition: Very Good. In stock, for immediate despatch. Packed weight 480g Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 750 grams. Category: Literary Criticism & Essays ; ISBN: 0333683986. Inventory No: 0025216. (Book ref. 0025216) £15.00
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Parrinder, Patrick Learning from Other Worlds: Estrangement, Cognition, and the Politics of Science Fiction and Utopia
Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2000. First Paperback Edition. Paperback. New. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 0853235848 Conveys the essence of cognitive estrangement in relation to science fiction (SF) and Utopia: that by imagining strange worlds we learn to see our own world in a new perspective. This raises the issue of the relationship between imaginative invention and allegory or fable. The contributors have all been influenced by Darko Suvin's belief that the double movement of estrangement and cognition reflects deep structures of human storytelling. Learning from otherness is as natural and inevitable a process as the instinct for imitation and representation that Aristotle described in his "Poetics". (Book ref. 038990) £9.99
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Manning, Mark Collateral Damage: The Zodiac Mindwarp 2001 American Tour
London: Creation Books, 2002. First Edition. Paperback. New. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall 1840680776 October 2001: Ten years after their last US tour with Guns & Roses, Zodiac Mindwarp & the Love Reaction once again take to the lost highways of an America still reeling from the terrorist attacks of September 11th, to wreak their own brand of sonic destruction and mayhem across the continent. From New York to Philadelphia to San Francisco to Reno and finally Hollywood, the tour unfurls with rapidly escalating levels of debauchery. Mark Manning’s journal details the adventures of his alter-ego Zodiac and cohorts on this explosive road trip of alcohol abuse, sexual deviancy and noise pollution with his customary acid humour and candid insight. 'A man cursed with a libido which might have provided Freud with material for several books and a Broadway musical.' - The Independent on Sunday. Since fronting the legendary Zodiac Mindwarp & the Love Reaction, singer-songwriter Mark Manning has mutated into a highly respected and popular full-time author. Previous titles include: Bad Wisdom (Penguin, with Bill Drummond), Crucify Me Again (Codex), Get Your Cock Out (Attack Books), the introduction to John Wesley Hardin's Gunfighter and Fucked by Rock (a Creation Books best-seller in 2001). He regularly writes for The Idler literary magazine alongside Louis Theroux and Bill Drummond, performs annually at the Clerkenwell Literary Festival and appeared at Stockholm's Spoken Word Festival (2000). Born in Leeds, Manning has long since made Clerkenwell, London his permanent base. "The Marquis de Sade of Rock'n' Roll" New York Press. (Book ref. 038982) £6.99
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Britton, David and Butterworth, Michael (Editors) Savoy Dreams
Manchester: Savoy Books, 1984. First Paperback Edition. Paperback. New. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 0861300688 A special limited edition collection (1,000 copies) of fiction, articles and graphics, and the second in Savoy's planned trilogy of anthologies which commenced with The Savoy Book in 1978. Contains a selection of the letters which Michael Moorcock wrote to J.G. Ballard when the latter was Prose Editor of Ambit magazine, with the drug references left in. The full correspondence sans drug references formed Moorcock's account of his adventures in the movie capital of the world, Letters From Hollywood (Harrap, 1986). Police raids and litigation delayed publication of Savoy Dreams for four years, but on the plus side we were able to include detailed coverage of these raids as well as the 1982 trial and imprisonment of David Britton. "Money well spent, not least for its especially articulate and timely account of the way obscenity trials are now being conducted in Britain." RAMSEY CAMPBELL. (Book ref. 038977) £14.99
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Legere, Terri Adventure in Glide's Garden
Stocksfield: Oriel Press, 1978. Illustrated by Sheila Mackie. First Edition. Hardcover. New/New. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 0853621748 Children's fantasy novel set in a magical world of talking trees and animals along with elves and a very evil wizard. (Book ref. 038969) £9.99
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McNutt, Dan James Eighteenth Century Gothic Novels: Annotated Bibliography of Criticism
Hardcover Dawson Publishing,Folkestone 1975 329 0712906541 All items in stock -posted First Class on day of order (if received before 4.00pm) - expect next day delivery in UK, or within 3-6 working days for all non-UK destinations Nice clean bright Very Good (Book ref. 534453) £12.00
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Bann, Stephen (Editor) Frankenstein, Creation and Monstrosity
London: Reaktion Books, 1994. First Edition. Paperback. New. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 0948462604 Some of the most significant currents in modern intellectual and cultural history pass by way of Mary Shelleys "Frankenstein". By choosing as a guiding theme the idea of the scientist who creates a monster, she both revived for the Romantic period the traditional link between scientific experiment and natural magic, and made her own contribution to the debate on the difference between "creation" and "production" that was flourishing among the natural scientists of her time; "Frankenstein" thus signals an integration of the broad issues of contemporary science and culture, within the form of a popular fiction. In this way, it stands at the head of a productive tendency which is marked, over the next century, by related works such as Bram Stokers "Dracula" and H.G. Wells' "The Island of Doctor Moreau". Common to these works is a fascination with the ethics of creation, and the phenomenon of monstrosity, which provokes interesting questions about the place of the monster in Western visual culture - questions which are addressed by the essays in this book. The authors are Michael Grant, Elisabeth Bronfen, Louis James, Robert Olorenshaw, Michael Fried, Crosbie Smith, Ludmilla Jordanova and Jean-Louis Schefer. (Book ref. 038959) £5.99
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[WALPOLE, Horace]. The Castle of Otranto, A Story. Translated by William Marshall, Gent. From the Original Italian of Onuphrio Muralto, Canon of the Church of St. Nicholas at Otranto.
London: Printed for Tho. Lownds, 1765. First edition. Small 8vo. viii, 200 pp. Recent period style full speckled calf, spine with raised bands, double gilt rules and gilt decoration to compartments, gilt lettered red label, gilt tooling to edges of boards, near contemporary inscription to upper edge of title page reading “H Carr the gift of / Eleanora Swinburne” followed by another mark scribbled out by an old hand. The inscription in two hands, Eleonora’s name presumably noting her ownership of the book and the first part recording its presentation. Small tears to inner margins of F7 and F8 expertly repaired, slight toning to first and last few leaves, otherwise in very good condition. As Hazen notes the novel was actually first published 24th December, 1764, though the title page bears the following year. Walpole, for fear of public ridicule, purportedly published the novel under the ruse of it being a translation of a much earlier Italian text. When its success became apparent he began to assert his authorship, writing to a contemporary within a few months of the publication: “a little story book, which I published some time ago, though not boldly with my own name; but it has succeeded so well, that I do not longer entirely keep the secret.” Walpole writes in the preface to the second edition, that the work was an “attempt to blend the two kinds of romance: the ancient and the modern”. In creating this fantastical historical tale, Walpole thus established the genre of the Gothic novel. Eleanora Swinburne was the daughter of Sir John Swinburne of Capheaton Hall, Northumberland, 3rd Baron Swinburne. The poet Algernon Charles Swinburne was the grandson of the 6th Baron. Coincidentally Hazen refers to a copy of the book sometime owned by Richard Bull rebound in red morocco which came up for sale at the Julia Swinburne sale at Sotheby’s in June, 1894. Julia who Algernon Charles’ aunt, died in 1893 aged 97. Hazen, 17. (Book ref. 19599) £4750.00
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Thornburg, Mary K. Patterson The Monster in the Mirror: Gender and the Sentimental/ Gothic Myth in "Frankenstein"
Ann Arbor: UMI Research Press, 1987. First Edition. Hardcover. New/New. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 0835717984 Study of Mary Shelley's gothic masterpiece, Frankenstein. Includes superb bibliography. Studies in Speculative Fiction, No. 14. (Book ref. 038889) £15.95
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Rudorff, Raymond The Dracula Archives
London: David Bruce & Watson, 1971. 1st. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good -. 8vo 85127 120 0 A very crisp book without inscriptions, with a clipped dustwrapper with creases, chipping and tiny areas of wear at the corners. The turnover of this book states this is the full story of Dracula's past and how he came to be a vampire. (Book ref. 003319) £12.00
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Horace Walpole The Castle of Otranto
London: Folio Society, 1976. Illustrated by Charles Keeping. First Folio Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 142 pp. Introduction by Devendra P. Varma; Lithographs by Charles Keeping. Bound in black cloth with paper sides hand-marbled by Ingeborg Borjeson. Top page edges green. Fine copy with lightly rubbed spine. Slipcase lightly worn. (Book ref. 001813) £10.00
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Lathom, Francis The Midnight Bell
London: Skoob Books Publishing, 1989. First Thus. Paperback. New. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall 187143825X A fantastic, darkly gothic story of greed and jealousy, of individuals becoming the victims of their own uncontrollable passions, bringing disaster on themselves and others. One of Jane Austen's favourite books mentioned in Jane Austen' s Northanger Abbey (1818). Francis Lathom (1777-1832) was a successful novelist and playwright. Lathom moved to Bogdavic, Aberdeenshire, with a man rumoured to be his lover; travelled in Europe and America; and died in Aberdeenshire in 1832. After the public brilliance of his early life, his later years were secluded and secretive. Introduction by Lucien Jenkins. (Book ref. 038509) £5.95
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Yorke, Malcolm Mervyn Peake: My Eyes Mint Gold
London: John Murray, 2000. First Edition. Hardcover. New/New. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 0719557712 Painter, poet, illustrator, dramatist and creator of the Titus Groan trilogy, Mervyn Peake was near to achieving cult status even before his early death in 1968. This illustratred biography traces the life and work of his eccentric, unworldly and witty original who remained independent of the literary and artisitc movements of his day. (Book ref. 038504) £6.95
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Smyth, Edmund J. (Editor) Jules Verne: Narratives of Modernity
Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2000. First Paperback Edition. Paperback. New. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 0853237042 Essays on the relationship between Jules Verne and the French literary canon, addressing his much-debated status as a science fiction writer and examining aspects of his work, from a study of his use of narrative technique and defamiliarisation, to the relation his work bears to Surrealism and the repercussions for a modern reassessment of Verne as a writer. Verne has received renewed attention since the publication in 1994 of his "Paris au Vingtieme Siecle", and this has highlighted his importance as a key commentator on the anguishes of modernity. Arthur B. Evans provides a detailed account of the relationship between Verne and the French literary canon, demonstrating the "now-ineluctable trend towards rehabilitation and literary canonization". Daniel Compere exmines narrative technique, versimilitude, defamiliarization, naturalization and dialogism in Verne's work, while Timothy Unwin develops the enquiry into the nature of the Vernian text in discussing the role of science and textual repetition. The interface between realism, utopianism and SF in a number of Verne's novels is investigated by Sarah Capitano. Jules Gabriel Verne 8 February 1828 - 24 March 1905) was a French author who helped pioneer the science-fiction genre. He is best known for his novels A Journey to the Centre of the Earth (1864), From the Earth to the Moon (1865), Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1869-1870), Around the World in Eighty Days (1873) and The Mysterious Island (1875). Verne wrote about space, air, and underwater travel before navigable aircraft and practical submarines were invented, and before any means of space travel had been devised. Consequently he is often referred to as the "Father of science fiction" and a precursor to stemapunk, along with H.G. Wells. (Book ref. 038503) £4.00
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PUNTER, David The Literature Of Terror
London: Longman, 1980. First Simultaneous Paperback Edition. Mass Market Paperback. Very Good/N/A. 5.25" x 8.5" 0582489210 (Book ref. 014976) £15.00
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Ashley, Mike Starlight Man: The Extraordinary Life of Algernon Blackwood
London: Constable, 2001. First Edition. Hardcover. New/New. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 1841194174 Algernon Henry Blackwood, CBE (March 14, 1869 - December 10, 1951) was an English writer of fiction dealing with the supernatural, who was also a journalist and a broadcasting narrator. His style of writing is very intense emotionally, and holds a strong fascination for the reader. The supernatural element is carefully woven into the plot which often turns the ordinary and familiar into something mysterious and awesome. Many of his tales take place outdoors in some magnificent setting of nature, like the wilderness of Canada, the swamplands of the Danube river or the Black Forest in Germany. Nature spirits, haunted houses, the spirits of the dead and other ancient sorceries all abound in his strange tales. Blackwood's private life was almost as odd and mysterious as his tales. A travelling man, he saw a great many places in the world. He was born in Kent, England, 1869. As a young man, he lived in New York and later on settled in Switzerland. Before that he had been moose hunting in Canada, hiking in Italy, France and Spain, and touring in Egypt, Austria and Sweden. After WWI, he found himself back in England. Besides writing, his activities were very diverse. He served as a secret agent in Switzerland at the end of WWI. His interest in the supernatural led him to visiting a spiritualist camp, exploring haunted houses and seeking out gurus like Gurdjieff and Ouspensky in France at a time when they were fashionable amongst the artistic jet set of the day. His talent as a story teller brought him a devoted audience amongst his nephews and other young relatives. He also wrote a number of children's books. In his later days, Blackwood experienced a renewed interest in his work. In 1934 he made his first radio broadcast and this he took up again in 1941 and onwards when he wrote a number of radio talks and plays. In 1947 he appeared on BBC TV as a story teller and became quite popular. This popularity culminated in 1949 when he received the C.B.E. award at Buckingham Palace. He continued to work, although his health failed him in the following years and a stroke made him a convalescent. He died in 1951. (Book ref. 038485) £5.99
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Gladwell, Adèle Olivia Blood and Roses: The Vampire in 19th Century Literature
London: Creation Books, 1995. Reprint. Paperback. New. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 1871592143 The definitive collection of 19th Century literature in which the vampire, or vampirism, both embodied and atmospheric, appears. Seventeen seminal texts by legendary European authors, covering the whole of that delirious period from Gothic and Romantic, through Symbolism and Decadence to proto-Surrealism and beyond, in a single volume charged with sex, blood and horror. Includes: Bram Stoker, Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Baudelaire, Arthur Machen, Le Comte de Lauteamont, Count Stenbock, J-K Huysmans, Jean Lorrain, Theophile Gautier, Charles Nodier, J Sheridan Le Fanu, Edward Bulwer Lytton, Oscar Wilde, Ivan Turgenev, Charlotte Bronte, J.M. Ryder. (Book ref. 038484) £5.99
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Udo, Tommy Vatican Blood Bath
London: Attack! Books, 2000. First Edition. Paperback. New. 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall 1840680334 The 500 year long struggle between the vatican and the royal family for control of the world's drug trade is about to reach a thrilling and unutterably bloody climax. Absolutely brilliant. Violent, perverted, hilarious, confusing, loud, royal, nostalgic and about as non-pc as you can get. If you want to see the REAL Monarchy and Papacy, buy this and put all your Mail on Sunday Royal-watching supplements on the fire where they belong. Anyone could read this and laugh themselves silly- but it's even better if you've got a pinch of conspiracy lore under your belt (all the jokes about The Family having reptile DNA...)- Read it after Foucaults Pendulumn as an antidote for such heavy going. Extreme Fiction doesn't get much more fun than this. (Book ref. 038411) £7.99
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Summers, Montague Antinous and Other Poems
London: Cecil Woolf, 1995. First Thus. Hardcover. New/New. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 0900821973 Reissue of the rare first edition, with an introduction by Timothy d'Arch Smith and a bibliography, including a list of works by Adelsward Fersen. Augustus Montague Summers (10 April 1880 - 10 August 1948) was an eccentric English author and clergyman. He is known primarily for his scholarly work on the English drama of the 17th century, as well as for his idiosyncratic studies on witches, vampires, and werewolves, in all of which he professed to believe. He was responsible for the first English translation, published in 1928, of the medieval witch hunter's manual, the Malleus Maleficarum. (Book ref. 038407) £45.00
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Lack, Roland-Francois Poetics of the Pretext: Reading Lautreamont
Exeter: Exeter Univeristy Press, 1998. First Edition. Paperback. New. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 0859894983 A study of the plagiarizing poet Isidore Ducasse, Comte de Lautreamont (1846-1870), who exerted a strong influence on artists and writers as diverse as Kenneth Anger, Andre Breton, Paul Bowles and Dali, and was studied by Blanchot, Derrida and Bachelard. (Book ref. 038351) £4.99
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