New vintage "weird fiction" from Stark House....
The Empty House / The Listener
by Algernon Blackwood
From the Stark House Press website:
Returning to Britain in the late 1890’s, he soon began turning some of his strange experiences into stories, beginning with “A Haunted Island,” a ghost story set in the remote Canadian backwoods. An acquaintance sent these stories to a publisher and the result was The Empty House, soon followed by many more weird story collections and some truly strange and powerful novels.
Storyteller, mystic, adventurer, radio and television personality—Algernon Blackwood has been all of these in his rich and varied lifetime. In fact, as he revealed to his friends, most of his stories were based on actual events. By the time of his death in 1951, he had become one of the greatest writers of supernatural fiction in the 20th century.
Shipping soon! Warning: This book will not ship automatically to Crime Club members. If you are a member and want to sample some fine "weird menace" stories from a bygone era, drop us a line and we will ship you a copy when they arrive....
If you're new to Blackwood, maybe we can arrange an introduction with an offer of a discount good through the month of March. 15% off the cover price of $23.95 and free shipping will get you started. Order the book by sending us an e-mail.
When I wished everybody a Happy New Year last time, I neglected to mention cold and flu season. It's miserable but can be an effective weight loss program. Like all such things, the problem isn't taking it off, it's keeping it off. Once you stumble out of bed. All told, the gym membership probably makes for a better resolution.
Read any good books lately? Hopefully you've delved into the Charles Williams volume that shipped last month and get your taste, be it new or a refresher, of this fine author.
Jada M. Davis's wonderful and moving The Midnight Road is shipping this week and my guess is that at this time next year you'll see it on many "Best of" lists for 2014. James Reasoner already listed it for 2013 but he only saw an advanced copy. He listed it on his blog as a book "not even out yet that you need to remember so you can grab [one] later on":
MIDNIGHT ROAD, Jada Davis (another almost lost hardboiled masterpiece from Davis, and a fine coming-of-age novel at the same time)
Crime Club members should be receiving their books now, but if you're not a member and want a copy, remember all our books are shipped well-protected in wraparound cardboard containers--no envelopes here.
In the Department of Special Announcements, Stark House is quite proud to announce a forthcoming edition of two of legendary author Ed Gorman's finest private eye novels, The Autumn Dead and The Night Remembers.
The Autumn Dead features Jack Dwyer, one-time cop now part-time actor and private investigator. The Night Remembers is the only full-length Jack Walsh novel. We'll update you more on these as the books make their way through the production process.
Closer to the release schedule, we have the forthcoming John Trinian volume going to the printer for review copies. That one features some fine writing by an enigmatic character who said of himself that he didn't write literature, he wrote pulp fiction. Trinian, whose real name was Zekial Marko, whose original name was Marvin Schmoker, clearly has a different idea of what "pulp fiction" means than most of the rest of us. He is the author of only seven novels, some more crime-oriented than others, but more literate character-based crime fiction would be difficult to find.
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