On this midsummer eve Raphus Press in Brazil have published “As Augústias do Livro de Satã”, a Portuguese translation of my novelette “The Sorrows of Satan’s Book”. Translated by Alcebiades Diniz Miguel and Fàbio Waki. With photography by Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz and Fàbio Waki.
The story originally appeared in England in Egaeus Press’s wonderful anthology of maritime tales ‘A Book of the Sea’. The story was later collected into ‘The Inhuman Ladder’ and published by Zagava Books in Germany. Raphus Press has previously translated my story ‘Horrill Hill’ in a similarly wonderful edition. My humble gratitude to all involved.
ORNITHOLOGIÆ, Egaeus Press’s long-awaited collection of strange, dark and hallucinatory stories and poems on the theme of birds, is now available to order.
Herein, and alongside the more or less familiar, feathered avian varieties, you will find creatures of pure myth, impossibilities; birds reimagined, reconstructed; birds as symbols and metaphors for all that is both irreconcilably fascinating and alien to humanity.
The book comprises a total of 27 stories and poems, including, amongst other gems, a previously unpublished story by the late and greatly missed Ron Weighell.
The full table of contents is as follows:
Oystercatcher – Martin Ruf
Aberration & Essence – Charles Wilkinson
Ravenbaby – Die Booth
Chattering Pies – Henry Everett
The Spirit Plate – Sara Rich
Being A True Account of The Death & Burial of Poor Cock Robin – William Curnow
My Love Will Shine from Depths Unknown – John Llewellyn Probert
The Sin-Eaters – Suzanne J. Willis
Pretty Bird – Florence Sunnen
Chanticleer & The Peacock – Rose Biggin
Huitzilopochtli – Lorraine Schein
Oileán na nÉan – Albert Power
The Jingwei Bird Filling Up The Eastern Sea – Ngo Binh Anh Khoa
The Hunger – Romy Wenzel
Leather Cormorant – Richard Gavin
Doctor Cuckoo – Douglas Thompson
The Dread Machinery – Martin Jones
The Owl is Called Mother – Rebecca Lloyd
My Avian Daughter Devours Meteors – Alicia Hilton
The Embassy at Fontainebleau – Damian Murphy
Eyes Like Small Black Stones – David Surface
Soul Catcher – Ron Jon
The Songbird of Medina – Karim Ghahwagi
Flight – David Yates
Calling – Ruhul Amin
Spirits of the Dead – Ron Weighell
Edited by Mark Beech
A lithographically printed hardback with colour endpapers, limited to 460 copies.
D.P. Watt CRAFT Mark Valentine THE CLERKS OF THE INVISIBLE Jonathan Wood THE IDYLL IS OVER Karim Ghahwagi CODEX OF LIGHT Mark Samuels POSTERITY Rebecca Lloyd ANCESTOR WATER Mark Valentine STAINED MEDIUM Timothy J. Jarvis THE PURBLIND BARDS Reggie Oliver THE WET WOMAN R.B. Russel A HOUSE OF TREASURES Rosalie Parker HOME COMFORTS
Collected for the first time and arranged into a chronological sequence which spans over six hundred years, are tales of fevered investigation into the strange and supernatural- spurred by appetites glimpsed in the cracks and fissures of history; tales of exile and estrangement, of mystery and imagination, of psychological fugues and austere spiritual ecstasies, of unraveling human nature and its transcendent aberrant manifestations, of awe and horror, of ritual and magik – from folk horror to dystopian existential terror.
This book comes in 3 editions:
a paperback edition.
a limited edition hardcover, bound in striking blue fabric, with a die-cut window in the front cover showing a detail of the illustrated endpapers
a signed lettered edition bound in a canvas print of the cover painting (“Medusa” by Alice Pike Barney – 1892), housed in a slipcase, which comes with a complimentary paperback reading copy which will be sent very soon.
‘By the precepts passed down by the village Elders, the story was never to be consecrated in the absence of candlelight. Upon the advent of its telling, the wicks of candles were therefore always kindled by bedsides at night, along the windowsills in classrooms, and upon the mantelpieces of every home. A single beeswax candle always burned in the heart of the Great Hall. Tall as a man and thick as a tree-trunk, the candle was rooted in an ornamented brass candelabra, its yellowed beeswax surface richly carved in commemoration of the story it embodied. For generations the flame had never darkened, and the Elders had sustained its light from month to month, from season to season, always marking each transition to a new candle with solemn ceremony.’
Hand-sewn booklet, printed on handmade cotton rag pages with deckled edges. 10x30cm.
My story Horrill Hill has been made available for free download by Mount Abraxas Press. Originally appearing in Wound of Wounds, An Ovation to Emil Cioran, the anthology is edited by Damian Murphy and Dan Ghetu. Featuring stories by Douglas Thompsen, Justin Isis, Alcebiades Diniz Miguel, Rhys Hughes, Thomas Strømsholt, Damian Murphy, Jonathan Wood, Adam Golanski, Stephen Friedman, Andrew Condus, John Padget, Colin Insole, Adam S Cantwell, Charles Schneider, and with an introduction by Eugene Thacker.