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Carl Abrahamsson, Avalon Brantley, B. Catling, et al.

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Status available
Release Date Summer 2016
Limitation 24 copies
Size 22 × 30 cm
Pages 211
ISBN 978-3-945795-04-0
Edition lettered edition
Workmanship Thread-stitched hardcover, bound in black leatherette, featuring gilt edges and lettering on cover, red endpapers and silk ribbon page marker.

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“I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us. If the book we’re reading doesn’t wake us up with a blow on the head, what are we reading it for? So that it will make us happy, as you write? Good Lord, we would be happy precisely if we had no books, and the kind of books that make us happy are the kind we could write ourselves if we had to. But we need the books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us. That is my belief.”
— Franz Kafka in a letter to his friend Oskar Pollak, 27. January 1905.

Contributors to this anthology about the passion for books are (in alphabetical order):

Carl Abrahamsson, Avalon Brantley, B. Catling, Brendan Connell, Quentin S. Crisp, Richard Gavin, Martin Hayes, Colin Insole, Timothy J. Jarvis, Andrew Liles, Chris Mikul, Daniel Mills, Damian Murphy, Reggie Oliver, Thomas Phillips, Ray B. Russell, Michael Siefener, Charles Schneider, Thomas Strømsholt, Supervert, Mark Valentine, Paul Wallfisch, DP Watt, Ron Weighell, Jonathan Wood

Co-edited by Alcebiades Diniz Miguel,

Illustrations by Erika Seguín Colás.

About Avalon Brantley

Avalon Brantley (✝ 2017) published three books so far with Zagava: “Aornos” (re–edition 2019), “Descended Suns Resusciate” and "The House of Silence".

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About Reggie Oliver

Reggie Oliver is a man of many talents. He has worked as an actor, a director and a playwright; he adapted Feydeau's plays for the British stage and wrote the biography of Stella Gibbons. His three novels and more than a hundred short stories and novellas in the fantastic genre, published in eight collections by Tartarus, are held in highest esteem by critics, readers and colleagues alike. This is also true of the richly illustrated The Hauntings at Tankerton Park, an utterly original children's book published by Zagava. His story “The Silver Cord” won the Arthur Machen short story prize …

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About D.P. Watt

D. P. Watt is one of the most highly esteemed authors of weird fiction writing today - „somewhere between E. T. A. Hoffmann, Nabokov and Ligotti“, according to Charles Schneider's characterization of his work. Apart from many essays he has written more than ninety short stories and novellas which have been published in six collections, among them An Emporium of Automata (Ex Occidente, 2010; Eibonvale, 2013), The Phantasmagorical Imperative (Egaeus, 2014; The Interlude House, 2015), Almost Insentient, Almost Divine (Undertow, 2016), and Petals and Violins (Tartarus, 2019).

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About Jonathan Wood

Jonathan Wood lives in London and is the proprietor of the Arbor Vitae Press and has written and published a clutch of sought-after small press works, including 6 issues of the esoteric literary journal Through the Woods as well as four volumes of poetry by award-winning Anglo-Welsh poet, Nigel Humphreys. His own fiction has been extensively published by Zagava,  Ex Occidente/Mount Abraxas, Raphus and Egaeus as well as literary articles for the Private Libraries Association and Tartarus Press. He is an inveterate book collector and an occasional book dealer, specialising in the obscure by-ways of literature, shadowing the London rare …

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