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Grotesqueries – A Tribute to the Tales of L.A. Lewis

John Howard, Colin Insole, Rebecca Lloyd, et al.

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Status available
Release Date 2022
Limitation 176 copies
Size 19 × 31 cm
ISBN 978-3-949341-25-0
Edition numbered edition
Workmanship Thread-stitched hardcover, bound in illustrated buckram, with head- and tailband and army-green endpapers.


Edited Mark Valentine and myself, with new stories by Reggie Oliver, Mark Samuels, Rosalie Parker, Rebecca Lloyd, John Howard, Jane Jakeman, Ron Weighell, D.P. Watt, R.B. Russell, Jonathan Wood, Caroline Tyrrell, Colin Insole, Mark Valentine and lyrics by David Tibet.

Leslie Allin Lewis (1899-1961) wrote only one book, Tales of the Grotesque (1934), but his stories were later recognised and revived by leading anthologists such as Hugh Lamb and Richard Dalby. His 'The Tower of Moab' about the demon-haunted headquarters of a strange sect, is now recognised as a classic, but his other stories are also strange and fervent.

In this original anthology, thirteen contemporary writers offer a powerful homage to Lewis' work. These new stories respond to his troubled visions of other dimensions, cosmic entities and malevolent powers.The book also has specially created new artwork in the Expressionist mode by Eli John.

About Rebecca Lloyd

Probably most readers of the weird and fantastic genres know her name: Rebecca Lloyd, winner of the inaugural Bristol Short Story Prize 2008 and author of two novels, has written four outstanding collections of stories of different length: The View from Endless Street (WiDo, 2014), Mercy (Tartarus, 2014), Ragman & other Family Curses (Egaeus, 2016), and Seven Strange Stories (Tartarus, 2017).

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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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