The Fatal Vow;
or, St. Michael's Monastery (1807)
The Fatal Vow; or, St. Michael's Monastery (1807) is an inventive mix of an early historical novel with aspects of Gothic terror that remains thrilling even two centuries after its first publication. This edition reprints the unabridged text of the very rare first edition, of which fewer than five copies are known to survive worldwide. Also featured are a new introduction and notes by Gothic scholar Max Fincher.
or, The Adventures of a Guinea, Vol. I
"Kevin Bourque and Valancourt Books are to be congratulated for bringing us a fresh, modern edition of an important eighteenth-century work that has languished too long out of print." Mark Blackwell, Associate Professor, The University of Hartford, editor, The Secret Life of Things.
The Magic Ring (1825)
Deluxe Illustrated Edition
Baron de la Motte Fouqué
A seamless blend of medieval quest, epic fantasy, and Gothic nightmare, The Magic Ring draws on an impressive host of inspirations, such as Germanic folk tales and Icelandic sagas, Arthurian romance and Gothic horror. Its author, Baron de la Motte Fouque, was a literary star in the constellation of German Romanticism, and with his great masterpiece, The Magic Ring, he paved the way for later luminaries of fantasy such as William
Morris, George MacDonald, and J.R.R. Tolkien.
or The Tale of the Black Forest (1794)
One of the earliest Gothic bestsellers, The Necromancer was first published in 1794, and after more than two centuries still retains the power to thrill and fascinate readers. This edition includes a new preface which reveals for the first time ever the true identity of The Necromancer's author, as well as an original critical essay by Jeffrey Cass, analysing the novel from a modern queer theory standpoint. The complete text of three contemporary reviews and helpful annotations are
also included to further enhance this edition.
The Veiled Picture;
or The Mysteries of Gorgono (1802)
Adapted from Ann Radcliffe's
The Mysteries of Udolpho
The Veiled Picture is a chapbook redaction of Ann Radcliffe's Gothic masterpiece The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794). The Veiled Picture faithfully preserves every major character and plot element from Udolpho while eliminating many of its details and descriptions, making it the ideal introduction to the study of Radcliffe's work. This Valancourt Books edition includes a new introduction and notes by Jack G. Voller.