Benighted, a classic ‘old dark house’ novel of psychological terror, was the second novel by J.B. Priestley, better known for his classics The Good Companions (1929), Angel Pavement (1930) and Bright Day (1946). The basis for James Whale’s 1932 film The Old Dark House, Benighted returns to print for the first time in fifty years. This edition includes the unabridged text of the first British edition, a new introduction by Orrin Grey, and a reproduction of the rare jacket art of the 1927 Heinemann edition.
The Cormorant (1986)
The Cormorant, Stephen Gregory’s first novel, received widespread critical acclaim, winning the Somerset Maugham Award and earning comparisons to the works of Poe. This edition includes a new introduction by the author, in which he reveals the inspirations for this bleak and haunting tale.
The Hunger and Other Stories (1957)
by Charles Beaumont
When The Hunger and Other Stories (1957) appeared, it heralded the arrival of Charles Beaumont (1929-1967) as an important and highly original new voice in American fiction. Although he is best known today for his television and film scripts, including several classic episodes of The Twilight Zone, Beaumont is being rediscovered as a master of weird tales, and this, his first published collection, contains some of his best.
The Amulet (1979)
Michael McDowell (1950-1999) is best known for his screenplays for Beetlejuice and The Nightmare Before Christmas, but he was also the author of several excellent and underrated Southern Gothic horror novels, of which The Amulet (1979) was the first. Originally published as a pulp paperback, now scarce and long out-of-print, McDowell’s grimly humorous and delightfully horrific novel returns to print in this edition, which features a new introduction by Poppy Z. Brite.
Fowlers End (1957)
First published in 1957, Fowlers End is thought by many to be the masterpiece of Gerald Kersh (1911-1968). A comic romp with echoes of Dickens, Rabelais, and The Beggar’s Opera, Kersh’s novel remains one of the funniest English novels of the 20th century and one of the best works of fiction ever written about London. This edition features an introduction by award-winning novelist and longtime Kersh admirer Michael Moorcock.
A Scent of New-Mown Hay (1958)
In this, his first and still best-known novel, the prolific John Blackburn (1923-1993) introduced the formula he was to employ so successfully in his career, seamlessly blending mystery, horror, and science fiction to create a thrilling bestseller that readers found impossible to put down. This edition, the first in more than thirty years, includes a new introduction by Prof. Darren Harris-Fain and a reproduction of the scarce original jacket art by Peter Curl.
Monk Dawson (1969)
by Piers Paul Read
Piers Paul Read’s third novel, Monk Dawson (1969), was a tremendous critical success, winning both the Somerset Maugham Award and the Hawthornden Prize and confirming his reputation as one of the outstanding novelists of his generation. This edition, the first in more than 25 years, features a new introduction by the author.
The God of the Labyrinth (1970)
The God of the Labyrinth (1970) is a novel in the mode of Jorge Luis Borges that explores two of Wilson’s major interests – philosophy and sex – in the form of a thrilling literary mystery. This edition, the first in more than 30 years, includes a new introduction by Gary Lachman and the original afterword by the author, in which he discusses the role of sex in literature and defends his work against charges of pornography.
Never Again (1947)
The second of the forty volumes of fiction written by Francis King (1923-2011) over an award-winning career that spanned seven decades, Never Again (1947) is one of his finest and was one of his own favourites. Never before reprinted and long nearly unobtainable, King’s moving and heartfelt novel, based on his own boyhood, returns to print in this edition, which includes a new introduction by Robert Khan.
Figures in a Landscape (1968)
A thrilling, page-turning story of perseverance in the face of almost certain death, Figures in a Landscape (1968) was shortlisted for the inaugural Booker Prize and filmed in 1970 by celebrated director Joseph Losey. This edition features a new introduction by Craig Russell and a reproduction of the iconic jacket art by Tom Adams.
The Fourth of June (1962)
David Benedictus was only twenty-three when this shock-filled, highly controversial first novel was published in 1962. Condemned by some reviewers as a farrago of sex, snobbery, and sadism, The Fourth of June nonetheless met with rave reviews from other critics – who proclaimed Benedictus one of the most promising new novelists of his generation – and was a bestseller on both sides of the Atlantic.
The Smaller Sky (1967)
One of the great English men of letters of the 20th century, John Wain (1925-1994) won almost every major British literary award during a career that spanned five decades, and his works are now being rediscovered. The Smaller Sky (1967), a classic novel of alienation and despair, is one of Wain’s most enduring achievements and returns to print for the first time in more than 35 years. This edition includes a new introduction by Alice Ferrebe.