Fine in fine dust jacket. First Edition. As-new binding in As-new dustwrapper. Limited to 500 copies. Signed by the author. These "tales of ghosts and discouragement, " range from the Northwest Mythos "The Hounds of the Hearth" (first published by Rosemary Pardoe's The Haunted Library) to an homage to Robert Aickman "The House that Knew No Hate" (from World Fantasy Award winning anthology Architecture of Fear), to such highly personal ghost stories as "The Apartment" and "The Phantom Ship, " to a ghostly homage to Sarah Orne Jewett, "A Mirror for Eyes of Winter, " to the Christmas horror "Jeremiah." A sub-section, Legends of Old America, contains "Ghoul John and the Corpse, " based on an all too true tale of the Columbia River, and a bayou witchcraft tale of a completely different John, "John and the Magic Skillet." Also collected in one place are all extant investigations of Penelope Pettiweather, ghost detective, including "The Woman Who Turned to Soap" which was adapted as a play, and "The Queen Mum" about a disturbing immortality first published by England's Haunted Library. Two other small subsections: The surreal and mysterious "Forsaken Reliquary: A Catalog of Imaginary Lithographic Tints" includes High Decadent pieces "A Midnight Ride in the Garden of Abomination" and "Mice Bear Dreams out of Twilight." Plus "Bone Wings, " a selection of lyric verse a la Sarah Teasdale but entirely about ghosts. Finally, an introduction many should find as disturbing for its truths as are any of the fictions. Douglas Walters' superb color jacket illustrates "The Hounds of the Hearth." A few of these pieces had never been published before, others are gathered from diverse sources. Many had honorable mentions in the Year's Best compilations, while "In the Looking Glass, Life is Death" and "Walk in Sable" were selected for inclusion in Datlow and Windling's Years Best Fantasy and Horror. AUTOGRAPHED.
Small 8vo, 267pp +advertisements in dark red cloth with illustrated DJ with orange titles on black spine. SIGNED, limited edition. Includes STRANGE MINIATURES FROM A NORTHWEST STUDIO c 2000, Duck's-foot Tree Press, a 16pp pamphlet of extremely short prose, also a limited edition signed by the author, copy number 3/50. Condition of the book is F/F, the pamphlet is in an envelope, as issued, and is in VG to F condition. shelved ephemera box E. Rockville.
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