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Nightmare-Touch., Hearn,  Lafcadio

Author Name    Hearn, Lafcadio

Title   Nightmare-Touch.

Binding   Hardcover.

Book Condition   Fine copy in a fine dustjacket (as new).

Edition   First edition (& 1st printing).

Publisher    Tartarus Press: North Yorkshire. 2010.

ISBN Number    1905784198 / 9781905784196

Seller ID   27753

Short story collection: edited and with an introduction by Paul A. Murray. ''His hobbies were fantastic. He knew all manner of odd things, dreadful things, uncanny things. He was purblind, and the shadow of a telegraph pole rose to him 'the shadow of a gigantic skeleton'. He studied Hoodooism [sic], witchcraft, etc. . . and knew all the horrible things about the old-time doings-frightful, barbaric, hideous punishments, etc.; and he knew some of the sweetest poetry in all tongues''. So wrote an acquaintance of prolific horror writer Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904). But in his writing Hearn was not concerned with achieving cheap thrills or titillation: horror was rather a means of expanding the boundaries of experience. He used his extensive knowledge of folklore and ancient beliefs and religions to challenge his readers, using horror to hint at spiritual realities beyond the grasp of contemporary materialism. 300 copies printed.

Price = 30.00 GBP



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