The four novellas that comprise Paul StJohn Mackintosh’s The Echo of the Sea & Other Strange War Stories - three of them connected almost to form a loose novel – are staggeringly researched, their World War II/postwar setting richly detailed. Against this backdrop of verisimilitude, the subtle penetrations of the eerie, uncanny, and supernatural have all the more impact.
In the title story, the narrator observes, “In war, with so much death about, perhaps the wall between this world and the next is thinner,” and that may well be the book’s theme, though we are also left reminded of the very human and terrestrial threats that continue to plague us in the modern day.
Thoroughly engrossing, written with a sophisticated and welcome restraint, these stories are sure to transport the reader far upon the sea of the imagination.
The full table of contents is as follows:
The Echo of The Sea
Claymore & Maelstrom
The Mistletoe Bough
Paul StJohn Mackintosh is a British poet, writer of weird fiction, translator and journalist. He read History and History of Art at Trinity College, Cambridge, and has lived and worked in Asia and Central Europe.
The book is a lithographically printed, 192 page pocket sized sewn hardback (105mm x 165mm); limited to 250 copies. It is part of the Egaeus Press Keynote Editions. ISBN 978-0-993527869.