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17th October 2020


Now available for pre-order: BEATIFIC VERMIN by D.P. WATT. Our seventh Egaeus Press Keynote Edition.

Eleven tales of fragmenting identity, seething beauty, quiet anger and tumultuous imaginary voids. Herein, bodies relinquish their sensuous delights revealing layers of decay; secrets are made, and unmade; other worlds collide with ours, enticing us with pestilent wonders.

Official publication will be 24th October 2020, with pre-orders being despatched on, or shortly before, that date.

See HERE for more details.

3rd October 2020


Good people, a few items of news...

Firstly, we're pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of BEATIFIC VERMIN by D.P. WATT as part of our prestige, pocket-sized Keynote Editions. This book will consist of eleven of the author's singularly strange tales, four original to this book and all previously uncollected.

Expect publication later this month. Details soon.


In the latter part of November, we hope to be able to publish our long-awaited Poison anthology, now entitled BITTER DISTILLATIONS.


The book will comprise of eighteen sinister and intoxicating pieces courtesy of Damian Murphy, Ron Weighell, Lisa L. Hannett, Timothy J. Jarvis, Yarrow Paisley, Kathleen Jennings, George Berguño, Stephen J. Clark, Joseph Dawson, Carina Bissett, Alison Littlewood, Jonathan Wood, Nina Antonia, Rosanne Rabinowitz, Rose Biggin, Louis Marvick, Sheryl Humphey and Jason E. Rolfe.

Stay nearby for more information.


From a business point of view, a book selling-out as quickly as our recent CROOKED HOUSES anthology should have been cause for great celebration. However, conscientious citizens that we are, the party atmosphere was rather dulled by the knowledge that many readers had missed out in the rush.

We have decided therefore to have a small run of reprints made up for publication in the early part of 2021 (by the end of January, ideally). These will feature all the same stories as the first edition, though with a new cover (artwork yet to be confirmed).

A full announcement, with all the details, will be made this side of new year.

Thank you.

Images by Nicasius Russell, engraved by Jan Barra (c.1623) & Thomas Chatterton Taking the Bowl of Poison from the Spirit of Despair by John Flaxman (c.1780-1787) .

17th July 2020

Crooked Houses

Now available for pre-order! CROOKED HOUSES: Tales of cursed and haunted dwellings.

With this mammoth new anthology, Egaeus Press aims to reaclaim the haunted house tradition, not only from glossy movies, cartoons and television-era ghost hunters, but also from the Victorians, and the great, academic spook story authors of the 20th Century who sought to calibrate, anthro- pomorphise and provide justification for acts by forces which might hitherto have been considered beyond the scope of human comprehension.

Reggie Oliver, Mark Valentine, Helen Grant, Steve Duffy, David Surface, John Gale, Rebecca Lloyd, Colin Insole, Lynda E. Rucker, Carly Holmes, Rebecca Kuder, Richard Gavin, Albert Power, James Doig, Katherine Haynes, Jane Jakeman and Timothy Granville.

For information, and to order, see HERE.

13th June 2020

We hope you've all managed to keep safe and well over the last few tumultuous months. An enormous thank you to everyone who purchased Egaeus Press books during this time. I trust they entertained or otherwise proved respectably diverting.

As summer hobbles closer (for those of us in the northern hemisphere at least) yet holiday plans go unplanned, it seems unwittingly fortuitous to be able to hail our forthcoming anthology, dedicated, crookedly, to interior spaces, homes and residences (of a generally undesirable nature)...

Crooked Houses

CROOKED HOUSES will feature 17 previously unpublished tales of cursed and haunted dwellings. But don't be mistaken in thinking these are your run-of-the-mill, cosy, stuffy, fireside spook-tales; they taste of altogether older, rawer and often less tangible influences.

The entertainment will be provided by : Helen Grant, Reggie Oliver, Steve Duffy, Lynda E. Rucker, Mark Valentine, Rebecca Lloyd, Carly Holmes, John Gale, Richard Gavin, Rebecca Kuder, Albert Power, James Doig, Katherine Haynes, Colin Insole, David Surface, Jane Jakeman and Timothy Granville.

We are currently busy readying the manuscript for the printer, and intend to have the finished book available for order in the latter half of July.

Further announcements will follow.

Stay in touch. Stay safe. (Stay in doors?)

Image: The Houses Are Faces by Jean Veber (1899)

18th April 2020

Dark Nest

It is with great pleasure that we are able to announce that our latest Egaeus Press Keynote Edition is now available for pre-order.

THE DARK NEST by Sue Harper contains 49 short yet fully realised tales drawing on the Gothic, the surreal, the erotic, the blackly humorous: a dog who can talk, a woman whose skin becomes transparent, the discovery of a dead Martian in a wood, the purchase of a doll who comes alive.

The influence of Angela Carter and Margaret Atwood is clearly present in Sue's work, as well as that of the artists, Leonora Carrington and Dorothea Tanning.

Official publication will be the 25th of April.

For more information, and to order, see HERE.


In other news, we have extended the BOOK SALE for an extra week, but it will end on the 24th of April. (See below for details.)

21st March 2020



It seems wholly unnecessary to labour the point: we find ourselves in an era of uncertainty, anxiety, boredom. Perhaps we find ourselves with more empty time than usual on our hands, or a greater need for escapism, or simply less ready cash. With all these things in mind, and for a limited period, Egaeus Press has decided to lower the prices on some of our books.

The sale begins today and will last until 18th April, stocks permitting, and assuming the postal services continue uninterrupted.


Rhys Hughes's BRUTAL PANTOMIMES: £32.00 / £25.00

Farah Rose Smith's OF ONE PURE WILL: £33.00 / £25.00

John Howard's BURIED SHADOWS: £33.00 / £25.00

A BOOK OF THE SEA: £35.00 / £30.00

MURDER BALLADS: £35.00 / £30.00

Take Care everyone.

15th March 2020


THE TRANSFIGURATION OF MISTER PUNCH is now officially out of print, though copies may still be found with dealers.

An enormous thank you to everyone who purchased copies, and to D.P. Watt, Charles Schneider, and Cate Gardner for their excellent writings.

7th March 2020

Voice of the Air

Now available to order: THE VOICE OF THE AIR by JOHN HOWARD

This book brings together “The Fatal Vision” and “The Lustre of Time” - two novellas previously only published in highly limited editions - along with “The Process of Fire”, a previously unpub- lished novella continuing the chronicles of Cristian Luca, architect and academic of Steaua de Munte, amid the tumult of the mid-C20th.

See HERE for more information, and to order.

8th February 2020


Good people.

We're pleased to announce that our next publication will be THE VOICE OF THE AIR by JOHN HOWARD. Yes, at last! The book will comprise of three novellas, following architect and academic Cristian Luca through the tumult of the mid-C20th in the fictional Romanian town of Steaua de Munte.

As well as collecting the extremely rare "The Lustre of Time" and "The Fatal Vision", The Voice of The Air will also feature a new and previously unpublished novella in the Cristian Luca series, "The Process of Fire".

Publication will take place in the second half of March, and more information will be made available in the weeks to come.

The following months will also see the publication of CROOKED HOUSES, an anthology of tales of cursed and haunted houses, plus a rather dubious BOOK OF POISONS, and a couple of Keynote editions that no one should want to miss... But all in good time.

Stay close. You'll see.

Image by Josef Bartuska.

2nd November 2019


It's Día de Muertos (The Day of the Dead) and we're pleased to be able to announce the publication of A MISCELLANY OF DEATH & FOLLY.

A collection of weird prose, poetry and all manner of uncategorizable writings intended to provide a little entertain- ment amid this absurd, overlighted dream we call human life.

Features work by Cate Gardner, Albert Power, D.P. Watt, David Yates, Chris Kelso, Angela Slatter, Paul StJohn Mackintosh, Leena Likitalo, Adam Bolivar, Hayden Peters, Ismael Espinosa (translated by George Berguño), Icy Sedgwick, Kaaron Warren, Brendan Connell, Adriana Díaz Enciso, Suzanne J. Willis and Kayleigh Marie Edwards.

For information, and to order, see HERE.

7th September 2019



Good people, this season shall see the publication of A MISCELLANY OF DEATH AND FOLLY: A harmless little trifle containing fiction, poetry and all manner of titbits pertaining to the stupidities of life and the absurdities of death.

More details will follow in the weeks to come.

Looking a little further on, John Howard's THE VOICE OF THE AIR will at last be published. It is a collection of three novellas, all concerning the restless world of Dr Cristian Luca, Professor of Architecture and Planning at the University of Steaua de Munte.

Beyond that? Be ready for poison books and haunted houses in 2020, and more from our Keynote imprint.

(Drawing: Alfred Kubin's "The Mask Of Death", 1918)

15th June 2019

Pure Will

We are very pleased to announce the publication of Farah Rose Smith's OF ONE PURE WILL.

There are eighteen short pieces here: strange, decadent, restless stories which seem to map their very own atticspace at the edge of the waking world: A treacherous, amorphic region, shewn in a style that writhes and twists, but is never out of Farah Rose Smith's meticulous control.

The book is limited to just 300 copies.

For further details, or to order, see HERE.

9th May 2019

John Gale's SARABAND OF SABLE has slipped out of print. Many thanks to everyone who purchased copies.

20th April 2019

Crimson Sun

Now available for pre-order: CHILDREN OF THE CRIMSON SUN by Karim Ghahwagi. One of our series of pocket sized Keynote editions.

A diptych of dark, richly wrought, strange tales, exploring faith, identity, and those mysterious currents which inhabit the spaces in between them. At once psychological tales of mounting spiritual horror, and investigations into the dark fantastic.

Our official publication date is 27th April 2019.

For more details and to order, please see HERE.

2nd March 2019


The next Egaeus Press publication will be another in our series of Keynote edit- ions, namely CHILDREN OF THE CRIMSON SUN by Karim Ghahwagi, featuring two long pieces of beautiful, baroque phantasy. Publication is likely to be late April or early May, and further updates will follow in due course.

This will be followed by OF ONE PURE WILL, a wonderful collection of restlessly dreamish dark tales by Farah Rose Smith. Definitely not to be missed.

Our next anthology, A MISCELLANY OF DEATH AND FOLLY, about which we can disclose little but promise much, is taking shape for publication later in the year.

Unfortunately, the publication of the previously mentioned John Howard novella collection, THE VOICE OF THE AIR, has had to be delayed until late 2019 (possibly the beginning of 2020). It'll be worth the wait.

19th January 2019


Ladies & gentlemen,

THE BOOK OF FLOWERING has arrived...

A remarkable collection of eighteen new and previously unpublished fictions - exploring in their various ways, the concepts of fatal beauty and impermanence - from a rare ensemble of some of the greatest weird writers working today, including, among others, Reggie Oliver, V.H. Leslie, Mark Valentine, Colin Insole and Alison Littlewood.

Decadent, wondrous, sometimes disquieting, sometimes achingly beautiful, this book is limited to just 350 hardcover copies, featuring printed, colour endpapers by Toru Kamei.

For more details, and to order, please see HERE.

7th December 2018

Good people,

Another year turns towards its end, and there's much to look forward to in 2019...


THE BOOK OF FLOWERING will see publication in the second half of January: Featuring new tales of strangeness, beauty and impermanence by Mark Valentine, D. P. Watt, Jonathan Wood, Rebecca Kuder, V. H. Leslie, Reggie Oliver, Charles Schneider, Thomas Strømsholt, Damian Murphy, Timothy J. Jarvis, Mat Joiner, Ron Weighell, Tiffani Angus, Sheryl Humphrey, Colin Insole, Alison Littlewood, John Gale and N. A. Jackson. More details will be disclosed in the weeks to come.

This book will be followed by a collection of rare or unpublished novellas by the uniquely talented John Howard, entitled THE VOICE OF THE AIR; and then, a marvellously eclectic compendium of morbid, irreverent and fantastical writings by various authors, entitled A MISCELLANY OF DEATH AND FOLLY. There are more publications in the works, but I'm afraid you'll just have to wait a little longer for that.

An enormous thank you to everyone who has purchased from and supported Egaeus Press in the last 12 months: Very much appreciated. And should our paths not cross again in the next few weeks, a Merry Yuletide and a happy new year to you all.

(Drawing taken from Fridtjof Nansen's In Northern Mists, 1911)

24th November 2018


The next Egaeus Press publication will be THE BOOK OF FLOWERING. It will come to full bloom, a little later than expected, in the second half of January, 2019.

Comprising 18 pieces of strange and decadent fiction by some outstanding authors, it should not be missed.

More information will be made available this side of the festive period.

Thank you.

3rd November 2018

Splendid in Ash

Charles Wilkinson's new collection SPLENDID IN ASH is now available to order...

Seventeen previously uncollected stories (plus an introduction by John Howard) which manage, with seeming effortlessness, to take ordinary things into extraordinarily strange places.

This book is likely to join Charles's previous (long out of print) Egaeus Press collection, A TWIST IN THE EYE (2016), as a much sought after and highly regarded example of weird fiction at its most disquieting.

Limited to just 300 copies.

For more information or to order a copy see HERE.

9th September 2018

And alas, A MIDWINTER ENTERTAINMENT is now, again, out of print.

Thank you all for your orders.

8th September 2018


A month or so ago the last copies of our splendid compendium of weird frosty miscellanea, A MIDWINTER ENTERTAINMENT were sold. Or so we thought.

This week, we discovered a box of copies, which had been incorrectly filed and are pleased therefore to put the book back on our CATALOGUE page.

Stocks are of course limited, so as the days begin to shorten (on our hemisphere at least) and our thoughts turn collectively to long nights by the fire (and troublesome Christmas ideas), we strongly recommend you snap one up soon, if you haven't already.

See HERE for more information or to order.

14th July 2018


John Gale's SARABAND OF SABLE is now available to preorder. This beautiful volume features eight of Gale's sumptuous strange tales; dreamlike at times, dense in their imagery yet delicate as dimming perfume.

Presented as part of Egaeus Press's pocket-sized Keynote editions, it is limited to a mere 220 copies.

The official publication date is 20th July.

See HERE for more details.

9th June 2018

Book of the Sea

A BOOK OF THE SEA is now officially in print.

Thank you to everyone who pre-ordered. All pre-ordered copies have been despatched, and you should receive them very soon.

You can still order this compendium of weird nautical mysteries and spook tales HERE.

Elsewhere, Charles Wilkinson's A TWIST IN THE EYE is now out of print. Copies may still be available through dealers. Thankfully, Egaeus Press will be publishing another collection of Wilkinson's inspiringly strange tales later this year. More news will follow, in due course.

26th May 2018

a book of the sea

Now available for preorder: A BOOK OF THE SEA...

A collection of strange or uncategorizable pieces from some of the finest authors in the field, for which the sea provides the great mystery; stories and poems which explore its pull on the human heart, its alienness, its treachery, its unfathomable vastness; and more than anything, what it makes humans do, be, become.

Official publication will be 8th June, with pre-ordered copies being delivered on that date.

Please see HERE for more details, or to order.

All aboard who's coming aboard...

5th May 2018


Good people, news of forthcoming attractions:

Firstly, and in answer to that question hovering on so many lips: A BOOK OF THE SEA will be available to pre-order in the first few days of June. A further announcement will follow when pre-ordering becomes available, so please keep looking to the horizon... This book will be limited to 400 copies, and will contain previously unseen works by Jane Jakeman, Rosalie Parker, Tom Johnstone, Colin Insole, Jonathan Eeds, Stephen J. Clark, Karim Ghahwagi, Michael Colangelo, Colin Fisher, George Berguño, Albert Power, Martin Jones, David Yates, S.A. Rennie, D.F. Lewis, Steven Pirie, Jonathan Wood, Tim Foley, Joseph Dawson, Charles Schneider and Richard Sheppard.

This publication will be followed, in a matter of a month or so with the forth in our occasional series of Egaeus Press Keynote Editions, showcasing some of the best in contemporary weird writers, in this case the iridescent John Gale, and a collection of very rare and previously unpublished tales and proems entitled SARABAND OF SABLE. More news of that soon.

Further, those willing to be patient, will, in the months to follow be treated to THE EGAEUS PRESS BOOK OF FLOWERS, and a new collected edition of the stories of Charles Wilkinson... but wait... not just yet...

Thank you all for your attention.

24th December 2017


The end of the year reels around again.

THANK YOU to everyone who purchased Egaeus Press books this year, and to all who mentioned us, submitted work or otherwise contributed in some way or other.

It's been a year of diverse, but collectively quintessential, Egaeus publications. We began with MURDER BALLADS: an anthology in the style of the penny dreadful, a shocker in 385 pages featuring weird and grim (and sometimes amusing) tales from some notable contemporary writers. Then there was John Howard's BURIED SHADOWS, a collection of ten tales of treacherous and amorphous geometries, geographies and architectures. We followed this with a Keynote edition of Paul StJohn Mackintosh's THE ECHO OF THE SEA & OTHER STRANGE WAR STORIES, in which folklore, ghosts and ancient forces encroach upon the matters of World War II. Finally, earlier this month, we were very pleased to publish Nina Antonia's novel THE GREENWOOD FAUN, a truly haunting story concerning love, death, insanity, books, ghosts, angels, nature gods and so much more.

I thank you all again for your interest. As for 2018, stick around; announcements are due in the weeks to come, and it looks like it might be another wonderful year.




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