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.
Nina Antonia's weird, beautiful, sad, witty novel THE GREENWOOD FAUN is now available to pre-order.
Limited to 420 lithographically printed copies with colour endpapers, the book also features a foreword by Mark Valentine.
Please see HERE for more information, and to order a copy.
Official publication is the 5th of December (the ancient Roman festival of Faunalia).
“Decadent in style and, more importantly, in spirit, The Greenwood Faun captures the lush sentiment as well as the mordant irony of the fin-de-siècle, and contrives a delicate balance between them. I loved it.”
- Brian Stableford
Some have noted a mention of our next publication, THE GREENWOOD FAUN by Nina Antonia, on the Wormwoodiana blog, and a reading the author will be making at Putney Library, London, on Wednesday 13 December between 6.45pm to 7.45pm. If you happen to be in the region, I'm sure you won't be disappointed, and mulled wine will be on hand to stave of the evening chill.
(For more information:
Tel: 020 8780 3085, or email:
The book itself will be available to order in the early days of December, certainly before Faunalia (5th of December). Further announcements will be made in the weeks to come.
It is a quite remarkable work...
“shot through with decadence, poetry, opium and incense . . .this is a beautifully written proem: witty, crepuscular, enchanting, surprising”
- David Tibet
Now available to pre-order, as part of Egaeus Press's pocket-sized Keynote Editions: THE ECHO OF THE SEA & OTHER STRANGE WAR STORIES by Paul StJohn Mackintosh.
The book features four wonderfully original short stories / novellas (three of which are previously unpublished) in which ghosts, Nordic folklore and ancient rituals encroach upon the very practical matters of WWII.
Official publication will be on 31st October 2017.
Please see HERE for more details.
Now available for pre-order: BURIED SHADOWS by John Howard, one of the most highly regarded names in modern weird and fantastical fiction.
Through the ten previously uncollected stories and novellas included in this volume, we find ourselves transported between Berlin and Birmingham, Lisbon and Budapest, through towns and cityscapes of treacherous architectures and unquiet histories; through a world which vehemently refuses to lie still...
Publication 17th June 2017.
See HERE for more details.
The second, and very probably final printing of our mammouth 2015 compendium SOLILOQUY FOR PAN is now out of print.
It was our most popular book to date, and we thank everyone who purchased copies.
Sorry if you missed it, but I'm sure if you keep an eye out, secondhand copies will show themselves online from time to time.
In the first half of 2018, we will publish a prestige limited volume of sea stories and poems, for which a small number of spaces are open to anyone who feels they're up to the submitting their work. But please read on carefully...
We are looking for strange or uncategorizable pieces 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. We would encourage any potential contributors to have first sifted the psychic jetsam of Moby Dick and The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Robinson Crusoe and The Sea Priestess; to know the sadness of faded stickers on the sides of antique cabin trunks, the exotic wonders of Kodachrome photos torn from vintage National Geographic, or an etching of extinct botany made on an extinct coastline, hundreds of years ago. We recommend for your voyage a figural cargo of nautical charts and sextant readings, tide tables and shipping registers, the last occupied hammocks on the Marie Celeste, salt crust and spider crabs, pleasure piers and penny arcades, squealing gulls, lighthouses and safe harbours, morse code and semaphore flags, diving helmets and deep sea currents, bells and creaking timbers, whale songs and sailor’s shanties, drowned men and ghost ships, seaweed and sea glass and sea swells and squalls.
Whether your submission takes place on dry land or on some gently tilting ship's deck, the important thing is that all the while we have at least one wary eye on the water, one eye on that frighteningly wide horizon.
We are NOT looking for monster stories (in the literal sense); NO Lovecraftian flights of cosmic / sub-aquatic fancy. However, the inclusion or allusion to sea serpents, mermaids and so on is not altogether out of the question, since they occupy so prized a space in Neptune's domain... Ultimately, these should be human tales.
Please have some idea of the sort of work we publish – its sensibilities and aesthetic - before submitting.
Submissions should be emailed as attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submissions is the last day of 2017. Word limit for prose is anything from 1,000 to 12,000, with room for negotiation. No word limit for poetry. Payment is 60p per 100 words along with two copies of the finished book.
Space in this book is, as previously stated, limited, and we fully anticipate the heavy-hearted necessity for rejecting works of great merit. Please be aware of this, and please don't be too disappointed should this be your experience.
Do not lose sight of the sea.
Ladies & Gentlemen
We are very pleased to announce that our next publication will be a collection of stories from the incredible John Howard. BURIED SHADOWS will see publication at the beginning of June and will feature ten tales of lost geographies, curious architectures and forgotten faces...
Then, in September, we will publish THE GREENWOOD FAUN, by Nina Antonia. A beautiful, otherworldy novel which draws on the lost writings of Lucian Taylor and Lionel Johnson, the natural world and the preternatural; blurring facts and fictions.
More details of both projects will be announced in the weeks, months to come, as well as being posted right here
Stephen J. Clark's IN DELIRIUM'S CIRCLE is now out of print. A marvellous, fully illustrated novel about one man's dizzying decent through the circles of a secret society of sinister game-players and the nebulous masters to whom they are enthralled; we are very happy to have had the chance to publish this book.
Thanks to everyone who purchased, reviewed and or mentioned it
Best of luck.
Adam S. Cantwell's collection BASTARDS OF THE ABSOLUTE is now out of print. Should you feel it to be conspicuously missing from your collection, Cold Tonnage appear to still have some, and there may be copies available with other dealers, should you wish to enquire with them.
The book was praised by Thomas Ligotti no less, and we are very pleased to have published it.
A collection of seventeen dark tales & novellas, in which some of today’s finest weird story writers provide previously unpublished work inspired by traditional murder ballads. The results are sometimes enigmatic, sometimes witty, sometimes desperately grim; just like the songs they often appear to belong outside — either before or after — recorded time, in some malleable epoch of blood-drenched mythology. They channel not only these ballads, but also that certain brand of outmoded publication which once revelled so joyfully in all manner of luridness; publications such as The Newgate Calendar, The Illustrated Police News and of course the Victorian Penny Dreadful.
Publication 20th Feb 2017.
See HERE for more information and to pre-order.
A brief but sizeably heart-felt thank you to everyone who supported Egaeus Press in the course of 2016 through buying our books, reviewing them or other- wise spreading the good word. À votre santé my friends.
We have several very exciting projects lined up for 2017, and news is imminent. Keep watching the skies, and Happy Holidays to you all.
Now available for pre-order :- A MIDWINTER ENTERTAINMENT, featuring many curious pieces, including several newly written stories (amongst them a brand new Connoisseur tale by Mark Valentine & John Howard), a smattering of rarely collected obscurities, a couple of never before translated artefacts and much more.
See HERE for more information, and to order.
Official publication will be on the 24th of November 2016 and all copies will be sent out on, or before that date.
In the early months of 2017, Egaeus Press will publish MURDER BALLADS, an anthology of stories inspired by that ancient oral tradition: Tales that share the intimacy of a fireside song, a family secret, a Victorian melodrama or the crumbling front page of a tawdry antique newspaper. They range from the folkish to the mythic; from the stuff of disquieting nursery rhymes to cautionary fables of crime and punishment: Sometimes tragic, occasion- ally humorous, often frightening, and frequently reminiscent of something from a blood-soaked penny-dreadful.
The book will feature new and previously unpublished short stories by Timothy J. Jarvis, Reggie Oliver, Angela Slatter, Helen Marshall, Rhys Hughes, Rosanne Rabinowitz, Daniel Mills, Lisa L Hannett, Philip Fracassi, Louis Marvick, Avalon Brantley, Brendan Connell, Stephen J. Clark, Colin Insole, Alison Littlewood, Charles Schneider and Albert Power.
More information will be made available as it comes to light.
The next Egaeus Press book will be A MIDWINTER ENTERTAINMENT and will be published in November.
A collection of curious stories, poems and miscellanea dedicated to short, yellowish days and long nights, to heavy curtains and the cracks and pops of burning logs, to frost-encroached byways and sturdy old inns, to skeletal trees and hungry black birds; and to Christmas of course and all that comes with it.
It will feature a new Connoisseur adventure by Mark Valentine & John Howard, two remarkable George Berguño translations of previously untranslated French pieces, as well as works by Alison Littlewood, Vincent O’Sullivan, Ron Weighell, Sheryl Humphrey, Avalon Brantley, Sara Rich, Nina Antonia, Tina Rath, Jonathan Wood, Jane Fox and Ross Smeltzer, amongst others.
The perfect festive gift! More information in the weeks to come.
A TWIST IN THE EYE the new collection of stories by Charles Wilkinson is now available to pre-order.
Charles's remarkably assured writing is enigmatic but never vague, dreamlike but never illogical, horrifying but only occasionally visceral. Few writers can write ‘weird’ with so convincing a voice.
For more information or to pre-order, see HERE.