MEDUSA: A STORY OF MYSTERY AND ECSTASY, & STRANGE HORROR. E. H. Visiak, Edward Harold Physick.

MEDUSA: A STORY OF MYSTERY AND ECSTASY, & STRANGE HORROR. London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1929. Octavo, pp. [1-6] 7-286 [287-288: blank], original black cloth, spine panel stamped in yellow-green. First edition. A presentation copy with signed inscription by Visiak to H. Millar dated September 1932. "Visiak is now remembered by macabre enthusiasts for his genuinely original novel MEDUSA (1929). A weird story of a voyage to unknown waters, it earned a dreadful review from the LONDON TIMES when it first appeared, which helped it sink without a trace (the same paper forty years later in Visiak's obituary referred to the book as 'a tour-de-force')" - Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 444. MEDUSA "is a hard to categorize as Lindsay's A VOYAGE TO ARCTURUS (1920). The tale moves gradually, in a slow crescendo, from its beginnings in a normal-seeming nineteenth-century England through adventures at sea and finally into a literal pit of fantasy -- a vast circular hole occupied by the eponymous sea monster which eats sexually aware men alive. The protagonist is a young boy who remains sexually innocent, though haunted by other guilts: he survives while his companions perish." - Clute and Grant (eds), The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997), p. 987. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 3-352. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1636. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 219. Bleiler (1978), p. 200. Reginald 14688. Some tanning to free endpapers (as is usually the case with this book), else a fine copy in very good printed dust jacket with mild fading to spine panel, faint vertical crease in front panel, two short closed tears at edges, and light wear to corner tips with very slight loss. Quite a nice copy overall. This book is uncommon, especially in jacket, and is rarely found inscribed or signed by Visiak. (#104781).

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