THE BASILISK AND OTHER TALES OF DREAD. Edited, with an Introduction by John Pelan & Christopher Roden. Ashcroft, British Columbia: Ash-Tree Press, 2003. Octavo, cloth. First edition. Limited to 500 copies plus a few extras for legal deposit purposes. A protege of W. E. Henley, Gilchrist moved on to naturalist studies after the turn of the century, not unlike his contemporary Vincent O'Sullivan, who shared his obsessions with death and supernatural retribution. His work was revived by Hugh Lamb in his fine Victorian ghost anthologies published in the 1970s. Much of Gilchrist's horror fiction was collected in THE STONE DRAGON (1894), a collection of fin-de-siecle historical romances, decadent and stylishly morbid in tone, "which is dazzling, eccentric, and, unfortunately, rare ... Gilchrist is a neglected master of horror who deserves revival." - Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 171. The Ash-Tree Press collection brings together all of Gilchrist's known weird fiction, those published in THE STONE DRAGON, as well as five from LORDS AND LADIES (1903), two from A PEAKLAND FAGGOT (1926), and "The Crimson Weaver" from THE YELLOW BOOK and "The Lover's Ordeal" from THE LONDON MAGAZINE, June 1905. A fine copy in fine dust jacket with faint scratch to rear panel. (#130856).
"This edition first published 2003 ..." on copyright page. "The first printing of the Ash-Tree Press edition of / The Basilisk / and Other Tales of Dread / was published on 30 May 2003 / and is limited to Five Hundred copies / with additional copies produced for / legal deposit purposes" on colophon page.