RAW EDGES: STUDIES AND STORIES OF THESE DAYS. Perceval Landon.

RAW EDGES: STUDIES AND STORIES OF THESE DAYS. London: Published by William Heinemann, 1908. Octavo, pp. [1-8] [1] 2-312, four inserted plates with illustrations by Alberto Martini, original pictorial black cloth, front panel stamped in red and white, spine panel stamped in red, bottom edge untrimmed. First edition. Collects thirteen stories. "Mixed collection, including the classic ghost story 'Thurnley Abbey,' also psychological suspense stories 'Railhead' and 'The Gyroscope,' the latter about a horrifying juggernaut which runs amok in a crowded auditorium. Superb lithographs by Alberto Martini." - Robert Knowlton. "The little-known Perceval Landon was capable of considerable suspense, terror, wit, and insight into Edwardian technology. The stories collected in RAW EDGES are a decidedly mixed bag (and not all of them supernatural. According to Jacques Barzun and Wendell H. Taylor in Catalogue of Crime (1974), 'there is much to admire, as well as much to disappoint.' The most often reprinted Landon tale is the superb 'Thurnley Abbey.'" - Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 3-138. "Although Landon published only one collection of short stories with supernatural content, RAW EDGES (1908), the unusual quality of one particular story makes it worthy of note. This is the frequently anthologized tale, 'Thurnley Abbey,' which is ranked by some as one of the greatest ghost stories ever written. Landon's achievement is all the more impressive because of his use of well-worn subject matter. The tale's masterful development of atmosphere is a model of how even cliched material can be given a new lease of life in the hands of a skilled writer." - Wilson, Shadows in the Attic, p. 309. Landon's only book of fiction. "Thurnley Abbey" is "a Jamesian classic" and "Landon's only Jamesian tale." - Pardoe, The James Gang, p. 11. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 252. Bleiler (1978), p. 118. Not in Reginald (1979; 1992). Barzun and Taylor, A Catalogue of Crime 3435. Touch of wear to cloth at spine ends, a bit of loss to white enamel rule on front cover, free endpapers tanned, a very good copy. (#148794).

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