'WARE WOLF! Forester, Lascelles.

'WARE WOLF! London, Toronto, Melbourne and Sydney: Cassell and Company, Ltd, [1928]. Octavo, pp. [1-6] 1-313 [314], original green cloth, front panel stamped in blind, spine panel stamped in black. First edition. "A popular weird thriller that rings a variation on the theme of lycanthropy by attributing the apparent transformations to hypnosis and hallucinogenic drugs. The villains are a local peasant cult in the South of France and an international conspiracy of revolutionaries in Vienna. The leaders of these two groups turn out to be half-brothers (the one raised locally, the other by a decadent Russian aristocrat), the progeny of a pair of rapes committed on the same night in the misty past. Familial skeletons execute an elaborate quadrille in this tale of nefarious foreigners, noble English, and animalistic passions. At bottom this is a story of English xenophobia and class snobbery -- old standbys -- and feels more like a throw-back to the sensation fiction of a generation or two earlier (the arch-villain is also a master of disguises!). The revival of pagan rites in a modern European setting recalls turn-of-the-century Jepson and Machen. The author's perspective is strongly Roman Catholic as she lines up the two sides of her conflict -- one led by French/Russian communist werewolves, the other by aristocratic English Catholics organized along the lines of a modern Knights Templar -- for the final confrontation. Flappers taking cocktails and cigarettes (spiked perhaps with the werewolf hallucinogen) are held up as emblems of evil in contrast to men taking their whisky & soda and cigars. Romantic subplots help glue the incidents of the story together, but the main ligatures are motifs of weird sensation fiction: uncanny atmosphere, hypnotism, Black and White Magic, psychedelic drugs, torture, a hint of cannibalism and, of course, werewolves ripping the throats of their hapless victims." - Robert Eldridge. Bleiler (1978), p. 75. Reginald 05519. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 85. Covers quite marked from insect depredation, some rubbing to cloth at extremities, endpapers slightly bubbled, else a sound, internally clean, good copy of this very uncommon book. (#149600).

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"First published 1928" on copyright page.