THE RED MARK AND OTHER STORIES. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1919. Octavo, pp. [1-8] 9-397 [398-390: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank], original decorated gray cloth, front and spine panels stamped in red, top edge stained red. First edition. Fourteen short stories, the author's first collection, most of them with South Seas settings, several with supernatural motifs and dark tones. This collection, first published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1919 as THE RED MARK AND OTHER STORIES, met with an indifferent response in America but was very successful in the UK (possibly because of its strong Kipling-esque quality) and was reprinted there in 1921 by Butterworth as WHERE THE PAVEMENT ENDS. It was praised by Conan Doyle as "the best book of short tales by any debutant since Kipling's 'Plain Tales.'" "A superlative collection..." - Queen's Quorum 62. Russell went on to become a very prolific author of short stories (more than 600 published as of 1942). Several have been reprinted in horror anthologies; at least one of the stories here, "Powers of Darkness" (a voodoo tale) is supernatural. Bleiler (1948), p. 241. Hubin (1994), p. 708. Smith, American Fiction, 1901-1925 R-615. Cloth rubbed at spine ends and corner tips, spine panel a bit dull and darkened, inner rear hinge repaired, a good, sound copy. (#159174).
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