DAGON. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc., . Octavo, cloth. First edition. "Minister Peter Leland retreats to his family home to complete a scholarly book on the survival of pagan forces into modern times. Inexplicably obsessed by the daughter of a sharecropper on his land, he murders his wife and willingly submits to sexual enslavement by the girl, who apparently is a conduit for the mythic supernatural forces he is studying. A Southern Gothic with cosmic overtones that shows equal influence of Faulkner and Lovecraft ... The climax is one of the few successful attempts outside of Lovecraft's horror fiction to convey transition to an otherworldly plane." - Barron (ed), Fantasy and Horror (1999) 6-86. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 4-77. A fine copy in fine dust jacket with a couple of mild rubs to the tan background in. A sharp copy of an uncommon book rarely found in superior condition. (161670).
First edition so stated on copyright page.