THE HOLE OF THE PIT. London: Edward Arnold, 1914. Octavo, pp. [i-vii] viii 1-300, original brown cloth, front and spine panels stamped in black, bottom edge untrimmed. First edition. This copy does not have the 8-page undated publisher's catalogue inserted at rear of some copies. "Historical romance of hauntings and diabolism, and the siege of a seaside castle during the English Civil War by 'The Fiend from the Pit,' an amorphous mass of cold gray slime 'that feeds on flesh and blood.' Written in a graceful pastiche of seventeenth century prose, this novel boasts strong characterizations, a fine brooding atmosphere, and several effective eruptions of stark horror." - Robert Knowlton. "... powerful and atmospheric novel ... dedicated to his friend M. R. James although it is more in the style of W. Hope Hodgson at his best ... This novel is a neglected masterpiece of horror." - Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 363. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 186. Wilson, Shadows in the Attic, p. 435. Reginald 12443. Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978). Formerly British anthologist Hugh Lamb's copy with his signature in ink on front free endpaper. There is a lightly penciled drawing of Roman chariot drawn by three horses on rear free endpaper. Cloth worn at upper spine end, top edge of sheets a bit dusty, fore-edge of sheets tanned, mild tanning and foxing to preliminaries, a very good copy. A quite decent copy of a scarce book rarely found in superior condition. (#162988).
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