(#165345) MARVELS AND MYSTERIES. Richard Bernard Heldmann, "Richard Marsh."

MARVELS AND MYSTERIES. London: Methuen & Co., 1900. Octavo, pp. [1-8] [1] 2-312 [note: first leaf is a blank] + 40-page publisher's catalogue dated "February 1900" inserted at rear, original pictorial salmon cloth, front and spine panels stamped in green, cream and black, fore and bottom edges untrimmed. First edition. Mixed collection of mystery and weird tales; several effective psychological horror stories including "The Mask," featuring a vampiric homicidal maniac, also "An Experiment" and "A Silent Witness," nightmarish tales of hypnotically induced haunting and catalepsy, respectively. Marsh's tales are shot through with a peculiarly vivid streak of cruelty, nowhere more so than in this collection, which underscores his relentless fatalism very effectively. "... there was a lot more to Marsh than THE BEETLE ... Marsh is an unfairly neglected writer who will repay the effort of getting his books." - Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 283. Frost, The Monster with a Thousand Faces, p. 56. Wilson, Shadows in the Attic, p. 353. Bleiler (1978), p. 134. Not in Reginald (1979; 1992). Glover and Greene, Victorian Detective Fiction 333. Hubin (1994), p. 554. Spine lean, light wear to spine ends, small circular spot on front cover, corner tips bumped, endpapers tanned, a very good copy. A scarce book; Marsh's most elusive collection of short fiction. (#165345).

Price: $650.00

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