THE FURTHER SIDE OF SILENCE. Sir Hugh Clifford, Charles.

THE FURTHER SIDE OF SILENCE. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1916. Octavo, pp. [i-vi] vii-xi [xii] xiii [xiv] [1-2] 3-407 [408: printer's imprint], original pictorial blue cloth, front panel stamped in black and gold, spine panel stamped in gold. First U.S. edition. A presentation copy with inscription by Clifford "from The Author" on the front free endpaper. The author went out to the Malay peninsula at an early age, learned the languages and something of the people, and rose quickly to high colonial office, while writing about his experiences in a series of novels and short story collections. At his best, his work is not unworthy of comparison to Maugham's, and frequently strikes a horrific or tragic note. He has been largely ignored by students of the horror and supernatural traditions. This collection contains at least two small gems belonging to those traditions, "The Were-Tiger" and "The Ghoul". In his preface the author makes a case for colonialism, which was increasingly under attack at the time. Doubleday produced a new edition in 1927 with illustrations by Mahlon Blaine. Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, p. 54. Tuck, The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy Through 1968 (1974), p. 104 (lists contents). Bleiler (1978) p. 44. Spine ends and corner tips worn, a good copy. (#167278).

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