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White Hands and Other Weird Tales (The) UK LIMITED FIRST EDITION
Tartarus Press 2003 - Tartarus Press. Coverley House, Carlton, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 4AY, United Kingdom, 2003. Hardcover. Small Book Format. 183mm x 135mm. Sewn Binding. pp 196. UK FIRST EDITION. AS NEW and an UNREAD copy. LIMITED EDITION of 350 copies. Full Print Run Limited to 350 copies. OUT OF PRINT. Printed lithographically in mauve wibalin cloth stamped in silver, with silver silk ribbon marker, head and tailbands and d/w. Illustrated. Fine book in Near Fine dust jacket. The dust jacket is rubbed along the front cover very top edge. There is also a light triangular indentation (20mm x 20mm) on the front cover surface from right-hand side top edge, but with no deeper surface damage. The book was received directly from the publisher in this condition. The dust jacket is otherwise in Fine condition. Please see the photographs attached to my listing to verify the condition of this book. White Hands and Other Weird Tales (The) Synopsis: CONTENTS: The White Hands/ The Grandmaster’s Final Game/ Mannequins in Aspects of Terror/ Apartment 205/ The Impasse/ Colony/ Vrolyck/ The Search for Kruptos/ Black as Darkness. REVIEWS: Samuels' prose is some of the most highly polished and surreal it has been my pleasure to read since I first discovered Thomas Ligotti. Scott Connors in Weird Tales issue 342 In The White Hands, Mark Samuels earns a reputation as the contemporary British master of visionary weirdness. - Ramsey Campbell, Postscripts Number 5 This is a book that was recommended to me about a week ago by Stephen Jones, who is a British anthologist, one of the two or three leading anthologists working in the UK. He said he'd come across a book called The White Hands and Other Weird Tales by Mark Samuels, published by Tartarus Press. It's a beautifully made book, published in an edition of 350 copies. Steve Jones says Samuels is the most exciting new young(ish) writer that he (Jones) has come across in at least a year. I think that there is just a chance that we are seeing the emergence of the next Clive Barker. Certainly, a name worth keeping in mind. - Richard Lupoff, Cover to Cover [The White Hands] is a treasure and a genuine contribution to the real history of weird fiction . Even when the settings and characters are modern Samuels manages to convey a sense of otherworldly nightmare. For example, the use of computers in 'The Impasse' gives these infernal machines the feel and function of the strange books that stock the shelves of so many of the best weird tales from Lovecraft to Borges. ('Mannequins in Aspects of Terror' is the other major instance of this wonderful feat.) I thought the most impressive story in the collection was 'The Search for Kruptos.' The exotic locale and the historical setting are not the sort of thing that I would attempt in a story, and I thought Samuels handled both tasks magnificently, not to mention the ingenious and awful concept of a book in innumerable volumes. The other stories that were among my favorites, and served most powerfully to convey a uniform sensibility to The White Hands, were 'Apartment 205' and 'Colony.' - Thomas Ligotti In my opinion, although already in his late thirties, Mark Samuels is a rising star of supernatural horror fiction. Pick up a copy of his first collection now and be in at the beginning of the career of a major new British talent. You'll only regret it if you don't. - Steve Jones, The Alien Online An impressive debut collection, The White Hands is an unexpected dark miracle of invention, tradition, and archetypal revision. The author exhibits in this carefully arranged onslaught of weird fiction individualistic taste, thoughtfulness, and a strict control of literary subtlety. Re-envisioning the archetypal images and concerns of traditional supernatural fiction with distinctly contemporary, urban settings and bleak if heartfelt characters, Samuels weaves a deceptively subtle, menacing web of wizardry. - William Simmons, Hellnotes. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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