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First edition. Includes stories by, E.S. Knights, Hester Gorst, Elliott O'Donnell, John Ratho, Charles Lloyd and others. London, Philip Allan, 1933 In our experience the most elusive of the Creeps series with no copies currently for sale online.


London, Herbert Jenkins, 1932.  


First edition.
London, John Lane. The Bodley Head, 1928
A scarce novel of fantasy involving the supernatural and the devil. No copies on line.


First American edition. Very rare in the original dust-jacket.
New York. E.P. Dutton & Company, 1923
‘A swiftly-moving, brightly-colored picture of the hectic career of a man and a woman who have taken the fatal plunge into narcotism’ (jacket) The first American edition of Aleister Crowley’s classic work on drug use, addiction and methods of recovery, considered by many to be in large part based on the author’s own experiences. Crowley's own recreational drug usage, and resultant struggles with addiction, are well known, particularly his dalliances with heroin. In a similar vein (pun intended) to other prolific pioneers of narcotic-fuelled expansion of the consciousness such as Huxley and Kesey, Crowley made a study of drugs and their effects upon the body & mind, experimenting widely, and wildly, upon himself. This was the first published novel by Aleister Crowley, preceded by the Collins UK edition of 1922 (terrifyingly scarce in the original dust-jacket). The American edition is very different in design, the disturbing red blood splatters on black background a suitably harrowing harbinger of the book’s contents. The work also features the first published reference to the Abbey of Thelema, the temple and spiritual centre founded by Aleister Crowley and Leah Hirsig in Cefalù in 1920.


Fifth printing, Putnam, 1948. An attractive early printing of this famous compilation of tales by Karen Blixen, under her pen name of Isak Dinesen.


First US edition. New York. The Macmillan Company, 1936 Something fearsome stalks the Hammand family, who call in the aid of ‘Supersensitive’ Luna Bartendale, who unravels an ancient ancestral curse with looming lycanthropy, a soupçon of Satanism and a cryptographic conundrum to boot, all set against the backdrop of the Sussex South Downs. Widely regarded as one of the best werewolf novels, brought to the big screen by 20th Century Fox in 1942 (retitled in Britain as The Hammond Mystery).


London: Selwyn & Blount Limited, . Not dated. early issue (c.1932}.
The first edition of this book was published in 1931.
Contains 16 weird stories from Weird Tales and other sources. Includes the first book publication of H.P. Lovecraft's 'The Rats in the Walls.'


First edition. London, Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co. Ltd 1925


Translated by Madge Pemberton. First English edition. London, Victor Gollancz, 1928. An excellent first edition in English of this phantasmagoric classic of horror, suspense and dreamlike mysticism, replete with the superb dust-jacket designed by E. McKnight Kauffer.


London, Elkin Mathews and Marrot Ltd, 1929. An attractive first UK edition by a renowned American author of horror & mystery fiction.


First edition. London. Samuel Walker, 1948 Concerns exploits of spooks hired out for hauntings by the Spectral Agency, written by the author of the beloved Wopsy books. Priced at 10s 6d.

Horror & Gothic

Stoker (Bram) Dracula.


First Rider edition, first impression.
London, Rider, 1912.

9th edition of Dracula, but the first to be published by Rider, with a completely reset text, after the various issues and editions by Constable (see Dalby p.28). 4 page publishers catalogue at rear.


First edition, fifth impression.
London, Routledge, [1915].

The book was first published in April 1914 and went through three impressions in 1914 and ten more in the next twenty years (Dalby p67) Copies usually turn up with significant faults so a early edition in this condition is rare


Tales of Thrill
and Horror Selected and Arranged By Christine Campbell Thomson. First edition. London, Selwyn & Blount, [1933] This is No 9 in the Famous Not At Night Series of books.