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Atmosphere and Imagination
The Hill of Dreams (Dodo Press)
"Once described as a ‘symphony in words,’ a truly disturbing tale of the descent into madness written in the most sublime prose in English literature."
"A powerfully atmospheric and lucidly written study of metaphysical evil and the power of place."
The Golem (European Classics)
"Sufficiently dark to have unnerved Borges, yet ultimately a powerful fable of the alchemical ideal of spiritual transmutation."
The Gormenghast Novels: Titus Groan / Gormenghast / Titus Alone
"The definitive work of fantasy in that it apparently has no roots beyond the boundless realm of Peake’s own imagination."
Viriconium: "Pastel City", "Storm of Wings", "In Viriconium", "Viriconium Nights" (FANTASY MASTERWORKS)
"This so transcends its ‘genre,’ that only snobbery prevents this taking it’s rightful position at the pinnacle of English literature."
The Lord of the Rings (3 Book Box set)
"This is not literature, it is a whole mythology. So vast is Tolkein’s achievement, that despite countless imitators, he stands alone."
The Deptford Trilogy: Fifth Business, The Manticore, World of Wonders
"A wonderfully acerbic tale of mythological archetypes rearing their heads in a secular age."
Wolf Solent (Penguin Modern Classics)
"Some have called JCP self-indulgent, and perhaps he is, but as with jazz, it’s all for the better."
Blood Meridian: Or, the Evening Redness in the West (Picador Books)
"Uncompromisingly brutal in subject matter and yet utterly beautiful in its prose."
"As sprawling as the metropolis it eulogises and a testament to the significance of all it contains."
"The deceptively simple prose conceals a staggeringly multilayered study of the role and power of landscape."
Demian (Peter Owen Modern Classic)
"A benign vision of the Nietzschean superman, celebrating the potential of humanity for spiritual change."
The Green Face (Decadence from Dedalus)
"Almost as effective as The Golem in realising Meyrink’s spiritual quest, working a sympathetic magic so that you’re with him all the way."
A Fragment Of Life
"A more optimistic realisation of Machen’s vision than many of his works, exquisitely written as always."
A Voyage To Arcturus (FANTASY MASTERWORKS)
"A truly ‘visionary’ work, stretching the imagination to its boundaries in service of a bleak philosophy."
Oxford World's Classics: The Picture of Dorian Gray
"Another Decadent masterpiece, neatly summing up the contradictions and attractions of both that movement and Wilde’s own aestheticism."
The Manuscript Found in Saragossa (Penguin Classics)
"Labyrinthine stories-within-stories-within-stories weaving Gnosticism, chivalry and folklore two hundred years before post-modernism."
The Turn of the Screw and Other Stories (Oxford World's Classics)
"The first ‘psychological’ ghost story, revelling in an ambiguity far more unnerving than the supernatural."
The House of Doctor Dee
"Admittedly something of a rerun of Hawksmoor, but that is hardly a bad thing."
The Dharma Bums (Penguin Modern Classics)
"Kerouac’s least indulgent novel, and thus for all the ideal of spontaneous prose, the best at capturing the wide-eyed optimism of the Beat Generation."
Wuthering Heights (Penguin Popular Classics)
"A staggering evocation of place, whose atmosphere so palpably permeates the actions of the characters and vice-versa."
A Glastonbury Romance
"All Powys’ favourite themes united in a colossal, almost daunting, celebration of sense of place."
White Chappell, Scarlet Tracings
"Almost alienating in its density, it has to be admired for depth and Sinclair’s unique prose."
Under the Volcano (Penguin Modern Classics)
"A magnificent study of solitude, written in prose which even Joyce might envy."
The Damned (Penguin Classics)
"A discussion of the history, philosophy and allure of Satanism, this is definitive of Decadent literature."
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