In cooperation with the Mervyn Peake Estate and to coincide with the Mervyn Peake Centenary Year, Peter Owen has gathered together a selection of long out-of-print short stories, and a good number of never before published illustrations, by one of England s most unique and multi-talented artists. Boy in Darkness , the centrepiece of this collection, will be of special interest to fans of the Gormenghast books, as it comprises a chapter in the life of Titus Groan that unfolds beyond the pages of Peake s monumental trilogy. A disturbingly atmospheric tale, told with the force and simplicity of allegory, Boy in Darkness distils the strange logic of the Gormenghast trilogy into a story of pith and mystery, which bears comparison with Kafka and Poe. Written across a range of genres, from a ghost story, to wry character studies drawn from his life in London and on the Isle of Sark, the other stories in the volume reveal surprisingly different facets of Peake s uncanny imagination. Ultimately, the collection coheres through Peake s powers to enchant the mundane and to render the fantastic normal.