15th July 2018:

     Aware that there has not been any new book from the Press for a (hopefully forgivable) length of time, fans of Colin Insole will be pleased to hear that the always interesting Snuggly Books have just issued 'Valerie And Other Stories' as both a POD p/b and a limited edition (a mere 60 copies) h/b. 
    Buy the latter while you can!
    Other news. 
   The Press will be attending (but not speaking at) the conference 'Decadence, Magic(k) and the Occult' at Goldsmiths College 19-20th July. Speakers will include Gary Lachman, Alexandre Burin and Per Faxneld and subjects including Crowley, Machen, Mesmerism and Jean Lorrain.





Front cover (Click on the image for a larger version.)

300 numbered copies

Cost within the U.K. is £30.00 including postage and packing.

Cost elsewhere is £35.00 which includes airmail postage and packing.

     Drawing inspiration from sources including the work of M. R. James, fin de siècle French literature and other authors of decadent vision, Marvick’s work has appeared in volumes from Ex Occidente Press, Sarob Press, Supernatural Tales and Shadows and Tall Trees. This, his first collection, comprises a number of previously available tales and adds four new works, one of which is a novella.

      The contents are:

  •       Pockets of Emptiness
  •       Devil’s Music
  •       The Mirror of Don Ferrante
  •      The Madman of Tosterglope
  •       A Connoisseur of Grief*
  •       The Red Seed
  •       Is for Ilinx
    •       Maculate Vision*
    •       Of Interactive Surveillance and the Circular Firing Squad
    •       The Purloined bibelot*

    * indicates a story unique to this volume.

    Offset printed.
    Large Format 185 x 230mm (7 1/2" x 9")
    Full colour wraparound cover from an image by Andrew Marvick and clear plastic screen-printed d/w.
    Silk ribbon marker.

    REVIEWS OF 'Dissonant Intervals'

          An appreciative review by Des Lewis can be found on his blog HERE. He describes 'A Connoiseur Of Grief' as "Another classic work for those who relish the atmosphere of traditional ghost stories, blended with extra dimensions that transcend such tradition." and the novelette 'Of Interactive Surveillance and the Circular Firing Squad' as "one of those works that I am too rarely privileged to read."

          Another positive review by Mario Guslandi was published on Hellnotes.com and can be found HERE. In it he states that "Louis Marvick is one of the few new authors endowed with the ability to disquiet by means of an elegant, classy narrative style that affects the reader’s brain rather than their gut".

          In issue (#30) of 'The Ghosts and Scholars M. R. James Newsletter'  (buy that HERE), Peter Bell described Marvick as "a gifted writer of extraordinary originality and erudition, offering thought provoking tales... articulated without pretension."

         He refers to the tales as "lengthy, profound, complex, and full of fascinating detail" and places his work in the context of the 'strange' of Meyrink, Huysmans and Kafka with "skilled elision into the narratives of Jamesian motifs and imagary."

         Reggie Oliver, describes it as an "outstanding and highly individual collection" in issue 27 of 'Wormwood' (which is available HERE.

          He emphasises Marvicks debt to M/ R. James and  even detects a "certain fustiness about Marvick’s writing, but this, depending on your taste, may only add an extra tang to the distinctive atmospheres he so vividly evokes".

          Of the stories, calls ‘Of Interactive Surveillance and the Circular Firing Squad’ "impressive"; ‘Maculate Vison’ as "an entertaining and substantial achievement" and, similar to other reviewers, he especially singles out 'The Connoisseur of Grief' describing it as "a small masterpiece".



    'The Hearts Of Kings' 

    Front  cover and spine

         Side Real Press is extremely pleased to be distributing 'The Hearts of Kings' by Hanns Heinz Ewers, a newly released book from AJNA OFFENSIVE in the U.S.

          Originally published as a limited edition in 1922 as 'Die Herzen der Könige' this macabre tale by Ewers (newly translated by Markus Wolff) was complimented by the equally disturbing and wonderful etchings of Stefan Eggeler (1894-1969).  Both were created by artists at the height of their powers. Further information on both Ewers and Eggeler can be found HERE and HERE.

          The original edition (now quite rare) was printed on very poor paper and much trouble has been taken (in collaboration with the Eggeler estate) to render the tonalities of the illustrations accurately.

    Stefan Eggeler Illustration. (Click image to enlarge)
          Side Real is at present the sole European distributor for this book and it is certainly cheaper to buy from myself than direct from the U.S. due to exorbitant postage costs from there.
    The book details are as follows:

    Limited Edition of 493 copies
    60lb Natures Natural paper, deckle edged.
    Ebony and gold marbled end papers.
    Black headbands.
    Bound in Rich Bordeaux cloth with gold foil stamping.

    Cost within the U.K. is £22.00 including postage and packing.

    Cost to Europe is £26.00 which includes airmail postage and packing.

        For customers in the U.S. and elsewhere it is more economic to order direct fron Ajna HERE.




    ISBN: 978-0-9542953-8-7
    300 numbered copies (with
    extras only available via this website)

    Cost within the U.K. is £32.50 including postage and packing.

    Cost elsewhere is £37.50 which includes airmail postage and packing.

          Beresford Egan (1905-1984) is perhaps best known as a satirist and illustrator, whose success du scandal 'The Sink of Solitude' ( a satire of Radcliffe Halls  'Well Of Loneliness') effectively launched his London career. His work appeared in a number of de-luxe books of the nineteen-twenties and thirties including works by De Sade, Baudelaire, Pierre Louys and Aleister Crowley though Egan also maintained careers as novelist, dramatist, theatre critic and actor. 'Pollen' was his first novel.
    'Pollen' and the extra item only available with direct orders; a reproduction of 1933 promotion flyer.
          This 1933 semi-autobiographical novel of 'deco-decadence' concerns the artist  Lance Daurimer whose bohemian life brings him into contact with the recherche Anna Forster and the rich, but innocent, Marylyn Irriscourt. His relationships with these opposing characters take him from the club-land of Londons West End to the depths of Parisian Monmartre, while his soul vacillates between Luciferian ecstasy and the rites of the Holy Roman Church. The evocation of the former is the books only fantastic element.
          Its stylish cynicism and polished prose will find approval from lovers of Wilde and Huysmans, whose clichés of decadence he knowingly (and lovingly) mocks. The novel also has a more caustic edge, satirizing of vacuous 'smart set' of the 'twenties and attacking the hypocracy of establishment morals.
          Egans illustrations are integral to the work and, as in the original edition, have been separately printed for maximum quality and inserted, by hand, at the appropriate places within the text.
    The new edition also adds an end piece illustration unused in the original, and the transcript of a previously unpublished Egan lecture 'Black and White Art: What Is it?' given in 1933.
          The volume is further enhanced by an introduction by Egans friend and biographer Adrian Woodhouse, in which he reveals the story behind the production of the original edition and exposes the autobiographical elements within the text.

          An overview of Egans life and work by John Hirschhorn-Smith, illustrated with many previously unseen images, is


        •          'Pollen' - An Introduction - Adrian Woodhouse

        •          'Pollen' - Beresford Egan

        •         'Black and White Art: What Is It?' - Beresford Egan [Previously unpublished]

        Offset printed and blocked on the front cover.
        Full page illustrations seperately printed inserted by hand into the book during production.
        Silk ribbon marker.

        In addition, individuals who order directly from the Press will receive an extra item; a reproduction of the original 1935 publicity flyer for 'Pollen' embossed with the Side Real logo and signed by the publisher.

        This extra will NOT be available elsewhere!


    Since 2004, Phantoms at the Phil has become a now-traditional opportunity to hear new ghost stories read by their authors in the atmospheric surroundings of Newcastle's extraordinary private library, the Literary and Philosophical Society. Although guests have on occasion been invited to participate, the classic line-up is Chaz Brenchley, Sean O'Brien and Gail-Nina Anderson.

    From 2004-2007 three volumes were issued by Side Real Press, in Conjunction with Northern Gothic. The first two ‘Proceedings’ have the added bonus of CD recordings from the events. The third volume of ‘Proceedings’ marked the end of the book series, though the live readings continue.

    Phantoms at the Phil - The Second Proceedings

    ISBN: 0-9542953-2-3
    300 numbered copies w. double CD recording.
    Cost ANYWHERE is £18.50 which includes airmail postage.

    The stories are:
    • It Follows Therefore by Sean O'Brien
    • The Chapel of St Thomas by Gail-Nina Anderson
    • The Deadly Space Between by Chaz Brenchley
    • The Midwife's Assistant by Ann Cleeves
    • Seeing Things by Simon Morden
    • The Dead Reckoning by Carol McGuigan

       Phantoms at the Phil - The Third Proceedings

      ISBN: 0-9542953-3-1
      300 numbered copies. (No CD recording)
      Cost ANYWHERE is £18.50 which includes airmail postage and packing.

      The stories are:
      • The Cricket Match at Green Lock by Sean O'Brien
      • The Parasol by Gail-Nina Anderson
      • Summer's Lease by Chaz Brenchley
      • In the Silence Room by Sean O'Brien
      • A Garland with Gloves by Gail-Nina Anderson
      • The House of Mechanical Pain by Chaz Brenchley

      Buy both for £25.00 including all airmail postage costs worldwide.


          Our next book will be the long awaited, and delayed, 'The Sorcerers Apprentice' by Hanns Heinz Ewers.

         This novel, the first of the so called 'Frank Braun' trilogy, concerns the creation and implosion of a religious cult. Readers of Ewers other works will be unsurprised to learn that obsession, ritual and blood play significant parts in the narrative.

          It is largely a reprint of the 1927 John Day Edition which was closely overseen "line by line" by Ewers himself though with a number of previously censored passages (probably called for by Day) re-introduced courtesy of Joe E. Bandel thus making this volume the most complete available text available.

          Side Real will also added a number of extra items.

          The book will consist of the following:

      •  Forward by John Hirschhorn-Smith.
      • The fully restored version of 'Sorcerers Apprentice' complete with the illustrations by Mahlon Blaine.
      • A previously unpublished (100page +) U.S. stage adaptation of the book prepared in the 1920s with an entirely different ending to the original novel. Though not written by Ewers himself it was found in typescript in the Ewers archive.
      • 'A Swiss Passion Play' by Sabine Baring Gould. (From his book 'Freaks of Fanaticism', 1891). Ewers partly based the 'Sorcerers Apprentice' on a real life cult created in the early Nineteenth century around Margaretta Moser. Goulds account of this is the fullest in the English language.
      • 'Mystics and Mesmerism' An essay by John Hirschhorn-Smith contextualising 'Sorcerers Apprentice'  and examining other possible sources of inspiration for the novel with particular emphasis on its ecstatic, mystic and occult sources.

      It is tentatively scheduled for early 2018.

      .     .     .     .     .     .     . 

           'Vampire' by Hanns Heinz Ewers.

          As some will already know, this novel, the final part of 'Frank Braun' trilogy, was heavily cut by person or persons unknown when previously translated and published by John Day in 1934.

           Joe Bandel has now completed a new, fully unexpurgated translation of this text which will be the version published (with extras) by Side Real Press late 2018.

           Joe has made this text available as an e-book (text only no extras) through Amazon U.K.  HERE  and Amazon U.S.  HERE.



      Mrs Molesworth
      'Collected Ghost Stories'

      ISBN: 0-9542953-0-7.
      300 numbered copies.

      Introduction (by by J.N. Smith), Lady Farquhars Old Lady, Witnessed By Two. Unexplained, The Rippling Train, The Shadow In The Moonlight, The Man With The Cough, At The Dip In The Road, Not Exactly A Ghost Story, Old Gervais, A Strange Messenger and A Ghost Of The Pampas by Bevil Molesworth. 

         Phantoms at the Phil

        ISBN: 0954295315
        300 numbered copies w. CD recording.

        The Custodian by Sean O'Brien, 
        The Dust Jacket by Gail-Nina Anderson,
        Another Chart of the Silences by Chaz Brenchley

          Hanns Heinz Ewers
          'Nachtmahr - Strange Tales'

          ISBN: 798-0-9542953-4-9
          350 numbered copies

          Contents (*=newly translated):

          Introduction by J. N. Hirschhorn-Smith 
          Carnival In Cadiz*
          The Dead Jew*
          John Hamilton Llewellyn's End
          Gentlemen of the Bar*
          The Tophar Bride*
          The Typhoid Mary*
          The Spider
          From The Diary Of An Orange Tree
          The Death of Baron Jesus Maria von Friedel*
          Edgar Allan Poe

            Hanns Heinz Ewers

            ISBN: 798-0-9542953-6-3
            350 numbered copies.


            An extra presentation 1929 frontispiece drawing by Mahlon Blaine
            'The Root of Evil; Hanns Heinz Ewers and 'Alraune'' by Mark Samuels
            'Alraunes' Allure' by Tyler Davis
             'Translating 'Alraune'' by Joe E. Bandel
             'Galeotto' - a previously untranslated poem by Hanns Ewers - Translated by Joe E. Bandel
            'Alraune' fully restored version translated by Joe E. Bandel
            All the Mahlon Blaine llustrations/title pieces etc from the John day Edition 1929
            Illustrations - from the original 1911 German edition - by Ilna Wunderwald Ewers

            Hanns Heinz Ewers

            No ISBN
            200 numbered copies.


            Introduction by Georg Goyert.
            Art And The Artist.
            Philosophical Observations.
            Peoples And Lands.
            Politics and Love of the Fatherland.
            In Person.
            (Illustrated with rare photos of Ewers  and his parents)

            Translated by Joe E. Bandel.                                                                                                             

            Anita Berber & Sebastian Droste

            'Dances of Vice, Horror, & Ecstasy'

                Front and back covers

            ISBN: 978-0-9542953-7-0  
            122 pages incl. 16pp b/w photos and 16pp colour images
            300 numbered copies.


            Introduction: Dances of Vice, Horror, and Ecstasy - Merrill Cole
            'The Book of Dissolution' - Mel Gordon
            Portraits of Droste and Berber by Felix Harta 'Dance as Form and Experience' - Sebastian Droste
                                                                                                          'The Legends' - Sebastian Droste
                                                                                                          Poems by Berber and Droste: I, 
                                                                                                          Dance, Pritzel Puppets, Byzantine 
                                                                                                          Whip Dance; Cocaine; Saint
                                                                                                          Sebastian; Suicide; Vision; Egyptian 
                                                                                                          King's Son; Insane Asylum; Astarte; 
                                                                                                          Night Of The Borgia; Murder, 
                                                                                                         Woman And The Hanged Man;
                                                                                                          People; The Moonstruck And The 
                                                                                                         Convict; The Woman With Seven 
                                                                                                         Masks; The Corpse On The 
                                                                                                         Operating Table; Orchids; Dreams; 
                                                                                                         Longing; The Wicked And The 
                                                                                                         Naked; Temptation. 
                                                                                                         'Analysis' - W. Rochowanski
                                                                                                         'Photo Effigies' - 16 photos by 
                                                                                                          Atelier D'Ora
                                                                                                         'Graphic Intuitions' - Drawings by 
                                                                                                          Anita Berber
                                                                                                          'Decorations, Sketches & Figures 
                                                                                                          for the Dances Of Vice, Horror &
                                                                                                          Ecstasy' - Harry Täuber.

                                                                                                          Translated by Merrill Cole

            'Delicate Toxins'
            (A Collection of Strange Tales)

            ISBN: 978-0-9542953-6-3  (339 pages)
            350 numbered copies


            Introduction - John Hirschhorn-Smith
            'A Pallid Devil Bearing Cypress' - Richard Gavin
            'Salmacis' - Stephen J. Clark
            'Crossing The Sea Of Night' - Mark Howard Jones
            'Mathilde' - Ray Russell
            'Dogs' - rj krijnen-kemp
            'Tlaloc' - Angela Caperton
            'Magicians And Moonlight' - Katherine Haynes
            'Lotte Of The Black Piglet' - Colin Insole
            'The Unrest At Aachen' - Mark Valentine
            'The Naked Goddess' - Daniel Mills
            'Singing Blood' - Reggie Oliver
            'The Devil In The Box' - Orrin Grey
            'The Rites of Pentecost' - Peter Bell
                                                                            'Endor' - Michael Chislett
                                                                            'Masks' -  Mark Samuels
                                                                            'White Roses, Bloody Silk' - Thana Niveau
                                                                            'The Filature' - Adam S. Cantwell
                                                                            'Holzwege' - D. P. Watt

              Colin Insole
              'Elegies and Requiems'

              No ISBN.
              456 pages.
              300 numbered copies

              Contents (* = a story unique to this volume):

              The Golden Birds Of Mariston*
              The Apoplexy of Beelzebub
              The Premonition 
              A Calendar of Cherries 
              Ancestral Rooms* 
              The Princess of Phoenicia 
              Blackthorn Cottage* 
              The Choice Child* 
              The Candles Of Wildondorf 
              The Madness of a Chalk Giant*
              The Weimar 
              The Very Thought of You* 
              The Flower of the Sun 
              Waving at the Train* 
              The Appassionata Variations 
              The Dear Dead Days* 
               Apple Blossom Time 
                                                                                                   The Bellman*