7th January 2015:

    That rarest of things a Side Real blog post with a short overview of the life of Betty May (1893-1970s), bohemian 'it girl' of the 1920's.

    May was the model for 'Claire' a character from 'Leda Burkes' (David Garnett) very rare debut novel 'Dope Darling' (subtitled 'a novel of cocaine') and the post a reprints for the first time a passage from it that might, just, be a lost biographical snippet of Bettys life.

    Read it HERE.


    Whilst we prepare our next volume, the (very overdue) 'Sorcerers Apprentice' by Hanns Ewers, we intend to add a few new things to the website and begin with an addition to our 'Decadent Artists' series; Sydney Hulme Beaman. The link is HERE or through the sidebar menu on the right.


OUR LATEST BOOK

COLIN INSOLE

'ELEGIES AND REQUIEMS'
 

     Front and rear covers (images and design by Santiago Caruso)


300 numbered copies (with free extras only available via this website)
456pp

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

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


     "On the days before the storms rose, a mistle thrush would perch on the roof. His song was lyrical but slightly off-key - like a cracked church bell, made sweeter and more poignant by its ominous echo. The bird sang of hidden faces in the leaves, of mouths made silent by time and our forgetfulness, and the soft fall of dust..."

     Colin Insole - 'The Candles of Wildondorf'


     'Elegies and Requiems' is the first major collection by this hugely talented writer and contains eighteen stories,  nine of which are unique to this volume.

     Insole's work explores the mysterious world where a confluence of objects and circumstance awake atavisms which draw the protagonists of his tales into mysteries infinitely greater than themselves.

     In 'The Golden Birds of Mariston', an artifact weaves its magic over  the population of a once mighty but now moribund city, while in 'Ancestral Rooms' a doll given to a child begins a process of familiarial transformation for its giver.

     The make-believe world of childish imagination becomes something else in 'Blackthorn Cottage', whilst in 'The Bellman' the intrusions are infinitely more malignant.

     Lovers of authors such as Bruno Schulz, Georges Rodenbach, Arthur Machen and Mark Valentine will find much to admire in Insole's delicately wrought symbolist prose style, whilst lovers of the supernatural will admire the imagination and imagery of a writer who is regarded by many as one of the most interesting authors to emerge in recent years. 

'Elegies & Requiems' cover plus the extra postcard image.
(Click on the image for a larger version.)

      The contents are:

  •       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 Spider
  •       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*
      
       * indicates a story unique to this volume.

     Offset printed.
    The front and rear covers are designed by Santiago Caruso, each photographic image mounted by hand.
     Silk ribbon marker.

In addition, individuals who order directly from the Press will receive an extra large format postcard of Santiago Carusos cover design.

This extra will  NOT be available elsewhere! 

REVIEWS OF 'Elegies and Requiems'

    A  'real-time' review  by Des Lewis can be found HERE. His summation is "Unmissable, definitely. Trust me."
  A  further review by Mario Guslandi can be found HERE. In it he says "the tales assembled in the book are so excellent that reading them is almost a physical as well as a mental pleasure"


ALSO AVAILABLE


BERESFORD EGAN

'POLLEN'


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
HERE.

       Contents:

    •          '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!



PHANTOMS AT THE PHIL
 


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.


         
    FORTHCOMING


         Our next book will be 'The Sorcerers Apprentice'. This will be a straight reprint of the John Day version. Ewers was very unhappy with the initial translation by  Ludwig Lewisohn  (who is credited with it) and went through it himself "line by line" to correct it before publication. "The result was that hardly a line of Mr. L.L.'s translation was left! so he surely didn't deserve the honour of having his name mentioned"- (Letter from H.H.E. to John Day publishers 12th May 1927). Needless to say, the Side Real edition will also contain extra material, including a fascinating (100 page +) new find. More details to follow.
      
          Joe Bandel is working towards a new edition of Hanns Ewers 'Vampir'. There is thought to be a substantial amount of missing text from the only previous translation due to censorship by person(s) unknown. As you might imagine this restoration is some time away. Side Real Press is proud and privileged to be working in conjunction with this talented and dedicated translator to present this very strange novel in a full, and thus definitive, edition.

        We also have some other projects in the pipeline which will be announced as they near fruition.
       There are also some other (non Ewers) projects in progress.
       There are also some other (non Ewers) projects in progress.



    OUT OF PRINT


    Collected Ghost Stories by 
    Mrs Molesworth
    (2002)


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

    Contents:
    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
      (2005)


      ISBN: 0954295315
      300 numbered copies w. CD recording.

      Contents: 
      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'
        (2009)


        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
        Fairyland
        From The Diary Of An Orange Tree
        The Death of Baron Jesus Maria von Friedel*
        Mamoloi
        Edgar Allan Poe



          Hanns Heinz Ewers
          'Alraune'
          (2010)

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

          Contents:

          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
          'Brevier'
          (2012)

          No ISBN
          200 numbered copies.

          Contents:

          Introduction by Georg Goyert.
          Music.
          Art And The Artist.
          Love.
          Philosophical Observations.
          Religion.
          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.

          Contents

          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)
          (2011)

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

          Contents

          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



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