24th October 2015:

See  HERE for information regarding TWO forthcoming items.




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

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

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"




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.


          In lieu of any physical manifestation please find below details of two forthcoming books.

         The first is 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.

        We are hoping that this will be available by early 2016.

        It will be followed as immediately as possible by :

        'Dissonant Intervals' the debut collection of uncanny tales by Louis Marvick whose work has previously been published by the likes of Ex-Occidente Press, Sarob Press, Supernatural Tales and Shadows and Tall Trees.

        The volume will be comprised of the following:

    • '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' *
        *  =  Previously unpublished.

        Drawing inspiration from sources including the works of M. R. James, fin de siècle French literature and the other authors of decadent vision, Marvick offers lovers of such material much to enjoy in this book.


    Collected Ghost Stories by 
    Mrs Molesworth

    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.                                                                                                             



              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

          (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

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