Originally published in 1897, this novella by arch-decadent Jean Lorrain (the pseudonym of Paul Alexandre Martin ­Duval, 1855-1906) is newly translated, introduced and annotated by Brian Stableford who has previously translated Lorrain for publishers such as Dedalus, Tartarus Press and Snuggly Books.

      Those familiar with Lorrain’s decadent oeuvre such as his novel ‘Monsieur De Phocas’ will be unsurprised to learn that this novella is equally bizarre, eccentric and full of abnormal psychologies, epitomized by eponymous ‘hero’ (party modelled on fellow-decadent author Barbey-d’Aurevilly) who regales two visitors to Amsterdam with stories concerning his youthful adventures in high society with his ‘dear friend Monsieur Mortimer’. It is also a strangely poignant work of exotic phantoms and faded dreams which seem to have haunted its own author, for in 1898 Lorrain wrote an ‘epilogue’ to the book that remained unpublished until 1935. This moving coda is now incorporated into the present volume.

    The Side Real edition is also augmented by a suite of illustrations by the French artist and designer Etienne Drian (1885-1961) which originally appeared in a French-language de-luxe limited edition of the book published in 1927. Drian remains largely unknown to the English speaking world although his sinuous fashion illustrations for magazines such the U.S. magazine ‘Harper’s Bazaar’ helped to define the ‘jazz-age’, while his interior designs graced the homes of the New York jet-set and Indian Maharajahs. An essay (including a rarely seen studio portrait of the artist) by fashion historian and conservator Sandrine Tinturier is the most substantial biography yet of this reclusive designer.

    The book is also our largest and most sumptuous volume to date, measuring 280 x 230mm (11” x 9”); printed on thick paper in four colours to ensure the best quality reproduction of Drian’s artwork and bound in a heavy book-cloth blocked in two colours. It has been produced in an edition of 300 numbered copies.


  •  Introduction by Brian Stableford.
  • 'Monsieur De Bougrelon' illustrated by Etienne Drian.
  • 'Drian - A Dog In A Game Of Skittles' by Sandrine Tinturier.

Cost within the U.K. is £40.00 including postage and packing.

Cost elsewhere is £46.00 which includes airmail postage and packing to Europe, but SURFACE mail elsewhere. This is the cheapest method of shipping but slow. U.S. orders are 'estimated' by the P.O. to be approximately 6 weeks in transit but it's usually nearer 12 weeks.

  Cost for those OUTSIDE EUROPE who wish AIRMAIL is £59.00. This huge price is due to a 50% rise in postal costs, sadly outside my control and that this is a large and heavy book.




      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 Montmartre, 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 hypocrisy of establishment morals.
      Egan's 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 Egan's 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]

    ISBN: 978-0-9542953-8-7
    300 numbered copies (with
extras only available via this website)
    Offset printed and blocked on the front cover.
    Full-page illustrations separately 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!

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

Cost elsewhere is £46.00 which includes airmail postage and packing.

        Side Real are working on two exciting projects one of which will, hopefully, be realized during the summer of 2023. Further information will be made available nearer the time of publication.
     by Hanns Heinz Ewers

        We will at some point (possibly late 2023) be issuing an edition of 'Vampire' from the translation of Joe E. Bandel in a uniform format to the other Ewers volumes. There will, of course, be 'extras' of some sort (t.b.c.). Further information will be made available nearer the time of publication.


    'The Dusk' (2023)

    No ISBN
    300 numbered copies
    Edited by John Hirschhorn-Smith
    Cover art by Eli John


    The Illimitable — Charles Wilkinson  *  The Measurer Of All Things — Benjamin Tweddell  *  She Sells Sunsets — Douglas Thompson  *  Saturn’s Moon Moth — Jia-An Lee  *  The Southern Strain — Rebecca Lloyd  *  The Circus Of Mister Chivers — Colin Insole  *  The Living Scaffold — Jonathan Wood  *  The Servant — Santiago Caruso  *  You Should Never Go Back — Kevin Patrick McCann  *  Mr Spongy Fingers — Katherine Haynes  *  Another Invisible Collection — Louis Marvick  *  Home Before Dark — David Surface  *  The Twilight’s Crown — Stephen J. Clark  *  Snow — Peter Bell  *  Seven Spirits — Michael Chislett  *  Mister Twilight — Victoria Day  *  The Sunset Blush Of Corday — Steve Duffy  *  Voices Of The Grove — Christian Farrell  *  The Silver Field — R. Ostermeier  *  The Isis Confessional — Martin Locker
    'Kokain - The Modern Revue' 

    No ISBN
    5 x 80pp softback journals
    250 numbered copies in a slipcase.

    INTRODUCTION  *  HANNS HEINZ EWERS: The Glowing Man  *  KURT MÜNZER: A Twisted Life  *  EDWARD STILGEBAUER: The Much Beloved  *  HARRY BAUER: Nights at the North Pole MARTIN KELETI: The Birthday F. O. HALLENER: Dancers On The Stage  *  A VIENNESE MARRIAGE PROPOSAL  *  A MARRIAGE LITANY  *  JOSEPH ROTH: The Peddler  *  KARL HANS STROBL: The Saviour from the Gallows  *  FRITZ BAUER: Love  *  A BAD PREMONITION  *  STEFAN EGGELER: Amine, a story in six pictures  *  ANON: From the Papers Of An Extraordinary Woman


    OTTO SOYKA: We Were Five  *  HANNS HEINZ EWERS: A Novel In Four Chapters  *  FROM THE BOOK “MORITURI”: Revenge  *  EDUARD WEBER: Makaland (Experiences in Africa) FRITZ BAUER: The Inspired Poet WALTER JENSEN: The Free Poet KURT MÜNZER: The Woman In The Window  *  HANS GERHARD SCHULTZ: How Many Kisses Did I Give You  *  LEONID ANDREYEV: The Lie  *  HANS LEIP: The Patron  *  OSSIAN ELGSTRÖM: Frozen  *  WALTER JENSEN: Greasy Little Sabine  *  STEFAN EGGELER: The Hanged Man, The Wench, Lady With Dog, 3 original lithographs  *  REFIK CHALID BEY: Once In A Year  *  GEORG HIRSCHFELD: The Wonder Of Oberpurzelsheim UGOO JETTI: The Heart Line  *  PAUL LEPPIN: Letter Writing For Lovers THE AMERICAN WOMAN  *  ANON: From the Papers of An Extraordinary Woman

    STEFAN EGGELER: Dearest, Dearest Model  *  VILLIERS DE L’ISLE-ADAM: The Secret of the Scaffold  *  HANNS BENZMANN: Chopin’s Waltz in A-Minor  *  ERWIN STRANIK: In the Cellar Hole  HANS BENZMANN: The Island of Paradise  *  RESA SEMLER [HANNS HEINZ EWERS]: The Triumph of Woman  *  LEO HELLER: Courtesy Visit VLAS DOROSCHEVICH: The Dancer  *  ERICH EFFLER: Just One Night J. JOSEPH-RENARD: The Limping Ghost BRUNO CORRA: Three Sinners MAX STEBICH: The Yellow Cat  *  MARIA SZUCHICH: The Subconscious  *  STEFAN EGGELER: The Serenade, 6 drawings ANON: From the Papers of An Extraordinary Woman FRITZ BAUER: The Prosecutor ERWIN STRANIK: What is Art & what is Pornography? THE EDITOR’S REPLIES 

    JOHN HIRSCHHORN-SMITH: Introduction  *  JOHN HIRSCHHORN-SMITH: The Shadowy World of Stefan Eggeler FIONA PICCOLO: “A Certain Fantastical Verisimilitude.” The Life and Art of the Elusive Stefan Eggeler  *  JOHN HIRSCHHORN-SMITH: Stefan Eggeler; A Bibliography NOTES ON THE CONTRIBUTORS
    ARTHUR ZAPP: The Dream of the Frӓulein Doctor  *  WALTER JENSEN: My Boy  *  PAUL ROMAIN [HANNS HEINZ EWERS]: Indian Summer Night Magic  *  CARL JULIUS HAIDVOGEL: Zischek, the Poet  *  KURT MÜNZER: Sleeping Girl  *  ELFRIEDE JESSEN: The Bath  *  ARTHUR SCHNITZLER: The Veil of Pierrette  *  STEFAN EGGELER: 6 etchings for 'The Veil of Pierrette' VICTOR SCHERF: The Heart of Daisy Beau  KARL KREISLER: Movie  *  OTTO HIPP: The Twitching Heart  *  PETER HUBERT BECKER: Mystical Episodes  *  ALFRED EDUARD FRAUENFELD: Fear  *  GRETE DAVID: Dance of the Elderly  *  EDUARD SAS: The Shepherd Hour  GR. BOZOVIC: The Monk and the Woman V. DYK: Jan Bilek  *  WALTER JENSEN: Holy Order

    'The Sorcerer's Apprentice'

    No ISBN
    350 numbered copies.


    * 'Introduction'' by John Hirschhorn-Smith 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice' (unexpurgated) translated by Ludwig Lewisohn with sections restored by Joe E. Bandel  *  'The Sorcerer's Apprentice' (A Play In 12 Scenes) adapted from the novel by Howard Phillips circa 1935, from a typescript in the Ewers archive    *  'A Swiss Passion Play' by Sabine Baring Gould  *  'Mystics and Mesmerism in The Sorcerer's Apprentice' by John Hirschhorn-Smith * All the Mahlon Blaine illustrations/title pieces etc from the John Day Edition of 1927

    No ISBN
    316 pages.
    300 Numbered copies

    Contents (* = a story unique to this volume):
      *  Pockets of Emptiness   *  Devil’s Music   *  The Mirror of Don Ferrante   *  The Madman of Tosterglope   *  A Connoisseur of Grief*   *  The Red Seeed   *  Is for Ilinx   *  Maculate Vision*   *  Of Interactive Surveillance and the Circular Firing Squad  *  The Purloined bibelot*

    '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*



    '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.
       Translated by Merrill Cole


      *  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; TemptationAnalysis' - W. Rochowanski  'Photo Effigies' - 16 photos by Atelier D'Ora  'Graphic Intuitions' - Drawings by Anita Berberr  'Decorations, Sketches & Figures for the Dances Of Vice, Horror  & Ecstasy' - Harry Täuber.

        No ISBN
        200 numbered copies.
        Translated by Joe E. Bandel


       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)


    '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


      ISBN: 798-0-9542953-6-3
      350 numbered copies.
      Translated by Joe E. Bandel


      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 illustrations/title pieces etc from the John day Edition 1929  *  Illustrations - from the original 1911 German edition - by Ilna Wunderwald Ewers

      'Nachtmahr - Strange Tales'

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

      Contents (*=newly translated by Joe E Bandel):

      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 SpiderFairyland  From The Diary Of An Orange Tree   *  The Death of Baron Jesus Maria von Friedel*  *  Mamoloi   *  Edgar Allan Poe
      Translated by Joe E Bandel and others. 
       'Phantoms at the Phil. - The Third Proceedings'

           300 numbered copies.
           ISBN: 0-9542953-3-1


            *  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

       'Phantoms at the Phil. - The Second Proceedings'

           300 numbered copies w. double CD recording.
           ISBN: 0-9542953-2-3


            *  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.'

          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

      'Collected Ghost Stories'

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

      Introduction (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.