18th December 2014:

    Side Real wish to inform that  both 'Delicate Toxins' and 'Dances of Vice Horror and Ecstasy' by Anita Berber and Sebastian Droste are now OUT OF PRINT from me, though copies are still available at some dealers at normal retail price. THANK YOU!

    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.




     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!



(Translated by Merrill Cole)

    Front and back covers

ISBN: 978-0-9542953-7-0  
122 pages incl. 16pp b/w photos and 16pp colour images
300 numbered copies (with extras only available via this website)

Cost within the U.K. is £25.00 incl. postage.
Cost elsewhere is £30.00 which includes airmail postage and packing.

     Anita Berber (1899-1928) and Sebastian Droste (1892-1927) were the most notorious dancers of Weimar Germany whose works (like their personal lives) were suffused with drugs, decadence and polysexuality. 
Extra tipped in photo (only available from direct orders) and title page
     This rare book (fully translated for the first time by Merrill Cole) has its origins around series of dance events performed by the couple in 1922 and consists in part of a number of Expressionist poems related to those evenings. However, the book is far more than that; and is really a 'gesamskunstwerk' ('total work of art') of drug suffused, morbid, decadent and homo-erotic Expressionist poetry, prose and imagary. It also includes essays, stage designs for projected works and a series of extraordinary photographs commissioned from Madame D'Ora (Dora Kalmus). The finished product should be seen as much as decadent literature as it is a landmark text of dance history and document of Weimar period excess. It has no supernatural content.

    The original edition of 1,000 (fragile) copies is now very rare and has never been translated in full until now. Translator Merrill Cole (Associate Professor of English - Western Illinois University - and Fulbright Senior Research Award recipiant) introduces the book and places it in its decadent Weimar context with particular emphasis on its homosexual aspects, while Anita Berbers biographer Mel Gordon (Professor of Dramatic Art at University of California, Berkeley) gives insight into the books genesis and includes a previously untranslated Droste poem 'War'.

    Much of the  D'Ora archive was 'Aryanized' by Hitler and thus lost or dispersed but Side Real have located twelve of the sixteen photos in various collections and archives. These have then undergone (in some cases extensive) restoration to provide the best quality images possible. All the other images have also been adjusted to better their quality for this edition.

    An extensive essay on Berber, Droste, Expressionism, the book and its relation to the Weimar period  by John Hirschhorn-Smith (including rare D'Ora images and extracts from the poems) can be found in the Side Real Press 'extras' sidebar or HERE.

Two Madame D'Ora photographs and a Täuber stage design for 'Insane Asylum'

    •          Introduction: Dances of Vice, Horror, and Ecstasy - Merrill Cole

    •          'The Book of Dissolution' - Mel Gordon

    •         'Dances of Vice Horror and Ecstasy' - Anita Berber and Sebastian Droste which 

                   • 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 pp of b/w photos by Atelier D'Ora 
                 • 'Graphic Intuitions' - Drawings by Anita Berber

                 • 'Decorations, Sketches & Figures for the Dances Of Vice, Horror And Ecstasy' -
                         Harry Täuber.

    Offset printed and blocked front and back.

   The cover image is a photo is hand mounted and an unused image from the same D'Ora sessions as used in the book.

     The back image is a 'Graphic Intuition' by Anita Berber.

    In addition, individuals who order directly from the Press will receive a hitherto unpublished extra tipped in image of the couple, also from the D'Ora sessions embossed with the Side Real logo.

    This extra will NOT be available elsewhere!

(A Collection of Strange Tales)

ISBN: 978-0-9542953-6-3  (339 pages)
350 numbered copies (with free extras only available via this website)

Cost within the U.K. is £30.00 incl. postage.

Cost elsewhere is £35.00 which includes airmail postage.

     Edited by John Hirschhorn-Smith this is an anthology of all new tales taking the life, work and cultural milieu of Hanns Heinz Ewers as their inspiration.

'Delicate Toxins' signed, stamped bookplate and title page.
(Click on the image for a larger version.)

      The contents are:

  •       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

      'Delicate Toxins' stands in its own right as a collection of writings by some of the most interesting authors in the field of 'strange stories' but is also complementary to Side Real Press' ongoing programme of Ewers re-issues.

     Printed in black with red titles and initial letters throughout.

    The cover is printed in three colours directly onto the book cloth and is uniform in design with Side Real Press' previous volumes 'Nachtmahr' and 'Alraune'.

    In addition, individuals who order directly from the Press will receive a tipped in bookplate based on the cover design, dedicated to whosoever the buyer wishes, signed by John Hirschhorn-Smith and stamped with the Side Real logo.

    This extra will NOT be available elsewhere! 

Comments and Reviews of 'Delicate Toxins'

    Peter Tennant of 'Black Static' cited 'Delicate Toxins' as the best anthology of 2011 "with stories that worked individually and yet played well against each other, an intoxicating air of decadence wafting through the enterprise"; and one of the stories, 'The Naked Goddess' by Daniel Mills, received honourable mention in the 'best short story' category. It was also reviewed by him in December 2011s issue of 'Black Static' magazine available here.

    It was reviewed in issue 20 of 'Supenatural Tales'. Buy a copy of that here.

    An online review by Mario Guslandi can be read  here.

    We are also proud to say that eight of the tales within 'Delicate Toxins' appear on Ellen Datlows 'Honorable Mention List for Best Horror of the Year' 2011. See the full list here.


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 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.


    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.                                                                                                             

          HOW TO ORDER


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