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The new edition also adds an end piece illustration unused in the original, and the transcript of a previously unpublished Egan lecture 'Black and White Art: What Is it?'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.