'The Sorcerer's 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 not be surprised 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 'Sorcerer's 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  • A previously unpublished (100page +) U.S. stage adaptation of the book prepared in the 1920s with an entirely different ending to the original novel.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 'The Sorcerer's 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 in The Sorcerer's Apprentice' An illustrated essay by John Hirschhorn-Smith contextualising 'The Sorcerers Apprentice'  and other possible sources of inspiration for the novel with particular emphasis on its ecstatic, mystic and occult sources.

Publication is scheduled for early September 2019.