London: Ghost Story Press, (1997). Maloret, Nick. Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 228 of 400 copies, octavo size, 478 pp., signed by Ron Weighell. Fine. Item #21102209
Ron Weighell (1950-2020) authored an extensive collection of fantasy, horror, and supernatural stories, with his work included in over fifty anthologies published around the globe and at least six volumes of his work alone.
Per Wiki, Weighell’s work "is characterized by his knowledge of incunabula, architecture, art and art symbolism, mysticism, and the occult, and pays homage to his two primary influences, M. R. James and Arthur Machen. While his protagonists are typically scholars, archaeologists, and bibliophiles, much of his fiction moves beyond traditional antiquarian ghost stories to explore both wonder and terror in the presence of supernatural forces."
Weighell noted in the Introduction to this book that this collection of his stories, "extensivly revised and corrected, now represents all the short fiction to date that I would wish to see preserved." The stories are divided into three sections: "Gods and Strangers: Summoning by Theurgy", "Dark Devotions: Antiquarian Horrors", and "Sorcery and Sanctity: Machenesque Fantasies".
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full tan linen cloth over boards, the front stamped with lettering, a decoration of a demon, and a ruled border with corner decorations all in green, the spine also with green lettering and the demon, the back stamped with a depiction of the Gorgon's head and the same border as the front both in green, top edge stained green, light tan endpapers, frontispiece by Nick Maloret one of twenty-two full-page and five in-text black-line illustrations bound in throughout, signature of Ron Weighell in green ink on the title page, limitation statement on the copyright page, each story with a 7-line initial captial letter; octavo size (9 1/2" by 6 1/4"), pagination: [i-viii] ix-xxi [3, blank, sectional title, blank] 1-451 [3, blank, Sources, Acknowledgements]. Issued without a dust jacket.
___CONDITION: Fine, the binding clean and utterly without wear or blemish, perfectly straight corners without rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; clean, crisp, and as new. We never use the word "mint" but it applies to this volume.
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