Saturday, October 27, 2007

The Resurrection of Philip Bennion's Death.

Valancourt Books has announced its reprint of Richard Marsh's Philip Bennion's Death (1897), in which old Mr. Otway's friend is murdered, and Otway wonders if he committed the crime while sleepwalking.

Marsh (1857-1915) was the pseudonym for Richard Bernard Heldmann; his best-known work is probably The Beetle (1897). His grandson was the horror writer Robert Aickman. The summer 07 Clues features an article on Marsh's possibly autobiographical prison narrative "For Debt" (1902). Valancourt has also reprinted Marsh's The Joss: A Reversion (1901).

The Kansas City-based Valancourt is putting back into print hard-to-find Victorian, gothic, and other works, such as Bram Stoker's Lady Athlyne (1908), with new introductions by scholars and writers. H. Rider Haggard, Caroline Lamb, Sheridan Le Fanu, and Ann Radcliffe are just some of the authors represented.

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