Thursday, 5 August 2010

The Bleeding Horse


Brian J. Showers of Swan River Press informs me that he still has a good few copies of this excellent collection of ghostly tales in the 'localist' tradition of Le Fanu. It makes for a really good read. Indeed, if you want a volume to snuggle down with at the end of summer, as the nights lengthen, this is one to read by the light of a guttering candle. Here's a bit of blurb. Follow this link to see more:


Each story features a recognisable Dublin setting and infuses it with a spectral history. Among the mysteries you will be invited to unravel are: the origins of The Bleeding Horse pub's gruesome name ('The Bleeding Horse'); the mysterious events leading to the discovery of Jack B. Yeats' final painting ('Oil on Canvas'); the eerie and persistent repercussions of a tragic omnibus accident in 1861 ('Favourite No. 7 Omnibus'); the possible resting place of the stolen Irish Crown Jewels and what guards it ('Quis Separabit'); the identify of the strange entity that plagued a 19th c. curate ('Father Corrigan's Diary'); and more. The Bleeding Horse and Other Ghost Stories features black and white illustrations throughout byDuane Spurlock, an introduction by Le Fanu scholar Jim Rockhill, and a cover by Harvey Award winner Scott Hampton.

2 comments:

strantzas said...

When the deuce is Showers going to publish his next book? The Bleeding Horse was marvellous, but it was only about half a journey.

valdemar said...

Love that 'when the deuce'. Were you wearing a tweed jacket and smoking a pipe when you had your manservant type it? I agree of course - Mr Showers is taking the whole 'leave them wanting more' shtick to quite unreasonable lengths.