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Visiak, E. H. (pseudonym of Edward Harold Physick)

Published by Victor Gollancz Ltd, London (1929)

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From: Currey, L.W. Inc. ABAA/ILAB (Elizabethtown, NY, U.S.A.)

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Item Description: Victor Gollancz Ltd, London, 1929. Octavo, pp. [1-6] 7-286 [287-288: blank], original black cloth, spine panel stamped in yellow-green. First edition. "Visiak is now remembered by macabre enthusiasts for his genuinely original novel MEDUSA (1929). A weird story of a voyage to unknown waters, it earned a dreadful review from the LONDON TIMES when it first appeared, which helped it sink without a trace (the same paper forty years later in Visiak's obituary referred to the book as 'a tour-de-force')" - Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 444. MEDUSA "is a hard to categorize as Lindsay's A VOYAGE TO ARCTURUS (1920). The tale moves gradually, in a slow crescendo, from its beginnings in a normal-seeming nineteenth-century England through adventures at sea and finally into a literal pit of fantasy -- a vast circular hole occupied by the eponymous sea monster which eats sexually aware men alive. The protagonist is a young boy who remains sexually innocent, though haunted by other guilts: he survives while his companions perish." - Clute and Grant (eds), The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997), p. 987. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 3-352. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1636. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 219. Bleiler (1978), p. 200. Reginald 14688. Endpapers quite browned, owner's name and gift inscription on front paste-down, a very good copy with unmarked binding and bright spine lettering. A nice copy. (#156865). Bookseller Inventory # 156865

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