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Our much-anticipated collection of rare Richard Matheson short stories, OFFBEAT, newly introduced by David J. Schow, is now up for preorder worldwide for paperback and Kindle! The release date is Feb. 28. More info: http://www.valancourtbooks.com/offbeat-2002.html

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Our newest reissue is by Robin Maugham (nephew of Somerset Maugham), who at his peak was among the most popular novelists in England. Which is surprising, maybe, since his novels dealt openly with homosexuality and featured very dark, disturbing plots. BEHIND THE MIRROR (1955), which Francis King called one of Maugham's best, is a riveting psychological thriller that's hard to put down. Reproduces the original jacket art by the noted gay artist John Minton, who committed suicide in 1957. (US only on this one, sorry!) More info: http://www.valancourtbooks.com/behind-the-mirror-1955.html

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An homage to H.G. Wells, Christopher Priest's THE SPACE MACHINE (1976) is a SF adventure set in the Victorian era and drawing on elements of Wells's The War of the Worlds and The Time Machine. A young couple, Edward and Amelia, find themselves inadvertently hurtled through space and time and must thwart an invasion of Earth by grotesque, octopus-like monsters! A terrifically fun read from the author of The Prestige and other classics. http://www.valancourtbooks.com/the-space-machine-1976.html

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Now available: Riccardo Stephens's incredibly scarce weird mystery THE MUMMY (1912). Two young men have been found dead, their deaths perhaps connected to an ancient Egyptian sarcophagus inscribed with a terrible curse. As the deaths continue, Dr Armiston must discover whether the Mummy is responsible, or if there is some other explanation. Fans of Richard Marsh, Conan Doyle, Wilkie Collins, and Arthur Machen will love this one. Features a new intro by Mark Valentine. http://www.valancourtbooks.com/the-mummy-1912.html

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We've had a ton of requests for this one, so we're pleased to announce that Frank Baker's STORIES OF THE STRANGE AND SINISTER is now available in paperback, hardcover, and ebook worldwide. From the author of the avian apocalypse tale THE BIRDS (also available) and the classic fantasy MISS HARGREAVES, this long out-of-print collection is a must for aficionados of weird and uncanny tales. Features a new introduction by R.B. Russell of Tartarus Press. http://www.valancourtbooks.com/stories-of-the-strange-and-sinister-1983.html

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Now available! Our latest release from our most popular author, the brilliant Michael McDowell: his last, strangest, and most experimental novel, TOPLIN (1985). It was highly praised by critics, including Library Journal, which called it 'an offbeat, puzzling, and disturbing work that should interest even the most jaded fans of horror fiction.' This new edition includes all the original illustrations by Harry O. Morris. More info here: http://www.valancourtbooks.com/toplin-1985.html

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ur newest title is by the brilliant scientist and best-selling sci-fi author Sir Fred Hoyle, FIFTH PLANET (1963). Set in 2087, it follows an expedition of British, Americans and Russians to an alien world, but when they return home, they've unknowingly brought something not human with them.... An enjoyable read for fans of vintage SF, somewhat in the vein of the original Star Trek series. (It's also fun to see how much 2087 resembles 1963: data is still input to computers using punch cards!) Lovely cover design by Lorenzo Princi, part of our series of Hoyle reissues. More here: http://www.valancourtbooks.com/fifth-planet-1963.html

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Now available, one of our most exciting recent discoveries! Henry Chapman Mercer was an eccentric architect, historian, collector, and antiquarian, and near the end of his life he published NOVEMBER NIGHT TALES (1928), a now-rare collection of M.R. James-style supernatural stories. Our first-ever republication includes a new introduction by Cory Amsler of the Mercer Museum and an additional rare posthumous tale, "The Well of Monte Corbo". More here:

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David Case first gained notice with THE CELL (1969), a highly original werewolf novella that's now extremely scarce and expensive. Our new collection reprints Case's classic tale, along with four more gems featuring themes of transformation, including THE HUNTER (1971), basis for the cult 1970s film Scream of the Wolf. This edition includes a new intro by Stephen Jones and an afterword by Kim Newman, as well as an original cover painting by Les Edwards. Whatever you do, don't miss this one! http://www.valancourtbooks.com/the-cell--other-transmorphic-tales.html
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