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THE FEATHERED BOUGH
Zagava Books - May 2018

The hallucinatory new novel by Stephen J. Clark.

“Reading a Stephen J. Clark story is akin to being caught inside a ritual. Clark is a poet of the occult who evokes that strange region of the imagination where dread and wonder intersect. A writer and artist with genuine vision, to whom the surreal is second nature. One of my most exciting discoveries in contemporary supernatural fiction.” – Adam Nevill, author of The Ritual and Apartment 16.

“When the eminent therapist Dr Rudkin reached the Colony institute he did not expect to find another world waiting for him, nor did he imagine that a patient there could be its creator and his guide in that dreamt paradise; a man who also claimed to be the dead poet Gerard de Nerval.

After Nerval declares that he has met Dr Rudkin’s late wife in that other world, promising to reunite them, a strange pact is made as ancient masters watch in the wings. Rudkin in turn believes he can rid Nerval of his delusions and rescue the real man lost in an invented land. Together they salvage memories of Nerval’s imagined journey in the form of a sacred book. Yet as they map his hidden world an enemy rises to end their dreams.

Somewhere between Carrol’s Alice in Wonderland and Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, edging Hodgson’s House on the Borderland and Kubin’s The Other Side, The Feathered Bough is a profusely illustrated novella of the occult and the grotesque; a grimoire and hallucinatory field guide to a fallen realm that might have been.” More...



   
 
 
INTERVIEWS

A book’s creation is a story in itself. Perhaps when The Satyr was first published in 2010 there was something in the air at the time, as coincidentally “Austin Osman Spare: Fallen Visionary”, an exhibition at the Cuming Museum in London, opened later that year. A prominent retrospective, it brought about a welcome re-examination of the artist’s work. At the time commentators such as the publisher Robert Ansell (of Fulgur Limited) and the author Alan Moore emphasised the importance of thinking of Spare’s work in relation to his beliefs, ideas and methods, as one might of William Blake or Arthur Machen. It was indicative of a resurgent interest in tracing the links between art and magic, and a re-evaluation too of a tradition within British cultural history, neglected in contemporary criticism, of the supernatural and the imaginary.

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GALLERY 2013

"The Hair Eater"
"The Secret Place"
"The Black Path is Out of Bounds"
"Sketchbook"
"Sketch of Hag"
"Rumoured Fortune"
"On the Path to the End"
"If You Walk Through the Flowers"
"Forgotten or Still to Come"
"Der Eulenmann"
"A Spindle Turning Deep in the Earth Leaves Loose Ends in the Branches"

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BOOK COVERS GALLERY

Supernatural Tales 19 (Summer 2011)
Powers of Darkness by Robert Aickman (Tartarus Press, 2011)
Dark Entries by Robert Aickman (Tartarus Press, 2011)
Sub Rosa by Robert Aickman (Tartarus Press, 2010)
Supernatural Tales 18 (Winter 2010)
Analogon 60 (2010)
The Inner Room by Robert Aickman (Tartarus Press, 2010)
N by Arthur Machen (Tartarus Press, 2010)
Supernatural Tales 18 (Winter 2010)
Sourdough and Other Stories by Angela Slatter (Tartarus Press, 2010)
Strange Tales III edited by Rosalie Parker (Tartarus Press, 2010)
Supernatural Tales 17 (Summer 2010)
And more . . .

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