Blood and Water and Other Tales (Patrick McGrath)

Blood and Water and Other Tales (Patrick McGrath) lands on the shelves of my shop, where it will be found in my Fiction Author: M shelves. priced at £6.50! Call in and get 40% OFF that price when you mention this post…

New York, London, Toronto, Sydney & Tokyo: Poseidon Press, 1988, (First Edition) Hardback in dust wrapper.

From the cover: Patrick McGrath is a Poe for the 80s, the first postmodern-gothic storyteller. Drawn from the minds most unruly nightmares and macabre alcoves, his elegantly bizarre short fiction is laden with shimmering images of sensuality: a doomed beauty rises from a warm tub surrounded by swirling clouds of vapor; a mysterious stranger strips naked, revealing the secret of his loneliness his kinship with the angels.

McGraths fictional inquiries move from the bugaboos of Victorian superstition and Freudian psychology to the curse of human desire, from English estates to the dark, savage Congo to the downtown bohemia of Manhattan after midnight. In The Black Hand of the Raj, set against colonial Indias dizzying heat, a young woman finds pain and pleasure at the hand of an ancient curse. In The Skewer, an elderly man is haunted by the torments of three miniature psychiatrists, including Freud himself. In Ambrose Syme, a young Jesuit sublimates his passion with poetry and soothes it. . . with murder.

Touched with subtle humor and irony, rich with erudite atmospheric prose, Blood and Water and Other Tales is the extraordinary debut of a writer who stretches the limits of gothic horror creating unforgettable literature.

Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Short, closed, tear to the head of the dust wrapper which is a little tanned on the verso. Light spotting to the foredge of the text block.

Quarter-bound Blue on Turquoise boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 192 pages. 8¾” x 5¾”.

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