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Tartarus is a small, British independent press founded in 1990. We specialise in collectable hardback limited editions of literary supernatural/strange/horror fiction, and we also publish paperbacks and ebooks.We have been the recipient of four World Fantasy Awards, and in 2010 received a "Stoker" from the Horror Writers Association.

"When first encountered, the publications of Tartarus Press seem almost as numinous as the supernatural tales they contain. The simple elegance of their presentation. . . jacketed in uniform cream covers with only minimal decoration, recall an earlier age when books were as rare and treasured as jewels. These are not commodities to be piled high on three-for-two tables, but rarities which remain hidden unless sought out . . . The stories hoarded in their pages are so little known you might be forgiven for wondering if you have dreamed them. The Triumph of Night and Other Tales by Edith Wharton. The Supernatural Tales of H.G. Wells. The Lost Poetry of William Hope Hodgson. And dozens of other titles by authors both famous and obscure which taken as a whole form a secret library, a catalogue of weird fiction from its roots in Victorian Britain through to the modern day."  -- Damien G. Walter, The Guardian

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20th October 2014: Our new publication is Wormwood 23. The issue contains:
The Way to the City: The Final Novels of Charles Williams by John Howard
Bookman’s Holiday by Michael Dirda
Thomas Tessier: Walking the Night Side by Mike Barrett
Dulcie Deamer: Spiritual Awakenings by James Doig
Fire-Flies in Atlantis, or, The Country of Fear by Henry Wessells
Was the Novelist Phyllis Paul also an Illustrator? by Douglas A. Anderson
Under Review by Reggie Oliver
Late Reviews by Douglas A. Anderson
Camera Obscura by John Howard
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21st October: Rick Kleffel at KQED has posted The Literature of Fear: 12 High-Quality Horror Books for Sleepless Nights, and lists three Tartarus Press Books: The Flowers of the Sea by Reggie Oliver, Darkscapes by Anne-Sylvie Salzman, and The Bitterwood Bible by Angela Slatter.
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17th October 2014: A great review for The Bitterwood Bible by Angela Slatter at Thirteen O'Clock: "Highly recommended."

And a very fine review of The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley on Goodreads: "The Loney is a lovely book, both in its prose and its plotting and its primary characters and even its darkness, which is dished out slowly and carefully"

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9th October 2014: The Loney has received a very good, sympathetic review at the Supernatural Tales Blog. ""The Loney is a British horror novel that fits into the tradition of the ghost story while not being entirely bounded by it. I found it an absorbing read, with credible characterisation and an intelligent, satisfying plot that evokes the sense of mystery that abounds in the shadier, wilder parts of our little islands..." "
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5th October 2014: We are pleased to note a number of very good, new reviews for Tartarus Press books:
 
Strange Tales IV has received astarred review at Publishers Weekly, where the reviewer writes: "The stories selected for this volume attest to the diversity and imaginative possibilities inherent in the strange tale."
 
Rupetta by N.A. Sulway has been reviewed by P.P.O. Kane at The Compulsive Reader, and he says: "...there are wondrous, moving passages full of lyricism, elegy, wonder and suggestive speculation. Cherish them as you puzzle out Rupetta’s world and its underlying culture and history.  This is a strangely enchanting, wholly convincing novel.
 
Mercy by Rebecca Lloyd is reviewed at M.R Cosby's Blog: "These are wonderfully written tales, dealing with life, love, relationships and the loss thereof in a thoroughly believable way, and with a depth not present in many works of short fiction. The way Lloyd interweaves the past with the present is hugely impressive, and adds an extra dimension to her impressive body of work. This has been one of my books of the year so far."
 
The Master of the House by John Gaskin has also been reviewed:
At Publishers Weekly: "Touched with irony and graveyard humor, his stories will appeal to fans of classic ghostly fiction."
At theSupernatural Tales Blog: "I suspect this book will remind many of us why we first fell in love with the genre."
 
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12th September 2014: Our next publication, on the 1st October 2014, will be The Loney, an atmospheric, slow-burn horror novel by Andrew Michael Hurley. Set in the 1970s on the English Lancashire coast, it tells the story of a Catholic pilgrimage to a shrine for healing. The miracle that occurs, however, has a darker and altogether more horrific side.
Here is a video trailer for The Loney:
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15th August 2014: R.B. Russell's The Dark Return of Time is now available as an ebook from Amazon, or direct from Tartarus Press. The hardback is still available from Swan River Press.
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5th August 2014: Our next publication will be The Bitterwood Bible by Angela Slatter. This new collection of short stories returns to the world of the critically acclaimed  Sourdough and Other Stories (Tartarus, 2010), introducing readers to the tales that came before. The book is enhanced by eighty-six pen-and-ink illustrations by artist Kathleen Jennings and is a sewn hardback of 220 pages, printed lithographically, with decorated boards, silk ribbon marker, head and tailbands, and d/w.
Publication will be 1st September
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