This is his first short story collection for five years and offers twelve previously uncollected stories and an unpublished journal of story ideas and reading notes. His fiction ranges from the Triple Headed King of Sancreed, Cornwall to the unknown god of Palmyra, from a Venusian commodore to the lost composer of Stonehenge, and takes us on a search for the cockatrice and a quest for books not found in any library.
All of the stories suggest that other dimensions may be encountered in the most unexpected ways, whether through the hymn-singing of an old tramp, or as part of a Shakespeare play. And in the previously unpublished ‘Notes on the Border’, Valentine explores bookshops, old churches, folklore and the uncanny, with insights into stories as yet unwritten..
To the Eternal One
The Key to Jerusalem
Listening to Stonehenge
In Cypress Shades
The Mask of the Dead Mammilius
Yes, I Knew the Venusian Commodore
The Scarlet Door
Vain Shadows Flee
The Uncertainty of All Earthly Things
as blank as the days yet to be
Notes on the Border (previously unpublished)
“The Uncertainty of All Earthly Things” will come in an hardcover edition of 199 numbered and 26 lettered deluxe exemplars.
It has 228 pages and comes with a silk book mark.
The lettered edition will be signed by Mark Valentine and is bound hand marbled paper.
Price of the numbered edition: 58.00 Euro (49.00 Euro plus 9.00 Euro shipping)
Price of the lettered edition: 277.00 Euro (268.00 Euro plus 9.00 Euro shipping)
Shipping will start end of January/begin of Februar.