The Hauntings at Tankerton Park

Reggie Oliver

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Status Out of print
Release Date 2016
Limitation 24 copies
Size 21 × 29 cm
Pages 113
ISBN 978-3-945795-05-7
Edition lettered edition
Workmanship Thread-stitched hardcover with a die-cut cover, housed in a black slipcase and features illustrated endpapers and a silk ribbon page marker. This edition comes with an original drawing from the book, housed in a custom-made folder. Signed by the author.


“I just finished the last of the ninety odd drawings for a sort of children’s book […]. The words I wrote some time ago but the drawings have taken ages. I say ‘sort of’ children’s book because I wrote and drew it really to amuse myself and though it’s just the sort of book that I would have loved as a child, I was a peculiar sort of child (still am) and it might be too macabre for some. It is about a Victorian haunted house, quite mad and part of it is a rhyming alphabet.”
— Reggie Oliver

26 lettered exemplars come with an original drawing from the book, housed in a custom-made folder. Reggie Oliver kindly signed these lettered exemplars.

“In the year Eighteen ninety,
a banker called Clark
Bought a place in the country
called Tankerton Park
Mr Clark, Mrs Clark,
with Laura and Faye
Their two little daughters,
moved in one March day.
And with them came Ron,
their pet dog, and a horse
And the usual posse of
servants of course.
They found the place elegant
roomy and smart,
But terribly troublesome
right from the start.
Some quite inexplicable
things would appear
Which struck the whole
household with horror and fear
The strangest thing was that
they could record a
Sequence of haunts in alphabet order”

About Reggie Oliver

Reggie Oliver is a man of many talents. He has worked as an actor, a director and a playwright; he adapted Feydeau's plays for the British stage and wrote the biography of Stella Gibbons. His three novels and more than a hundred short stories and novellas in the fantastic genre, published in eight collections by Tartarus, are held in highest esteem by critics, readers and colleagues alike. This is also true of the richly illustrated The Hauntings at Tankerton Park, an utterly original children's book published by Zagava. His story “The Silver Cord” won the Arthur Machen short story prize …

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