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FROM ANOTHER WORLD
Rosemary Timperley
THE ROOM OPPOSITE
Flora Mayor
MIST & Other Ghost Stories
Richmal Crompton

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On the website of King’s College, Cambridge: Librarian's ghost stories re-issued
Sundial Supernatural

A PAD IN THE STRAW by CHRISTOPHER WOODFORDE 

Something Amiss!

A PAD IN THE STRAW was first published sixty-two years ago in 1952. Long out of print, this new edition retains Lord David Cecil's Foreword to the original volume but now includes a Preface specially written by the author's son, Giles Woodforde, and an Afterword by Richard Dalby - making it the definitive edition of this oft-admired collection of 'strange tales for the connoisseur'.
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A PAD IN THE STRAW

CHRISTOPHER WOODFORDE

With a Preface by

Giles Woodforde
Now Available

Format: Jacketed Hardback
Limited to 200 copies
ISBN: 978-1- 908274-09-0

Publication: 05 May 2012
Price: £17.50


“We soon discovered that Dr Woodforde had a natural flair for storytelling, especially weird and mysterious ones involving the supernatural, subtly different to the typical ghost story. So frightening were some of these stories that they found us burrowing even deeper into our beds. Before we left the school we implored him to write down the tales."

"It is now being reissued alongside its earlier ‘companion’ volume, W. J. Wintle’s Ghost Gleams which was similarly written and recited to a group of eight boys who appreciated good spooky tales in the late evenings, a treat we all relish!" (From Richard Dalby's Afterword updated from the original article "Writers in the James Tradition Number 11" in Ghosts & Scholars 14 but now updated.)

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A full-length review of A PAD IN THE STRAW by David Harris in THE GHOSTS & SCHOLARS M.R. Newsletter (No: 23, March 2013)

A review by Mario Guslandi of Sundial's A PAD IN THE STRAW posted at THIRTEEN O'CLOCK.
Also reviewed by Mark Andresen at THE PAN REVIEW
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"A recent review of A Pad in the Straw by Christopher Woodforde (published by The Sundial Press) in Ghosts and Scholars resulted in a rush of orders and only two hundred copies have been printed! I ordered my copy via the website (www.sundialpress.co.uk) just after I returned from Cambridge and it arrived first class the following day. How about that for service?

   It’s a handsome, well-produced, hard-backed volume (with an illustrated dust-wrapper) exactly the same size as the current Sarob publications. Yes, it is perfect bound but at £17.50 (p&p included within the UK) I’m not going to complain about that. The book contains the same twenty stories and prefatory note by Lord David Cecil as in the 1952 Dent original (lowest price on Abebooks, £85) as well as a preface by the author’s son, Giles Woodforde, and an afterword by Richard Dalby which is a most valuable addition. Thus I discovered Christopher’s family connection to the famous eighteenth century clerical diarist and his curacies in Lincolnshire and Norfolk, not far from my current home.

   Although written for and told to the choristers of New College, Oxford, the tales are not childish and they have a distinctly antiquarian, Jamesian character … "

An excerpt from a review in the quarterly Newsletter issued (Oct/Nov 2012) by A Ghostly Company

 

The ebook of A PAD IN THE STRAW will be released and available to download in July

"In these stories, villains generally take the shape of devils.

These are a light-hearted contradiction of the popular theory that Evil is a disembodied myth; they are very real. In "Sacrilege at St. George's," for instance, a respectable church-going spinster suddenly assumes beak and bristles and vanishes with a blast of hot air.

The author does not intend his demons to point a moral issue; they do not bear unrepentant sinners away. They are simply material facts, like tables and chairs, to be accepted with perfect equanimity by the characters. Some of the best stories have the compelling power of a dream. Whilst one is under their spell it seems to be quite in order that a child should turn into a stone statue and that a jar should inflict a severe bite upon its owner. It is, therefore, only on reflection that one perceives the author's power of fantasy, though as a distinguished antiquarian he may have borrowed some of his ideas from English folklore.

Further originality is achieved by the contrasting of old and new. In "The ‘Doom’ Window at Breckham" sundry devils from a medieval scene of the Last Judgment cheerfully derail a train and are even snapped by an enthusiast's camera. There is a similar contrast between the somewhat old-fashioned style of narration and the liveliness of the conversation." — Alcuin



[In addition to A PAD IN THE STRAW Christopher Woodforde certainly wrote a further five supernatural stories. Alas, for the time being at least, those stories have disappeared.
According to the author's son, following the original publication of A PAD IN THE STRAW the idea, it seems, was to publish a second selection, but that idea foundered because it would have needed at least ten more stories to produce a viable book.
Should these five ‘vanished’ stories ever come to light we will publish them in a slim, separate, limited edition volume.]


THE ALABASTER HAND
 by A. N. L. MUNBY
2013

Alan Noel Latimer Munby (1913 - 1974) was a fellow of King's College, Cambridge, and wrote these supernatural tales, many of which centre on antiquarian books and manuscripts, sixty-four years ago while a prisoner of war in Germany during World War Two. Munby is described by Michael Ashley in the Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction as "The one writer who comes closest to inheriting the mantle of M. R. James."

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THE ALABASTER HAND 

A. N. L. MUNBY

With an Introduction
by António Monteiro
 


Format: Jacketed Hardback
Limited NUMBERED Edition

Book Dimensions: 210 × 148 mm 
 Page Extent: 208


ISBN: 978-1-908274-12-0
Publication: 24 June 2013
Price: £17.50
Herodes Redivivus
The Inscription
The Alabaster Hand
The Topley Place Sale
The Tudor Chimney
A Christmas Game
The White Sack
The Four-Poster
The Negro's Head
The Tregannet Book Of Hours
An Encounter In The Mist
The Lectern
Number Seventy-Nine
The Devil's Autograph
"Centuries-old houses, ancient leather volumes, illuminated manuscripts and long-revered traditions - these are the stuff of which the most fearsome tales can be woven. The stories in this book challenge comparisons with those of that master of the uncanny tale, the author of Ghost Stories Of An Antiquary, to whom they are dedicated".

THE ALABASTER HAND is recognised as  a genuine cornerstone  of supernatural  literature.

A centenary conference commemorating A. N. L. MUNBY’s life and work will take place at King’s College, Cambridge, on 28-29 June 2013. At the conference dinner in Hall, a passage from a story from The Alabaster Hand will be read. For further infirmation please visit the regularly updated conference website here (the link will open in a new window or tab).

I’m A. N. L. Munby, I am . . .

An article on the upcoming Munby Conference in Cambridge on the TLS blog here: http://timescolumns.typepad.com/stothard/2013/04/im-a-n-l-munby-i-am-.html

GHOST GLEAMS  by W. J. WINTLE

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GHOST GLEAMS 

W. J. WINTLE

With an Introduction
by Richard Dalby


Format: Jacketed Hardback
Limited to 200 copies
ISBN: 978-1-908274-10-6
Publication: 2014
Price: £17.50
“These tales make no claim to be anything more than straightforward ghost stories. They were written in answer to the insistent demand, “Tell us a story!” from eight bright boys whose names stand on the dedicatory page; and they were told on Sunday nights to the little group crouching over a wood fire on a wind-swept island off the Western shore.
They were so fortunate as to meet with approval from their rather critical audience. Truth to tell, the gruesome ones met with the best reception. Boys like highly flavoured dishes. But the tales are not all tragic—far from it!
They now go forth to face a wider audience: they will be fortunate if they find a kinder one.”
From the Foreword by W. J. Wintle.

sundial supernaturalFuture Supernatural titles (all with new introductions) due in 2014:

THE ROOM OPPOSITE by FLORA MAYOR

MIST and Other Ghost Stories by Richmal Crompton

THE COLLECTED GHOST STORIES OF ROSEMARY TIMPERLEY


THE NIGHT WIND HOWLS by FREDERICK COWLES

THE COMING OF THE FRIARS by AUGUSTUS JESSOP

WHAT DREAMS MAY COME? by Cynthia Asquith



Flora Mayor & Rich

THE ROOM OPPOSITE by FLORA MAYOR

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First published in 1935, Flora Mayor’s THE ROOM OPPOSITE and Other Tales of Mystery and Imagination is impossibly scarce to find and thus commands a high price when tracked down. Excellent traditional ghost stories after the manner of M. R. James, who opined that those pieces "which introduce the supernatural commend themselves to me very strongly." James did not hand out such compliments freely. Sundial’s new edition will feature a highly informative Introduction by Richard Dalby.

 

Contents (sixteen tales):

 ‘The Room Opposite’, ‘The Kind Action of Mr. Robinson', ‘Letters From Manningfield’, ‘Tales of Widow Weeks’, ‘Fifteen Charlotte Street’, ‘The Unquiet Grave’, ‘Christmas Night at Almira’, ‘In the Bus’, ‘Mother and Daughter’, ‘Innocent's Day’, ‘A Season at the Sceptre’, ‘The Lounge at the Royal’, ‘The Dead Lady’, ‘Miss De Mansaring of Asham’, ‘ 'There Shall Be Lights at Thy Death' ‘, ‘Le Spectre de la Rose.’


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FROM ANOTHER WORLD The Collected Ghost Stories of ROSEMARY TIMPERLEY
VOICES IN THE NIGHT
& other Ghostly Stories

by ROSEMARY TIMPERLEY

Edited with a Preface by
Richard Dalby

and An Introduction
by ROSEMARY TIMPERLEY

Contents

HARRY, THE NOBODIES, FROM ANOTHER WORLD, THE LISTENING CHILD, THE EVER-BURIED, LOST PATHWAYS, THE ARTIST'S MODEL, THE MISTRESS IN BLACK, DREAMS ARE MORE THAN SHADOWS, VOICES IN THE NIGHT, WHAT HAPPENED TO SALLY?, THE TALL WOMAN, TO KEEP HIM COMPANY, WALK ON THE WATER, LITTLE GIRL LOST, THE SOUND OF THE SAW, THE WRONG GHOST, PROOF POSITIVE, MANDRAGORA, LITTLE BOY HAUNTED, STELLA, CHRISTMAS MEETING

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A CAGE FOR THE NIGHTINGALE by PHYLLIS PAUL

With an Introduction by Glen Cavaliero

We’re elated by the response to the first of several Sundial reprints of the little-known 'supernatural' novels of Phyllis Paul which have some affinity with the work of Charles Williams. A Cage for the Nightingale is a deeply absorbing work but requires the meticulous attention of the reader who otherwise might soon become lost in its shadows. As Mark Valentine has written in his review of this edition, “… at its heart a young woman's hesitant quest for the truth about a mysterious death some years before, and the ambiguous roles and attitudes of those around her in the country house where she is a paid companion.” Elizabeth Jane Howard  wrote of “An almost medieval sense of good and ill. One enters a different world — compelling, fearful, mysterious. The characters live, the place has frightening reality … a kind of violent beauty.”

We were pleased to recently read the following in an article in the December 2012 issue of ‘The American Scholar’ (In Praise of Small Presses): “Sundial Press has produced an exceptionally attractive edition of Phyllis Paul’s A Cage for the Nightingale, likened to James’s The Turn of the Screw in its power and artistry.”

Full details of the book can be found here.


STRANGE HAUNTINGS 

by NIGEL DIMMOCK

Fourteen supernatural tales

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STRANGE HAUNTINGS 

by NIGEL DIMMOCK

 

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GHOSTLY LINKS (will open in a new window or tab)
 
GHOSTS & SCHOLARS The M.R. James Newsletter
A goldmine of information about M.R. James, his life, times, tales and related matters.
 
A GHOSTLY COMPANY
A small, England-based, society devoted to fictional ghost stories, which holds get-togethers — 'Black Pilgrimages' — in various parts of the country, and publishes newsletters and an annual magazine The Silent Companion.

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