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'Expressed through a style of almost painterly exactitude, Phyllis Paul's is a self-sufficient art whose oddness, while peculiarly English, is yet universal in its power to disturb, and at the same time to make more bearable, our own disturbing world.' — Glen Cavaliero NEGLECTED NOVELIST: PHYLLIS PAUL



Forthcoming 28 June 2021
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PULLED DOWN

by PHYLLIS PAUL

 With a Preface by David Tibet

Publication date: 28 June 2021

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Phyllis Paul had a genius for revealing the evil that dwells in the most ordinary persons. In this novel she creates with terrifying reality a picture of the corruption of two families by madness, death, and a religious spirit as hard as iron. 

Alice Hawke is a predatory, oversexed and unprincipled widow. Her principal target is her brother-in-law, Dr Frank Rodney, a distinguished lay theologian who has refused to help her son Lewis in his efforts to be ordained a priest. Suddenly and mysteriously, Mrs Hawke is murdered. Unstable and vindictive, Lewis begins a campaign of innuendo against Rodney, imputing an indiscreet interest in Mrs Hawke, and finally suggesting he has murdered her to silence her. Although innocent, Rodney cannot clear himself and gradually begins to wonder if he could have committed the murder in a moment of rage.

The denouement, years later, is a magnificent weaving of the tangled strands of fury, revenge, and religious obsession. This is a novel of masterful power and brilliant characterisation.


Forthcoming softback edition
(28 June 2021)

Due to the level of interest we
are accepting advance orders.






PULLED DOWN

by PHYLLIS PAUL



WITHIN UK DELIVERY
£14.50
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 DELIVERY IN EUROPE
£25.00
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£29.50

The first 300 hundred copies also include an insert, which prints a proem by David Tibet, “All Shall Not Be Well”, and each copy is signed and numbered by him; this proem is not the same as the Preface.


~ Preface ~

David Tibet lives in Hastings, England, with his Sidereal Queen Ania Goszczyńska and their three cats, Fairy, Gef!, and Voirrey. He is the UrSource of the Hallucinatory Pop Group Current 93. His hobbies are translating Coptic, Biblical Hebrew, Ugaritic, and Akkadian, painting, feeding BirdSong, rebuilding Borley Rectory, and making Golems in his spare time. 



A CAGE FOR THE NIGHTINGALE

by PHYLLIS PAUL

 With an Introduction by Glen Cavaliero 

Publication date: 21 June 2021

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phyllis paul, a cage for the nightingale, glen cavaliero, the sundial pressPhyllis Paul's seventh novel tells a story of fear, suspicion and sudden death. Its exciting, closely woven plot would make it a "thriller", were it not lifted far above that genre by this writer's unusual and sombre power: its subtle portrayal of char≠acter, and its disturbing suggestions of evil in a person or a place, make it reminiscent of Henry James's eerie masterpiece, The Turn of the Screw

Rachel Greenwood, the sensible, cheer≠ful girl against whom all else in the book is skilfully contrasted, takes the post of companion to Victoria M, a young woman who lives in the country at Ashbank House—or Cannel Farm, as the place was called years before, when Victoria was accused of murdering the daughter of Dr. Constantine, After the girl had spent some years in a mental institution, the doctor had taken her back to Cannel Farm and pro≠vided a number of people to look after her and amuse her in that secluded place. Rachel, unfavourably impressed by the psychiatrist's glib charm, soon concludes that Victoria is not nearly as unbalanced as she is made out to be.

But who can help Rachel to follow the carefully obscured path back to that distant September day? Not Pat Anderson, whose irresponsibility reflects her silly devotion to the doctor. Not the young chauffeur Maurice, with his eye to the main chance. Nor the doctor's two precocious illegitimate children. Henry Festing and his mother might help; but Henry, for some reason of his own, is afraid of Dr. Constantine.

In an atmosphere charged like the air before a storm, A Cage for the Nightingale mounts to its dark climax.

“Miss Paul writes with an icicle, in a fine and distinguished way that is quite her own, concerned with a misfit in life . . . the effect is sombre, impressive, moving.” — The TLS (1934).

“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.” – Elizabeth Jane Howard

Price: £14.50 | Softback | ISBN-13: 978-1-908274-51-9 | Page Extent: 272 | Publication Date: 21 June 2021

A short but perceptive review on the Wormwoodiana blog here

“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.” The American Scholar

An in-depth review on The Nemonicon website beginning here "that may take me days, weeks, months or years to complete…"

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A CAGE FOR THE NIGHTINGALE by Phyllis Paul

"THE fire was full of restless, tentative flames which had not yet established a hold. They did not light the room, they were too unstable. The rays they threw merely touched and let go, like agitated fingers. The room was large and lofty, there was a gaping hinterland to the fireside, in the black cavities of which a dumb play seemed to be in process with a theme full of alarms, smothered outcry and a scampering. At the far end, a solemn portal of mahogany was vaguely indicated; its panels sometimes gave out a moony beam as if a face or a hand had been thrust in stealthily. Columnar folds fell from the cornice before the three windows. They had a velvet texture which did not respond to the fitful rays; it swallowed them up, resuming darkness with a sullen emphasis.

But the darkness above and on either side of the hearth was the most consistent, for the mantelpiece projected, ornate and heavy, throwing across the ceiling and beyond its wings a deep permanent shadow which merely fluctuated at the edges as the flames danced; and of the two occupants of the easy chairs which stood one in either recess formed by the depth of the chimney-breast, nothing could be seen but that they were there."

(From Chapter One)

 With an Introduction by Glen Cavaliero 

Glen Cavaliero, poet and literary critic, was a champion of the little-known 'supernatural' novels of Phyllis Paul (1903-1973) which have some affinity with the work of Charles Williams.

In addition to an overview of her work in his own The Supernatural and English Fiction Dr Cavaliero wrote several important articles about the novels of Phyllis Paul, the most recent of which featured in Wormwood 9 as Mysteries of the Thirteenth Hour: The Enigmatic World of Phyllis Paul.




Forthcoming softback edition
(21 June 2021)

Due to the level of interest we
are accepting advance orders.



A CAGE FOR THE NIGHTINGALE

by PHYLLIS PAUL

WITHIN UK DELIVERY
£14.50
Please select
appropriate delivery button
 DELIVERY IN EUROPE
£25.00
ROW DELIVERY
(USA, AUS, NZ)
£29.50
The initial print-run will be individually numbered.


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We're delighted to announce we have been granted copyright permission to issue a softback edition of A CAGE FOR THE NIGHTINGALE and a new edition of PULLED DOWN.
Further details to follow.


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AN INVISIBLE DARKNESS and A LITTLE TREACHERY will follow PULLED DOWN.
In due course we plan to publish further novels in print and digital editions by Phyllis Paul.





















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