THE BOHEMIANS OF SESQUA VALLEY by Willum Pugmire. Welches, OR; Arcane Wisdom/Bloodletting Press; 2013. 1st edition hardcover. 150 COPY SIGNED/LIMITED/NUMBERED harcover.
The haunted Sesqua Valley lies hidden in the Northwest, surrounded by forested hills. A region of dream and madness, it seduces the lunatic soul with the dangerous and captivating marvels of the Outside. Linked to the woodland of this valley is the shadowed forest of the Dreamlands, from which Nyarlathotep and his night-gaunts seep into the world of wakefulness so as to tempt and corrupt humankind.
With this collection of new original fiction, Wilum Hopfrog Pugmire investigates his Lovecraftian locality as never before, with new novelettes that take the reader deep into the mysteries of an eldritch land. Chief among they who haunt Sesqua Valley is its first-born beast, Simon Gregory Williams, who in this book is revealed as a creature of secret feelings and dark alchemy. BOHEMIANS OF SESQUA VALLEY is a showcase of Pugmire's continual obsession with the fiction of H. P. Lovecraft, to whom this book pay homage.
A collection of six novelettes of over 50,000 words.
•Introduction by Jessica Amanda Salmonson,
•In Memoriam: Robert Nelson,
•One Card Unturned,
•An Ecstasy of Fear,
•This Splendor of the Goat,
•A Quest of Dream,
•The Strange Dark One.
One of only 150 signed and numbered hardcover copies, color endpapers, foil stamped front board and spine. With cover art and illustrations by Gwabryel.
W. H. Pugmire has been writing his Lovecraft-possessed weird fiction since the early 1970's, when he was inspired to write via his correspondence with Robert Bloch, who was himself inspired to write as a young man through his correspondence with H. P. Lovecraft. Initially writing for the small press magazines, Pugmire then began to collect his fiction with such books as SESQUA VALLEY AND OTHER HAUNTS, DREAMS OF LOVECRAFTIAN HORROR and THE FUNGAL STAIN AND OTHER DREAMS. His newer books include the stunning illustrated omnibus from Centipede Press, THE TANGLED MUSE, and such collections as GATHERED DUST AND OTHERS and UNCOMMON PLACES. His finest book, SOME UNKNOWN GULF OF NIGHT, was published in 2011 by Arcane Wisdom Press. His newest book, written in collaboration with Jeffrey Thomas, is ENCOUNTERS WITH ENOCH COFFIN, from Dark Regions Press.
Issued in a LIMITED hardcover edition of 150 copies SIGNED BY AUTHOR. Fine in fine dj.