John Galeís prose poems are finely-polished decadent gems, each an exquisitely-cut tragedy pared to its archetypal essentials. The perfumes of the East suffuse these tales of poets, lovers and kings who, despite the luxury and beauty of their surroundings, desire something beyond. Although the fate of the protagonist is often melancholia or death, these are in no way moral fables. They contain, in their impossible fancies, glimpses of eternal truths, but not the comfort of traditional fairy stories. These are quests for the unattainable, and such quests can never bring happiness. . . .
Lord Kandra stalks these pages: cursed with immortality . . . Kuusian, distraught at his loverís death, knows that he will never be reunited with his loved one if he dies by his own hand . . . Salim ibn Asad is a poet whose heartís desire may be attained only in death . . . Sensually poetic and melancholic, there is a profound darkness beneath the surface glamour of John Galeís tales. A Damask of the Dead is a collection to be relished by those who admire sophisticated prose and the Gothic Romanticism of the Decadents.
A Damask of the Dead is a sewn hardback book of 100 pages. Limited to 250 signed copies. Fine in fine dj.
OUT OF PRINT FROM THE PUBLISHER.