Seattle, Wa; Midnight House 2002. 1st hardcover. Fine in fine dj. 264 pages. The enigmatic R.R. Ryan is credited with several of the most compelling and over-the-top novels in the horror genre. The only author with three entries on the late Karl Edward Wagner’s list of the thirty- nine best horror novels of all-time, Ryan’s work has been known to only a few devotees and serious collectors and astronomical prices have been paid for copies of her books on the rare occasions that they’ve been offered for sale. This volume is the first of Midnight House's program to reprint the best of Ryan’s novels. Imagine if you will a novel with the cruelty of a Charles Birkin story fused with the grim excesses of Edward Lee written in the 1940’s! Or perhaps an H.P. Lovecraft novel written by Flannery O’Connor set in England. Considering the themes of this book, it is truly amazing that this novel was not suppressed at the time of publication. This is without a doubt one of the most deeply disturbing and perverse works to ever appear in the genre. Echo of a Curse is a descent into the darkside of human nature and the supernatural like no other. Cover art is by Allen Koszowski and the book includes a new introduction and essay on R.R. Ryan’s work by D.H. Olson. Limited to 450 numbered copies.