ELEGIES & REQUIEMS by Colin Insole. Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK; Side Real Press; 2013. 1st edition hardcover. 300 copy LIMITED hardcover edition.
"On the days before the storms rose, a mistle thrush would perch on the roof. His song was lyrical but slightly off-key - like a cracked church bell, made sweeter and more poignant by its ominous echo. The bird sang of hidden faces in the leaves, of mouths made silent by time and our forgetfulness, and the soft fall of dust..."
Colin Insole - 'The Candles of Wildondorf'
'Elegies and Requiems' is the first major collection by this hugely talented writer and contains eighteen stories, nine of which are unique to this volume.
Insole's work explores the mysterious world where a confluence of objects and circumstance awake atavisms which draw the protagonists of his tales into mysteries infinitely greater than themselves.
In 'The Golden Birds of Mariston', an artifact weaves its magic over the population of a once mighty but now moribund city, while in 'Ancestral Rooms' a doll given to a child begins a process of familiarial transformation for its giver.
The make-believe world of childish imagination becomes something else in 'Blackthorn Cottage', whilst in 'The Bellman' the intrusions are infinitely more malignant.
Lovers of authors such as Bruno Schulz, Georges Rodenbach, Arthur Machen and Mark Valentine will find much to admire in Insole's delicately wrought symbolist prose style, whilst lovers of the supernatural will admire the imagination and imagery of a writer who is regarded by many as one of the most interesting authors to emerge in recent years.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
• The Golden Birds Of Mariston*
• The Apoplexy of Beelzebub
• The Premonition
• A Calendar of Cherries
• Ancestral Rooms*
• The Princess of Phoenicia
• Blackthorn Cottage*
• The Choice Child*
• The Candles Of Wildondorf
• The Madness of a Chalk Giant*
• The Weimar Spider
• The Very Thought of You*
• The Flower of the Sun
• Waving at the Train*
• The Appassionata Variations
• The Dear Dead Days*
• Apple Blossom Time
• The Bellman*
* indicates a story unique to this volume.
The front and rear covers are designed by Santiago Caruso, each photographic image mounted by hand.
Silk ribbon marker.
Fine copy in pictorial boards (affixed colour plates to both front and rear board) as issued.