FIVE DEGREES OF LATITUDE by Michael Reynier. Leyburn, North Yorkshire, UK: Tartarus Press; 2011. 1st edition hardcover.
"Sarban meets Blackwood meets late Machen." - Jim Rockhill
This stunning debut collection by Michael Reynier includes five fictions about landscape, people, and the mysteries in between. They are tales of curiosity and discovery, of passion, hatred and the supernatural, and they will entertain and stimulate the intellect in equal measure.
In ‘Le Loup Garou’ Professor Florant Hortholary investigates a series of disappearances and vicious animal mutilations in a remote French mountain village. In ‘Sika Tarn’, two walkers hear otherworldly sounds at an isolated lake. A Victorian academic discovers the research records of his maverick predecessor and learns of a startling set of experiments in ‘The Rumour Mill’. In ‘No. 3 Hobbes’ Lane’, set in rural England of the industrial revolution, a traveller wonders at the mystery of a house with no windows. ‘The Visions of Lazaro’ blends two disparate narratives--one an academic account of a bizarre religious sect dating back to the sixteenth century, the other a contemporary journal describing a visit to a deserted outstation--and time and space soon become intertwined.
These are stories written in full awareness of the British and European supernatural tradition, but they have a freshness and originality all their own. Michael Reynier is undoubtedly an exciting new talent in the field of uncanny literature.
Michael Reynier is British, forty-three and works in London. He studied as an archaeologist and worked at the British Museum and the University of Leicester before moving into university administration. He is married with two children.
Five Degrees of Latitude is a sewn hardback of 269 pages, printed lithographically, with head and tailbands, and d/w.
Limited to 300 copies.
Publication 1st July 2011.
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