Transactions of the Flesh: A Homage to Joris-Karl Huysmans - July 2013
Edited by D.P. Watt & Peter Holman. We are looking for: Original works of fiction, Naturalist vignettes, binary options south africa, decadent visions infused with diabolism, dreamy reflections on the spirit of art or the art of the spirit, hagiographies of the criminal and fantasies of the saints. Diagnose our infernal disease, assail us with exultant mysticism and the sovereignty of the cadaver, give us paradise aflame and purge us with ascetic hallucinations; we want sacred whores, the substitution of orifices for stigmata, bodies for the sacrificial slaughter or the redemption of the flesh. Grind the vermilion ink with pestles of polished basalt, inscribe the smouldering sigil upon the finest vellum. More...


   
 
 
Dehiscence - December 2012
I am not given to the task of writing. I have read too much — and always of the most horrific of deeds — to find in the written word much solace from, or reason for, the ultimate madness of the world. Rather, my life has been a quest for things, and their magical and bountiful properties; qualities that, if one is attentive enough, reveal themselves through years of subtle relationships and quiet correspondences. In short, objects are, to me, the truth of this existence, and its only proper means of record — or indeed, value. For within a cherished antique or long discarded toy, one finds a pulse of love and loathing, of betrayal and trust. More...


   
 
 
The Last Gold of the Decayed Stars - December 2012
Anna Rhulen has been bequeathed a journal and a small collection of photographs, by her grandmother, relating prewar adventures, in a strange town, on the hinterland of the old Kingdom of Illyria. The journal mentions a secret, kept hidden from the old woman's family, that only Anna can uncover. She visits the town, on the Adriatic coast, once a haven for exiles and runaways, with its mysterious river and places like The Street of Banished Time, where past, present and future, are blurred and intertwined. But she finds that memories of the old town have been deliberately buried, expunged or destroyed; reappearing only in visions or dreams that disturb and unsettle the modern inhabitants. Those who knew and loved the secrets of the town, exist only on its fringes. Anna is befriended by Francesca, a chambermaid at the hotel; a building that once hosted the passionate dances of Le Ballet des Fuyardes, those memories and echoes are now distorted and decayed. More...


   
 
 
Numbered as the Sand or the Stars - October 2012
Budapest, 1946: a devastated city in a conquered country where hyperinflation is running out of control. In a room high above the ruins a man sits reviewing his life. From his childhood in Transylvania to his activities in Admiral Horthy’s Hungary, he recalls the part he played in the secret history of some of the pivotal events of the interwar years. But is he alone? Who – or what – might be helping him to remember? And what are the stories that he, in turn, is told? More...


   
 
 
At Dusk - Autumn 2012
In Belgrade, a young teacher writes jagged Gnostic canticles; in Tbilisi, an old visionary is taken to an asylum. The white dust rises on summer roads; the black leaves of autumn await. The magisters of literature sense the twilight steal upon them; and even young dreamers see shadows upon their path. Some say they are in the last days of Europe. It is certain the known world is shimmering on the brink. And at dusk, things change . . . Mark Valentine’s At Dusk is a homage to the vanquished and lost voices of the poets of interwar Europe, in a powerful form of his own. More...


   
 
 
Canapes for the Daughter of Chaos - October 2012
By William Charlton. Publication date: October 2012. Sewn hardcover, limited to 100 hand numbered copies, 120 pp with illustrated end papers and a full-color frontispiece. Table of Contents: I. Benighted II. The Elusive Real III. The Music Festival IV. The Antistrophe V. The Main Road. Canapes for the Daughter of Chaos is a sewn hardcover book of 120 pages with illustrated endpapers, a full-colour frontispiece and a dust-jacket. Edition limited to 100 copies. $70 inc. p&p; to Europe and USA, $70 to the rest of the world. More...


   
 
 
The Aesthete Hagiographer - October 2012
Sold Out. The melancholy spirit of Emil Cioran pervades this allegorical diptych of sacred and profane revelations. While visiting the hallowed Shrine of Saint Margite Level in Burgundy a wayward English tourist falls inexorably under the spell of her ecstatic visions and resolves to change his dissolute and secular ways. After beholding Margite’s incorrupt remains, miraculously preserved, the reformed aesthete turns hagiographer, making his scholarly pilgrimage without suspecting that it is no more than a promenade and that everything in this world disappoints, even sanctity. Is there any other criterion for art besides closeness to heaven? Intensity and passion can be measured only in relation to the Absolute. More...


   
 
 
Spare Copies - July 2012
1 copy of The Peacock Escritoire by Mark Valentine (sans the peacock feather) - $200
1 copy of The Star Ushak by Louis Marvick - $80
1 copy of The Man Who Collected Machen by Mark Samuels (the dust-jacket is not in a perfect condition) - $150
1 copy of The Nightfarers by Mark Valentine (signed) - $80
1 copy of The Sons of Ishmael by George Berguno - $60
2 copies of The Horrifying Presence and Other Tales by Jean Ray - $80
1 copy of The Mauve Embellishments by Charles Schneider (with two original paintings; the dust-jacket is not in perfect condition) - $150
1 copy of The Wounds of Exile by Reggie Oliver - $100
1 copy of The Rite of Trebizond by Mark Valentine (damaged copy, several pages are repeated; the two original postcards included) - $150

If you are intersted in one of these volumes, please email exoccidente@gmail.com


   
 
 
Passport Levant - July 2010
Passport Levant is an Ex Occidente Press imprint specializing in limited deluxe landscape format volumes. Nothing can explain the end - and generally also the beginning - of a love affair. Passport Levant exists because of the love we carry within for whatever remains of the old European world and its culture. In other words, a staunch, fortunate and fertile love for ruins, and for the lost empires of the soul. The Europe of the Passport Levant is a different kind of Europe, its wayward borders including as far lands as the steppes of Russia, the shores of Bosphorus and the tinker like suns of Damascus. With the kind help of such characters as Ottoman gentlemen, the Peacock sultans, the ancient fortune tellers in the Phanar, the guardian order of the Carpathian gypsies, the Jewish tailors of the Danube towns, the Imperial mariners of Trieste and many others, who shall remain unnamed for now, Passport Levant aims to be a way to the secret heart of Europe, to its tragedies, its mysteries and its marvels. More...


   
 
 
Secret Europe - January 2012
Sold Out. 25 stories (10 by John Howard and 15 by Mark Valentine): a secret of authorship that awaits exploration by the reader. An original deluxe hardcover over-sized Ex Occidente Press volume. The ultimate collection, the singular masterpiece dedicated to the great sepia-coloured world of a Secret Europa. The Book of the Decade, in the editor's view. More...


   
 
 
This Hermetic Legislature - A Homage to Bruno Schulz - June 2011
At the end of a curious parallel track of imagination the Twentieth Century is frozen by the memory of early spring snows, the lascivious gaze of tradesmen, dark July nights and the chatter of exotic birds. Every face in the crowd is as still as a travelling waxwork exhibit. It is an Age of Genius writ in crumbing ledgers and announced in the margins of charlatans’ advertisements. Everywhere the agony and ecstasy of its times may be read. Upon every mouldering wall there is a rich mural of creation and beneath every glittering plastic jewel of technology hides an ancient fermentation. In each shop window, with its teetering mannequins, a universe of magical forms unfolds—a pageant of infinite life begging to be rewritten, to live again! More...


   
 
 
A Gentleman's Morphia - May 2011
Sold Out. Two years in the making, The Master in Cafe Morphine, the Levantine homage to Mikhail Bulgakov, is now approaching the end of its editor's journey. With an updated table of contents, three illustrators, various inserts, photos, manifests and other aesthetic memories, the homagial box set dedicated to Monsieur Bulgakov is scheduled for release date in June, 2011. "Unfortunately man is no longer wicked enough. It is lassitude and moralism that are the curse. As for dodecaphonic music, I only have to think of it to prefer morphine". More...


   
 
 
Old Albert—An Epilogue (Passport Levant) - June 2011
Brian J. Showers

Sold Out. "The city, however, does not tell its past, but contains it like the lines of a hand, written in the corners of the streets, the gratings of the windows, the banisters of the steps, the antennae of the lightning rods, the poles of the flags, every segment marked in turn with scratches, indentations, scrolls." ~ Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities. The 6th of September does not bode well for those who dwell in a particular place at a particular time. Patterns have a habit of forming, reshaping and influencing the topography from which they sprout. Set in the same haunted neighbourhood as the stories in the award-winning collection The Bleeding Horse, Showers’s new novella, Old Albert—An Epilogue, continues with the idea that not all is well in the leafy Victorian suburb of Rathmines, Dublin. More...


   
 
 
Alcyone (Passport Levant) - June 2011
Colin Insole

Sold Out. It is the late 1980's. Two young people are drawn together at a London registry office, where the walls are hung with the prints and animal paintings of Albrecht Durer. Vlastimil Lednacek comes to erase all association with his dying father's nostalgia for the Prague he never knew by assuming an English name. Alice, remembering nothing of her parents and brought up by the kindly Exiles of St John, seeks in vain for her past. Their meeting leads to marriage. Vlastimil's father dies on the eve of the Velvet Revolution and his son burns his books, photographs and letters. However, Alice has been given the Tarot of Bohemia, created in the aftermath of the Battle of the White Mountain. Its major arcana differ from the traditional pack and their images fade and change with the passing years. More...


   
 
 
Sangria in the Sangraal (Passport Levant) - June 2011
Rhys Hughes

An entire story-cycle in miniature. One thousand years of the remarkable magical history of a secret region of Spain where few people venture even now. Albarracín is a rose-red town tucked away in the mountains of Lower Aragon. Once the seat of an independent taifa during the dominance of the Caliphate of Cordoba, it remained saturated with ancient mystery long after the separated kingdoms of the peninsular were forged through conquest into the single nation we know today. In Albarracín still lurk the djinn of the wondrous past in their dusty bottles and the ghosts of heroes and villains locked in the crucibles of a rogue alchemist. As Alarcon once wrote, “A happy time it was when our land still remained in peaceful possession of all the spider's webs, dust, woodworm, respect, faith, traditions, uses and abuses sanctified by the centuries!” More...


   
 
 
Tarshishim (Passport Levant, Box Set) - March 2011
Ron Weighell

At the Court of Rudolph the second, John Dee and Cornelius Drebel create a device to realise the vision of Hermes Trismegistus to make Humankind dwellers in supercellestial realms, privy to divine knowledge, consorting with Angels in a Universal Empire of Hermetic Wisdom. The unseen effects of this resonate down the centuries in a multitude of settings. The tortured architectural demonologies and enchanted thickets of Gothic nightmare that are the streets of Prague - The formal Thameside gardens of Elizabeth the first's Court - a London in the freezing grip of Polar Demons - The ice-storm lashed shores of the Baltic - The Steppes of Russia - The dazzling Court of the Tsar - The treasure filled temple of magic that lies beneath a Cathedral of St Petersburg - A house of cabalistic secrets owned by the Ba'al Shem of Wapping. More...


   
 
 
Cities and Thrones and Powers (Passport Levant, Box Set) - 19 May 2011
John Howard

The contents of Cities and Thrones and Powers reflect the title. Staunchly avoiding the tired and the wearisome common places of the contemporary fantastic literature, John Howard brilliantly proves, encore, that he is amongst the very few and the very last of those authors for whom Memory, History, Loss, Forgiveness and Nostalgia are more than meaningless words in an old dictionary. Startling imagery, a rich, delicate, precise prose, haunting stories of exile - these are only a few of the things you will find in these books of forgotten joys and borderland histories. What to read by John Howard? To paraphrase Michel Tournier, the famous French novelist: "Howard ... read all of him." More...


   
 
 
The Mauve Embellishments (Passport Levant) - 19 May 2011
Charles Schneider

Sold Out. Charles Schneider has courted places shadowy and classically macabre for his entire life. As a young man he walked twenty miles on foot to view Dunsany castle, journeyed to the green door behind which Arthur Machen was born in Caerleon-on-Usk, ate cucumber sandwiches whilst being rowed up the Thames en route to William Morris’ Kelmscott Manor, took tea with Mervyn Peake’s wife Maeve amidst bird-skulls on a few unforgettable occasions and trod St. John's Baptist Graveyard in Providence, where both Poe and H.P. Lovecraft walked and meditated. He has acted in many films, often in rather or gruesome horrific roles. He directs dark, expressionistic films, like weird gardening and rural excursions, produces supernatural folk music and painted the post-mortem portraits for the film Art School Confidential. More...


   
 
 
The Exorcist's Travelogue (Passport Levant) - 19 May 2011
George Berguño

Sold Out. Imagine if Herodotus had lived on through the centuries, collecting supernatural tales along his travels; or if a collection of scattered medieval fragments could be brought together and made to yield their secrets. Imagine, too, a storyteller who writes for the dead, crafting tributes to past masters from the depths of his nostalgia. Imagine, finally, prose so pristine and economical that every tale is a universe, and you have, then, a true impression of George Berguño’s The Exorcist’s Travelogue, his second collection of short stories. More...


   
 
 
Allurements of Cabochon - 19 May 2011
John Gale

Autumn threads its way like a melancholy chant through a number of these pieces: the ancient forest of Vhaelambre and the two votaries who make their annual journey of ritual; the priestess of Autumn’s passionate rhapsody to her goddess; and the symbolic autumn of russet-cloaked Lord Rhasiphae, who once he is called from his obscure, black mooned realm cannot depart until the devastation is total, as the city of Veltique found to its utter cost. Ending the collection we have a change of style in The Green Lady Pavilion, a tale of the quintessentially English Duchy of Greywall and John Silks’ enforced visit to the strange world of Faery. All these, plus other pieces that rise like purple smokes from thuribles of sable pearl, go together to compose the contents of this superbly written collection of many hues and other wordly tinctures. More...


   
 
 
The Peacock Escritoire (Passport Levant, Box Set) - January 2011
Mark Valentine

Sold Out. The Peacock Escritoire is less a simple gathering of fine stories and more of an homage to the many different copes, dalmatics and mosaics of the Old World. Think about it as a fabulous wayward Exposition Internationale catalogue of epiphanies, wonders, sacred mysteries and veiled heresies. If St. Petersburg had survived civil war and become an international city where trafficking in holy relics drew certain powers in; if the soothsayers of Prague saw the truth in the fortunes of a young street artist; if the author of Dr Saprophyte knew what his friends thought of his books; if a dream museum released its dreams; if a dying Russian futurist knew more than he could say; if an Alexandrian jasper held the clue to serpentine secrets; if a stranger returned a Judas coin; all these possibilities and more are to be found in the latest collection of short stories by Mark Valentine. More...


   
 
 
Mon Pays (Passport Levant) - January 2011
E.M. Cioran

The publication of an unknown text by Cioran is not amongst the most probable events of his posthumous destiny. After all, what is there to be said anymore? The answer comes veiled in the shadow of a surprise: a confession. A post-mortem message to the fanatics of Unbeing and the connoisseurs of Nothingness, a belated testament tinted in the grand sepia-colour of the fin de siecle, a washed out silt-bed of memories and ritornels fo all the true Pilgrims of the Rare. The mirror of the XXth century is shattered. It is only because of this that the demigod can now come to you through the shameful shards. Published for the first time in English, Mon Pays comes illustrated with twenty rare and obscure photographs, documents and portraits of dramatis personae. More...


   
 
 
Amerika (Passport Levant) - January 2011
Karim Ghahwagi

America has disappeared. Resources at the US Embassy in Copenhagen are a little stretched, and the extraordinary circumstances therefore require extraordinary measures, even if it means drawing upon the services of the world’s second greatest living detective - a disillusioned American expatriate called Mr. Denmark who is currently living in Copenhagen. Meanwhile, a travel writer called Mr. Sweden finds himself in a precarious position as the very subject matter of his next travel book seems to have disappeared. Copenhagen is gripped by a deep sense of unease. Bookshops and countries are disappearing, animals wearing Bowler hats are overrunning the city, the central immigration services have been beleaguered by tuxedo wearing penguins- infernal forces might be at work. And then there is that walking, talking Mauser-toting cat who might or might not be in cahoots with the Execrate Himself. More...


   
 
 
A Pallid Wave on the Shores of Night (Passport Levant) - January 2011
Adam S. Cantwell

If Europa has a soul, and true face, to whom is it revealed? Who does she beguile with beauty, even as she tramples peoples and nations underfoot? Does she reveal herself to the scholar, the painter, the statesman, the writer? Or does she, in her guise as the most exquisite abstraction of all, choose the composer, that solitary contender with, and lover of, the immaterial? And what does she demand from him in return? Three European composers in extremis encounter the hidden faces that Europe shows only to those on her fringes, or in her depths... In the hidden castles and profound karst caves of Slovenia, Anton Von Webern, that most austere of musical thinkers, finds that which shakes the devout faith in nature he has learned from the pages of Goethe and from the heights of his beloved Alps. Who are the reclusive aristocrats there and what is the true nature of their strange commission? More...


   
 
 
The Bestiary of Communion (Passport Levant) - 19 May 2011
Stephen J. Clark

Sold Out.
What is the distance that appears to us through these blind arcades and trefoils of black stone, and that would not appear anywhere else but here, in these forgotten cities of the old Europe? Within the blinking of an eye mythical beasts roam the threadbare seams between day and dream, exchanging seductive glances. At these interstices maps lose their form, borders warp and the moment devours the watchful and the unwary alike. In Amsterdam an elderly bookseller discovers that his late wife once knew the Devil. In the wilds of the Carpathian Mountains refugees from occupied Poland hide in a long lost museum devoted to the memory of Bruno Schulz. In Prague a portraitist is hired to paint a countess whose appearance is never the same twice. More...


   
 
 
The Coanda Effect (Passport Levant) - November 2010
Rhys Hughes

The early years of the XXth century. Passport Levant's kind of century. The Atlantic Ocean, bicycles, vermouth, physics, ghosts, secret rendez-vous in Bucharest, elusive pirates and honest bandits, fishermen outposts, hats and icebergs, the Second Balkans War of 1913, the shadow of Franz Kafka, duels and cobwebs, nostalgia, Thomas More's Utopia and a Finnish villain so dastardly that even the author was shocked by his antics! The publisher of this "pleasantry" advises that it should not be read by persons of delicate conscience who may well be scandalized by the author's witticism and his articulate sympathy shown to rogues, underdogs and madmen in general. The Coanda Effect, Rhys Hughes's masterly and fabulously outrageous homage to Hugo Pratt and Corto Maltese, represents an unique literary event, quite unlike anything written before. A once in a life time event Passport Levant is proud and overjoyed to take part in. More...


   
 
 
Mad Matinée in Baku (Passport Levant) - November 2010
Albert Power

In June 1962 an unusual novelty arrives in Baku. This is the roving troupe of Pan Soviet Players from Moscow, their aim to stage a performance of the obscure eighteenth-century play, The Mysterious Mother by Horace Walpole. Among this curious crew of actors, leading lady Petrina Yurebian carries a terrible secret from her girlhood years in the strife-torn enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh. With her is her thirteen-year-old daughter, Marinitsa, a child of outstanding loveliness who draws lustful eyes from the arts interlocutor of the Azerbaijani Supreme Soviet, Alim Ibrahim. He too bears a past from the ravages of Nagorno-Karabakh, a past that reaches further back still – to the opposite side of the continent of Europe. Mad Matinée in Baku is a somber chef-d'ouvre who defies any sort of categorization, written by an absolute master of style and aestheticism. More...


   
 
 
The 'Star' Ushak - September 2010
Sold Out. Was Ellis Carstairs imagining things, or had the exsanguinated body of Professor Cuthbert somehow nourished the blood-red field of the carpet on which it was found? Fragments of manuscript and an obscure bill of sale suggested that the 'Star' Ushak might be woven with strands from an ancient carpet on which Timúr the Lame had dispatched whole hecatombs—unless Anthony Styles, Carstairs’ ingenious associate, was right, and the whole thing was just a blind. It was Styles, after all, whose opinion the Yard chiefly valued; and when he discovered the presence of an hallucinogenic dye in the carpet’s wool, he seemed to have struck on the cause of the madness that had possessed its former owners and that was beginning to creep on Carstairs himself. More...


   
 
 
The Summer of Kismet - August 2010
Between 14th and 20th August, Ex Occidente Press / Passport Levant will be unreachable. Before departure, a few hints of the wonderful things to come. A mysterious photograph of two new books, in their advanced prototype phase. I am not going to say which volumes, though. Secondly, two words - Corto Maltese. If you are unfamiliar with this fine Andalusian gentleman, let me just say that I consider him one of the paters spiritualis of the press. A Passport Levant novella featuring the much elusive and highly aesthetical sea captain is in work. A novella by whom? By a very fine author. An important literary event, as you will soon agree. Everything is Kismet, as Corto would say. With this in mind and with the belief that being more polite than one feels like, or more polite than what is actually needed is an attitude worth cultivating, I've decided to start a section of what is usually called "testimonials" [updated 20th August, 2010]. The page will be updated frequently. See you in September with The Sons of Ishmael, An Emporium of Automata, The 'Star' Ushak and two volumes made in Levant. Gxis revido!


   
 
 
The Joys of Iron Machines - July 2010
The first half of July brings with it a certain gloominess and three new volumes. The zinc, the bronze and the gold folio machines have been busy lately. The Mascarons of the Late Empire by Mark Valentine, The Wounds of Exile by Reggie Oliver and Tenebrous Tales by Christopher Barker will all be in-stock and shipping by 14th July, MMX. A gentle note of caution: very low stock for The Mascarons of the Late Empire and The Wounds of Exile.


   
 
 
The Defeat of Grief (Passport Levant) - August 2010
John Howard

Romania, 1940: a country in social and political turmoil, about to suffer catastrophic territorial losses as war engulfs Europe and its neighbours take the opportunity to settle old scores. People seem to be listless, apprehensive, or defiantly bellicose as they face an unknowable future; for many, there does not appear to be any path forward not involving further upheaval and change, culminating in an epoch of unprecedented terror and destruction. As tension mounts, the controversial academic Dr Adrian Lereanu makes the journey to the Black Sea resort of Balcic at the behest of an influential friend. Lereanu’s visit to Balcic is not intended as a holiday, although it is clear to him that going there is for his own good. More...


   
 
 
The Ten Dictates of Alfred Tesseller (Passport Levant) - August 2010
D.P. Watt

You remember Alfred Tesseller—the quiet one who arrived, all those years ago, in our decrepit country classroom. He had that accent that was so strange and yet so enchanting. We thought his family were ancient gypsies and the tales we told about him rivalled any myth performed around immortal fires. You must remember him! Surely you remember the dark breads, strange meats and exotic fruits he would bring with him in his battered metal lunchbox, and how, once, and only once, he shared the small squares of cake—of spicy syrup, or honey, and ground nuts—his mother would make him. You recall how we gathered around him that day, like we were old friends, and how he laughed, and we did too (although we laughed like dogs at the hiding we would deliver him that evening in the back lane). More...


   
 
 
Oblivion's Poppy (Passport Levant) - August 2010
Colin Insole

Sold Out. It is 1952. At the Retreat in Wilflingen, bequeathed centuries ago by the Von Stauffenberg Knights, the residents, drawn inevitably and mysteriously to its shelter, hold their secrets and shame. Amongst them is the Englishman who plundered and beggared a family during the Austrian inflation: the German, whose loss of courage caused the 1944 July plot to fail and the student who betrayed the White Rose Movement. But their comfortable residence in the spacious grounds, filled with the study of its flora and fauna, is not unconditional. Their work, in the Cave of Faces, the suffocating rose-garden or the vast archives of the dead, force them to recall and relive their actions. And guests have been invited - the lost and dispossessed of Europe - each brought by a fragment from their past, to tell their stories and confront their betrayers. More...


   
 
 
The Satyr (Passport Levant) - August 2010
Stephen J. Clark

Sold Out. 1941, in the final throes of the Blitz, Austin Osman Spare becomes the only salvation for a traumatised artist who calls herself Marlene Dietrich, a fugitive from the ominous Institute for Gifted and Orphaned Exiles. Wandering the shattered streets of Southwark Marlene encounters a mysterious gentleman, Paddy Hughes. Consulting her portfolio of drawings as a talisman and aided by spirit lamps, they set out together across the ruined Borough in search of her lost mentor, a man called The Satyr. As Hughes falls under Marlene’s spell he is initiated into the secret mythology of her birth from The Danube of her imagination. Unwittingly he becomes her protector while Ms Charnock, a wayward sister of the institute, pursues them, only to be drawn into her patient’s infernal odyssey. Refracted through the perspectives of the swindler Paddy Hughes, Ms Charnock’s reports and Marlene’s journals and drawings, the drama builds momentum towards a cataclysm foretold. Interspersed with Marlene’s art, drawn by the author, The Satyr is a tale inspired by the life and occult oeuvre of Austin Osman Spare. More...


   
 
 
The Mascarons of the Late Empire (Passport Levant) - July 2010
Mark Valentine

Sold Out. In the afterglow of the Austria-Hungarian Empire, in a city at its furthest edge, a young scholar hopes to finish his study of the mascarons, the stone masks, carved on its grand buildings. His tired eyes seem to see features from his sketches in the faces of some of the passers-by in this liminal place. In a story of transition and loss, we share in the strange visions and new tensions of a forgotten era. When an artistic Englishman receives an invitation to a private view at an atelier he does not know, on a card marked with a stark symbol, he decides he will investigate. What he finds introduces him to an art he had never imagined, and the experience of a lifetime. This enigmatic story is likely to resonate in the reader’s mind. And in a walled garden on the Bosphorus, a League of Nations official meets a Frenchman who devotes his time to studies of all the sects of the old Ottoman Empire. More...


   
 
 
The Wounds of Exile (Passport Levant) - July 2010
Reggie Oliver

Sold Out. The poet Kipling once wrote of East and West that “never the twain shall meet”, but they do meet, and the subsequent collision has been the occasion of both misery and splendour throughout history. In Reggie Oliver’s novella The Wounds of Exile, it is 1576 and the Ottoman Empire is at its zenith, teetering on the edge of corruption and decline. We meet it through the eyes of the scholar Martin Bellorius as he accompanies his pupil, Prince Vladimir of Vallachia to the heart of the Empire in Istanbul. Vladimir has been taken as a hostage by the Sultan’s all conquering general Sokolly. What Bellorius, Vladimir and his dwarf servant see there, how they escape and the price they pay for both their captivity and release is the theme of this novella. More...


   
 
 
The Silver Voices - May 2010
John Howard

Sold Out. Transylvania: the country beyond the forest and land of the seven fortress towns. In The Silver Voices we encounter the previously unknown eighth town: Sternbergstadt. Now known as Steaua de Munte, it’s one of those places where past and present continually meet, with no-one being entirely sure which has the upper hand. In Steaua de Munte history can never be said to be dead and buried; it plays too many tricks on the present and future for that . . . John Howard's stellar debut collection eludes all sorts of categorizations. Here you will find the ghostly without the ghosts, the supernatural without that old rust, the traveller and the Exile, the deaths and the lives of foreign countries and the numinous in all its secret, hidden splendor. A bit like Herta Müller doing a Walter de la Mare impersonation, with H.G. Wells, Robert Aickman, Olivia Manning and Julien Gracq standing by, waiting silently for the inhuman - or maybe all too human - whispers of silver voices. More...


   
 
 
The Sons of Ishmael - September 2010
George Berguño

Sold Out.All of the characters in George Berguño’s first collection of short stories are spiritual sons and daughters of Ishmael. They are strangers and outcasts; beguiled and despised by a world that had once been their home. The stories vary greatly in their settings. From pre-Viking Norway to nineteenth century Chile; from the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire to Hitler’s Germany; from a timeless town in the New World to contemporary Britain – these stories are remarkable for their unpredictable use of the strange and their subtle exploration of the supernatural. The overall effect of the stories is a vision of the world where chance plays havoc with history; where the living are fatefully intertwined with the dead, and where human desires clash with forces unknown. More...


   
 
 
An Emporium of Automata - June 2010
D.P. Watt

An Emporium of Automata draws together stories spanning a decade of writing. From the incredible clockwork mechanisms of ‘Erbach’s Emporium of Automata’ to the disturbing images on a grainy reel of film in ‘Dr Dapertutto’s Saturnalia’, section I: Phantasmagorical Instruments unearths the magical transformations of matter and the desperation of memory. The determinations of the book enthusiast are revealed in ‘Of Those Who Follow Emile Bilonche’. The cunning rituals of an ancient tradition offer a destitute woman otherworldly hope in ‘They Dwell in Ystumtuen’. And ‘The Butcher’s Daughter’ continues the family business in a fashion most unwelcome to the new tenants of her old home. The pomposity of a fading traditionalist is mirrored in the fate of a left-wing radical in ‘Room 89’. ‘The Condition’ finds the destiny of culture to be somewhat other than one might expect. More...


   
 
 
The Black Cupboard - May 2010
Claude Seignolle

Le Bahut Noir (The Black Cupboard) (1958) is an urban story which has the old streets and alleys of Paris as background. It is mainly a tale of Man’s fight against his fate and of his powerlessness to overthrow it; but it is also a Faustian story, with a powerful erotic drive. Since Seignolle’s writing so often deals with the lives of the people he met during his long wanderings in the French countryside, the particular concern with the carnal pleasures cannot be thought of as alien to his body of work; folklore, after all, is full of love potions and other means of securing the favours of the desired ones. And it is especially worthy of notice that at a certain point in his career he has also authored Sexie, Éloge de la Nymphomanie (Sexie, Eulogy of Nymphomania) (1998), initially banned as pornographic, clearly marking his interest in describing the actions of men in all their aspects (in a similar vein of depiction of the most basic urges of mankind, he published in 1959 La Gueule (The Mouth), dealing with his souvenirs of World War II and his imprisonment by the Germans. More...



 
 
The Man Who Collected Machen and Other Stories - May 2010
Mark Samuels

Sold Out. Mark Samuels is one of the few modern masters of the weird tale. He has enjoyed effusive praise from the likes of Thomas Ligotti, Ramsey Campbell and T.E.D. Klein. In his latest collection of tales he demonstrates the sense of mystical awe mingled with horror coupled with an elegant prose style that has made his name a byword for fantastic fiction of the highest quality. Where nightmares become reality, where shadows are bright, where the future is already decayed and dying, here, within the pages of this volume, you will find a consummation devoutly to be wished. More...


   
 
 
The Greek Calends are Now! - March 2010
The Greek Calends? Oh, certainly sooner than that. For all the curious Occidentals, we are pleased to present you a handful of exclusive previews of six of the nine books Ex Occidente Press will have the honor and sheer joy to publish in the next two months.

The Man Who Collected Machen & Other Stories by Mark Samuels
An Emporium of Automata by D.P. Watt
The Sons of Ishmael by George Berguño
The 'Star' Ushak by Louis Marvick
Virtue in Danger by Reggie Oliver

Click on each of the above titles for a PDF preview. More details about each book will follow soon.



   
 
 
Gifts from the Orient - February 2010
The Gifts from the Orient pack contains: one copy of the The Rite of Trebizond and Other Tales by Mark Valentine and John Howard, one exemplar of each of the two postcards which came with the original edition of The Rite of Trebizond, one signed copy of Putting the Pieces in Place by R.B. Russell, one copy of Madder Mysteries by Reggie Oliver, one bookplate signed by Reggie Oliver, one signed copy of The Nightfarers by Mark Valentine (including both dust jackets), one photocopy of the original hand written plot page for the story The Rite of Trebizond (manuscript printed on yellow textured paper), one copy of Cinnabar's Gnosis: A Homage to Gustav Meyrink, or, instead of Cinnabar's Gnosis, one copy of The Master in Cafe Morphine: A Homage to Mikhail Bulgakov.

Ex Occidente Press offers only one of these packs at 280 USD. Please send an email to exoccidente@gmail.com to place your order. At the request of the buyer, the package is shipped either registered or insured.



   
 
 
The Master in Café Morphine: A Homage to Mikhail Bulgakov
"The séance is over! Maestro! Hack out a march!" Because where there is Art, there is no Devil. This is a homage to Mikhail Bulgakov, last Prince and Master of the White Twilight lineage. Dissident extraordinaire, wayward Dandy, fabulous anti-hero of the Great Soviets, Doctor, Mystic and tamer of the Deamons from the Highest Courts of Hell, genial novelist and loyal soldier of the White Army, Morphia addict, Reactionary and Visionary, Mikhail Bulgakov remains to this day a singular man and a remarkable figure in the entire history of Promethean Literature. More than a marvelous writer, as the cynics and the cloaca of the literary critics want us to believe, Mikhail Bulgakov was one of the few Eschatological forerunners of the much ill-fated XXth century. Sathanas Triumpathur! The Master in Café Morphine: A Homage to Mikhail Bulgakov is an over-sized sewn hardcover book of 500 pages with endpapers, a full-colour frontispiece and a dust-jacket. Deluxe cloth boards with folio. Edition limited to 250 copies. $60 inc. p&p; to Europe and USA, $70 to the rest of the world. More...



 
 
Tenebrous Tales
Christopher Barker

Sold Out. Tenebrous Tales is the debut collection of short stories Christopher Barker. Although his work has been compared favourably to Walter de la Mare, Robert Aickman and M.R. James, Barker has created an original voice for himself. The author has a healthy disregard for gratuitous horror although he firmly believes that the portrayal of violence is entirely valid provided that it is handled responsibly. He is equally dismissive of rationalised supernaturalism and pretentious posturing. An obsession with emotional trauma and psychological dysfunction – placed within a suitably eerie and horrific context – dominates the author’s work. Nor is he judgmental. There are few villains in Barker’s work. Most of the characters are flawed victims. Tenbrous Tales is a devastatingly powerful collection of weird horror stories by an author who plans to stop working in the genre to concentrate on writing mainstream novels. This Ex Occidente Press edition will almost certainly be the only opportunity to access Barker’s short stories in collected book form. More...


   
 
 
Cinnabar's Gnosis: A Homage to Gustav Meyrink - October 2009
Only a few copies remaining. "It is called the Cinnabar Book because that red is the colour of the garments of those who have reached the highest stage of perfection and stayed behind on earth for the salvation of mankind. Just as we cannot comprehend the meaning of a book if we just hold it in our hand or turn the pages without reading, so we will not profit from the course of our destiny if we do not grasp its meaning. Events follow each other like the pages of a book that are turned by Death; all we know is that they appear and disappear, and that with the last one the book ends. We do not even know that it keeps being opened, again and again, until we finally learn to read. And as long as we cannot read, life is for us a worthless game in which joy and sorrow mingle." - Gustav Meyrink Cinnabar's Gnosis is the first Ex Occidente Press anthology in a series of homages dedicated to European lost masters and exquisite fantasts. Some of the upcoming anthologies will be dedicated to Dino Buzzati, M.P. Shiel, Bruno Schulz, Ernst Jünger, Baron Corvo, Leo Perutz, Emil Cioran. All the stories and novelettes in Cinnabar's Gnosis are exclusive works, written especially for this anthology. More...



 
 
All God's Angels, Beware! - October 2009
Quentin S. Crisp

The house of literary Romanticism has fallen into sad disrepair. Through its dusty passages are to be heard only the muffled, shivering voices of its ghosts, like the last lingering echoes of some forgotten passion in a lunatic asylum. It has been said that, in the grounds of this ruin, was a hothouse where Romanticism showed its last, grotesque bloom in the form of H. P. Lovecraft, since when the grey desolation of realism has swept over all in a fungoid blight. And yet, there remains a kind of life here, perhaps stranger still than previous blooms, in a weedy and overgrown flowerbed, under the name of Quentin S. Crisp. All God’s Angels, Beware!, the fourth collection of fiction from the contemporary British master of dementia, gathers together for the first time eleven examples of Crisp’s own unique species of decayed Romanticism. Crisp draws equally from East and West to create a vision of the macabre like nothing else in literature. Discover here fleurs du mal of hybrid decadence, whimsy, exoticism, gothickry, horror and beauty. More...


   
 
 
The Nightfarers - July 2009
Mark Valentine

Sold Out. To find the “light of lights”, you must first know the darkness of night, said the 17th century German mystic Angelus Silesius. It is a truth found by all the characters in Mark Valentine’s new full collection of stories since Masques & Citadels. Carden, the quester after lost languages, finds there are some things that cannot be named. The narrator in "The Seer of Trieste" finds the old city harbours an image that has pervaded the most advanced literature of our time, while the strange and tragic secrets of another liminal city are explored in "The Seven Treasures of Bucharest". The voyages of "The White Sea Company" seem to sail beyond any mortal shore, while the smouldering sunrise in "The Dawn at Tzern" brings different illuminations to a priest, a postmaster, a prophet and a soldier. The author of The Connoisseur stories and editor of Wormwood offers a book of wonder, where neither light nor shadow are ever all they seem. Two years in the making, The Nightfarers is not only the most eclectic and exquisite Mark Valentine collection to date but also his finest. We here at Ex Occidente Press trust this is one of the very few contemporary masterpieces of the weird and the fantastic. More...



 
 
The Terrible Changes - June 2009
Joel Lane

Sold Out. Joel Lane's short stories combine the supernatural with themes of human loss, passion, solitude and despair. The complexity of the urban landscape provides a background to stories in which nothing can be relied upon. Ghosts and visions are an inevitable part of a reality where facts are uncertain, loyalties are divided, and the unknown is always close at hand. In Lane's fiction, the weird is a symbolic language that expresses the chilling beauty, sadness and mystery of real life. From "The Brand" (written in 1983) to "Alouette" (written in 2008), these stories are selected from a quarter-century of writing. Twelve previously uncollected stories are reprinted from magazines and anthologies, bridging various strands of the weird fiction genre: urban horror tales, elegiac ghost stories, erotic reveries and psychological fugues. Two brief new tales offer different perspectives on the theme of mortality. More...



 
 
Bloody Baudelaire - June 2009
R.B. Russell

Sold Out. When young Lucian Miller visits the house of a friend it is everything he had long fantasized about; decay and grandeur, lofty rooms, dark red shadows and dust. The evening, however, is a disaster, and Lucian finds himself apparently alone with the sophisticated but troubled Miranda Honeyman. They shut all of the doors in an attempt to keep their problems out, but it soon becomes apparent that someone else may have access to the house. On the threshold of adulthood, in a heightening atmosphere of sexual uncertainty and violence, Lucian tries to make sense of what is happening around him. Bloody Baudelaire handles its themes deftly, with a rare insight into human character in extremis. An absolutely stunning new novella from an upcoming master of the fantastic! More...



 
 
The Horrifying Presence and Other Tales - March 2009
Jean Ray

Sold Out. Jean Ray was a prolific Belgian author whose pen left us a varied oeuvre, ranging from journalism to adventure stories for youngsters and including a large number of gems of the fantastic, not least the well-known novel Malpertuis, which was adapted to the cinema in 1971 by Harry Kümel. Despite De Kremer's well deserved prestige among French and Belgian audiences – although part of his texts were originally written in Flemish, the "Jean Ray" fantastic and supernatural were in French and have appeared largely during the Second World War: Le Grand Nocturne (1942), La Cité de l'Indicible Peur, Malpertuis, Les Cercles de L'Epouvante (all 1943), Les Derniers Contes de Canterbury (1944) and Le Livre des Fantômes (1947) – the work of Jean Ray is still far from well known by Anglo-Saxon audiences. A couple of published anthologies rapidly went out of stock, preventing new generations of readers from getting acquainted with it. More...



 
 
Madder Mysteries - February 2009
Reggie Oliver

Sold Out. This is Reggie Oliver’s fourth work in the field of “strange stories”. In his first three The Dreams of Cardinal Vittorini (Haunted River 2003), The Complete Symphonies of Adolf Hitler (Haunted River 2005) and Masques of Satan (Ash Tree Press 2007) he explored the uncanny interactions between the physical and metaphysical worlds with a blend of deep seriousness, sharp wit and sardonic humour unique to this writer’s work. As a result they have been among the most acclaimed collections of supernatural stories of the 21st century, garnering numerous awards and nominations. In Madder Mysteries, Oliver travels even deeper into his own bizarre territory, hence the title. The book is illustrated throughout with Oliver’s fine, but very bizarre illustrations, making it a connoisseur's collector’s item as well as a splendidly provoking read. Truly a thing of strangeness and a joy forever. More...



 
 
Putting the Pieces in Place - January 2009
R.B. Russell

Sold Out. The five stories that make up R.B. Russell’s debut collection, Putting the Pieces in Place, demonstrate a subtle mastery of the macabre. Enigmatic and enticing, they combine a pleasing respect for the great tradition of supernatural fiction with a chilling contemporary European resonance. In the title story, an obsessive collector goes to great lengths to recreate a moment in time. An author who many years ago sent one of his characters out into the world, finds that she returns to him in "Eleanor". In "There is Nothing That I Wouldn’t Do", a young woman finds that a boyfriend’s feelings for her are more heartfelt than hers for him. In "Waiting", the woman at the centre of a scandal from the past is not the only one hoping for an explanation of what happened, while a young woman in distress attracts the attentions of a sinister landlord in "Dispossessed". With original and compelling narratives, Putting the Pieces in Place offers the reader insights into the more hidden, often puzzling, impulses of human nature, with all its uncertainty and intrigue. There are few conventional shocks or horrors on display, but you are likely to come away with the feeling that there has been a subtle and unsettling shift in your understanding of the way things are. This book is a disquieting journey through twilight regions of love, loss, memory and ghosts. More...



 
 
The Rite of Trebizond and Other Tales - October 2008
Mark Valentine & John Howard

Sold Out. Almost five years have passed since we last heard anything from that monarch of dim visions and recondite Mysteries, The Connoisseur. There were whispers of a long planed retreat in the sun stricken Mithraic caves of Cappadocia. Or was it to a mysterious and unnamed Coptic monastery in Alexandria? Others sustained The Connoisseur was captured by a group of Armenian ether drinkers, somewhere in an unknown village in Prussia. Something about a terrible “black ikon” was mentioned. A year ago, the author himself claimed that The Connoisseur was dying. Confronted with such contradictory, ambiguous and indeed - uneasy information, we decided to find out the truth on our own. We are pleased to say we have good news. The Connoisseur is alive and sends his august regards. For proof, we have three new long tales to infirm all rumors. Mark Valentine & John Howard offer here three new excellent episodes from the casebook of the aesthetical occult detective, The Connoisseur, whose adventures have been described as “curious and wonderful” and “shot through with authentically fin-de-siècle gleams of decadence”. Four further stories complete the collection. More...




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