THE SATYR (Passport Levant)
by Stephen J. Clark
Publication Date: September 2010
Details about the book: large landscape format, sewn hardcover with dust-jacket printed on textured cardboard paper, cloth boards, gold folio, silk ribbon, end papers and full-color frontispiece
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.
A jewel of weird and occult literature.
The Danube Remembering - The Danube Forgetting. As Above so Below.
Stephen J. Clark has been active within the International Surrealist Movement for over fifteen years and has most recently participated in exhibitions with the Czech and Slovak Group based in Prague, providing cover art for the sixtieth edition of their journal Analogon. Tartarus Press has published his work on covers for Strange Tales III, Arthur Machen’s N and the forthcoming release of Angela Slatter’s Sourdough and Other Stories. Fulgur Limited, a publisher specialising in Austin Osman Spare included drawings in the first issue of Abraxas, an International Journal of Esoteric Studies in 2009. Returning to writing fiction in 2008, Clark’s story "The House of Sleep" was published by Ex Occidente Press in the Meyrink homage anthology Cinnabar’s Gnosis. His work has since been published by Skrev Press and Surrealist Editions, and will soon appear in the highly regarded British magazine Supernatural Tales, as well as featuring in the anticipated Bulgakov tribute The Master in Café Morphine. His first collection of short fiction The Horned Tongue and Other Tales is due for release in the winter 2010. www.thesinginggarden.co.uk
The Satyr is a sewn hardcover book of 108 pages with dust-jacket, silk ribbon, endpapers and a full-colour frontispiece. Edition limited to only 100 hand numbered copies.
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