Uncanny Tales of Cosmic Horror and Unspeakable Terror
An ideal introduction to the work of HP Lovecraft (1890–1937), whose stories combine fantasy, science fiction and horror, this selection presents ten of his finest tales, including The Call of Cthulhu, The Rats in the Walls and The Shadow Out of Time.
Timeless Adventures from the Father of Science Fiction
Along with the novels The War of the Worlds, The Island of Doctor Moreau, The Time Machine and The Invisible Man, this collection presents ten shorter stories, including tales of fantasy, the uncanny and the macabre as well as science fiction. Off-mint.
The Rebus Anniversary Set
DI John Rebus has been investigating the murky depths of criminal Edinburgh since 1987. Published in 2017, to mark his 30th anniversary, this boxed set presents Rebus’s debut, Knots and Crosses; his tenth case, Black and Blue; and his retirement novel Exit Music, in which Rebus faces his nemesis, the crime boss Cafferty. A set of ten postcards accompanies the books, with artwork by Sean Phillips depicting scenes from the novels.
The Complete Illustrated Lewis Carroll
As well as the complete Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass (with John Tenniel's original illustrations) and The Hunting of the Snark, this edition contains the whole bewildering range of Carroll's verses, puzzles, 'phantasmagoria' and stories, plus a miscellany of letters and prose pieces on topics that include women students, vivisection and dining-room etiquette.
Poetry of the First World War
Edited and with a substantial introduction by Marcus Clapham, this anthology is arranged alphabetically by poet and includes both obscure soldier-poets and the great writers of the war years such as Edward Thomas, Siegfried Sassoon, Isaac Rosenberg and Wilfred Owen. A final section provides brief biographical notes on the poets.
The Owl Service
50th Anniversary Edition
Gwyn and Alison investigate strange noises in the attic, and discover a dinner service covered in droppings. Their subsequent adventure, largely told in dialogue, is intertwined with Welsh mythology. This special edition of the award-winning novel, first published in 1965, is introduced by Philip Pullman. Age 9+
A Boy Called Christmas
Young Nikolas lived in the second smallest cottage in Finland, his life was hard, and his only toy was a doll carved out of a turnip, but Nikolas believed in magic and grew up to be Father Christmas. Matt Haig’s wonderful book, with pictures by Chris Mould, tells the story of young Nikolas and his journey to the realm of elves where ‘an impossibility is just a possibility you don’t understand yet’. Age 7+
Alice's Adventures Under Ground
The Original Manuscript
In 1864, two years after telling young Alice Liddell the tale of the white rabbit, Lewis Carroll wrote down the story for her. In Carroll's hand and with his own drawings, that 90-page manuscript – the forerunner of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland – is now one of the British Library's treasures. After an illustrated introduction by Sally Brown telling the story of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, the Liddell sisters and the origins of Alice, this book presents a facsimile of the original manuscript.
The Cat That Walked by Himself
and Other Stories
Here are four of the best-loved tales from the Just So Stories: after the cat ‘walking by his wild lone’, we find out How the Camel got his Hump, How the Rhinoceros got his Skin, and how the Elephant’s Child got his trunk as a result of his ’satiable curtiosity. The stories are faithfully reprinted with their original illustrations and Kipling’s illuminating captions. Age 8+