Tuesday, September 4, 2012

New and forthcoming titles

We're working overtime here at Valancourt Books to bring you some great new books!

Newly available is Wolfram Setz's edition of The Sins of the Cities of the Plain (1881), a very scarce book originally privately printed in two volumes and which can be found nowhere on earth besides the British Library.  A couple of other spurious reprints appeared in the 1990s, but were, in fact, completely rewritten versions of the book; ours is the first-ever republication of the original text.  It's now up for order here: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1934555312/valancourtboo-20 for the low price of $14.99, and is also out for Kindle for only $4.99!

Ryan is hard at work typing Francis Lathom's wonderful Romance of the Hebrides, an 1809 Minerva Press Gothic that features everything Gothic lovers could want, including spectres, castles, caverns, and a hideous hag!  Prof. Carol Margaret Davison, a scholar of Scottish Gothic, will provide an introduction.  Next up will be The Children of the Abbey (1796) by Regina Maria Roche, which might be the best-selling Gothic novel of all time.  Between 1796 and 1920 it was never out of print in the U.S. or U.K. and was beloved by generations of readers.

We've received Minna Vuohelainen's edition of Richard Marsh's The Complete Sam Briggs Adventures (1904-15), which will be out this month.  It contains all 20 Sam Briggs stories, which were originally published in The Strand Magazine, the same publication that hosted Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories and many others.  Dr. Vuohelainen's much-anticipated edition of Marsh's Judith Lee stories will also be out soon.

A couple other bits of news, in brief:  Starting with our next rare Gothic release, we're going to begin issuing them in paperback, hardcover, and Kindle.  We know some collectors only purchase hardcovers, while many prefer the low price of paperbacks or the convenience of Kindle, so we decided to do all three! And finally, in 2007 and 2008 we issued slim volumes with rare stories as Halloween specials, and in 2012, we're resuming the practice....and we've got a special treat in store for you, which will be available October 1.  In the meantime, check out our FREE serialization of The Banditti of the Forest, or, The Mysterious Dagger (1811-12), originally published in Ladies' Monthly Museum, here.


  1. You are the best! I am seriously so excited!!! You know, for a while there I was worried that you'd all gone bankrupt or maybe even would close down or that you no longer had any interest in these old titles....I am so happy that is no longer the case! I am especially excited for Horrid Mysteries and the Chilen of the Abbey! And since reading and thoroughly enjoying Martyn of Fenrose, I've been really hoping for another Summersett. So thank you so much for all your hard work with the press..this has really seriously made my day!!


  2. Thanks! Nope, not bankrupt -- we're still here, we were just on hiatus temporarily while working on some other projects, but are back up and running full-time now :)

    We're excited for Horrid Mysteries and Children of the Abbey too, and we have tons of other great Gothic titles yet to come in 2013. I hope you enjoy Mad Man of the Mountain -- I agree, I think Summersett is really a good writer and very unfairly neglected.