by Peter Bell

Introduction by Brian J. Showers
Cover image by R.B. Russell
Printings: April 2012 (350)
Style: Dust jacketed hardback
Length: viii + 192 pages
ISBN: 978-0-9566587-2-2

Out of print

"A Midsummer Ramble in the Carpathians" was long-listed for Ellen Datlow's Best Horror of the Year 2012!

" is made a mystery for mysteries and visions..." Arthur Machen

A mentally disturbed woman is entrapped in Beltane rituals in the Cumbrian fells; a widower mourning his wife falls beneath the mystic allure of Iona; a quest to the Italian Apennines brings a lonely man to a dread Marian revelation; an alcoholic on a Scottish isle is haunted by a deceased chronicler of local legend; in a small German town a sinister doll discloses truths about a murky family tragedy; an unknown journal by a Victorian travel-writer sends a woman on a grim odyssey to Transylvania; in a childhood holiday paradise a man encounters a demented artist's terrifying legacy. The protagonists in Peter Bell's stories confront the awesome, the numinous, the uncanny, the lure of genius loci, and landscapes undergoing strange epiphanies.

Introduction by Brian J. Showers
M. E. F.
The Light of the World
An American Writer's Cottage
A Midsummer Ramble in the Carpathians
Nostalgia, Death and Melancholy
Afterword: Marie Emily Fornario A Historical Note

Peter Bell has written articles and stories for All Hallows, The Ghosts & Scholars M. R. James Newsletter, Wormwood, Faunus, and Supernatural Tales; his work has also been published by Ash-Tree Press, Gray Friar Press, Side Real Press, The Scarecrow Press and Hippocampus Press. He is a historian, a native of Liverpool, an inhabitant of York, and likes to wander the hidden places of Scotland and the North of England.

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