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Boy in Darkness and Other Stories
by Mervyn Peake
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 072061306X, Paperback)A selection of long out-of-print short stories, and never before published illustrations, by one of England's most unique and multi-talented artists. 'Boy in Darkness', the centerpiece of this collection, will be of special interest to fans of the Gormenghast books, as it comprises a chapter in the life of Titus Groan that unfolds beyond the pages of Peake's monumental trilogy. Overwhelmed by the pomp and grueling ritual of life in Gormenghast, Titus braves an escape from his hereditary gaol. Beyond the castle walls, Titus wanders into a sinister and soulless land, where he is captured by the grotesque henchmen of an evil master intent on claiming young Titus's soul. A disturbingly atmospheric tale, told with the force and simplicity of allegory, 'Boy in Darkness' distils the strange logic of the Gormenghast trilogy into a story of pith and mystery, which bears comparison with Kafka and Poe. A treasury of classic literature, highly recommended."" The Midwest Book Review ""This compelling new edition of artist-writer Peake's short fiction is decorated with 40 drawing and paintings in both Peake's principal manners: gorgeously romantic...and grotesquely energetic...Does anybody else write like this and so well?"" --Booklist
(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:25:00 -0400)
Six stories written across a range of genres and settings, including a macabre ghost story, and wry character studies drawn from the author's life in London and on the island of Sark in the Channel Islands.
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