Boy In Darkness : The Centenary Edition Paperback
by Mervyn Peake
Illustrated by Mervyn Peake
A collection of stories and illustrations by the writer of classic literary fantasy, with the title novella an episode in the Gormenghast series--one of the most original and sustained flights of imaginative writing of the 20th century In cooperation with the Mervyn Peake Estate, this is a selection of long out-of-print short stories and more than 50 never before published illustrations by one of England's most unique and multi-talented artists.
The title story 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.
A disturbingly atmospheric tale, told with the force and simplicity of allegory, "Boy in Darkness" distills the strange logic of the Gormenghast trilogy into a story of pith and mystery, which bears comparison with Kafka and Poe.
Written across a range of genres, from a ghost story to wry character studies drawn from his life in London and on the Isle of Sark, the other tales in the volume reveal surprisingly different facets of Peake's uncanny imagination.
Ultimately, the collection coheres through Peake's powers to enchant the mundane and to render the fantastic normal.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 224 pages, 30
- Publisher: Peter Owen Publishers
- Publication Date: 15/08/2011
- Category: Horror & ghost stories
- ISBN: 9780720613896