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New Savoy book line

The Savoy Books renaissance starts here... After years of sporadic activity things have been moving into overdrive with the decision last year to inaugurate a new round of book publishing featuring some of Savoy's favourite cult works. These are intended to be high-quality, limited run hardbacks, featuring guest introductions and supplementary material, all packaged and designed afresh—no printing from old galleys here!

EngelbrechtThe series gets off to a flying start with The Exploits of Engelbrecht by Maurice Richardson, the baroque and splendid adventures of the Dwarf Surrealist Boxer. Richardson (1907-1978) was a journalist of note whose main body of fiction was published in Lilliput magazine during the 1940s. The Engelbrecht tales ("the Chronicles of the Surrealist Sportsman's Club") first appeared as separate stories in Lilliput with illustrations by the magazine regulars James Boswell, Ronald Searle and Gerard Hoffnung. They were later published in a single volume by Phoenix House (1950) with a small selection of Boswell drawings and once more in a low budget edition by John Conquest in 1977. Over the years their status as perfect, imaginative comic gems has risen gradually, assisted by appreciations from Michael Moorcock in Wizardry and Wild Romance and James Cawthorn in Fantasy: 100 Best Books. The new Savoy edition represents a major resurrection, if not the definitive edition, of this classic, reprinting for the first time, not only the stories but all the original Lilliput illustrations plus some extras by Kris Guidio, John Coulthart and James Cawthorn. With an introduction by James Cawthorn, afterword by Michael Moorcock and the addition of an extra non-Engelbrecht story, this is a book that no lover of piquant and inventive fantasy will want to miss.

"The Exploits of Engelbrecht is English Surrealism at its greatest. Witty and fantastical, Maurice Richardson was light years ahead of his time. Unmissable."

JG Ballard

Publication date: 24th July 2000

200 pages / Hardback / Illustrated / ISBN 0-86130-107-2 / Price: £20.00

(see Orders for mail order details)

Download a sample of the first chapter of this book, The Night of the Big Witch Shoot, with illustrations and other graphics:

Chapter One (PDF file—3.6MB) To view you will need a copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader.

More titles on their way

Other books in this new line will include Zenith the Albino by Anthony Skene, The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson and The Killer by Colin Wilson. Zenith was the sinister, opium smoking antihero and opponent of Sexton Blake in Union Jack magazine during the Twenties and Thirties, chiefly famous now for being the (part) inspiration for Michael Moorcock's own albino character, Elric; a pulp classic. The House on the Borderland is, of course, the masterpiece of cosmic horror, a work which inspired HP Lovecraft's own nightmare visions. This edition will feature a lengthy appreciation of Hodgson's work by Iain Sinclair and illustrations by John Coulthart whose own book of Lovecraft art has recently been published by Oneiros Books. The Killer is Wilson's best work of fiction, a shattering dissection of the mind of a murderer and a portrait of the grim reality of Britain in the 1950s; published in its entirety for the first time in the UK.

Further details and more titles to be announced—watch this space.

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Reverbstorm 7Ready at last, the penultimate issue of Reverbstorm—Part 7—is scheduled for publication at the end of July 2000. The last in the Reverbstorm series, Part 8, is nearing completion, and will see publication later this year.

Script by David Britton
Art by John Coulthart

56 pages

Price: £3.50 (see Orders for mail order details)

Cover painting by John Coulthart (after Burne Hogarth)

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