'Grabinski's commitment to a marriage of the newly announced unconscious with the supernatural gives his extravagances some conviction. These short stories offer the pleasure of myths we can crack and skilfully chilling denouements.' David Buckley in The Observer
'Psycho-fantasies, doom-saturated tales of lonely men lost in hostile terrain, but the melancholy lifts to provide wonderful odd scenes, like the watchmaker whose death stops all the town clocks and the phantom train that always turns up unannounced, surprising the station staff' Time Out
'Stories that brilliantly convey his love of supernatural horror. It is not the horror of haunted houses or castles, but that found in everyday modernity around him. In this dark selection, lonely souls travel on trains, coming face to face with sinister conductors and wanton women.' The Herald
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About the Author
Stefan Grabinski (1887-1936) is considered Poland's greatest writer of fantastic fiction. He suffered from tuberculosis of the bone and his sickly nature, coupled with an introspective disposition, led to him to write. He published his first collection of stories, On the Hill of Roses in 1918, followed by The Motion Demon in 1919 and The Book of Fire in 1922.
Miroslaw Lipinski is a writer and translator. He is of Polish descent and lives in New York.
Madeleine Johnson Madeleine Johnson after a career in bookselling works in publishing as an editor.