First UK edition, first printing published by Rupert Hart-Davis, London 1963.
Condition: Book: Fine, 253pp. Black cloth with silver stamped titles to the spine, corners are sharp and square, not a mark to the cloth, titles are shiny and fresh, the block is tight and flush, no inscriptions, no marks, probably unread. Jacket: Fine, the very lightest rubbing to the hinge corners, unclipped price of 18s net, otherwise a very crisp and sharp jacket, no spine fading whatsoever. A beautiful example of what is surely one of the finest pieces of jacket art of all time by the brilliant Joe Mugnaini. Youre unlikely to find a better copy.
* One of the most beloved of all dark fantasies, it's huge and direct influence cannot be underestimated, particluarly on the work of Stephen King. The motif of ordinary people up against sinister, supernatural forces appears in many of King's works, including IT and Dreamcatcher, the Carnival influence also featuring heavily in Dr Sleep. Neil Gaiman's 'American Gods' can be read as a direct tribute to it and similar tropes can be found in The Ocean at the End of the Lane. An important cornerstone in any collection of Horror and Fantasy.