First edition, first printing published in 1948 (undated as called for) by Hutchinson. 292pp, Vg+ A solid, square copy of the book, original black cloth with gilt stamped titles to spine and Hutchinson stamped to botto right corner of upper board. The corners are sharp and square, very little to no wear at the spine tips, titles are bright and fresh, light foxing to the block and ep's oherwise a very tightly bound, flush copy. Gift inscription to ffep. The superb wraparound dust-jacket is the first state with 12/6 net unclipped to the front flap. It's a Vg example with light chipping to hinge corners and spine tips, light scuffing along the hinge lengths and other superficial surface marking. Collectable copies of this title are uncommon.
A World War II fighter pilot suffers spinal injuries and is sent to convalesce in a country house in Wales where he is troubled by horrific supernatural manifestations. He is 'looked after' by a Dr Lisicky who is actually a high ranking member of a black magic organisation (from the Mocata mould) intent on claiming the protagonists fortune and taking over the world no less. Lisicky can evoke giant spiders as well as 'The Face of Astoroth', the sight of which no man has survived sane. (Bleiler 1693) It was adapted as the BBC film 'The Haunted Airman' 2006 starring Robert Pattinson.