First edition, first printing published in 1948 (undated as called for) by Hutchinson.
Book: 292pp, Vg, Original black cloth with gilt stamped titles to spine and Hutchinson stamped to bottom right corner of upper board. Light rubbing to the corners and to the spine tips, light fading to the titles on the spine only, some foxixng and age soiling to the block, light foxing to the endpapers otherwise tightly bound and clean.
Jacket: Good. The superb wraparound dust-jacket is the first state with 12/6 net unclipped to the front flap. Loss to the head of the spine and a little to the foot of the spine, chipping/small loss to the hinge corners, rubbing along the hinge lengths and some paper scuffs to the lower panel. The jacket artwork is superb.
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.