First edition, first printing published in 1921 by J B Lippincott Company, Philadelphia and London.
315pp. Taupe grey/yellow cloth with red titles to the upper board and the spine. This is an unusually fine copy, lightest wear only to corners, light pushing to the spine tips only. The pale cloth which usually suffers badly is incredibly clean and fresh, the titles are bold and bright. Similarly the spine is very clean with no discolouration, the titles have dulled ever so slightly. A solid square copy, no foxing internally the pages are very clean and fall flush and in sections as though the copy is unread. Previous owners faint stamp to the fpd. Rare to find in such condition.
An important title in Weird Fiction and a much overlooked work. The scenes in which the protagonist is visited by supernatural forces are written with unnerving power. "Roger Locke, a wealthy and sucsessful writer of popular songs, has bought an old house and fam in Connecticut. This purchase is central to the two sublots. The farm serves as a haven for a young cousin who has made a marriage which Locke considers a mesalliance. It also provides Locke with a confrontation with the supernatural. Nights in utter darkness, he is visited by a mysterious woman (whom he does not see until almost the end of the book). She raves about witchcraftdemonology, evil and horrors and urges him to leave the house before he is destroyed. On other occasions, while sleeping he is repeatedly attacked by a psychic monster. In his dreams he finds himself on a strand, the sea behind him, while through a gap in an almost endless cliff a horrible mental being taunts him and attacks him. His only mode of defence is exerting his will. In some odd way the moster and the woman of the dark are connected, as are the moster and the shallow, foul smelling pond that is just beyond his window." (Bleiler 882 'The Guide to Supernatural Fiction')