The Dedalus Occult Reader: The Garden of Hermetic Dreams / 372-page paperback / ISBN 9781903517321
The Dedalus Occult Reader brings together a unique collection of European fiction, including passages from Valery Bruisov, Andrei Bely, William Beckford, Honore de Balzac, Jacques Cazotte, J.K.Huysmans, Bulwer-Lytton, de Maupassant, de Nerval, Goethe, E.T.A. Hoffmann, Arthur Machen, Gustav Meyrink, Jan Potocki and Robert Irwin. It offers some of the finest flowers and bizarre blooms from the hermetic gardens of literary occultism.
"Lachman has found in these stories such a strong linking thread that not only will you marvel that precisely the same interest in the world of hidden forms...has animated so many authors, you may even begin to think there's something in it...There is a time and a place for these stories: it is now."--Nick Lezard's Choice in The Guardian for paperback of the week
"Lachman presents a generous anthology of literary texts inspired by the weird, the supernatural and the gothic. From Beckford's Vathek to Gustav Meyrink's The Golem, there is a successful balance of the well-known, the esoteric and the curious."--Stuart Kelly in Scotland on Sunday