the sundial press, sherborne dorset, sherborne publisher
David GarnettAlyse Gregory H. A. ManhoodElizabeth Myers Phyllis PaulLittleton PowysLlewelyn Powys
Philippa PowysT.F. PowysForrest ReidGamel WoolseySupernaturalA. N. L. MunbyC. Woodforde

Brenda Parker Roger NormanDavid TippingPeter Tait

THE SUNDIAL PRESS Forthcoming Titles

New for 2018

The following five titles due soon

h a manhood, life be still, mark valentine, sundial press, harold alfred manhood

LIFE, BE STILL! and Other Stories by H.A. Manhood

With an Introduction by Mark Valentine

H. A. Manhood's short stories are in the same mould as those of T. F. Powys and A. E. Coppard, with a strong rural setting and leavening of folk wisdom, and a sense of allegory or fable to them which hovers on the brink of the fantastic without embracing it fully. In his best work, there is an aura of strangeness and a definite feeling of the presence of a vital, original imagination. He is particularly adept at the arresting and unusual simile, and at conveying a sense of the timeless and archetypal in both the country and characters of his stories. A good example is 'The Unbeliever', which tells of the ancient curator of an historic hunting lodge deep in a forest, not much visited, and his wrestling with belief and unbelief, and his strange carvings: all the enigmatic quality of de la Mare's work is here.

flora mayor, the room opposite


With an Introduction by Richard Dalby

First published in 1935, Flora Mayor’s THE ROOM OPPOSITE and Other Tales of Mystery and Imagination is impossibly scarce to find and thus commands a high price when tracked down. Excellent traditional ghost stories after the manner of M. R. James, who opined that those pieces "which introduce the supernatural commend themselves to me very strongly." James did not hand out such compliments freely. Sundial’s new edition will feature a highly informative Introduction by Richard Dalby.

rom another world ghost stories, rosemary timperley, richard dalby, sundial supernatural

Edited with an Introduction by Richard Dalby

Contents: From Another World, Harry, The Private Torture Chamber, The Mistress in Black,  The Man With the Flute, Unknown Territory, Sister Varden, Walk on the Water, Out of Sight Out of Life, Rachel and Simon, Masks and Voices, No Living Man So Tall, Little Girl Lost, The Unknown Caller, Supper With Martha, To Keep Him Company, Street of the Blind Donkey, The Power Cut, Mandragora, The Thug, Fire Trap, The Peg-Doll, Little Boy Haunted, Hell on Both Sides of the Gate, A Backwards Shadow, Christmas Meeting … and more

w j wintle ghost gleamsGHOST GLEAMS  by W. J. WINTLE
With a Introduction by Richard Dalby 
“These tales make no claim to be anything more than straightforward ghost stories. They were written in answer to the insistent demand, “Tell us a story!” from eight bright boys whose names stand on the dedicatory page; and they were told on Sunday nights to the little group crouching over a wood fire on a wind-swept island off the Western shore.
They were so fortunate as to meet with approval from their rather critical audience. Truth to tell, the gruesome ones met with the best reception. Boys like highly flavoured dishes. But the tales are not all tragic—far from it!
They now go forth to face a wider audience: they will be fortunate if they find a kinder one.”
From the Foreword by W. J. Wintle.

Details of additional supernatural titles scheduled for release in 2014 will be posted here soon including: MIST and Other Ghost Stories by Richmal Crompton; THE NIGHT WIND HOWLS by FREDERICK COWLES;  THE COMING OF THE FRIARS by AUGUSTUS JESSOP; WHAT DREAMS MAY COME? by Cynthia Asquith

forrest reid, demophon

DEMOPHON by Forrest Reid

With an Introduction by Michael Matthew Kaylor   

‘Beyond the grave of laurels sacred to Artemis lay a blue, crinkled sea. It glittered dazzlingly in the hot sunshine; and far out in the bay where water and sky met, the dark rocks of Salamis rose like a dream-island, because a God had dropped a haze about them.’

So begins this magical odyssey of ancient Greece, a tale of enchanted seas and islands, where all the world was young; a romance of wonder and adventure, of Gods and men and beasts, of the strange and familiar.

Admired, amongst others, by E.M. Forster and Walter de la Mare, Forrest Reid brought to literature something new, creating a world unlike any world that has been created before, a vision and a perception of beauty, previously unexpressed.

elizabeth myers 23 tales

TWENTY-TWO TALES  by Elizabeth Myers

With an Introduction by Anthony Head

Elizabeth Myers, author of A Well Full of Leaves, The Basilisk of St James, and Mrs Christopher (subsequently made into a film starring Dirk Bogarde) also published two volumes of short stories. This new selection gathers together the best of these as well as a number of previously uncollected stories.
I believe that a story should strike a reader on the heart, like a blow from a stick.’  -Elizabeth Myers

The following titles due 2018/9

Two novels by LOUIS MARLOW:



the higgler THE HIGGLER and Other Tales by A.E. Coppard

Coppard’s stories, or tales as he preferred to call them, are frequently compared to those of Anton Chekhov and Thomas Hardy, whose influence Coppard acknowledged, and also to those of his contemporaries H. E. Bates and D. H. Lawrence. Coppard’s prose is eloquently lyrical, its evocation of mood and portrayal of emotion particularly noteworthy.

His tales often combine the ordinary and the extraordinary in unexpected ways. His characters usually are plain people pursuing the everyday business of life when, suddenly, the supernatural or the inexplicable intrudes. Imagination and playfulness are rewarded in this encounter, and both simple country folk and modern sophisticates may possess these qualities.

Coppard often adopted lively colloquialisms. His style is a showcase for playful language; he loved words and relished them for their own sake as well as for the effects they have on his readers. For those who have yet to discover the delights and many pleasures of his work, satisfaction is guaranteed!

t f powys, fables, ali shaw

FABLES by T. F. Powys

With an Introduction by Ali Shaw

If ever Powys’ fatalism makes his writing hard-edged, it is his faith in the marvellous ordinary that steps in to lift the spirit through pure delight in the unexpected.  A corpse in its grave calls happily to his friend above the soil, a wedding is celebrated between a footstool and a pair of spectacles, a dead man is temporarily resurrected to converse with the fleas and spiders dwelling around his coffin, and far more.  Such fantastical but mundane perspectives offer us the greatness in smallness, the extraordinary in the ordinary.  Powys said that, ‘To have the soul and teeth of a lion and the body of a tramp, is the way to tread on this world as it ought to be trodden on.’ And although he believed that a man should never resist his own eventual obliteration, it is my firm hope that this, his fine collection of fables, will persist for countless years to come.


A story  for 'those who admire and respect the essential animal characteristics of this most beautiful, interesting and fundamentallly wild creature.'

Ethel Mannin (1900 – 1984) was a popular British novelist and travel writer. Her writing career began in journalism. She became a prolific author, and also politically and socially concerned. She married twice: in 1919, a short-lived relationship which produced one daughter, and in 1938 to Reginald Reynolds, a Quaker and go-between in India between Mahatma Gandhi and the British authorities. In 1934-5 she was in an intense but problematic intellectual, emotional and physical relationship with W. B. Yeats  and she also had a well-publicised affair with Bertrand Russell. Of her 95 or so books none, with the exception of the forthcoming SO TIBERIUS, are currently in print; an oversight which we plan to rectify. 



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