Patrick McGrath, Blood and Water and Other Tales

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First book of short stories by cult writer. Although McGath has a slim output as a novelist his reputation is such that he is widely seen as a modern macabre heir to Edgar Allan Poe. The Grotesque has been called “modern gothic” – a subversion of the traditional country house murder mystery and is noted in the 500 Essential Cult Books (Gina McKinnon).

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Patrick McGrath, Blood and Water and Other Tales. New York, Poseidon Press, 1988. First edition, first printing with correct printing code 1 3 5 7 9 8 6 4 2. 8 3/4 x 5 3/4. The first book by an important niche writer.

Patrick McGath grew up in the the grounds Broadmoor Psychiatric Hospital, where his father worked. Broadmoor is famous in British criminal history for it housed such people as Ian Brady (the “Moors Murder”) and Peter Sutcliffe (the “Yorkshire Ripper”). Although McGath has a slim output as a novelist his reputation is such that he is widely seen as a modern macabre heir to Edgar Allan Poe. The Grotesque has been called “modern gothic” – a subversion of the traditional country house murder mystery and is noted in the 500 Essential Cult Books (Gina McKinnon).

The stories are strange, surreal, heartbreaking and deviously clever, Gothic and macabre and above-all unique. One blogger mentioned that his personal favourites are “The Boot’s Tale” (which is possibly his favourite short story ever) and “Ambrose Syme” (which is a bit more serious, but no less horrifying). But really, all the stories in this collection deserve to be read, and read more than once.

Condition: Sharp, tight fine copy.

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