Lakewood, CO: Centipede Press/, 2022. First Edition Thus. Octavo, original black cloth, spine lettered in white and with small decorations in red, pictorial paper label reproducing the cover of the issue of FAMOUS FANTASTIC MYSTERIES from June, 1942 inlaid on front panel. 215 pp. Introduction by James Maliszewski; Artwork by Dan Rempel, Interior Illustrations by Virgil Finlay. Prints the Introduction, the full text of BURN, WITCH, BURN!, plus two essays by Merrit on the novel: "Concerning Burn, Witch, Burn" and "A. Merritt on Modern Witchcraft". This Edition is limited to 300 numbered copie, each signed by Maliszewski and Rempel, with facsimile signatures of Merritt and Finlay. A Fine Copy in Dust Jacket, as New. This book was sold out in about 15 minutes upon pre-order announcement earlier this year; there were some unsigned & unnumbered copies available but the entire shipment of unnumbered copies was lost by the shipper; there is a reprint in the works but it will be months away, and it will not be numbered / signed. Item #312490
Limited to 300 signed copies.
Signed by James Maliszewski and Dan Rempel, with facsimile signatures by A. Merritt and Virgil Finlay.
Dustjacket and frontispiece art by Dan Rempel.
Interior artwork by Virgil Finlay.
Ribbon marker, head and tail bands, bound in Brillianta black cloth.
Two-color stamping on spine.
Printed image inlay on front cover.
Book size 5¼ × 8¼ inches
Dr. Lowell is a man of science — a medical doctor and world renowned expert in the field of abnormal psychology. By nature and by training, he is predisposed to look for the rational causes behind even the most seemingly irrational behaviors and events. But what if there is no rational cause? What then?
This is precisely the conundrum with which Dr. Lowell must grapple when the notorious gangster Julian Ricori pays him a visit. Ricori’s most trusted associate is afflicted with a mysterious ailment that has left him catatonic and Ricori fearful for the first time in his life. He promises Lowell a huge sum of money to save his lieutenant’s life or, barring that, to discover the nature of his inexplicable paralysis and what — or who — is responsible for it.
Lowell agrees to help, initially out of scientific curiosity. Yet, neither his education nor years of experience as a physician avail him in finding a straightforward explanation. Instead, he is forced to play detective, seeking out evidence of anyone else who has suffered a similar fate. It’s in doing so that Lowell first learns the name of the aged toymaker Madame Mandilip, whose remarkably lifelike dolls were purchased by all those afflicted by this baffling condition…
Burn, Witch, Burn! is a gripping tale of science and superstition. Aficionados of early 20th century fantasy, horror, and weird fiction are sure to enjoy it.
Writing under the byline of A. Merritt, Abraham Grace Merritt (1884 -1943) was an American journalist, editor, and author of fantasy. A writer’s writer, Merritt’s literary admirers are many. H.P. Lovecraft called him “a real genius in the weird.” Robert Bloch and Karl Edward Wagner likewise esteemed his work, in particular Burn, Witch, Burn!, which they both judged among the best horror stories ever written.