Lakewood, CO: Centipede Press, [2022]. First Edition (& 1st printing). Octavo, original black cloth lettered in silver on spine panel, black endpapers. 399 pp., portraits throughout. Issued in an edition limited to 300 numbered copies, this being copy No. 134. (the limitation leaf states 400 copies, 100 of these did not bear the limitation & "signature" leaf). The limitation page bears 21 "signatures", (Robert E. Howard, H.P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, Lord Dunsany, William Hope Hodgson, Bruno Schulz, Edgar Allan Poe, etc) but all in facsimile. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Item #313138

¶ This collection of twenty-one stories (seventeen published here for the first time) acts as an homage to the authors who informed and shaped Rhys Hughes’ writing, ranging from Kafka to Hawthorne to Moorcock to Bulgakov. It’s a “who’s who” of literary heavyweights that Hughes honors through his wildly inventive brand of magical realism, which will spark your imagination in the same way his influences have done for him. The Senile Pagodas offers is a cornucopia of fantastika fiction that reads as though it could have been written yesterday or a hundred years ago. It’s where Hughes channels a variety of perspectives and avenues to further announce his appreciation for mischievous misadventure while also paying tribute to the lords and masters of the written word. But it also serves as the ultimate “thank you” note from one of the supreme authorities of modern imaginative expression in short story form. Profusely illustrated with full page author photographs, the edition is 300 numbered copies (with a multitude of facsimile signatures) and 100 unsigned copies.

Price (USD): $120.00