A quick note to call attention to Nicole A. Thomas’s 2013 PhD thesis at Cardiff University on The Daughters of Modron: Evangeline Walton’s Feminist Re-visioning of the ‘Mabinogi’. This is available to read via: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/43713/
It’s very nice to see Walton’s writings getting more academic attention.
Evangeline Walton’s short story, “The Other One”, first published last year in Above Ker-Is and Other Stories, has been reprinted in Stephen Jones’s annual collection, The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, volume 24. Order the book via this Amazon link here. Or order Walton’s collection of ten fantasy short stories (including “The Other One”), Above Ker-Is and Other Stories, by clicking here.
Centipede Press has finally put up an order page for their forthcoming expanded edition of Witch House, due out in December. Currently there is a pre-publication discount (I don’t know how long this will last), the regular price being $100 and the discounted price being $65. Only 200 copies are being done for sale, so move fast if you are interested.
There is a lot of special content in this edition. It includes Walton’s prologue that was written for the UK edition of 1950, and which has never fully been reprinted anywhere else. This edition is illustrated by Rodger Gerberding, with a dust-wrapper by J.K. Potter. There is a lengthy introduction by Douglas A. Anderson, an interview with Walton by Darrell Schweitzer, plus tantalizing two chapters from an unfinished novel of Salem witchcraft that Walton began in the late 1940s. And more . . .
See the many details and sample pages by clicking to the Centipede press order page here. (And keep scrolling down to see more.)
Here are links to a few early reviews of She Walks in Darkness:
From Sleeping Hedgehog:
“They don’t write ’em like this any more. Thoughtfully resurrected and beautifully presented by Tachyon, Evangeline Walton’s She Walks In Darkness is quite literally an artifact, and I mean that in the best way possible. It is a meticulously crafted, utterly gorgeous creation that is intrinsically of its time and place, and which could not have been created by anyone, anywhen or anywhere else.”
“Old Mattia Rossi’s body is gone. It no longer lies at the foot of the cellar stairs. This morning, when I finally braced myself to go down and look for those keys I need to badly, it was not there.”
“With these ominous first lines of She Walks in Darkness, we are introduced to the Gothic Adventures of Barbara Keyes, the newly married wife of archaeologist Richard Keyes, as she honeymoons at an isolated Tuscan villa.”
A quick note to call attention to the fact that Tachyon Publications has just released Evangeline Walton’s novel She Walks in Darkness, a kind of Gothic thriller written in the 1960s. Tachyon has done a splendid job packaging it, with an excellent cover by Thomas Canty, an introduction by Paul di Filippo, and blurbs by Tim Powers and Patricia McKillip. There is also a short afterword by me about the background of the manuscript. She Walks in Darkness is published as a trade paperback at $14.95, and can be ordered via Amazon US by clicking here for the paperback and here for the Kindle ($7.99), and via Amazon UK by clicking here for the paperback (£12.50).
Centipede Press announces its forthcoming publication of Walton’s Witch House due out by end of year. The new edition restores this Gothic horror tale to the author’s original version without the extensive cuts and reorganization made in 1945. It also includes an introduction by Douglas A. Anderson, Walton’s prologue from the 1951 UK edition and two previously unpublished short stories. Stay tuned for the ultimate release.
Evangeline Walton published her novel The Cross and the Sword in 1956. (A UK edition came out in 1957, retitled Sons of Darkness.) The original publisher edited the book severely, cutting sentences, paragraphs and even chunks of pages, from Walton’s manuscript. Her own title, Dark Runs the Road, was altered to The Cross and the Sword. All of this was done against her wishes, and thereafter she had conflicting views of the result. Presently we are working on putting together a restored edition that will make available Walton’s original full-length vision. In the meanwhile, Lorinda J. Taylor has reviewed the 1956 edition at her blog, and she gives a good taste of the book. See here.