Starfire Publishing, London, 2003. 216 pages, Bound in quarter black goatskin with handmade gold marbled paper over boards. Gilt title etc. to spine. Color frontis. Dust jacket illustration by Steffi Grant. This is the “Edition Deluxe” limited to 94 specially-bound copies, hand-numbered and signed by Kenneth and Steffi Grant
Book has a bumped corner otherwise is in fine condition.
This latest volume in the series of Nightside Narratives brings us two novellas with a common theme of Ancient Egyptian sorcery. “The Other Child” is a tale of two brothers, one a Child of Light, the other of Darkness, and the struggle for a cataclysmic magical power which they each partially glyph. A scholar of Ancient Egyptian studies is unwittingly drawn into the struggle, eventually assuming a priestly destiny as events unfold. In The Stellar Lode, first published by Skoob Books in 1995, we learn of a small glass sphere into which, ages ago, was sealed by means of sorcery the soul of a powerful Egyptian Queen. The sphere exerts a powerful talismanic effect on those into whose hands it passes, each possessor playing an unwitting part in an urgent cosmic drama, echoing roles which they had played ages past, in the original drama which gave birth to the sphere. Also included in this volume are four short stories, having in common a state of perichoresis, or interpenetration of dimensions, across space and time. Whether caught in the echo of events ages past, or passing through a sequence of related dreams, we traverse a web of inter-relationships, parts of a great and unfolding cosmic drama in which our rôles are myriad