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Of Kings and Things

Strange Tales and Decadent Poems
by Count Stanislaus Eric Stenbock

Edited and introduced by David Tibet; with an afterword by Tim d’Arch Smith and a comprehensive bibliography by David Tibet, Ray Russell and Mark Valentine.

Illustrated with exceedingly rare archive material.

HB/PB
256pp (approx), 210 x 148
ISBN: 9781907222573
£40.00/£15.99

Available early August 2018

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Available for pre-order in two editions:

    • Signed (by David Tibet), hardback special edition:
      including book plate and a limited edition ‘Studies of Death’ tote bag featuring Stenbock’s original cover illustration.  Limited to 500 copies only – £40.00
    • High quality paperback
      – £15.99

    Described by W. B. Yeats as a “scholar, connoisseur, drunkard, poet, pervert, most charming of men,” Count Stanislaus Eric Stenbock (1860–1895) is surely the greatest exemplar of the Decadent movement of the late nineteenth century.

    A friend of Aubrey Beardsley, patron of the extraordinary pre-Raphaelite artist Simeon Solomon, and contemporary of Oscar Wilde, Stenbock died at the age of thirty-six as a result of his addiction to opium and his alcoholism, having published just three slim volumes of suicidal poetry and one collection of morbid short stories.

    Stenbock was a homosexual convert to Roman Catholicism and owner of a serpent, a toad, and a dachshund called Trixie. It was said that toward the end of his life he was accompanied everywhere by a life-size wooden doll that he believed to be his son. His poems and stories are replete with queer, supernatural, mystical, and Satanic themes; original editions of his books are highly sought by collectors of recherché literature.

    Edited and introduced by David Tibet; with an afterword by Tim d’Arch Smith and a comprehensive bibliography by David Tibet, Ray Russell and Mark Valentine, Of Kings and Things is the first introduction to Stenbock’s writing for the general reader.

    This volume offers fifteen stories, including all of those in his fabled collections Studies of Death and Child of the Soul,  over thirty poems and two essays by this complex, intriguing figure.

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