The Satyr is a sewn hardcover book of 108 pages with dust-jacket, silk ribbon, endpapers and a full-colour frontispiece. Edition limited to only 100 hand numbered copies.
1941, in the final throes of the Blitz, Austin Osman Spare becomes the only salvation for a traumatised artist who calls herself Marlene Dietrich, a fugitive from the ominous Institute for Gifted and Orphaned Exiles. Wandering the shattered streets of Southwark Marlene encounters a mysterious gentleman, Paddy Hughes. Consulting her portfolio of drawings as a talisman and aided by spirit lamps, they set out together across the ruined Borough in search of her lost mentor, a man called The Satyr. As Hughes falls under Marlene’s spell he is initiated into the secret mythology of her birth from The Danube of her imagination. Unwittingly he becomes her protector while Ms Charnock, a wayward sister of the institute, pursues them, only to be drawn into her patient’s infernal odyssey. Refracted through the perspectives of the swindler Paddy Hughes, Ms Charnock’s reports and Marlene’s journals and drawings, the drama builds momentum towards a cataclysm foretold. Interspersed with Marlene’s art, drawn by the author, The Satyr is a tale inspired by the life and occult oeuvre of Austin Osman Spare.
- Ms Charnock's First Report, Monday 5th May 1941
- The Mansion House tavern
- Ms Charnock's Second Report, Thursday 8th May 1941
- The Underworld
- Ms Charnock's Third Report, Saturday 10th May 1941
- Bloaters and the One-Eyed Boy
- Fireworks and Flesh
- Wish You Were Here
A jewel of weird and occult literature.
The Danube Remembering - The Danube Forgetting.
As Above so Below.
Stephen J. Clark has been active within the International Surrealist Movement for over fifteen years, appearing in numerous surrealist publications and has most recently participated in exhibitions with the Czech and Slovak Group.
Tartarus Press has published his artwork on book covers for Robert Aickman, Strange Tales III, Arthur Machen's N and Angela Slatter's Sourdough and Other Stories.
In 2007 Surrealist Editions published The Bridge of Shadows, a collaborative work combining his poems with Bill Howe's photographs.
Returning to writing fiction in 2008, Clark's story 'The House of Sleep' was published by Ex Occidente Press in the Gustav Meyrink homage anthology Cinnabar's Gnosis. Work has ... (more)