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Issue Details: First known date: 1999 1999
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For centuries magicians have compiled grimoires to call up demons. In Victorian London, an ambitious warlock called Peter Owling designs a book to summon the Lord of Demons himself - Satan - and thereby achieve eternal life. But not even his beautiful young acolyte, Christian, grasps the full extent of his master's plans ...

In twentieth century Melbourne, a group meets in secret at Humberstone College, dedicated to reassembling Owling's book. But there are others meeting at Humberstone, too; three postgraduate students drawn to the College's mysterious past, its gloomy underground labrynth, and what they come to suspect are its current secrets. A beautiful young man appears to one of them in a mirror. He seems to carry a warning ... but can his dreadful story be true? (Publisher's blurb, back cover).

Notes

  • Dedication: This book is lovingly inscribed to Princess Katelyn.
  • Epigraph: Let Love clasp grief lest both be drowned, Let darkness keep her raven gloss. Ah, sweeter to be drunk with loss, To dance with Death, to beat the ground,

    Than that the victor Hours should scorn The long result of love, and boast, 'Behold the man that loved and lost, But all he was is overworn.' Alfred, Lord Tennyson

    I gotta keep movin', I gotta keep movin' ... There's a hellhound on my trail. Robert Johnson

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Milsons Point, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Arrow Books , 1999 .
      Extent: 625p.
      Note/s:
      • 'The book of eternal life...' (appears on cover)
      ISBN: 0091839181, 9780091839185
    • London,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Gollancz , 1999 .
      Extent: 625p.
      ISBN: 9780575067868, 0575067861
Alternative title: Das magische Buch : Roman
Language: German

Works about this Work

The Australian Horror Novel Since 1950 James Doig , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Sold by the Millions : Australia's Bestsellers 2012; (p. 112-127)
According to James Doig the horror genre 'was overlooked by the popular circulating libraries in Australia.' In this chapter he observes that this 'marginalization of horror reflects both the trepidation felt by the conservative library system towards 'penny dreadfuls,' and the fact that horror had limited popular appeal with the British (and Australian) reading public.' Doig concludes that there is 'no Australian author of horror novels with the same commercial cachet' as authors of fantasy or science fiction. He proposes that if Australian horror fiction wants to compete successfully 'in the long-term it needs to develop a flourishing and vibrant small press contingent prepared to nurture new talent' like the USA and UK small presses.' (Editor's foreword xii)
In Goth We Trust Frances Atkinson , 1999 single work biography
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 20 June 1999; (p. 17)
Five Go Madly Gothic Alison Walsh , 1999 single work biography
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 9 October 1999; (p. 9)
An Enigmatic Marriage of Horror-Cum-Urban Fantasy Colin Steele , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times Sunday Times , 17 October 1999; (p. 16)

— Review of Grimoire Kim Wilkins 1999 single work novel
Untitled Bill Congreve , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: Aurealis : Australian Fantasy & Science Fiction , no. 24 1999; (p. 126-127)

— Review of Grimoire Kim Wilkins 1999 single work novel
Untitled Donna Lee Brien , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: Imago : New Writing , vol. 11 no. 3 1999; (p. 119-121)

— Review of Grimoire Kim Wilkins 1999 single work novel
An Enigmatic Marriage of Horror-Cum-Urban Fantasy Colin Steele , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times Sunday Times , 17 October 1999; (p. 16)

— Review of Grimoire Kim Wilkins 1999 single work novel
Untitled Bill Congreve , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: Aurealis : Australian Fantasy & Science Fiction , no. 24 1999; (p. 126-127)

— Review of Grimoire Kim Wilkins 1999 single work novel
Untitled Donna Lee Brien , 1999 single work review
— Appears in: Imago : New Writing , vol. 11 no. 3 1999; (p. 119-121)

— Review of Grimoire Kim Wilkins 1999 single work novel
The Australian Horror Novel Since 1950 James Doig , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Sold by the Millions : Australia's Bestsellers 2012; (p. 112-127)
According to James Doig the horror genre 'was overlooked by the popular circulating libraries in Australia.' In this chapter he observes that this 'marginalization of horror reflects both the trepidation felt by the conservative library system towards 'penny dreadfuls,' and the fact that horror had limited popular appeal with the British (and Australian) reading public.' Doig concludes that there is 'no Australian author of horror novels with the same commercial cachet' as authors of fantasy or science fiction. He proposes that if Australian horror fiction wants to compete successfully 'in the long-term it needs to develop a flourishing and vibrant small press contingent prepared to nurture new talent' like the USA and UK small presses.' (Editor's foreword xii)
In Goth We Trust Frances Atkinson , 1999 single work biography
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 20 June 1999; (p. 17)
Five Go Madly Gothic Alison Walsh , 1999 single work biography
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 9 October 1999; (p. 9)
Last amended 23 Jul 2008 18:40:54
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  • London,
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    England,
    c
    c
    United Kingdom (UK),
    c
    Western Europe, Europe,
  • Melbourne, Victoria,
  • 1890s
  • 1990s
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