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Title: The Black Pilgrimage & Other Explorations: Rosemary Pardoe
Post by: David A. Sutton on June 08, 2018, 02:21:57 pm
By Rosemary Pardoe

Shadow Publishing
ISBN 978-0-9572962-7-5 (300 pages, £11.99) (

The celebrated writer M.R. James (1862-1936) is arguably the most significant author of ghost stories in the world. His macabre work has terrified and fascinated readers for over a hundred years. Now collected in one volume, here are twenty-nine essays on his ghostly tales and themes by editor and James scholar Rosemary Pardoe.
Plus eight further essays on other authors, including Fritz Leiber, E.G. Swain and Manly Wade Wellman, and a fascinating miscellany of nine additional pieces on a variety of topics.
Rosemary Pardoe is a respected essayist and has edited the influential M.R. James-related magazine Ghosts & Scholars since 1979.  She also edited three volumes of The Ghosts & Scholars Book of Shadows (Sarob Press), and is the co-editor of Ghosts and Scholars: Stories in the Tradition of M.R. James (with Richard Dalby, 1987) and Warnings to the Curious: A Sheaf of Criticism on M.R. James (with S.T. Joshi, 2007).
Title: Re: The Black Pilgrimage & Other Explorations: Rosemary Pardoe
Post by: David A. Sutton on August 20, 2018, 08:28:47 am

Rosemary Pardoe’s “The Black Pilgrimage & Other Explorations: Essays on Supernatural Fiction”, gets ‘first billing’ in Michael Dirda’s “Washington Post” column of 15th August. In ‘This is getting weird: Critics on horror, science fiction and fantasy’, Dirda discusses the cross-fertilization of the horror, Sf and fantasy genres and John Clute’s “useful umbrella term ‘fantastika’”. He then reviews some recent books about fantastika and has some fine things to say about Rosemary Pardoe’s writing.

“No one knows more about M.R. James, author of the best ghost stories in English, than Rosemary Pardoe. In The Black Pilgrimage and Other Explorations (Shadow Publishing) she collects her “essays on supernatural fiction,” many of which reflect her careful research into the textual complexities and historical context of James’s imaginative writing. What, for instance, is “the black pilgrimage” undertaken by Count Magnus in the story of that name? Is it a journey to Chorazin, the reputed birthplace of anti-Christ? Or might it be a reference to the “black” stage in certain alchemical experiments? Pardoe also includes introductions to Arthur Gray and E.G. Swain, two masters of the antiquarian ghost story, as well as appreciations of more modern writers such as Fritz Leiber, Jack Finney and Phil Rickman”.

Copies of Rosemary’s absorbing book can be sought from your regular book supplier, or Amazon or direct from the publisher here:
Title: Re: The Black Pilgrimage & Other Explorations: Rosemary Pardoe
Post by: David A. Sutton on September 13, 2018, 12:34:33 pm
Another very complimentary review of Rosemary Pardoe's "THE BLACK PILGRIMAGE & OTHER EXPLORATIONS: Essays on Supernatural Fiction" (ISBN 978-0-9572962-7-5) has been published in Rue Morgue magazine #184.

The reviewer Dejan Ognjanovic in part says,

"...scholarly in its treatment of a vast variety of sources and incisive in its penetrating understanding of James’ work. Perhaps the best essay in the book, about “The Black Pilgrimage” (a fictional esoteric concept invented by James in his story “Count Magnus”), enlightens with its unexpected but logical allusions to the occult works of Aleister Crowley, Jack Parsons and others".

The book is available from all the usual outlets or direct from the publisher at: