The Floating CaféThe Floating Café and Other Weird Tales
by Margery Lawrence, with an Introduction by Richard Dalby

Dust jacket by Paul Lowe

Limited Edition Hardcover - $40.00
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ISBN: 1-55310-025-5

Ash-Tree Press, 2001; 191 pp; limited to 600 copies

The Floating Café is the third collection by Margery Lawrence (1889–1969) to be published by Ash-Tree Press, following the two ‘round table’ books of ghostly and horrific tales, Nights of the Round Table and The Terraces of Night. A ‘round table’ collection in all but name, this book contains twelve stories of the weird, fantastic, and supernatural, but dispenses with the somewhat awkward linking framework of the dining club setting which loosely connected the stories in the first two books.

Originally published sixty-five years ago in the autumn of 1936, The Floating Café was reprinted no less than four times between then and 1947. Although 27,000 copies of this very popular collection were published to meet demand from the reading public, it is now exceptionally rare in any edition, and Ash-Tree Press is pleased to make this volume available again, after being out of print for more than half a century. From the mysterious sea creatures of the title story to a sacrificial mask with other-worldly powers, this collection shows Lawrence at the top of her form as a writer of weird tales.

CONTENTS:
Introduction by Richard Dalby
The Floating Café
The Tale of Biddey Wiggin
The Man Who Came Back
The Cinema Ghost
John Challoner’s Wife
The House of the Dancing Feet
The Man Who Walked on the Air
White Rose of Weary Leaf
The Professor’s Ring
The Beauty Spot
‘I’ll Help You Over . . .’
The Mask of Sacrifice

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