London: Faber and Faber, 1967. First U.K. Edition (presumed), Second Printing. Hardcover. Used - Very Good. Endpapers toned and discolored. Text box has some toning from age but clean and unmarked. Top right corners of a few leaves slightly creased/dented. Gray cloth boards with red cloth spine and gilt lettering to spine; some discoloration to rear board. 14 x 22 cm. 184 pp. / Good. Some toning and and foxing. Spine discolored. Front cover has small tear at and damage to top edge; tear repaired with book tape. Brodart protective cover applied. Item #9224
From Kirkus (Nov. 2, 1967):
A wild, macabre spirit haunts this latest collection of poems, stories, and a radio play by an Englishman who has published several books for both children and adults. This is his ""first book for adults since Lupercal in 1960""; it is certainly not for children. Beneath a feverish sense of life's variety and restless beauty, lies a corrosive awareness of decay, fear, disintegration. Wolves, jaguars, even skylarks, hold an ancient, totemic terror. Even a hillside pool is sinister; in time, it will dissolve the hill, ""the dull, trusting giant."" This attempt to define, grasp, the essence of horror makes the stories somewhat static mood-pieces. A man is pursuedthrough the rain by a killer horse; a hunter becomes the hare he kills; the climax is less important than the timeless sense of fear. In the radio play, a soldier walks through nightmare landscapes and Breughelesque revels, before the ending reveals that his platoon has been killed, and he has just staggered nine miles with a bullet through his head. A strange world, full of an unearthly sense of beauty and terror.