We've just given the website a bit of a spring clean. We've added a new page dedicated to our latest work in progress, The Golden Key by George MacDonald, and we've consolidated all the Lost Tales by Lord Dunsany to one page, so they will be easier to find.
We invite you to stop by and take a look around the site. Happy Spring from Pegana Press!
I have remixed The Ghost of the Valley Dunsany storycast and we have created a new tab page on the website just for the storycast readings. We are set to start work on a new storycast of Poltarnees, Beholder of Ocean from A Dreamer's Tales. Anyone who has a favorite story they would like to hear please let us know. We hope to do an audiobook of The Lost Tales series this year as well.
I've nearly finished the yellow section of The Golden Key and will be starting on the pale green section of the book soon and then on to blue.
We'll leave you with a quote about George Macdonald from a fellow author.
George MacDonald... in his power to project his inner life into images, beings, landscapes which are valid for all, is one of the most remarkable writers of the nineteenth century. W.H. Auden
One of things that struck me about the story The Go Ahead Planet, which we chose for Lost Tales Volume 3, was the dark, quiet, brooding atmosphere of the sorcerer's domain. It very much reminded me of The Charwoman's Shadow, one of my very favorite Dunsany novels. Here is an excerpt from The Go Ahead Planet which evokes that sense of magic so intensely.
...I could not know what he was talking about; but I began to suspect that in that dim room with his big black-bound book the doctor practiced some unlawful art...For the doctor turned again to his dark old book and began to mutter aloud, and his mutterings rose to a kind of chant in an undertone.
We want to invite you to A Dreamer's Tales, a community forum for the discussion and appreciation of the work of Lord Dunsany. We hope to see you there.
Here's a photo of one of the first real books I bought as a young collector. One example why I spend endless hours hunched over lead type to print. A book can be such a beautiful work of art and design to see and touch before you even reach the treasures awaiting you inside. As I saw and collected more books I looked for my favorite author's works and bought multiple bindings and editions because each was unique in its own way. But it's the magic and wonder you find weaving themselves among the pages that gives you a sense of living within those tales and time becomes suspended. To help bring a book into existence and honor it with suitable attire satisfies my own imagination and expression.
To share the magic of these authors' visions with others is an old and sacred work in some ways and one I enjoy immensely.