Bowen, Marjorie. BLACK MAGIC: A TALE OF THE RISE AND FALL OF ANTICHRIST
Bowen, Marjorie. BLACK MAGIC: A TALE OF THE RISE AND FALL OF ANTICHRIST. London: Alston rivers (publisher). 2nd printing in month of publication. Printed on March 26, 1909 (two days after the first printing of March 24, 1909).
A very good copy in the original black cloth with gilt titling to front board and spine, and pictorial decoration in gold, black and blue to front board (depicting a flaming brazier with two gold crowns hovering in the smoke). Not issued in dustjacket. The author’s first weird novel. “A rousing historical melodrama in which the sorceress Ursula becomes Pope Joan, and very nearly the Antichrist. It remains one of the best diabolist thrillers.” – Sullivan, ed. The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural.
Margaret Gabrielle Vere Long (née Campbell; 1 November 1885 – 23 December 1952), who used the pseudonym Marjorie Bowen, was a British author who wrote historical romances, supernatural horror stories, popular history and biography. Her total output numbers over 150 volumes with the bulk of her work under the ‘Bowen’ pseudonym. She also wrote under the names Joseph Shearing, George R. Preedy, John Winch, Robert Paye. After The Viper of Milan (1906), she produced a steady stream of writings until the day of her death. Bowen’s work under her own name was primarily historical novels. 438 pp.