Holidays From Hell cover

Tartarus Press

Holidays From Hell Reggie Oliver

Limited Edition $55.00
Limited - with binding defect $30.00

Fourteen stories
Introduction' by Robert Shearman

In this, Reggie Oliver’s seventh collection of stories the Devil and the Seven Deadly Sins go on holiday to an English seaside resort. And there are other visits to the seaside, which equally deserve Oliver’s suggestively ambiguous title of a ‘Holiday from Hell’, notably by a recently bereaved solicitor troubled by thoughts of mortality, and immortality in ‘The Rooms are High’. In ‘The Perfect Author’ a highly successful author at a seaside crime writing convention seems to be haunted by one of her less appealing creations.

And, with his gift for varied and unusual settings, Oliver takes us elsewhere: to late seventeenth-century Oxford in ‘Absalom’, to Paris in 1867 (‘The Green Hour’), to a remote and terribly strange hotel in Wales called ‘The Druid’s Rest’, to the London of the swinging sixties in ‘The Prince of Darkness’, and, in ‘Rapture’, to what could perhaps be the end of the world.

‘No one story is like another’ as poet and critic Glen Cavaliero has written of Oliver’s work. And as Pulitzer prize winning Michael Dirda of the Washington Post wrote: ‘Once you’ve read one story by Reggie Oliver you’ll want to read them all.’


  • Introduction by Robert Shearman
  • Holiday from Hell
  • The Silken Drum
  • The Green Hour
  • The Perfect Author
  • Absalom
  • The Druid’s Rest
  • The Rooms are High
  • The Prince of Darkness
  • The Book and the Ring
  • The Maze at Huntsmere
  • Trouble at Botathan
  • A Day with the Delusionists
  • Rapture
  • Love at Second Sight
  • Afterword

Limited to 500 signed, numbered copies.

Binding Defect: we have two copies which arrived with a binding defect as pictured below.  A very small spot where the paper has pulled from the boards, the jackets were not affected by this.



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