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Watchers At The Strait Gate: Mystical Tales

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Contents:
The Invasion of the Church of the Holy Ghost
The Surly Sullen Bell
The Peculiar Demesne of Archvicar Gerontion
Uncle Isaiah
The Reflex-man in Whinnymuir Close
What shadows We Pursue
Lex Talionis
Fate's Purse
An Encounter by Mortsone Pond
Watchers at the Strait Gate
Hardcover, First Edition, 256 pages
Published 1984 by Arkham House
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Russel Kirk, aside from being an important figure in Conservative American political and social thought, is also considered one of the last great masters of the Gothic horror genre. He is often cited in the company of M. R. James, Ambrose Pierce, and Algernon Blackwood although it should be noted that Kirk live much later and could be considered the classic ghost tales' last loyalist. His fiction also tend to be moral tales. Some find him a little too preachy. Yet his ability to elicit ability t ...more
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The Doppelganger is frightening
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2.5 stars; several strong stories and competent craftsmanship can't save a collection saturated with moralizing and mediocre plotting.
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For more than forty years, Russell Kirk was in the thick of the intellectual controversies of his time. He is the author of some thirty-two books, hundreds of periodical essays, and many short stories. Both Time and Newsweek have described him as one of America’s leading thinkers, and The New York Times acknowledged the scale of his influence when in 1998 it wrote that Kirk’s 1953 book The Conserv ...more
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