Saturday, September 2, 2023

Child of the Dawn - Ron Weighell

Zagava have announced advance orders for Child of the Dawn, a previously unpublished novel by Ron Weighell, with an introduction by Damian Murphy and an afterword by Fran Weighell. It is due to be published in the Autumn.

The new book is a fast-paced occult thriller revolving around Aleister Crowley's time in Egypt, drawing on Ron’s rich esoteric knowledge. I have had the privilege of reading this beforehand and it is certainly hallmarked by Ron’s vivid prose and enthralling plotting. Rosemary Pardoe, the founder of Ghosts & Scholars and first publisher of Ron’s Jamesian stories, describes it as ‘Indiana Jones meets H.P. Lovecraft’.

The 199-copy numbered edition will be ‘bound in black fabric which is embossed in gold and comes with head- and tailbands and a silk ribbon marker.’

There will be a highly limited lettered edition signed by Damian Murphy and Fran Weighell and described as ‘bound in thin real copper (which will acquire a fine patina over the years) and . . . blind-embossed with a graphic of The Stelé of Revealing. It comes in a black clamshell with a large perspex window. The frontispiece drawing is by Ron’s great friend Nick Maloret.’

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