Complete and restored new edition
using original text.
Artwork based on 1923 edition
David Lindsay's first novel is a work of
genius. It was first published in 1920
and only gradually achieved the
recognition it deserves.
Using a mystical journey to a
neighbouring star, Lindsay strips the
psyche - to reveal an astonishing
It was retitled 'A Voyage to Arcturus' on
the advice of the original publishers
and is best known by that name.
Returning 'Nightspore on Tormance',
the original title, restores the
unsettling effect that Lindsay intended.
C.S. Lewis was one who considered it
genius but he called it one of the most
blasphemous books ever written.
A beautiful supernatural story about
transcendent love and transcendent
David Lindsay's second novel was
serialized in The Daily News in 1921
and published in book form with the
current text in 1922.
The influence of George Macdonald's
metaphysical and fantastical works is
evident in this story and Lindsay's
work is known to have influenced C. S.
Lewis, Tolkien and other 'Inklings'.
For someone who hasn't read any of
Lindsay's books 'The Haunted
Woman' is an excellent place to start.
On the surface, Sphinx tells of the
arrival into a polite and fashionable
1920's rural community of one
Nicholas Cabot, a young man who
has recently come into money.
The deeper themes of the book
include levels of consciousness, the
nature of choosing, and the boundary
between life and death - explored
chiefly through the device of Cabot's
esoteric chemical experiments.
Like all of Lindsay's books, Sphinx
gives up its secrets a little at a time,
and rewards frequent re-reading.
Lindsay's fourth published novel,
'Adventures of Monsieur de Mailly' was
first published in 1926 in the UK and
released in the US rather
inappropriately as 'Blade for Sale' in
the same year. It has not been
reprinted since and has never before
been issued in paperback.
'Adventures of Monsieur de Mailly' is a
humorous adventure set in the France
of Louis XIV. Possibly the lightest and
least fantastical of David Lindsay's
novels, this romp through the realm of
the Sun King nevertheless contains
moments of high tragedy and
tantalising glimpses of Lindsay's
An exciting adventure in its own right,
this is a book no David Lindsay
devotee will want to be without.
'Devil's Tor', published in 1932, is
undoubtedly David Lindsay's
Many of the extraordinary and
disturbing themes of 'A Voyage to
Arcturus' are explored more deeply
and expressed more clearly in it.
The story describes the mental
processes and experiences of various
people drawn by an active Fate to
Devil's Tor, a minor Dartmoor height.
Lives are ended, shattered and
transformed by truly cosmic forces.
Nowhere in printed English is the
working of the Unseen in living minds
more vividly drawn than in David
Lindsay; and nowhere in Lindsay
more magnificently than in 'Devil's Tor'
David Lindsay (March 3, 1876 – July 16, 1945) wrote a number of extraordinary novels which are known to have
influenced C S Lewis, Charles Williams, Tolkien and others.