David Lindsay's first novel is widely regarded as 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 world view.
It was retitled 'A Voyage to Arcturus' on the advice of the original publishers and is best known by that name. Lindsay called it 'Nightspore on Tormance', but Nightspore is not evident on the planet Tormance which orbits the double Arcturian star - all the action seems to follow the 'giant' Maskull.
It had a profound effect on C.S. Lewis who said it was one of the most blasphemous books ever written. 'Perelandra', also titled 'A Voyage to Venus', from Lewis's Cosmic Trilogy was a Christian 'answer' to Arcturus. Its influence can also be found in 'The Voyage of the Dawn-Treader'. Professor Lewis considered Arcturus to be a work of genius.
The influence particularly of A Voyage to Arcturus but also of others of Lindsay's works can be found in Craig Herbertson's 'The Death Tableau'.
Lindsay intended to shake and disturb the reader into a transcendent awareness and reading it has somewhat of the character of an ordeal.
Returning the original title restores the unsettling effect that Lindsay intended.