The vaults of the Paris Opéra hide a hideous secret, and it’s revealed with theatrical flourish in this lavish new Folio edition.
We Have Always Lived in the Castle (Limited Edition)
Illustrated by Angie Hoffmeister
Afterword by Donna Tartt
Limited to 500 copies
The Folio Society presents a bewitching limited edition of Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle. Illustrated by Angie Hoffmeister and with a brilliant new afterword by Donna Tartt, this edition is limited to just 500 copies and has been signed by both contributors.
‘An amazing writer ... If you haven’t read her you have missed out on something marvellous.’
- Neil Gaiman
‘I like my sister Constance, and Richard Plantagenet, and Amanita phalloides, the death-cup mushroom. Everyone else in my family is dead.’ This very special limited edition of We Have Always Lived in the Castle is strictly limited to 500 copies and is signed by the artist Angie Hoffmeister and by legendary author Donna Tartt, who has written an illuminating afterword for Shirley Jackson’s dark masterpiece. Presented in a spectacular illustrated clamshell box and accompanied by a stunning art print, this unforgettable tale of poison, secrets and domestic witchcraft also features seven colour illustrations, a striking binding design and illustrated endpapers. As delicious and as deadly as a bowl of arsenic-laced blackberries, there is no finer edition of the book Joyce Carol Oates called a ‘masterpiece of Gothic suspense’.
An edition that is not limited of We Have Always Lived in the Castle is available here.
Bound in screen-printed cloth
Set in Arno with Zachar display
Frontispiece and 6 colour illustrations, including 2 double-page spreads
10 integrated tailpieces
Clamshell box with central magnetic opening, covered in printed paper
Print for framing printed on Natural Evolution paper
8¾˝ x 5½˝
‘Our house was a castle, turreted and open to the sky.’
Six years ago the majority of the Blackwood family died agonising deaths in the middle of a lavish dinner, poisoned by a liberal dose of arsenic in their sugar. Now the Blackwood daughters live a reclusive life with their invalid uncle. Constance cooks and cleans, never straying further than their garden, and ever vigilant Merricat watches over their home, keeping the dreaded villagers out and prowling the borders with her cat, Jonas. For Merricat it is the perfect life, the only blemish on her existence the weekly trips to buy groceries from the people who despise her. But change is coming in the form of avaricious Cousin Charles, and Merricat will have to act to save her world, regardless of the destruction it will bring.
‘A masterpiece of Gothic suspense.’
- Joyce Carol Oates
In her afterword, Donna Tartt notes that ‘no one’s magic is blacker than Jackson’s’, and the author’s uniquely macabre sensibilities are tangible throughout this exquisite limited edition. On the exterior of the clamshell box Blackwood House is closed against the night and the prying eyes of enemies; turn it over to see the destruction wrought on Merricat’s beloved home. The endpapers are printed with a wittily sinister image of the Blackwood’s fateful final meal, and the binding features Merricat herself, on the brink of summoning her next catastrophe. As a final sweet treat, the limited edition of We Have Always Lived in the Castle is accompanied by a hauntingly beautiful art print of Merricat and Jonas, a hoard of buried treasures lying beneath them.
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Let Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle cast a spell on you. With an afterword by Donna Tartt written exclusively for this illustrated Folio Society edition.