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Zenith the Albino published

ZENITH THE ALBINO by Anthony Skene

Official publication date: 24th October 2001
Hard covers
RRP: £20.00
ISBN: 0 86130 109 9

The original 1936 edition of Zenith the Albino by Anthony Skene is one of the rarest books printed in England in the last hundred years. Only two copies are known to exist, and one of them—without its dust jacket—is in very poor condition.

So thanks to the taste and tenacity of Savoy Books you can now own a rare treasure, a book that has no business to exist in 2001!

Savoy have taken the poorly printed original and produced a volume that harks back to the heyday of thrilling yarns and secret perversions. Illustrated throughout by the Master artists of English pulp's Golden Age of the 1920s and 1930s.

Forget Ian Rankin and Ruth Rendell—Monsieur Zenith's the real deal!

Zenith the Albino's release follows Savoy's comprehensive illustrated Exploits of Engelbrecht by Maurice Richardson, and will be followed by their reissue of The Killer by Colin Wilson, receiving its first completely unexpurgated and unabridged publication.

Jacket design by John Coulthart

    "Zenith's crimson-irised eyes were reflective. He stood there long of leg and broad of shoulder, immaculately dressed, groomed to perfection, cold as an icicle; and dangerous; transcendently dangerous."

    "I have frequently spoken of my enthusiasm for Zenith the Albino, whose exploits and reputation inspired my own fictional character, Elric of Melniboné... You hold in your hands a rare and precious book. A treasure."
    Michael Moorcock in the book's foreword

Although the official release of this book will be in October, copies are available for purchase now. For mail order details, including postage rates, see our Orders section.

Download the first chapter, including illustrations and other graphics: Chapter One (PDF file—616k)
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New Squab cartoon from Britton & Guidio, celebrating the untimely demise of writer Douglas Adams. Cruel? Heartless? It's La Squab—what else do you expect?

Zenith at the printers!

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Latest concerning the new books line: Monsieur Zenith the Albino is in the final stages of production and should be ready for the printer in another couple of weeks.

More Jim Leon updates. The page in our Pictures section devoted to Leon's work has been serving its purpose in precipitating renewed interest and news concerning this neglected artist.

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