Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope Mirrlees

The front cover of Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope Mirrlees from Curiouser House Publishing

“It is a little golden miracle of a book, adult, in the best sense, and, as the best fantasy should be, far from reassuring.” - Neil Gaiman

Softcover, 366 pages. The highly influential, yet still something of an underground, fantasy classic. Included is Mirrlees's earlier poem, Paris: a Poem, published by Leonard & Virginia Woolf's Hogarth Press in 1920, which has been described as Modernism's lost classic.

Curious? Here’s how it starts:

The Free State of Dorimare was a very small country, but, seeing that it was bounded on the south by the sea and on the north and east by mountains, while its centre consisted of a rich plain, watered by two rivers, a considerable variety of scenery and vegetation was to be found within its borders. Indeed, towards the west, in striking contrast with the pastoral sobriety of the central plain, the aspect of the country became, if not tropical, at any rate distinctly exotic. Nor was this to be wondered at, perhaps; for beyond the Debatable Hills (the boundary of Dorimare in the west) lay Fairyland. There had, however, been no intercourse between the two countries for many centuries.