A Farrago of Fraud and Fancy

Darkly Bright Press is a small, independent book publisher with a focus on Uncommon Literature & Liturgical Christianity. Inspired by Welsh writer Arthur Machen’s emphasis on ecstasy in literature, our mission is to curate and spotlight such works by past voices and provide a platform for new authors, poets and artists.


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Bensonia:

Spiritualism by R. H. Benson – A classic essay on the dangers of the once-popular movement by a Catholic priest.

 


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Recent work by Joshua Alan Sturgill:

The Work of Reading
It’s a Lifelong Singalong, If You Let It Be

Also, Sturgill offers this week’s Fairy Tale…


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Fairy Tale Fridays

Awake in the World of Dreams, Part 3 by Joshua Alan Sturgill – the midpoint to this epic fairy tale.

 

 

Are We Ready to Receive Poetry?

Darkly Bright Press is a small, independent book publisher with a focus on Uncommon Literature & Liturgical Christianity. Inspired by Welsh writer Arthur Machen’s emphasis on ecstasy in literature, our mission is to curate and spotlight such works by past voices and provide a platform for new authors, poets and artists.


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MACHEN STUDIES:

A Poem For the Man on the Street – While extolling the virtues of an epic poem, Machen wonders if we are ready to receive it in this classic review.

 


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Recent work by Joshua Alan Sturgill:

Beautiful Moon! Bella Luna!
Out of Curiosity

Also, Sturgill offers this week’s Fairy Tale…


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Fairy Tale Fridays

Awake in the World of Dreams, Part 2 by Joshua Alan Sturgill – the latest installment of this new long-form fairy tale.

Ghost Story Mondays:

The Golden Dehabeah by Margaret Benson. Read a tale of ghostly wonder of a vanished Egypt by an early pioneer of Egyptology.

 

 

 

Bensonia + A New Series by Sturgill

Darkly Bright Press is a small, independent book publisher with a focus on Uncommon Literature & Liturgical Christianity. Inspired by Welsh writer Arthur Machen’s emphasis on ecstasy in literature, our mission is to curate and spotlight such works by past voices and provide a platform for new authors, poets and artists.


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BENSONIA

Darkly Bright Press presents a dedicated space for the study of the lives and works of the prolific Benson family. As we have done for Arthur Machen, we will be making available forgotten and neglected material in the form of stories, essays and biographies. In the coming months, the section will continue to expand with free, downloadable content such as the recently released book, Where No Fear Was by Arthur Christopher Benson.


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Recent work by Joshua Alan Sturgill:

Honesty
Two Hearts, Two Paths, Two Ends

More by Sturgill:


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Fairy Tale Fridays

Awake in the World of Dreams by Joshua Alan Sturgill. The first installment of  Sturgill’s new long-form fairy tale.

Ghost Story Mondays:

Mr. Tilly’s Seance by Edward Frederic Benson. A humorous take on the spiritualist craze of Edwardian England. 

 

Benson on Fear / God is loving and just…

Darkly Bright Press is a small, independent book publisher with a focus on Uncommon Literature & Liturgical Christianity. Inspired by Welsh writer Arthur Machen’s emphasis on ecstasy in literature, our mission is to curate and spotlight such works by past voices and provide a platform for new authors, poets and artists.


“The real basis for all deep-seated fear about life is the fear that one will not be dealt  with either lovingly or just.” – A. C. Benson

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Free Book in PDF Format

Where No Fear Was by Arthur Christopher BensonDarkly Bright Press offers this classic volume on Fear, its effects and its cure by English educator and author A. C. Benson. No stranger to the malady, Benson presents the topic with simplicity and straightforwardness, and does so with a patient voice that exhibits practicality in the face of fear and experience in the struggle with it. In its pages, we meet a man who is perceptive and sympathetic toward his reader as a fellow sufferer and laborer.


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Recent work by Joshua Alan Sturgill:

Seconds
This And Not Another
My Friend Shal

 

Free PDF Book on Fear

Darkly Bright Press is a small, independent book publisher with a focus on Uncommon Literature & Liturgical Christianity. Inspired by Welsh writer Arthur Machen’s emphasis on ecstasy in literature, our mission is to curate and spotlight such works by past voices and provide a platform for new authors, poets and artists.


New Posts

220px-Bensonac

Free Book in PDF Format

Where No Fear Was by Arthur Christopher BensonDarkly Bright Press offers this classic volume on Fear, its effects and its cure by English educator and author A. C. Benson. No stranger to the malady, Benson presents the topic with simplicity and straightforwardness, and does so with a patient voice that exhibits practicality in the face of fear and experience in the struggle with it. In its pages, we meet a man who is perceptive and sympathetic toward his reader as a fellow sufferer and laborer.


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Recent work by Joshua Alan Sturgill:

Life Untended
Eat Them All
Local Weather

 


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Ghost Story Mondays:

A Strange Goldfield by Guy Boothby. An Australian, Boothby gives us a weird tale set in the wild outback. 

 

 

 

This coming Wednesday, April 15 is the feast day of St. Padarn.

Glorious

Darkly Bright Press is a small, independent book publisher with a focus on Uncommon Literature & Liturgical Christianity. Inspired by Welsh writer Arthur Machen’s emphasis on ecstasy in literature, our mission is to curate and spotlight such works by past voices and provide a platform for new authors, poets and artists.


New Posts

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MACHEN STUDIES:

A Glorious Old Church – Ever mindful of hidden wonder, Arthur Machen finds it in an old English church.

 


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Recent work by Joshua Alan Sturgill:

The Terror of the Day’s Routine
I Saw the Wonder and Glory

Also, Sturgill offers this week’s Fairy Tale…


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Fairy Tale Fridays

The Woman Who Followed the Wind by Joshua Alan Sturgill, a new and enchanting story.

Ghost Story Mondays:

Sister Maddelena by Ralph Adams Cram. This week’s installment is a tale of absolution beyond the grave.

 

 

 

New Poetry Announced

Darkly Bright Press is a small, independent book publisher with a focus on Uncommon Literature & Liturgical Christianity. Inspired by Welsh writer Arthur Machen’s emphasis on ecstasy in literature, our mission is to curate and spotlight such works by past voices and provide a platform for new authors, poets and artists.


Book Announcement

Later in 2020, Darkly Bright Press will publish Ordinary Time, the first collection of poetry by Phillip Neal Tippin. For an early look at this poet’s work, please read this selection.

Also, this week, we posted several poems from Forged in the Heart (published October 2019) by Claire Brandenburg. The poet has supplied new commentary.


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Recent work by Joshua Alan Sturgill:
The Elixir of Life Continued
Human Life in a Lotus
Regarding Eggs


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Fairy Tale Fridays

Cross Purposes by the great George MacDonald, a writer who has influenced generations of children and adults including Lewis Carroll and C. S. Lewis.

Ghost Story Mondays:

The Upper Berth: F. Marion Crawford grants us a tale of nautical terror that has become a classic of the genre.