Being a Mid-Winter-Night's Entertainment in Two Parts and an Interlude. London: John Lane / Boston: Roberts Bros., 1896. 14 pp undated ads plus 12 pp ads dated 1896. Original ochre cloth decorated in red.
First Edition, issued as the 29th volume (of 33) in the provocative "Keynotes Series," published by John Lane. Shiel's first book, PRINCE ZALESKI, had been the seventh book in the same series. SHAPES IN THE FIRE is a loosely-connected group of tales of supernatural horror, derivative in subject matter from Edgar Allan Poe -- "one of the landmark books of the genre" according to Bleiler.~This copy is of the first issue, with the error "95" as the page number for "Tulsah" on the Contents page -- although someone has inked in a "1" to correct it to "195," which is the correct page number as printed in the second issue. This is a very good-plus copy (spine darkened, a nick in the spine-head, general light rubbing). Morse p. 38; Bleiler 1467. Item #13347