THE TEMPLE SERVANT by E.R. MORROUGH, 1st / 1st, 1930 ~ EGYPTIAN GOTHIC HORROR
THE TEMPLE SERVANT AND OTHER STORIES, by E.R. MORROUGH ~ First Edition / First Printing 1930 ~ GOTHIC EGYPTIAN HORROR SUPERNATURAL
Publisher: Longmans, Green and Company, London (1930)
Abu Nadaar, who wrote under the pen name E.R. Morrough, was an Arabic horror writer during the first quarter of the 20th century. THE TEMPLE SERVANT AND OTHER STORIES, a first edition from 1930, is an exceedingly scarce collection of 18 supernatural stories. The stories often have an Egyptian setting, based in the "fantasy and weird," and originally appeared in magazines under the pen name Abu Nadaar. The title story was reprinted in POWERS OF DARKNESS (1934), one of Philip Allan's anthologies in the "Creeps" series. Blue boards with red writing; 307 pages. The boards and binding are solid and tight, save for slight fading to the spine and edge of front board. The pages are crisp and clean, and free of interior markings. Previous owner's book plate on front inside board. Bookplate belongs to Oswald (Ossie) Train, born in the UK, but co-founder of the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society, and one of the fans who attended the first SF Convention in 1936. He was one of the main figures behind Prime Press, and also founded Oswald Train — Publisher.