By David Stacton

'Dancer in Darkness is a special three-way collaboration - the tragic story of the murdered Giovanna d'Aragona, Duchess of Amalfi, as instructed in Renaissance Italian assets, then in The Duchess of Malfi, John Webster's masterpiece of Jacobean revenge and destiny, and now the following through David Stacton, the actually incomparable American historic novelist. Black as level velvet, Stacton's model is as choked with chilling insights and dreadful doings as Webster's, yet at backside all his own.' John Crowley (Little, vast, Engine Summer)

'The prose of David Stacton is like that of no different author. It indicates a hall in a gloomy Gothic tower, ill-lit through tapers, at one finish of which a gong sounds regularly. Stacton's gong clashes are malevolent aphorisms, asides spoken to Nemesis, not easy little causes of motive.' Time

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