The Woman in Black

Susan Hill


In a major publishing event certain to be lauded by aficionados of the ghost story everywhere, Centipede Press is proud to announce the publication of Susan Hill’s modern classic, The Woman in Black. Rightly praised as s worthy successor to the mantle of M.R. James, for over five decades the horror and mystery fiction of Susan Hill has garnered some of the most coveted of literary awards including the Somerset Maugham Award and the Whitbread Novel Award.
      Since her debut at age fifteen with the publication of The Enclosure, a stunning work criticized by some for its sexual overtones (which a prudish press thought “unsuitable for a schoolgirl”), Hill has continued to push boundaries while remaining true in spirit to her inspirations. Her 1970 melodrama I’m the King of the Castle was but the first of many award-winners.
      The Woman in Black is considered by many to be her literary masterpiece and has been adapted to both film and the stage, the stage play has run consistently in London’s West End for over twenty years. The first edition of The Woman in Black published by Hamish Hamilton in 1983 now commands prices of several hundred dollars. Now, on its thirty-fifth anniversary, we present a newly illustrated edition with cover artwork by the incomparable Simon Prades and interior illustrations and introduction by the multi-talented Reggie Oliver. This is truly a book that will serve as a centerpiece to any serious collection of the modern ghost story and a companion volume of sorts to our forthcoming edition of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House and our previous publications by Charles L. Grant and Ramsey Campbell.
      Considering the high demand placed on Susan Hill’s works by collectors of the supernatural tale, mysteries, and modern literature; we suggest that you reserve your copy without delay as our contract allows for just 300 copies with no allowance for reprinting. Our edition measures 7  × 10 inches. This is one that you don’t want to miss!

edition information

  • Limited to 300 copies, each signed by Susan Hill, Reggie Oliver, and Simon Prades.
  • New introduction by Reggie Oliver.
  • Oversize at 7 × 10 inches.
  • Over a dozen full page and chapter header illustrations by Reggie Oliver.
  • Ribbon marker, head and tail bands, deboss stamp on front board.
  • Top-edge stain and deckled edge.
  • Original book price: $125.
  • Published October 2018.
  • ISBN 978-1-61347-201-9.