Watchers at the Strait Gate

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Watchers at the Strait Gate
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Dust-jacket illustration by Renée Radell for Watchers at the Strait Gate
Author Russell Kirk
Illustrator Andrew Smith
Cover artist Renée Radell
Country United States
Language English
Genre Fantasy, Horror short stories
Publisher Arkham House
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages xiv, 256 pp
ISBN 0-87054-098-X
OCLC 10323051
813/.54 19
LC Class PS3521.I665 W3 1984

Watchers at the Strait Gate is a collection of stories by author Russell Kirk. It was released in 1984 and was the author's second book published by Arkham House, and Kirk's third collection of supernatural stories. It was published in an edition of 3,459 copies.


Watchers at the Strait Gate contains the following tales:

  1. "A Cautionary Note on the Ghostly Tale"
  2. "The Invasion of the Church of the Holy Ghost"
  3. "The Surly Sullen Bell"
  4. "The Peculiar Demesne of Archvicar Gerontion"
  5. "Uncle Isaiah"
  6. "The Reflex-Man in Whinnymuir Close"
  7. "What Shadows We Pursue"
  8. "Lex Talionis"
  9. "Fate's Purse"
  10. "An Encounter by Mortstone Pond"
  11. "Watchers at the Strait Gate"


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