Robin Ritchie

HAYNES, Dorothy K. Robin Ritchie.

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HAYNES, Dorothy K. Robin Ritchie. Methuen & Co., London, 1949.

8vo. Original pink cloth, titled gilt to spine, in illustrated dustwrapper depicting a terrified looking young woman on horseback, accompanied by three childlike elves; pp. [viii], 200; a good copy in the scarce jacket, with some fading to the cloth spine, and consistent edge-wear to the dustwrapper.
An unusual example of early weird fiction and psychological horror by Haynes, which tells the story of a young girl in rural Scotland who frequently wanders off at night by herself and returns with stories of wild riders who sweep her away into the dark. Her parents are mortified (as is probably right) and seek to cure their daughter of her hallucinations. But is she telling the truth?
Robin Ritchie is hard to find with the dustwrapper intact (the design for which, in a genre full of entertaining dustwrappers, might win an award for most peculiar).