All Hallows' Eve

by Charles Williams. Pellegrini & Cudahy, $2.75.
Commuting between post-war London and the suburbs of eternity, this strange theological novel dramatizes the conflict between Good and Evil in terms of love and blackest magic. The cast includes two girls who have just been killed and the husband (he’s alive) of one of them; Simon the Clerk, a necromancer as old as the guillotine and decidedly more sinister; his daughter by the wife of an RAF Air Marshal and her fiancé; and a soulless dwarf-woman whom Simon has created out of putty. The author was (he died in 1945) highly thought of as a religious novelist in England. T. S. Eliot contributes a warm introduction to All Hallows’ Eve, the first of a series of Williams’s books to appear in America.