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Justin Marriott (ed.) – Paperback Fanatic # 25

Posted by demonik on March 11, 2013

Justin Marriott (ed.) – Paperback Fanatic # 25, March 2013


Cover: Les Edwards

Regular departments:

Fanatical thoughts:
Fanatical mails: Chris Mikul, Charles C. Allbrittan III, David Hyman, Michel Parry, Johnny Mains, Graham Andrews, Scott Carlson, Andy Boot, Nigel Taylor, Andy Brennert, Paul Williams, Graeme Flanagan, David Southall, Jim Walker.
Top Tens: Scott Carson, Nigel Taylor & Jim Walker choose theirs.

‘Weird Tales special.

Ramsey Campbell – Weird Tales Revisited
Justin Marriott – Sirens, Temptresses & Godesses. Avon Fantasy Reader.
Justin Marriott – A Macabre Reader. The Fanatic’s DIY ‘Weird Tales’ anthology.
Justin Marriott – Weird Britain: ‘Weird Tales’: the UK editions.
Jim Walker – The Pulp Fanatic: personal reminiscences on ‘Weird Tales’
Justin Marriott – The Book Of Brundage: Interview with Alistair Durie
Justin Marriott – Shadow over Belknap. The fantastic FBL
‘Weird Tales’ in ’60’s & ’70’s paperbacks. Checklist
Graham Andrews – Leo Margulies, anthologist extraordinaire.
Justin Marriott – No Boundaries: Henry Kuttner & C. L. Moore
‘Weird Tales’ in Panther paperback. Checklist
Robert Weinberg – A few words on the Seabury Quinn/ ‘Jules de Grandin’ Paperback Library series.
Kev Demant – Gruesome Cargoes: The Arrow ‘Not At Night’ reprints.

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Alfred Hitchcock (Peter Haining) – Meet Death At Night

Posted by demonik on August 31, 2012

Alfred Hitchcock (Peter Haining) – Meet Death At Night & Other Tales Of Terror   (Four Square, May 1967)

Alfred Hitchcock Meet Death At Night

Clark Howard – Keeper Of The Crypt
D. A. Coleman – The Nightmare
C. B. Gifford – Meet Death At Night
Leo R. Ellis – Dead Giveaway
August Derleth – The Amateur Philologist
Pauline K. Prilucik – Mirror, Mirror
Ed Lacy – The Black-Eyed Denominator
Hilda Cushing – She Loved Funerals
James M. Gilmore – Avery’s Ghost
Fletcher Flora – For Money Received
Talmage Powell – Drawer 14
Joseph Caida – The 79 Murders Of Martha Hill Gibbs

Whilst reading this book you may notice a quickening of your heart-beat, a slight clamminess in the palms of your hands, a certain dryness in your mouth and a peculiar sensation at the back of your neck.
Dear reader:
You are in the grip of fear!
In this collection Alfred Hitchcock presents stories by C. B. Gifford, August Derleth, Ed Lacy, Clark Howard and other masters of the macabre.

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August Derleth – The Sleeping And The Dead

Posted by demonik on May 21, 2009

August Derleth (ed.) – The Sleeping And The Dead ((Four Square, 1964)

The Sleeping And The Dead

The Sleeping And The Dead

M. R. James – A View from a Hill
August Derleth – Glory Hand
Edith Wharton – The Lady’s Maid’s Bell
Hazel Heald – Out of the Eons
Ray Bradbury – The Jar
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu – The Bully of Chapelizod
P. Schuyler Miller – Over the River
Frank Belknap Long – The Ocean Leech
Edward Lucas White – Amina
H. Russell Wakefield – Farewell Performance
Lord Dunsany – The Postman of Otford
Henry Kuttner – Masquerade
Algernon Blackwood – The Doll
William F. Harvey – The Tool
H. P. Lovecraft – The Dreams in the Witch-House

Thanks to James Doig for providing the (very beautiful) cover scan

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August Derleth – The Night Side

Posted by demonik on September 14, 2007

August Derleth (ed.) – The Night Side (4-Square 1966; originally Rinehart, 1947)

August Derleth – Foreword

H. P. Lovecraft – The Colour Out Of Space
H. R. Wakefield – The First Sheaf
MacKinlay Kantor – The Moon-Caller
Stephen Grendon (August Derleth) – The Extra Passenger
John Metcalfe – The Smoking Leg
R. Creighton-Buck – Joshua
Robert Bloch – Enoch
A. E. Coppard – Cheese
Margery Lawrence – Mr. Minchin’s Midsummer
Henry Kuttner – Mimsy Were The Borogroves
Howard Wandrei – The Eerie Mr. Murphy
Ray Bradbury – The Smiling People
Denys Val Baker – The Face In The Mirror
Alan Nelson – Professor Pfaff’s Last Recital
Nelson Bond – The Mask Of Medusa
John D. Swain – One Head Well Done
Henry A. Norton – Sammy Calls A Noobus
H. F. Arnold – The Night Wire
Mary E. Counselman – The Three Marked Pennies

In the interests of completism but also because I happen to rate this as one of Derleth’s very best – I can’t believe it’s not on here but it doesn’t seem to be around. According to Derleth, Arnold’s The Night Wire was the most popular story even published in Weird Tales (The Three Marked Pennies was second). Howard Wandrei’s The Eerie Mr. Murphy made the cut in John Pelan’s list of the centuries 100 best horror stories and Nelson Bond’s The Mask Of Medusa not only spawned a fetching cover illustration it’s also a decent Gorgon story.

Yet another one goes on top of the leaning tower of ‘to re-read’ pile.

I’ve also dug out a hardcover of Derleth’s Sleep No More (Farrar & Rinehart, 1944) illustrated by Lee Coye which I’ll put up sometime. I’m not sure if there was ever a UK edition?

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August Derleth – The Unquiet Grave

Posted by demonik on September 14, 2007

August Derleth (ed.) – The Unquiet Grave: 15 More Uncanny Tales Of Terror (Four Square, 1964)

He was willing to go to Hell for the kiss of the pale and beautiful vampire who enslaved him – but he held the sword ready to destroy her at the height of his ecstasy.

They came from another world, those nightmare creatures. They gave out sounds that were low and throbbing, and the sight of them drove men mad. They were outside the tent now.

A huge, white, hairy creature dropped onto his neck and clung there. The maniac fell to his knees, clutching at the horror which had him in its deathly grip. Older than time, this glittering incarnation of evil waited like a sentinel to claim its victim from the tomb …

Henry S. Whitehead – The Shadows
Carl Jacobi – Carnaby’s Fish
Donald Wandrei – The Painted Mirror
Clark Ashton Smith – The Double Shadow
Robert Bloch – One Way To Mars
Arthur Machen – Out Of The Picture
Everil Worrell – The Canal
C. M. Eddy jnr. – Deaf, Dumb And Blind
Robert S. Carr – Spider-Bite
John Metcalfe – Brenner’s Boy
Anthony Boucher – Mr. Lupescu
Mary E. Counselman – Seventh Sister
John Martin Leahy – In Amundsen’s Tent
Alan Nelson – Man In A Hurry
Howard Wandrei – The Last Pin

The Unquiet Grave and The Sleeping And The Dead (Four Square, 1964) were originally published as the one volume, thirty story The Sleeping And The Dead (Pellegrini & Cudahay, New York, 1947).

Inevitably, Peter Haining was the driving force behind these welcome re-issues. Writing in Horror: Best 100 Books (Xanadu, 1988) he selects the original Sleeping And The Deadas his favourite book and comments: “… before I finally became a full-time writer and anthologist, I had the great satisfaction of arranging the first publication in Great Britain of ‘The Sleeping And The Dead’ in a paperback edition…”

John Martin Leahy – In Amundsen’s Tent: (Weird Tales, Jan. 1928). North Pole, 1912. The three man expedition led by Sutherland comes off even worse than Captain Scott’s. Not only have the rival parties reached the Pole before them, but they’ve got some very hostile company – beings from another world who drive men insane on sight of them. Sutherland and Travers go missing in the night, leaving Drumgold to record their final moments in his journal. It is later found by yet another expedition – in the same tent as Drumgold’s head which has been staked out on a pole!

Howard Wandrei – The Last Pin: (Black Mask, 1940). Local toughs Ernie and Emil Strobel are forever in trouble until the elder Emil is condemned to hard labour for killing a man in a row over a dime-a-dance girl. Emil swears to get even with Judge and Jury, and several of them meet their deaths in a remarkably short space of time. Meanwhile Ernie has begun acting weirder than usual, piercing himself with safety-pins until there’s a neat line of them down his leg. One for each dead Juror, in fact …

Robert S. Carr – Spider-Bite: (Weird Tales, June 1926). In the tomb of Ner-Taul lies Za the scribe, guardian of the treasure of Ahma-Ka. Prof. Ashbrooke and young assistant Phil find the mummified Za in a vault beneath a vault and discover a means to revive him using the juice of the Mona bush and the venom of the huge white tomb-spiders which were incarcerated with him. The natives don’t like these albino arachnids at all, and Ashbrooke and Phil are none too keen by the end of the story.

Anthony Boucher – Mr. Lupescu: (Weird Tales, Sept 1945). Little Bobby’s ‘imaginary friend’ Mr. Lupescu turns out to be real enough: the man with the big red nose, red gloves and red eyes is actually Uncle Alan with a monster makeover. Alan’s decided to kill Bobby’s dad Robert because he wants to get back with his former lover Marjorie, who only married Robert for his money. Unfortunately for Alan, the terrifying Gorgo proves to be no figment either …

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