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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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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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Peter Haining – Beyond The Curtain Of The Dark

Posted by demonik on May 12, 2009

Peter Haining – Beyond The Curtain Of The Dark (Four Square, October, 1966: Nel, 1972)


Bruce Pennington

Foreword – Judith Merril
Introduction – Peter Haining

Robert Bloch – Lizzie Borden Took An Axe
Patricia Highsmith – The Snail Watcher
Ambrose Bierce – Chickamauga
Harry Harrison – At Last, The True Story Of Frankenstein
Guy De Maupassant – The Horla
Ray Bradbury – Fever Dream
Theodore Sturgeon – The Other Celia
Edgar Allan Poe – The Oval Portrait
W. C. Morrow – The Monster Maker
Frederic Brown – Come And Go Mad
H. P. Lovecraft and August Derleth – The Survivor
H. P. Lovecraft and August Derleth – The Ancestor
Mary Shelley – The Mortal Immortal
Nathaniel Hawthorne – Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment
Henry Kuttner – By These Presents
Henry Slesar – Whosits Disease
Edgar Allan Poe – King Pest
Harold Lawlor – Mayaya’s Little Green Men
F. Marion Crawford – For The Blood Is The Life
Edogawa Rampo – The Human Chair
J. S. Le Fanu – The Fortunes Of Sir Robert Ardagh
Robert Bloch – Return To The Sabbath
Clive Pemberton – The Will Of Luke Carlowe
Isaac Asimov – Eyes Do More Than See

I think the Haining legend really starts picking up momentum with this collection. Other early ones like the same years Where Nightmares Are and The Hell Of Mirrors relied too much upon those classics we all have a billion times over, but this looks like the work of a man who loves, and is widely read in the genre. This is where I first read Bierce’s decidedly non-escapist Chickamauga, a detached account of a war crime and one of the most horrible stories ever written. Maupassant’s The Horla is a coming race story of, literally, insane genius and Edogawa Rampo (say it fast) is kinky-cute in the extreme. Of the Frankenstein variations, W. C. Morrow’s ghastly The Monster Maker just shades it from Harrison’s short ‘n nasty effort.

Four Square edition, cover by Josh Kirby

Four Square edition, cover by Josh Kirby

Thanks to Nightreader for scanning the Four Square cover.

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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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