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Kingsley Amis – New Maps Of Hell

Posted by demonik on December 1, 2009

Kingsley Amis – New Maps Of Hell (Four Square, 1962)

CONTENTS
STARTING POINTS: Definitions;  beginnings; Verne and Wells
THE SITUATION TODAY: Fantasy and space-opera; the magazines; readership; mass outlets
NEW LIGHT ON THE UNCONSCIOUS: Sex; horror; insecurity; rural nostalgia; activism; science and art; religion and religiosity
UTOPIAS  I:  Sex, colonialism; politics and conformism
UTOPIAS 2: The dangers of technology; comic infernos; the science-fiction character; deflation
PROSPECTS: Cosmic disasters; idea as hero; puzzles; limitations; possibilities
Index Of Names & Titles.

Blurb:
NEW MAPS OF HELL
A voyage, with Kingsley Amis as guide, through the fan­tastic world of science fiction – past, present and future.
He surveys the magnificent panorama of this world of fantasy and science fiction, of Jules Verne and H. G. Wells, of madly ingenious inventions and cosmic disaster, of bug-eyed monsters and credible human experiments, of revolutionary inventions and awesome transformations, of exploration of the outer reaches of space, and of strange worlds within the universe.
With characteristic humour, acute analysis and superb writing, he provides the general public with a fascina­ting explanation of this vast field of literature, and the enthusiast with new insights into his favourite reading.

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Ray Bradbury – The October Country

Posted by demonik on November 19, 2009

Ray Bradbury – The October Country (Four Square, 1963, 1964, 1965)

The Dwarf
The watchful Poker Chip of H.Matisse
Skeleton
The Jar
The Traveller
The Emissary
Touched with Fire
The Scythe
Uncle Einar
The Wind
There was an Old Woman
Homecoming
The Wonderful Death of Dudley Stone.

Blurb:
When Charlie brought home the Thing in the jar, he knew that its mystery would draw the neighbours to his lonely house — knew that it would arouse his wife’s jealousy. He was right, but he didn’t know what form his wife’s jealousy would take — nor what he would have to do to silence her for ever.
Ray Bradbury is a master of the macabre, and each of his stories is imbued with the sort of quiet horror which makes the skin clammy with apprehension. He writes about the dark corners of life — what exists on the other side of normality … the dwarf who took comfort from a distorting mirror . . . the man with the painted eye … the bone doctor with a taste for human marrow… strange … weird … flush with fantasy.

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Ray Bradbury – The October Country

Posted by demonik on May 30, 2009

Ray Bradbury – The October Country (New English Library, 1973)

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The Dwarf
The watchful Poker Chip of H.Matisse
Skeleton
The Jar
The Traveller
The Emissary
Touched with Fire
The Scythe
Uncle Einar
The Wind
There was an Old Woman
Homecoming
The Wonderful Death of Dudley Stone.

Companion volume to The Small Assassin which between them reprint the bulk of the stories from Bradbury’s first collection, Dark Carnival. There was almost certainly an earlier NEL edition, but i’ve not put that much effort into finding out. A great book, but not a great NEL if you get me?


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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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Ray Bradbury – The Small Assassin

Posted by demonik on May 17, 2009

Ray Bradbury – The Small Assassin (Nel, 1970, 1973)

Richard Clifton-Day

Richard Clifton-Day

The Small Assassin
The Next In Line
The Lake
The Crowd
Jack-In-The-Box
The Man Upstairs
The Cistern
The Tombstone
The Smiling People
The Handler
Let’s Play “Poison”
The Night
The Dead Man

Blurb

‘Ray Bradbury has long been streets, ahead of anyone else. He has the imagination of Wells coupled with the gift of prose writing” – Daily Telegraph

‘Everything he writes has a glow of individual magic about it’ –Time & Tide

A fantastic journey into a world of beauty and terror with thirteen of the very best of Bradbury.
A baby born with the urge to kill — the couple who leave for a honeymoon, in a cemetery — a husband and wife who had an unpleasant experience with some mummified Mexican corpses — the tombstone in the bedroom — a little boy who examines the macabre entrails of the man upstairs.
A chilling collection that will linger in the dark vaults of your memory, long after you have finished reading it.

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