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Arkham's Masters of Horror: A 60th Anniversary Anthology Retrospective of the First 30 Years of Arkham House
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Book News Annotation:
In this anthology, Rubert (author and advertising executive who became editor of Arkham House in 1997) probes into the firm's history and its controversial founder, August Derleth. In the 21 essays, he explores some of the myths that have surfaced since Derleth's death in 1971, the Lovecraft legacy, the circumstances surrounding the Donald Wandrei litigation, key Arkham House writers of horror and fantasy fiction, and new biographical and historical information about legendary pulp writers. He also includes 21 unusual stories by each writer that are either unpublished or have never been published in a previous Arkham House collection. The volume is not indexed.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Some of the writers August Derleth published during his 32 year reign at Arkham House have become legends among collectors and connoisseurs of weird fiction. Others have faded into unfortunate obscurity. Peter Ruber now brings 21 writers to life in detailedbiographical essays that document little-known events through exhaustive research, and their long correspondence with August Derleth. These essays and an extensive introduction provide a rare and sometimes controversial insider's history of Arkham House, in which the editor also challenges some of the myths perpetuated by misinformed critics over the last three decades. With the addition of 21 rare stories and letters (most published here for the first time), the 445 pages of "Arkham"s Masters of Horror" form a book within a book. This unique and important anthology is required reading for everyone who enjoys weird fiction, and is interested in learning more about Arkham House, its founder, and the writers who made the era from 1939 to 1971 one of the most exciting in the history of specialty press publishing. Featured writers include: H.P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, Robert Bloch, Henry S. Whitehead, Robert E. Howard, H. Russell Wakefield, Seabury Quinn, Vincent Starrett, E. Hoffmann Price, Carl Jacobi, Donald Wandrei, Ramsey Campbell, and many others.
Table of Contents
The "un-demonizing" of August Derleth / Peter Ruber — Excerpts from the H.P. Lovecraft letters to August Derleth — Prince Alcouz and the magician / Clark Ashton Smith — Man-hunt / Donald Wandrei — The valley of the lost / Robert E. Howard — The bat is my brother / Robert Bloch — The latch-key / H. Russell Wakefield — Dyak reward / Carl Jacobi — Sea-tiger / Henry S. Whitehead — The dog-eared god / Frank Belknap Long — The beautiful lady - David H. Keller — Sweetheart from the tomb / E. Hoffmann Price — Wolf of the steppes / Greye La Spina — Rhythmic formula / Arthur J. Burks — The small assassin / Ray Bradbury — George is all right / Howard Wandrei — Something old / Mary Elizabeth Counselman — Property of the ring / John Ramsey Campbell — Bon voyage, Michele / Seabury Quinn — The master of Cotswold / Nelson Bond — The open window / Vincent Starrett — A visitor from outside / August Derleth & Mark Schorer.
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