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The most misinterpreted Robert E. Howard story is “The Frost-Giant’s Daughter.” Winter Elliott wrote in her essay “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Women” (Conan Meets the Academy): “Women in peril flee across the wastelands and marshes depicted on Howard’s pages; frequently like Atali of the story ‘The Frost-Giant’s Daughter,’ they’re pursued by men with […]

The weird westerns continue. This week’s book is Nancy A. Collins’ Dead Man’s Hand. It is a trade paperback collection from Two Wolf Prress from 2004. Contents are a collection of five stories, novellas, and a short novel. Introduction by Joe R. Lansdale. Nancy Collins was a member for a period of time in the […]

I have written before that I enjoy a good weird western story. I have looked at some anthologies of that genre here over the years. Joe R. Lansdale has been considered as the resuscitator of the weird western story after it was missing in action for fifty years. Two works in the 1980s brought the […]

Baen’s “Hell” series edited by Janet Morris ran for seven anthologies and four novels from 1986 to 1989. I remember the series and resisted reading or buying them when they came out. The idea did not appeal to me. The idea is sort of like Philip Jose Farmer’s “Riverworld” series that when a person dies […]

Charles Henry Cannell (1882-1947) is a writer better known for some lost race novels as “E. Charles Vivian.” He also wrote eight novels in the “Gees” series as “Jack Mann” published from 1936 to 1940. Maker of Shadows is the fifth novel in the series. Originally published in the U.K. as a hardback in 1938, […]

I have a weakness for Atlantis novels. I first read of the lost continent in the first volume of the Golden Book Encyclopedia. Love the illustrations in those volumes. I think the first fictional piece I ever read set in Atlantis was Henry Kuttner’s Elak of Atlantis in “Spawn of Dagon” in the paperback The […]

Time to read a modern thriller after all the horror anthologies I knocked off this past winter. I was alerted to Kurt Schlichter’s The Attack by a friend. I checked out the premise, read the first pages that were part of free preview. I have heard Kurt Schlichter filling in on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show […]

One of my favorite Louis L’Amour quotes is: “The idea that poverty is a cause of crime is a lot of nonsense. It is one of those cliches that is accepted because it seems logical. Crimes are committed by people who have some money and want more. More often they are committed by somebody who […]

This is a guest post by Richard: A SCENT OF NEW-MOWN HAY was the first of twenty-eight enviro-thrillers/science-factions/quasi-horror novels – call them what you will – that the prolific English author John Blackburn produced between 1958 and 1985. If those descriptions seem uncertain or ambiguous then it is because Blackburn’s work is notoriously difficult to […]

Cold Print is not an Arkham House book but two thirds of the contents were originally published by Arkham House. Ramsey Campbell was another of August Derleth’s discoveries. Cold Print is a collection of Campbell’s “Cthulhu Mythos” stories from 1962 to 1985. Cold Print was first a Scream Press hardback from 1985. Tor reprinted it […]

The Arkham House streak continues with August Derleth as “Stephen Grendon’s” Mr. George and Other Odd Persons. For some reason August Derleth had eleven stories in the mid and late 1940s under the Grendon name. A look at the Jaffery & Cook Weird Tales index shows it was not a case of both a Derleth […]

H. Russell Wakefield (1888-1964) is considered one of the top tier of English ghost story writers. The Clock Strikes Twelve was his sixth story collection. The Arkham House edition from 1946 is an expanded edition of the 1940 U.K. version. Contents: Why I Write Ghost Stories Into Outer Darkness The Alley Jay Walkers Ingredient X […]