Leigh Brackett Round-Up!

Friday , 3, May 2019 4 Comments

Short Reviews will return next week with James MacCreigh’s Let The Ants Try!

You guys know how much I love Leigh Brackett and think that everyone really ought to be reading her.

So much so that I dropped some hefty coin in creating an all-new, fully illustrated edition of her Eric John Stark Planet Stories.

Well, it’s the 70th Anniversary of Queen of the Martian Catacombs, which came out in Planet Stories Magazine Summer 1949, and the first of my Illustrated Stark books are starting to come out on Amazon, and will be releasing over the summer.

To get hyped, be sure to check out some of my classic reviews of Leigh Brackett shorts here at Castalia House!

Short Reviews – The Vanishing Venusians, by Leigh Brackett

Short Reviews – The Moon that Vanished, by Leigh Brackett

Short Reviews – Black Amazon of Mars, by Leigh Brackett

Short Reviews – Queen of the Martian Catacombs, by Leigh Brackett

Short Reviews – The Enchantress of Venus by Leigh Brackett



  • John E. Boyle says:

    Thanks for getting these stories back in print. Everyone SHOULD be reading Leigh Brackett.

    Hail the Queen of Sword & Planet!!!

  • JohnnyMac says:

    “Everyone SHOULD be reading Leigh Brackett.” I’ll second that motion!

    One point I like to make about Leigh Brackett’s work is that when she brought back Stark (in my humble opinion her greatest creation) in the 1970s and sent him interstellar in the Skaith trilogy she proved she was still at the top of her game. A rare achievement for an author returning to a character decades later. Who else could have given us a line like: “I am N’Chaka! I do not die…I kill!” Truly she was the Queen of Sword and Planet.

  • Adam Simpson says:

    How do you collect Leigh Brackett these days? I want to read them on paper. I have the 2 Stark trilogies but how do I get more Brackett in book form? I’m having a hard time knowing what books are worth buying and an even harder time finding them.

    • Alex says:

      There aren’t a lot of standard editions of her work out there, and since so many of her works were originally published in the pulps, many are paperback reprints from the 60s & 70s. Ace published a number of her best stuff, though under different name from how they appeared in the pulps. (For instance, Shadow Over Mars is reprinted as “Nemesis from Terra” and The Starmen has been reprinted as both “The Starmen of Llyrdis” and “The Galactic Breed”). While Sword of Rhiannon is nominally anthologized in Brian Aldiss’ “Space Opera”, it’s just the opening chapter, but the paperback with the full story is fairly common in several editions.

      All of the titles I’ve mentioned, plus “The Halfling and Other Stories”, I’ve seen around in paperback, though you may have to hit some top notch flea markets or indie used book stores to get them, unless you just want to look for them on Amazon.

      Haffner Press has put out several prestige anthologies of Brackett’s short fiction, but these are very expensive and hard to find.

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