The 43rd issue of Weirdbook, under the editorship of Doug Draa, presents new tales of fantasy and horror in the grand Weird Tales tradition. Included this time are:
An American Story, by Darrell SchweitzerImpervious to Reason, Oblivious to Fate, by John R. FultzThe River, by Sharon CullarsTaking Out the Trash, by by D.C. LozarArthur Wardrobe And Asia Anastacia: A Love Story, by Andrew DarlingtonSnack Time, by Franklyn SearightGodlike, by By Edward Morris and Konstantine ParadiasRonkonkoma, by Glynn Owen BarrassThe Fury of Angels, by Adrian ColeKeisha’s Dinosaur, by Nicole Givens KurtzWill Home Remember Me?, by Joseph S. Pulver, Sr.You’re Gonna Love This Song, by Michael S. WalkerFrozen Time, by by Rivka JacobsLucien Greyshire and the Ghost from Applebee’s, by L.F. Falconer
Plus a file selection of poetry by Jeff Barnes, Maxwell I. Gold, Neva Bryan, Ashley Dioses, K.A. Opperman, Ann K.Schwader, W.D. Clifton, Ngo Binh Anh Khoa, Chad Hensley, Frederick J. Mayer, and Gregg Chamberlain
Murdered. A possession mislaid or stolen. An unmarked grave. The dead refuse to leave for many reasons. Meet the spirits who still move among us in Re-Haunt.Feel the hairs on the back of you neck rise as you read 16 ghostly tales from an international roster of authors.
Featuring fiction from Nancy Springer, Darrell Schweitzer, Jody Lyn Nye, S. Baring-Goald, Tom English, Nicole Kurtz, Gregory L. Norris, Vonnie Winslow Crist, Michael Fassbender, Kelly A. Harmon, Alan Sessler, H.R. Boldwood, Marc Sorondo, Jacqueline Seewald, John Wolf, and G. Ranger Wormser.
Re-Haunt invites readers to step through the gates which separate the living from the unhappy dead.
Darrell Schweitzer's fourth novel might be considered a book for younger readers, or for readers who remember what it was like to be young. It is perhaps most comparable to the spooky narratives of John Bellairs. It is the sort of story, filled with striking imagery and bizarre incidents, a mixture of whimsy and genuine fright.
The author's other novels include The White Isle, The Shattered Goddess, and The Mask of the Sorcerer. He has published hundreds of short stories. His fiction has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award three times and once for the Shirley Jackson Award. He is an expert on H.P. Lovecraft and a former editor of the legendary Weird Tales magazine.
Darrell Schweitzer interviews: Vernor Vinge, Paolo Bacigalupi, Paul Di Fillippo, Tanith Lee, Patricia Mckillip, Robert Silverberg, Allen Steele, John Clute, Elizabeth Hand, Maurice Broaddus, James P. Blaylock, Theodora Goss, Ben Bova, Richard A. Lupoff, Jay Lake, William Tenn (Philip Klass), Kim Stanley Robinson, Stanley Schmidt, and Larry Niven
Weirdbook returns with another jam-packed issue full of great fantasy and horror tales! Included this time are:
• HARLOT ROAD, by Michael Bracken• WITH A POET’S EYES, by John C. Hocking• THE WISHING WELL, by Robert Graves• O KING OF PAIN AND SPLENDOR!, by Darrell Schweitzer• YOU’D DO IT FOR DIAMONDS, by Adrian Cole• DREADFUL APPETITE, by Franklyn Searight• THE HANDMAID OF THE KEY, by R.C. Mulhare• BLUE MOON, by Allen Mark Price• SHE WHO GIVES LIFE, by C. I. Kemp• AN IMPLEMENT OF ICE, by W. H. Pugmire• NIGHT OF THE CIRCUS, by Sharon Cullars• WOLVERS HILL, by Tim Jeffreys• RAFTS, by Lorenzo Crescentini• CLEAN SWEEP, by Edward Ahern• LEAVING MALAGA, by Cynthia Ward• CATTLE CALL, by Gregg Chamberlain• ABOMINATION IS HER NAME, by J.N. Cameron• KACHINA, by Kenneth Bykerk• FLAT IS FLAT AND THAT IS THAT, by David J. Gibbs• DEATH IS NOT MY MASTER, by Scott Harper
Poetry:• THE OLD ROCK, by Russ Parkhurst• SLEEPING WITH MAD SHADOWS, by Frederick J. Mayer• THE LIQUID PROFESSOR, by Jeff Barnes• THE TOAD STOOL PEOPLE, by Chad Hensley• THE PROMISE OF A POLIDORI SORE THROAT, by Clay F. Johnson• THIS HUNGRY EARTH, by Andrew Ivey
Weirdbook #36 presents another great assortment of stories and poems in the Weird Tales tradition: fantasy, horror, sword & sorcery, and the just plain unclassifiable find a home here! Included are:
Burn on the Bayou, by L.F. FalconerThe Mumbler, by Gillian FrenchCleric at Sentinel Hill, by Franklyn SearightWhores and Criminals, by Dean MacallisterThe Quiet on the Water, by C. C. AdamsThe Haggard Brothers Go to Town, by James PrattThe Awakening, by Megan NeumannDead Line, by D.C. LozarThe Waterman’s Song, by MB VigilMaleficium, by Kelly GouldThe Green Dome, by Joe DiCiccoWe Who Walk on Worlds, by Matt SullivanInsect Song, by William TeaThe Harvest Moon Festival, by Gigi EngLike Falling Snow, by W.D. CliftonThe Oldest Story, by S. L. EdwardsGeronimo Versus Frankenstein, by Neal PrivettThe Black-and-White Dozen, by Chris KuriataOmzetten, by C.M. MullerVandegald’s Globes, by Jeremy Hayes
The 35th issue of WEIRDBOOK presents more stories in the Weird Tales tradition! Here are horror and dark fantasy stories set in this world -- and beyond. Included this time are:
The Pullulations of the Tribe, by Adrian ColeThe Dead of Night, by Christian RileyMother of My Children, by Bruce L. PriddyThe Man Who Murders Happiness, by John R. FultzA Handful of Dust, by Tom EnglishRevolution À l’Orange, by Paul LubaczewskiFiends of the Southern Plains, by Patrick TumbletyThe Pyrrhic Crusade, by Stanley B. WebbThe Migration of Memories, by Charles WilkinsonMaquettes, by Paul St John MackintoshIn the Shadows, by J.S. Watts“The Spot,” by C.R. LangilleSchism in the Sky, by Donald McCarthyTo Roam the Universe, Forgotten and Free, by Janet HarriettRejuvenate, by Lily LuchesiVigil Night, by Lorenzo CrescentiniDead Clowns for Christmas, by L.J. DoppThe Tale and the Teller, by Darrell Schweitzer
Plus poetry by K.A. Opperman, Frederick J. Mayer, James Matthew Byers, and Jessica Amanda Salmonson
Darrell Schweitzer's third collection of essays and reviews, a successor to the well-received "Windows of the Imagination" and "The Fantastic Horizon," is a balanced mixture of scholarship and entertainment, ranging over the entire spectrum of imaginative literature, from the oldest novel in the world (1st century B.C.) to classic (and not-so-classic) pulp fiction, to childhood reading, to examinations of the works of such masters as H.P. Lovecraft, M.R. James, Robert Bloch, Stanley Weinbaum, John W. Campbell, and Thomas M. Disch. In between we encounter such surprising topics as a proposal for an H.P. Lovecraft biopic ("The Whole Wide Lovecraft"), the eccentricities of William Beckford (the author of Vathek), and even a report from Blobfest, an annual street fair devoted to the famous 1958 cult film, at which Schweitzer, as a member of the press, was allowed to touch the original Blob. Many of these pieces have been published in the prestigious "The New York Review of Science Fiction."
"Schweitzer writes in an informative style that’s knowledgeable, witty, and high accessible. This is the finest kind of criticism -- it makes you want to read more, both of the critic's own prose and that of the writers he’s discussing. Highly recommended!" -- Robert Reginald.
Darrell Schweitzer is a novelist, short-story, writer and critic, a former editor of the legendary "Weird Tales" magazine, and a four-time World Fantasy Award finalist and one-time winner. His previous book of essays, "The Fantastic Horizon," was a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award.
When Cthulhu calls . . . W. Paul Ganley answers! This volume collects a treasure trove of Cthulhu Mythos and dark fantasy stories -- all told, a baker's dozen -- by the World Fantasy Award-winning editor of WEIRDBOOK magazine! The 13 stories featured are:
ANCIENT EVIL OTHERS, WHO ARE NOT MEN ESSENTIAL SALTES I AM HUMAN WORMS FALLOUT THE VAULT OF KARNUNNA THE GREAT HERO IN THE TEMPLE OF PHTHATHNEE MEMORY FORERUNNERS OF DOOM THE CUBE OF XANXES: Part One—The Finger of Xanxes THE CUBE OF XANXES: Part Two—The City of Joy
Features an introduction by Darrell Schweitzer
Joe R. LansdaleCarrie VaughnLisa TuttleKim NewmanFred ChappellElizabeth MassieBrian A. HopkinsHarry O. MorrisSephera GironS.P. SomtowHugh B. CaveRobert WeinbergGahan WilsonRamsey CampbellDavid J. SchowGraham JoyceBrian LumleyPeter Straub
"Those who yearn for the Good Old Days are bound to like it.… Those who insist on the close reasoning and satirical wit of modern science fiction will find surprising amounts of both here; and if, like myself, you have a foot in both camps, you're sure to be delighted by this connoisseur's blend of the quaint and the ageless… not dated writing and is never likely to be; it's lucid, didactic, analytical, and above all, zestful." —Damon Knight, In Search of Wonder
First published in the fabulously rare pulp magazine The Thrill Book in 1919, this masterful blend of time-travel fantasy, alternate realities, and social satire propels early 20th century characters into the Philadelphia of the year 2118, in which the city is an isolated dystopia run by a corrupt oligarchy, the Liberty Bell has been transformed into a disintegration machine, and William Penn is worshiped as a god. For readers actually familiar with the Quaker City, there is the added pleasure of seeing an eerily recognizable rendition of the past (1918) projected into a strange future. For anyone, it is still an exciting melodrama filled with striking images and vivid characters.
One of the genuine classics of early pulp science fiction.
Francis Stevens was a pseudonym of Gertrude Barrows Bennett (1883-1948), the first woman to be a major contributor of fantastic fiction to the pulp magazines. She wrote primarily for The Argosy and All-Story, but also appeared in Weird Tales and elsewhere. Her other novels include The Citadel of Fear and Claimed. Her shorter works have been collected as The Nightmare and Other Tales of Dark Fantasy.
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