"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.
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
Tales of Three Hemispheres is a collection of fantasy short stories by Lord Dunsany. The first edition was published in 1919 and has became one of the keystones of modern fantasy fiction, influencing such authors as J.R.R. Tolkien, H.P. Lovecraft, Ursula K. LeGuin, and many, many more.
This edition of Dunsany's masterwork includes a new introduction by Darrell Schweitzer, one of the world's leading Dunsany scholars, and a new frontispiece portrait of Lord Dunsany by John Betancourt.
"Darrell Schweitzer is an outstanding exponent of contemporary imaginative literature.... [He] has mastered a fine and very flexible kind of syllabic line, part free, part blank verse, achieving many definitive and memorable passages that haunt the shared corridors of our collective imagination." -Donald Sidney-Fryer, author of Songs and Sonnets Atlantean.
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