Horrors Unknown

Choice of horror tales, with preface and tale introductions by way of the editor. comprises: The satan of the Picuris (1921) via Edwin L. Sabin; The problem from past (Part 1 of five) (1935) through C. L. Moore; The problem from past (Part 2 of five) (1935) through A. Merritt; The problem from past (Part three of five) (1935) by way of H. P. Lovecraft; The problem from past (Part four of five) (1935) through Robert E. Howard; The problem from past (Part five of five) (1935) through Frank Belknap lengthy; The Flying Lion (1919) by means of Edison Marshall; Grettir at Thorhall-stead (1903) through Frank Norris; Werewoman [Northwest Smith] (1938) by means of C. L. Moore; Unseen - Unfeared (1919) via Francis Stevens; From Hand to Mouth (1858) by means of Fitz-James O'Brien; physique and Soul [Jules de Grandin] (1928) by way of Seabury Quinn; The Pendulum (1939) by way of Ray Bradbury; Pendulum (1941) by way of Ray Bradbury and Henry Hasse; The Pool of the Stone God (1923) via A. Merritt [as by means of W. Fenimore ].

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Their eyes met. within the starlight, Smith’s have been colorless as faded metal. the fellow choked whatever inarticulate and leaped again so without notice that the flask spilled its contents part over Smith’s chest. He crossed himself frankly with a hand that shook. “Who—who are you? ” he demanded unsteadily. Smith grinned wearily and closed his eyes. * * * FROM HAND TO MOUTH via Fitz-James O’Brien * * * “No extra electrical and flexible genius had ever seemed between American authors,” acknowledged Fred Lewis Pattee within the improvement of the yankee brief tale, in describing the paintings and actions of Fitz-James O’Brien, doyen of the yankee Bohemian circulate within the years ahead of the Civil struggle. O’Brien’s paintings was once renowned in the course of his day in journals of poetry, at the degree, within the columns of newspapers, or virtually anyplace simply because he had the texture of the modern public pulse and will improvise to reserve. Of his voluminous contributions, his such a lot extraordinary and influential works were his fantasies, the main recognized of that's “The Diamond Lens,” and shut at the back of in recognition, “The Wondersmith” and “What used to be It? ” In technology fiction, supernatural, and fable, his mind's eye used to be unique in addition to unique, and the entire more suitable because the locale used to be usually the sensible atmosphere of the recent York urban of his time. it sort of feels nearly inexplicable that one in all his such a lot remarkable novelettes, a narrative that may rather well turn out the one such a lot extraordinary instance of surrealistic fiction to precede Alice in Wonderland, must have remained unreprinted for over 90 years! That tale is “From Hand to Mouth,” first released within the weekly manhattan Picayune in 8 installments from the problems of March 27, 1858, to might 15, 1858. the recent York Picayune was once co-published via an artist who used to be a carousing blood brother of O’Brien’s, named Frank H. Bellow. The paper had initially been began in 1847 by way of Dr. Richard B. Hutchings and Joseph Woodward to advertise a patent medication referred to as Hutchings Dyspepsia Bitters, however the funny fillers meant to draw readers to the ads so effectively fulfilled their function that the paper used to be persisted as a typical comedian weekly. Bellow was once its final editor, seeing it via to its death in 1860. Securing the O’Brien tale used to be relatively a coup for Bellow, simply because “The Diamond Lens” had just a short while formerly created a minor sensation and confirmed a following for its writer. each one weekly bankruptcy was once written to satisfy the cut-off date. on the 7th installment O’Brien didn’t come via and after skipping one factor, Frank Bellow wrote the ultimate bankruptcy, finishing it with a number of hundred phrases titled “How all of it occurred. ” it's believed that O’Brien had fabricated so wild a state of affairs that he couldn't reflect on any strategy to finish the tale. For one that understands the historical past of the interval, any of the names and areas in “From Hand to Mouth” are within jokes which O’Brien’s neighbors should have chuckled over on the time. this present day, the entire names and the double meanings are forgotten or neglected, yet that “loss” is overwhelmingly eclipsed via the way within which the tale anticipates a few of the parts of the surrealistic stream to emerge after international battle I, and actually is among the so much winning surrealistic fantasies ever written.

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