Thursday, August 1, 2019

Titles Reviewed in LATE REVIEWS

I had to sort my "Late Reviews" in Wormwood and other places, and ended up making a list (alphabetical by author) of the reviews in my collection Late Reviews, so I thought I'd post it here.  The entries marked with an asterisk were not published in Wormwood (issues 1-30), but appear in the collection. Also, many of the reviews originally published in Wormwood were updated (usually with new biographical information) for the collection. (More details, and ordering information, here.)

*Adcock, A. St. John. The World That Never Was
Aickman, Robert. The Late Breakfasters
Aickman, Robert. Panacea
*Aiken, Conrad. Punch
[anon.] The Haunted Hunt
[anon] An Introduction to Islandia
[anon]. My Grimmest Nightmare
Antrobus, C.L. The Wine of Finvarra and Other Stories
Armour, Donald. Swept & Garnished
*Baum, L. Frank. The Wizard of Oz [play]
Bennett, Arnold. “Strange Stories of the Occult”
*Benson, Stella. Living Alone
Bernard, John. The New Race of Devils
Birnstingl, Edgar Magnus. Destur Mobed and Other Stories
*Blackwood, Algernon. Sambo and Snitch
Blakeston, Oswell. Boys in Their Ruin and Others
Butler, David. The Men Who Mastered Time
*Cadnum, Michael. Invisible Mirror
Caine, Hall. The Demon Lover
Carleton, S. The Forest Runner
Carové, Friedrich Wilhelm. The Story without an End
Carr, Cameron. Gilded Clay
Carroll, Jonathan Samuel. Looney Tunes
Cartmell, Esmé. Rescue in Ravensdale
Cearnach, Conall. The Fatal Move and Other Stories
Chambers, Robert W. In Search of the Unknown
Childe, Wilfred Rowland. Dream English
Christmas, Grace V. What Father Cuthbert Knew
*Cline, Leonard. The Dark Chamber
*Cline, Leonard. God Head
*Corwen, Maxwell. Ole Man Swordfish
Counihan, Daniel. Unicorn Magic
*Crawford, F. Marion. Wandering Ghosts
*Dahl, Roald. Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories
Dawson, Annie. The Edge of the World
de Comeau, Alexander. Monk’s Magic
de Hamong, Count Leigh. A Study of Destiny
Drake, Burgess. Hush-a-by Baby
Drake, H.B. Shinju
*Dunn, Gertrude. The Mark of the Bat
*Dunsany, Lord. Guerrilla
*Dunsany, Lord. The Pleasures of a Futuroscope
*Dupont, Inge, and Hope Mayo (eds). Morgan Library Ghost Stories
Durand, Orson. Necromancy Street and Other Tales
*Dyalhis, Nictzin. The Dark Lore
Dyllington, Anthony. The Unseen Thing
Egan, Beresford. Pollen
Egbert, H. M. The Sea-Demons
Ellis, T.E. Children of Don
L’Epine, Chas. The Devil in a Domino and The Lady of the Leopard
Ewers, Hanns Heinz. Edgar Allan Poe
Faber, Geoffrey. Elnovia
*Fallada, Hans, Sparrow Farm
Fay, Erica. The Road to Fairyland
Fessier, Michael. Clovis
Fessier, Michael. Fully Dressed and in His Right Mind
Francis, Francis. Eternal Emnity
Frank, Waldo. Chalk Face
Freyer, Dermot. Night on the River
Garnett, David. Lady into Fox
Gaskell, Jane. The Shiny Narrow Grin
Gerould, Katharine Fullerton. Vain Oblations
Gibson, Eva Katharine. Zauberlinda
Goddard, Richard E. The Whistling Ancestors
Grant, Alan. It Walks the Woods
*Green, Julian. Christine and Other Stories
*Green, Roger Lancelyn. The Castle in Lyonesse
*Green, Roger Lancelyn. The Land of the Lord High Tiger
*Green, Roger Lancelyn. The Wood That Time Forgot
Gregory, Franklin. The White Wolf
Hall, Leland Sinister House
Hamel, Frank. Tiger Wolves
Hansom, Mark. The Shadow on the House
Hansom, Mark. The Wizard of Berner’s Abbey
Harding, John William. A Conjuror of Phantoms
*Higginson, Thomas Wentworth. The Monarch of Dreams
*Inman, Arthur Crewe. Of Castle Terror
Jepson, Edgar. No. 19
Jessopp, Augustus. The Phantom Coach and Other Ghost Stories
     of an Antiquary
Jolly, Stratford D. The Soul of the Moor
Kallas, Aino. The Wolf’s Bride
Keary, C.F. ’Twixt Dog and Wolf
Kilmarnock, Lord. Ferelith
Kirk, Russell. Old House of Fear
Knapp, George L. The Face of Air
Lamkey, Rosemary. The Lonely Dwarf
Leather, Robinson and Richard Le Gallienne. The Student and
     the Body-Snatcher and
Other Trifles
Le Corbeau, Adrien. The Forest Giant
Lee, Vernon. The Ballet of Nations
Leech, Joseph. Ghosts and Glamour
*Leiber, Fritz. The Dealings of Daniel Kesserich
Leman, Bob. Worms
*Lindsay, David. Devil's Tor
Lindsay, David. The Witch
*Lortz, Richard. Children of the Night
*Maby, J. Cecil. By Stygian Waters
Macardle, Dorothy. Earth-bound
Macdonald, Ronald. The Laughing Elf
*Macleod, Fiona. The Hills of Reuel and Other Stories
Matthewman, S. The Crystal Casket
Metcalfe, John My Cousin Geoffrey
Miller, Sutro. Ghost Stories
Mills, Lady Dorothy. The Dark Gods
*Monette, Paul. Sanctuary
Moore, Frank Frankfort The Other World
Morant, H.C. F. Whirlaway
Morris, R.A.V. The Lyttleton Case
Morrough, E.R. The Temple Servant and Other Stories
Muddock, J.E. The Shadow Hunter
*Muilenburg, Walter J. Prairie
Munster, The Countess of. Ghostly Tales
Neale, Arthur, ed. The Great Weird Stories
Nicholson, John. Costello—Physic Investigator
O’Hagan, Howard. Tay John
*Pain, Barry. Stories in the Dark
*Pain, Barry. Three Fantasies
Paton, Raymond. The Tale of Lal
*Paul, Phyllis. Camilla
*Paul, Phyllis. The Children Triumphant
Paul, Phyllis We Are Spoiled
*Peake, Mervyn. Boy in Darkness
Pemberton, Clive. The Weird o’ It
Pendered, Mary L. The Secret of the Dragon
Pendered, Mary L. The Uncanny House
*Peterson, Margaret. Moonflowers
Phillpotts, Eden. The Lavender Dragon
An Pilibin (John Hackett Pollack). A Tale of Thule
Pin, Herbert Moore. A Vampire of Souls
Plarr, Marion. Cynara
Plarr, Victor. Thor and the Giants
Prosper, James [Barry Pain]. A Mountain Apart
Ransome, Arthur. The Elixir of Life
Ransome, Arthur. Highways and Byways in Fairyland
Ridley, Guy. The Word of Teregor
*Robbins, Tod. Close Their Eyes Tenderly
Robbins, Tod. In the Shadow
*Robbins, Tod. The Scales of Justice and Other Poems
*Robbins, Tod. Silent, White and Beautiful and Other Stories
Robbins, Tod. The Spirit of the Town
Russell, Ray. The Case Against Satan
St. John, J. Allen. The Face in the Pool
Salmon, Arthur L. The Ferry of Souls
Saltoun, M. After
Saul, George Brandon. Liadain and Curithir
Savage, Henry. The Receding Shore
Savery, Constance. Tenthragon
Sawyer, Nesta. The Reason of the Beginning and Other Imaginings
Segal, Lesley Keen. Many Enchantments
Sheppard, Ethel. The Sun-Worshippers
Sherry, Oliver. Mandrake
Shortt, Vere D. and Frances Mathews. The Rod of the Snake
Sime, S. H. A Curious Case
*Sloane, William M., III. Runner in the Snow
Southby, Logi. The White Dragon
*Stanton, Will. Once Upon a Time Is Enough
Steele, V.M. Hunters of Humans
*Stevens, Francis. Sunfire
Steward, Samuel M. Pan and the Fire-Bird
Stock, E. Elliot The Ring of Ug and Other Stories
*Suster, Gerald. The Devil's Maze
Swithin, Antony. Princes of Sandastre
Thacker, Eric and Athony Earnshaw. Musrum
Thrush, Arthur The Capture of Nina Carroll
Timlin, William M. The Ship That Sailed to Mars
Tourneur, Nigel. Hidden Witchery
Verne, Jules. An Antarctic Mystery
Viereck, George Sylvester. The House of the Vampire
Visiak, E.H. The Shadow (1936)
Visiak, E.H. The Shadow (1967-68)
Waite, Arthur Edward. The Golden Stairs
*Wandrei, Donald. The Eye and the Finger
Wason, Sandys. Palafox
Weston, Jessie. The Soul of the Countess and Other Stories
Whitehead, Henry S. Pinkie at Camp Cherokee
Wilson, Colin. Metamorphosis of the Vampire
Woodiwiss, John C. Some New Ghost Stories
*Wormser, G. Ranger. The Scarecrow and Other Stories
Wray, Roger. The Dweller in the Half-Light
Wright, R.H. The Outer Darkness
*Wuorio, Eva-Lis. Escape If You Can
*Wyke-Smith, E.A. Bill of the Bustingforths

Monday, February 18, 2019

Belated Announcement: David Lindsay's Sphinx and Leonard Cline's The Cult Murders

A few titles were delayed last year at various stages for various reasons. I now announce them both. First is  Sphinx, by David Lindsay, for which I wrote a new Introduction.

In Sphinx (1923), Nicholas Cabot has come to a country-house called Mereway where he plans to work on a machine he has invented that records dreams. He encounters a family with three marriageable daughters, and takes refuges from them in the company of some neighbors, including the calculating Celia Hantish and the well-known composer Lore Jensen, who has written a tune called “Sphinx" which hints at the riddle of existence. Meanwhile as Cabot experiments with his machine, he finds that dreams give access to a deeper meaning of life.

Sphinx, by David Lindsay
Trade paperback edition ($20.00) sold via Amazon (and other  affiliates) ISBN 9781987594317. at this link. at this link.
Kindle edition, sold via Amazon and affiliates.
Next is The Cult Murders, by Leonard Cline, writing as Alan Forsyth.  This is the first of Cline's three pseudonymous pulp thrillers, written while he was in jail for manslaughter.  To be fair, Cline didn't think much of his pulp writing, and it is negligible in comparison with Cline's serious literary work under his own name.  But that doesn't mean that his pulp-writing is without interest or merit. The Cult Murders concerns a Devil worshiping cult set up to fleece rich women of their fortunes. Originally serialized in 1928, this is the first appearance in book form.

The Cult Murders, by Leonard Cline, writing as Alan Forsyth
Trade paperback edition ($16.00) sold via Amazon (and other affiliates) ISBN 9780359403783. at this link. at this link.
Kindle edition, sold via Amazon and affiliates. 

Monday, May 28, 2018

More New Releases

Some of these debuted at the Medievalist's Congress a few weeks ago, but took a while to wend their ways through other channels.  Ordering and format details are at the bottom of this post.

First up is Fingers of Fear, by J.U. Nicolson, originally published in 1937.  This comes from the original dust-wrapper blurb:

Good horror stories are among the great rarities of the publishing world. We are fortunate in having this thrilling narrative unfolded by J.U. Nicolson, whose rich imagination has produced such volumes of poetry as “The King of the Black Isles” and “Sonnets of a Minnesinger,” and whose already well developed ability to spin a tale was sharpened during the long years he spent on his monumental modern English version of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. It is with good reason, then, that we expect Fingers of Fear to take its place beside such great horror stories as Dracula and The Turn of the Screw.

 I introduced the 2001 Midnight House limited edition reprint of Fingers of Fear, and have updated my Introduction for this new edition. 

J(ohn) U(rban) Nicolson (1885-1944) was a Chicago warehouse manager with literary interests. Fingers of Fear (1937) was his only novel, a precursor to the melodramatic horror of the 1960s like the television show Dark Shadows.

Next up is Monk's Magic, originally published in 1931, a delightful precursor to Mervyn Wall's Fursey books. Monk’s Magic, by Alexander de Comeau,  tells the story of Brother Dismas, who works on behalf of his Abbott, stealthily studying the black arts (he has been absolved in advance for his sins), trying to discover the elixir of life. After many failures, Dismas ventures out into the world to find those previous and successful fellow-seekers who must surely still live. Dismas acquires some marvelous friends and grows up during his quest. The tale is Rabelaisian in the best sense, witty and well-written.

Formats and ordering details: 

Fingers of Fear, by J.U. Nicolson, Introduction by Douglas A. Anderson
Trade paperback edition ($16.00) sold via Amazon (and European affiliates) ISBN 9781987626629. at this link. at this link.
Kindle edition, sold via Amazon and affiliates.

Monk’s Magic, by Alexander de Comeau
Trade paperback edition ($16.00) sold via Amazon (and European affiliates) ISBN 9781987508826. at this link. at this link.
Kindle edition, sold via Amazon and affiliates

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Three new books!

This is the first batch of new announcements, as the run-up to the annual Medievalist's Congress in May in Kalamazoo, Michigan, continues.

First, a compilation of my own Late Reviewsmy review column of older and odder books that I have done in the first thirty issues of Wormwood, plus additional "late reviews" (new and reprinted from other sources).  In many instances these entries have been revised, as I have learned new things since the original version was published.

“Doug Anderson’s regular ‘Late Reviews’ column in Wormwood is a treasury of information and commentary on some of the rarest, most obscure and strangest books in our field.  It is infused by Doug’s shrewd and unflinching assessments; bad books are named as such, overlooked achievements are justly celebrated.”  —Mark Valentine, editor of Wormwood 
“In his wonderful ‘Late Reviews’ Doug Anderson boldly goes where few readers have gone before.  Rather than write about the familiar classics of fantasy and supernatural literature, he explores the genre’s back alleys and waste lands, rediscovering dozens of strange and strangely appealing titles, most of them half forgotten, if remembered at all. Who else has read Guy Ridley’s The Word of Teregor and John William Harding’s A Conjuror of Phantoms and Erica Fay’s The Road to Fairyland or, it would seem, the complete works of Anthony Dyllington, author of The Unseen Thing? When Doug praised the wit of  Alexander de Comeau’s Monk’s Magic—and likened it to Mervyn Wall’s The Unfortunate Fursey—I immediately went searching for a copy.  Far more than just a collection of  essays, Douglas A. Anderson’s Late Reviews is a valuable reference, a guide for the curious reader and, not least, a source of rare literary entertainment.” —Michael Dirda, Pulitzer Prize-winning critic and author of Classics for Pleasure and On Conan Doyle

Formats and ordering details at bottom.

The second new title is the first reprint in 115 years of Ferelith, by Lord Kilmarnock (1876-1928), with a new introduction by Mark Valentine.  Fans of Ferelith include André Gide and Julian Green.

“This wonderful book made me forget some of my present worries. It is the story of a woman the father of whose child is a phantom—an admirable theme which is artistically treated. . . . It delights me.”  —Julian Green
“This much-needed first reprint offers connoisseurs of the dark fantastic a rare minor masterpiece, too long overlooked. Ferelith should now take its place as one of the strange great visions in the library of the Gothic.” —From the “Introduction” by Mark Valentine

Ordering details at bottom.

And the third title, for now, is Barry Pain's short fantasy novel, with a long subtitle: Going Home: Being the Fantastical Romance of the Girl with Angel Eyes and the Man Who Had Wings. Barry Pain (1864-1928) is remembered today primarily for his excellent short horror stories. Going Home was originally published in 1921. According to Pain himself, writing in 1924, it was well-received by critics but sold poorly (this fact is corroborated by the book’s rarity today). Yet Pain still cited it as his best book. And Pain’s friend and sometime collaborator, James Blythe, noted in his own copy: “In my opinion this is Barry’s best book up to the present.”

Going Home is Nodens Chapbooks No. 4. 

Ordering details:

Late Reviews, by Douglas A. Anderson  

Trade paperback edition ($25.00) sold via Amazon (and European affiliates) ISBN 9781987512564. at this link. at this link

Kindle edition, sold via Amazon and affiliates.

Ferelith, by Lord Kilmarnock. Introduction by Mark Valentine.
Trade paperback edition ($16.00) sold via Amazon (and European affiliates) ISBN 9781987736700. at this link. at this link
Kindle edition, sold via Amazon and affiliates

Going Home, by Barry Pain.

Trade paperback edition ($10.00) sold via Amazon (and European affiliates) ISBN 9781987571288. at this link. at this link.
Kindle edition, sold via Amazon and affiliates.