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I read this over the course of 11 months, so I cant really write a coherent review The spread of the stories is really wide Some are great, some are unreadable Surprisingly, the Lovecraft and Poe stories they included were both awful But hey, I imagine this is a representative sample of Weird Tales stories Classic experience. As with any anthology, this particular collection of Weird Tales stories is a mixed bag, depending on the tastes of the reader There reside, between these two cardboard covers, tales that are brilliant, others that are dreadful, and the rest just OK This particular collection gets bumped up an additional star from 3 to 4 because of the introductions to each story and the useful lists and other historical apparatus added by anthologist Kaye. Excellent pulp reprint Great selection of stories from an amazing pulp magazine Recommended Admittedly a mixed bag, but an amazing mixed bag filled with the most bizarre stories I can think of There s a kind of poetry and consistency to how demented the writing in each of these is In no way perfect, and the quality of the writing varies widely, but that is sort of the fun of it Besides, one of the authors is named Rex Dolphin As a bonus, each of the stories has a paragraph describing the author story As a grad student, I primarily fiction read at night to help myself sleep, as I found that reading theory texts before bed just makes my insomnia worse Come to think of it, these stories probably didn t help either edit I don t generally enjoy when these weird tales collections contain reprints, but the selections are handled reasonably well This collection, better than others I have read, gives you a sense of what reading the magazine would have been like, great authors, not necessarily great stories, but nearly always interesting Whew Two months and 570 pages laterI went into this because of my love for Lovecraft, the most prolific Weird Tales contributor of them all, and what I found was an interesting mishmash of good and bad stories The editor chose stories not based on whether they were good but rather whether they had an interesting backstorywhich sometimes backfires This was NOT a best of collection.
Gives a nice background on the magazine a great introduction for those getting started Excellent stories by early writers keep in mind this was published in the 80s so while it covers the majority of the history its missing the recent stuff This is a bit of an odd one, by virtue of it s source material Weird Tales first started publication in the early 1920s, predating our modern perceptions of genre fiction As a result this anthology, which draws from the original Weird Tales magazine run as well as it s subsequent revivals, presents an eclectic assortment of fantasy stories, tales of supernatural horror, and stories of grotesque although mundane murder and crime While one might initially think that this broad focus would be a weakness for an anthology, it is actually among it s great strengths Without certainty beyond the broadest strokes as to what the next story will entail, I approached each one with less preconception than I normally possess.While the anthology contains short fiction by many of the usual suspects Lovecraft, Poe, Stoker, Howard, Bradbury, and Wells all make appearances there are a great many stories by authors of less notoriety, as well as a few surprises there s a Dickens story towards the end, and it doesn t seem as out of place as you might think Most are at the least enjoyable diversions some are quite good If I were to level a complaint, it would be wholly unfairly that the limitations of the magazine form have resulted in many stories that could have used a bit time to steep for maximum horrific effect There are exceptions, Theodore Sturgeon s wonderfully bizarre The Perfect Host being chief among them in my mind.All in all an enjoyable read I picked this up at a library book sale over the summer, and believe I got far value than the pittance I paid for it. Weird Tales is a 582 page book, Short stories from some of the greats such as, Ray Bradbury, L Sprague Decamp, H.G Wells, Bram Stroker, Edgar Allen Poe is just a few of the great writers that you will find in this book.There is 44 Stories in the book they all appeared in the Weird Tales Magazine from days gone past.My favorite story in this book is HE by H.P Lovecraft which I will agree with the snip that was in the book which read, The old man knew secrets about Greenwich village in that early time before it was part of New York City.I recommend this book to any that enjoys short stories, Horror and Fantasy SAMUEL P KAY Marvin Kaye s Weird Tales The Magazine That Never Dies anthology from 1988 takes a slightly different tack than its earlier sister volume, Weird Tales 32 Unearthed Terrors Whereas the editors of that earlier collection chose to select one story from each year of the magazine s celebrated 32 year run 1923 54 , Kaye has decided here to not just limit himself to the periodical s classic era of 279 issues, but to also include tales from each of the four latter day incarnations of The Unique Magazine from 1973 87 The result is 45 pieces of generally superb speculative fantasy and horror, including six Weird Tales Reprints by such luminaries as Dickens, Poe, Flaubert and Stoker, as well as Otis Adelbert Kline s Why Weird Tales , an article that clearly delineated the magazine s goals and intentions in its first anniversary issue, the one dated May June July 1924 Simply put, Kaye s almost 600 page anthology is a collection of some of the very finest imaginative writing from the mid 19th to late 20th century.As would be expected, many writers closely associated with Weird Tales are represented here H.P Lovecraft, who sold 48 stories to the magazine, gives us a creepy tale of the lost byways of Greenwich Village, in He Robert E Howard, who placed 55 of his pieces in the magazine, is shown to good effect with one of his Solomon Kane stories, Skulls in the Stars Seabury Quinn, the author who appeared in Weird Tales than any other, with a whopping 160 appearances, is here represented by one of his non Jules de Grandin adventures, Masked Ball, a beautifully written ghost story that takes place during Mardi Gras August Derleth of course makes an appearance, with his tale of a young girl s spirit playmate, Mr George Robert Bloch provides a very amusing and grisly updating of The Sorcerer s Apprentice Clark Ashton Smith offers up another of his gorgeously written tales of the Hyperborean Age, in The Weird of Avoosl Wuthoqquan love that name Richard Matheson tells the story of an aged widower who can t stop dreaming of Wet Straw and sci fi legend Theodore Sturgeon gives us an absolute work of genius with his novella The Perfect Host But even fun than reading wonderful tales by old friends is discovering great authors one had never heard of before, or realizing that certain celebrities could actually spin a good horror tale Who knew, for example, that Harry Houdini could tell a story as good as The Hoax of the Spirit Lover, or that 1940s horror producer Val Lewton could write a story as suspenseful and as meaningful as The Bagheeta As for those new acquaintances that this reader made here, take Allison V Harding, whose 1947 story The Damp Man, with its memorably dank and bloated villain, will most certainly make any reader hot to track down the tale s two sequels Rex Dolphin s Off the Map tells the story of a lost English village far, far nastier than the Brigadoon it may bring to mind, while W J Stamper s Ti Michel is a story of Haitian vengeance that builds to quite a hideous conclusion No voodoo is involved here, but voodoo certainly does play a part in William Tenn s Mistress Sary, a story about an 8 year old albino girl who is all too proficient in such dark arts Other authors who I was happy to encounter for the first time here include Manly Banister, who provides a lovely story of a writer who is in love with a female werewolf, Eena Hugh B Cave, who gives us a chilling account of a writer who is in love with a female vampire, in The Brotherhood of Blood Jack Snow, with his pulpy but highly enjoyable tale of a parasitic plant discovered in the African jungle, Seed Dorothy Quick, with her sinister fantasy that revolves around a cute little puppy, More Than Shadow and F Marion Crawford, whose Gothic tale The Dead Smile will surely compel me to seek out by this writer An author who I first encountered in that earlier Weird Tales volume, C Hall Thompson, is now a very solid two for two with me The earlier anthology had given us Thompson s brilliant Lovecraft pastiche The Will of Claude Ashur, while this latter one presents us with the author s The Pale Criminal, a grisly neo Gothic that really does make for a powerful read Truth to tell, with all of the writers listed above, to read their representative story in this anthology is to become an instant fan.The book is not all beer and skittles, however, and there are a very few clinkers to be found Ray Bradbury s Interim, from 1947, did not leave much of an impact on me, and Tanith Lee s The Sombrus Tower, dark and mysterious as it is, was, for this reader, unsatisfying Still, two clinkers out of 45 is not a bad ratio, and I have not even mentioned the marvelous works provided by William Hope Hodgson, H.G Wells, Fredric Brown, Fritz Leiber, Jr., Gaston Leroux, Arthur Machen and many others Indeed, for all lovers of fantasy and horror, Marvin Kaye s Weird Tales anthology should prove a treasure trove of wonders. `Download Book ☞ Weird Tales ↡ Since Its First Issue In March , Weird Tales The Unique Magazine Has Provided Countless Readers With The Most Innovative And Offbeat Fantasy, Suspense And Horror Stories Almost Every Important Writer Of Fantastic Fiction In The First Half Of This Century Including HP Lovecraft, Robert E Howard, Ray Bradbury, Robert Bloch, Fritz Lieber And Countless Other Notables Have Had Their Works Showcased In Its PagesNow, In This Special Volume Compiled By Popular Anthologist Marvin Kaye, Some Of The Most Memorable Horrific, Bizarre Tales Ever Published Are Assembled, All Of Which Have Appeared In Various Incarnations Of Weird Tales Over The YearsSkulls In The Stars By Robert E HowardThe Terror Of The Water Tank By William Hope HodgsonThe Lost Club By Arthur MachenThe Hoax Of The Spirit Lover By Harry HoudiniMasked Ball By Seabury QuinnWhy Weird Tales By Otis Adelbert KlineThe Weird Of Avoosl Wuthoqquan By Clark Ashton SmithThe House Of Ecstasy By Ralph Milne FarleyThe Woman With The Velvet Collar By Gaston LerouxThe Judge S House By Bram StokerMistress Sary By William TennGhost Hunt By HR WakefieldHe By Author HP LovecraftThe Sorcerer S Apprentice By Robert BlochThe Dead Smile By F Marion CrawfordThe Brotherhood Of Blood By Hugh B CaveMen Who Walk Upon The Air By Frank Belknap LongThe Stolen Body By HG WellsThe Scrawny One By Anthony BoucherInterim By Ray BradburyEena By Manly BanisterThe Look By Maurice LevelMethought I Heard A Voice By L Sprague De Camp And Fletcher PrattOff The Map By Rex DolphinThe Last Train By Fredric BrownTi Michel By WJ StamperIn The X Ray By Fritz LeiberSpeak By Henry SlesarThe Pale Criminal By C Hall ThompsonThe Sombrus Tower By Tanith LeeMr George By August DerlethThe Legend Of St Julian The Hospitaller By Gustave FlaubertSeed By Jack SnowThe Bagheeta By Val LewtonFuneral In The Fog By Edward D HochThe Damp Man By Allison V HardingWet Straw By Richard MathesonMysteries Of The Faceless King By Darrell SchweitzerMore Than Shadow By Dorothy QuickChicken Soup By Katherine MacLean And Mary KornbluthThe Haunted Burglar By WC MorrowNever Bet The Devil Your Head By Edgar Allan PoeA Child S Dream Of A Star By Charles DickensThe Perfect Host By Theodore SturgeonThe Sorcerer S Apprentice By Lucian Translated By Sir Thomas MoreDust Jacket Illustration By Richard Kriegler, Based On Howard S Skulls In The Stars Weird Tales Has Always Been 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