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SPACE AGE) -
lived in England since the age of fifteen, but was born of British parents in
Shanghai, China in 1930.
In 1956, Ballard’s first imaginative stories began to appear in
conventional genre periodicals, but with publication of a series of disaster
novels in the early 1960s, he emerged as the most powerful and original talent
in British science fiction.
Later, as high priest of the New Wave movement, Ballard wrote a series of
experimental “condensed novels,” collected in THE ATROCITY EXHIBITION
(1970). The semi-autobiographical EMPIRE OF THE SUN(1984), filmed by Steven
Spielberg, has brought J.G. Ballard to a vast new audience. More recent novels
include CONCRETE ISLAND, CRASH, SUPER CANNES, and COCAINE NIGHTS.
WIND FROM A BURNING WOMAN) - was
born in San Diego, California, in 1951.
A “Navy brat”, by the age of ten, he had traveled around the Far
East, the continental United States and Alaska. Never quite certain where home
was, he very early lost the prejudices of time and place that console many
people and began to write about matters of which he knew absolutely nothing,
except that they could be.
When he was fifteen, Bear placed his first story with a professional
magazine; by the age of twenty-three he had written several novels and was
selling short stories with fair regularity.
His first published novel, HEGIRA, appeared in 1979. Other novels rapidly
followed including PSYCHLONE, BEYOND HEAVEN’S RIVER, STRENGTH OF STONES, THE
FORGE OF GOD, ANVIL OF STARS, DINOSAUR SUMMER, DARWIN’S RADIO. The author now
lives once again in San Diego, where he teaches high school and university
courses on a free-lance basis.
His chief interests, aside from writing, are history, astronomy, and
ARACHNE; WHO MADE
STEVIE CRYE?) – led
the itinerant existence of an “Air Force brat”, including the authentic
experiences detailed in “On the Street of the Serpents”.
He was born in 1945 in Lincoln, Nebraska. After receiving a master’s
degree in English from the University of Georgia, Bishop taught at the USAF
Academy Preparatory School in Colorado, but soon began placing his short stories
with the science fiction magazines.
His first novel, A FUNERAL FOR THE EYES OF FIRE, was first published in
1975 and was followed by such critically acclaimed works as AND STRANGE AT
ECBATAN THE TREES, STOLEN FACES, A LITTLE KNOWLEDGE, CATACOMB YEARS,
TRANSFIGURATIONS, ENCOUNTERS WITH THE DIETY, ANCIENT DAYS, and COUNTER
Bishop’s shorter fiction has appeared in numerous periodicals,
anthologies, and best-of-the-year compilations.
Since 1974, the author, his wife, and two children have resided in Pine
born in Long Beach, California, and has lived on the West Coast all his life.
After working as a pet-store clerk, construction laborer, and part-time English
teacher, Blaylock began to pursue his idiosyncratic vision of the world in
fiction that has received the World Fantasy Award for the story “Paper
Dragons,” the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award for the novel HOMUNCULUS and The
O.Henry Awards: Prize Stories 1990 for “Unidentified Objects”.
Other novels include THIRTEEN PHANTASMS, THE RAINY SEASON, WINTER TIDES and ALL
THE BELLS ON EARTH. The author and his wife, Vicki, have two sons and he
currently teaches creative writing at Chapman University.
1994) (FLOWERS FROM THE MOON) - Enjoy this great book from the author of PSYCHO!
NELSON BOND, (THE
FAR SIDE OF NOWHERE, OTHER
WORLDS THAN OURS) at 93, can still be seen driving his car around
Roanoke, Virginia, stepping on a plane for Las Vegas,
to visit one of his sons, or puttering in his workroom meticulously annotating
the results of his prolific literary career. Many people believe that Bond is a
creation of his own fantastic imagination, and probably he is. He is the author
of 7 books, hundreds of short stories, and an equal number of radio and
television dramas and stage plays. Since retiring from writing in the 1960's,
Bond founded a successful public relations agency, then became a widely
respected antiquarian bookseller. His stories have appeared in countless
anthologies; his books have been translated into German, Dutch, Swedish,
Italian, Spanish and Japanese, and published in English language editions in
Great Britain, Canada and Australia, in numerous hardcover and paperback
editions. Nelson Bond's previous Arkham House book was NIGHTMARES AND DAYDREAMS (1968).
MARJORIE BOWEN (KECKSIES
AND OTHER TWILIGHT TALES) – Marjorie
Bowen was the pen name of Gabrielle M. V. Long (1886-1952), a prolific British
historical novelist who is credited with over 150 books composed under various
Born in Hampshire of an impoverished clerical family, Miss Bowen was a
reserved and sensitive child, living with an emotionally unstable mother and
haunted by nocturnal fears.
The author’s career began in 1906 with the publication of THE VIPER OF
MILAN, and her contributions to the literature of darkness include two early
novels, BLACK MAGIC (1909) and THE CHEATS (1920) and two astonishing
collections, THE LAST BOUQUET (1933) and THE BISHOP OF HELL (1949).
to create weirdness at the age of five, when he saw a copy of Weird Tales
in a store window and perceived the cover painting as far stranger than it
proved to be when he tracked it down five years later. Born in Liverpool,
England in 1946, he read all the available classics of the field and had
recycled fragments in a book, subsequently published by Arkham House (INHABITANT
OF THE LAKE AND LESS WELCOME TENANTS - 1964).
He was the youngest ever author for Arkham House, being only 18 years old
when this was published.
But despite Campbell’s early notoriety as a Lovecraftian pasticheur,
the determinate influences on his mature work remain M.R. James, whose eerie
epiphanies arise from the inexorable accumulation of subtly suggestive detail,
and Fritz Leiber, whose seminal story “Story Ghost” (1941) invokes a
“ghost of our times” within grimy urban milieu. Campbell’s first
representative book was the landmark collection DEMONS BY DAYLIGHT ( 1973),
which endeavored to address mainstream themes and which has remained his central
aesthetic ever since.
T.E. D. Klein’s
critical analysis of this book, encouraged Campbell to become a full-time
After two indifferently received novels, Campbell finally achieved
commercial success with THE PARASITE (1980), thereby affording him the freedom
to write whatever he wished.
The author lives in England with his wife and two children and intends to
be publishing tales of terror and the supernatural for many years to come.
the author of the critical and biographical study H. P. LOVECRAFT , A
Volume in Twayne’s United States Authors Series, as well as THE
CHRONOLOGY OUT OF TIME: DATES IN THE FICTION OF H.P. LOVECRAFT and SUNSET
TERRACE IMAGERY IN LOVECRAFT & OTHER ESSAYS. His scholarly articles have
appeared in such periodicals as "Lovecraft Studies," "Crypt of
Cthulhu," and "Studies in Weird Fiction." His most recent work is
an autobiographical memoir, LONG MEMORIES: RECOLLECTIONS OF FRANK BELKNAP
GRAVE) – was
born in upstate New York in 1937, settled in England for ten years in 1960, and
more recently has enjoyed a peripatetic writer’s existence that includes
lengthy sojourns in Greece.
His two collections of macabre tales – THE CELL AND OTHER TALES OF
HORROR (1969) and FENGRIFFEN AND OTHER STORIES (1971) – occasioned critical
comparison with the classic weird fiction of Algernon Blackwood, and these books
now have attained a legendary status among devotees of the genre.
Much of Case’s creative effort of late has been expended upon a series
of Western novels.
CONNORS (Co-editor of SELECTED
LETTERS OF CLARK ASHTON SMITH) - a veteran of the U.S. Army, has a B.A. in
English and History and also attend the University of Salzburg in Austria.
His most recent boos was LOVECRAFT: A CENTURY LESS A DREAM. In addition to
having written scores of articles for such magazines as New York Review of
Science Fiction and Publisher's Weekly, Connors is also the long-time
editor of Continuity. His Clark Ashton Smith research began in
1975; his biography of Smith will be published by Arkham House in the near
– 1995) (HALF IN
born in Birmingham and later moved to Gainesville, Georgia where her father was
a faculty member at the Riverside Military Academy.
Miss Counselman attended the University of Alabama and Montevello
University, and soon began placing her short stories and poetry with Weird
Tales, Collier’s, The Saturday Evening Post, and other magazines.
The author resided in Gadsden, Alabama with her husband, Horace B.
Vinyard, and large entourage of cats.
– 1971) (HARRIGAN’S
NEW HORIZONS: YESTERDAYS PORTRAITS OF TOMORROW; IN LOVECRAFT’S SHADOW: THE
CTHULHU MYTHOS STORIES OF AUGUST DERLETH; THE FINAL ADVENTURES OF SOLAR
PONS; THE ORIGINAL TEXT SOLAR PONS OMNIBUS) -- was
one of the founders of Arkham House.
in Sauk City, Wisconsin, he continues to be Wisconsin's most prolific author
more than 30 years after his death. His place in American
literature will only be enhanced
by the discovery of 40 new manuscripts yet to be published.
Adding these to his already 150 books, Derleth’s place in American
literature continues to evolve and grow. Click here
for more on August Derleth.
S. DURBIN (DRAGONFLY)
his childhood in the deep oak shade and sun-baked dust near Taylorville,
Illinois, climbing trees and avoiding shoes. His parents opened the town's first
bookstore; there, while still in elementary school, he discovered the works of
H.P. Lovecraft and J.R.R. Tolkien, his earliest literary influences. He says,
"Of particular fascination in his rural haunts were boundaries at the edges
of light; the shimmering, green-gold walls of corn, masking alluring depths; the
hour of twilight; the crumbling brick storm cellar, stone steps descending into
coolness and mystery. A family trip to Mammoth Cave offered a first glimpse into
realms of subterranean wonder, which remain a favorite setting for my
experimented with poetry and the short story at Concordia College, River Forest,
Illinois, where he majored in classical languages and edited the fine arts
section of the college newspaper. After graduating summa cum laude in 1988, he
traveled to Japan as a Lutheran volunteer missionary teacher. He has been
teaching English and creative writing at Niigata University, in Niigata, Japan,
since 1995. It was here, in the pine groves and pounding surf of Japan's
northwestern sea coast, that he began to see the faces and hear the voices that
CLEANSING) - grew
up in Massachusetts and Rhode Island on a steady diet of Bela Lugosi, Lon
Chaney, Jr., and Boris Karloff. He majored in creative writing and journalism
at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California from 1987-1991. Since moving home
to Rhode Island, he has worked in public relations. He is also a member of the
Providence Film Commission and has been active in the New England film and
screenwriting community. The author spent four years researching Indian legends
for THE CLEANSING, and this shows in the incredible detail and authenticity he
weaves into his novel. He plans two sequels. The first will focus on the Chupat
tribe and the Wolf Society medicine man mention in THE
CLEANSING. It recounts the legends surrounding the first Cleansing before
European colonized America. The final volume brings the reader back to modern
times when characters from the first novel must confront the violent aftermath
of THE CLEANSING.
JABLOKOV (THE BREATH OF SUSPENSION) - was
born in Chicago of Russian ancestry and worked for years in Boston as a
communications engineer before becoming a full-time writer in 1988. Apart
from his short fiction, often reprinted in the best-of-the-year anthologies,
Jablokov’s critically acclaimed novels include CARVE THE SKY (1991), A DEEPER
SEA (1992), and NIMBUS (1993), a triumvirate of works that sent reviewers
scurrying back to Alfred Bester and Samuel R. Delany for appropriate comparison.
An avid environmentalist and hiker, the author resides in Cambridge,
Massachusetts, with his wife Mary.
MISCELLANEOUS WRITINGS; Compiler: 60 YEARS OF ARKHAM
HOUSE) - has
done graduate work at Brown and Princeton and is a former senior editor at
Chelsea House Publishers. A leading scholar of H. P. Lovecraft, he devoted years
of research consulting manuscripts and early publications in preparing corrected
editions of Lovecraft's collected fiction, revisions, and miscellaneous writings
for Arkham House.
They were published in five volumes from 1984-1995, including the best of
Lovecraft’s fiction in THE DUNWICH HORROR, AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS and
born in 1950 in Buffalo, New York, and is an Associate Professor of English at
North Carolina State University where he teaches American literature and fiction
Kessel’s short stories have been reprinted in numerous best-of-the-year
anthologies, and in 1983 he received the Nebula Award for “Another Orphan.”
His Arkham House collection, MEETING IN INFINITY was a World Fantasy
Award nominee and was named a notable book of 1992 by the New York Times Book
Other novels include FREEDOM BEACH (1985), written in collaboration with
James Patrick Kelly, GOOD NEWS FROM OUTER SPACE (1989) a Nebula Award finalist,
CORRUPTING DR. NICE (1997), and PURE PRODUCT (1997).
The author resides in Raleigh with his wife, graphic designer Sue Hall
and daughter, Emma.
J. SHERIDAN LE
(1814-1873) (THE PURCELL PAPERS) - known
primarily for his ghost stories and mysteries, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu was one
of the most popular writers of the Victorian era. Many of his works were
published anonymously, and he either owned or had an interest in four Irish
newspapers, which served as an outlet for other anonymous pieces written by him.
THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS; THE
DUNWICH HORROR AND OTHERS; DAGON AND OTHER MACABRE
TALES; THE HORROR IN THE MUSEUM AND OTHER REVISIONS;
TALES OF THE CTHULHU
MYTHOS; SELECTED LETTERS III 1929-1931;
SELECTED LETTERS V
WRITINGS) - was
born in Providence, Rhode Island, where he spent nearly his
whole life. He was by preference a reclusive writer, whose travels were
limited to those portions of the North American continent which could offer him
glimpses of past time in which he had a lifelong interest—Quebec, St.
Augustine, Charleston, New Orleans, New England towns and cities.
During his brief two year marriage to Sonia Greene, he did, however, live
in Brooklyn, New York. He
was early interested in astronomy and the amateur press, where he published
voluminously. He eked out a spare existence as a revisionist for lesser writers.
Not until the early 1920’s did he begin to publish professionally, and
thereafter he made sparing appearances in such magazines as Astounding
Stories, Amazing Stories, Tales of Magic and Mystery, while Weird Tales published
the bulk of his work, some of which was listed on the O’Brien Roll of Honor,
among the best American short stories.
His first book was the
privately printed SHADOW OVER INNSMOUTH (Visionary Publishing Company, 1936),
but it was not until 1939, two years after his death, that comprehensive
publication of his work began with THE OUTSIDER AND OTHERS, a collection put
together by two of his author friends, August Derleth and Donald Wandrei,
launching the Arkham House imprint.
has become renowned as a master of the macabre in America, in the company of
such writers as Poe, Hawthorne, Bierce, Chambers, Mary E. Wilkins-Freeman, Hearn
and Edith Wharton. He has influenced countless other writers, among them: Robert
Bloch, August Derleth, Robert E. Howard, Henry Kuttner, Frank Belknap Long,
Clark Ashton Smith and Donald Wandrei.
BY STARLIGHT) -
sold his first story to Weird Tales in 1988, and has since published more
than 20 short stories and novellas in most of the major magazines in the field
of SF and fantasy. He has been nominated for the Nebula, British Science Fiction
Association James Tiptree Awards. Despite this record, he maintains that he is
not a genre-based writer. "Strange things simply happen in my
stories," he says, "but I don't write them in terms of pure
science-fiction or fantasy."
BY STARLIGHT is MacLeod's first collection of short stories. His first novel,
THE GREAT WHEEL, was published by Harcourt Brace in 1997. Although he now writes
full time, MacLeod devotes part of his time teaching adult literacy classes.
(IN THE STONE
HOUSE) - has
published more than 90 books and nearly 350 short stories under a variety of
pseudonyms--including some in collaboration with noted mystery writer Bill
Pronzini, with whom he also edited several anthologies. Among Malzberg's finest
books are such classics as GALAXIES, HEROVIT'S WORLD, THE SODOM AND GOMORRAH
BUSINESS, and the award-winning BEYOND APOLLO. We would like to tell you more,
but Mr. Malzberg is a very private person and prefers to let his writings speak
(1898 – 1988)
(BOOK OF THE DEAD—FRIENDS
OF YESTERYEAR: FICTIONEERS & OTHERS) - served
in the Philippines and France during World War I, and graduated from the U.S.
Military Academy at West Point in 1923. Without wars to be fought, Price had to
forego a military career, and went to work at a Union Carbide Corp. chemical
plant outside New Orleans, Louisiana. To occupy the long, quiet nights, Price
bought a typewriter and after numerous rejections began selling humorous fiction
in 1924 to Droll Stories and other pulp magazines in 1924. He soon
graduated to writing Oriental fantasies for Weird Tales. Upon losing his
job during Great Depression, Price turned to the only other profession for which
he was qualified--a fictioneer for the pulp mystery, adventure and detective
the next 20 years he published more than 500 stories. On a vacation trip to
Chicago in the late 1920s, Weird Tales editor Farnsworth Wright
introduced Price to writers Jack Williamson, Edmond Hamilton, Otis Adelbert
Kline, Robert Spencer Carr, and artist Hugh Rankin. Over the next few years he
launched into a massive correspondence with many of the great fictioneers of his
day, whom he visited during his travels or entertained in his home. When the
pulp magazines folded in the early 1950s, Price took a salaried job, but he kept
in touch with his old colleagues and still visited with them during
cross-country motor trips. Twenty-five years after giving up writing, Price made
a remarkable literary comeback. Not only did he write the book of memoirs we
will soon publish, but an autobiography, TROOPER OF THE 15TH HORSE. And
in 1979 while in his 80th year, he sold THE DEVIL WIVES OF LI-PO and THE JADE
ENCHANTRESS to Ballantine Books, followed by four space operas. He was sitting
before his word processor in 1989, writing yet another book when he died of a
heart attack. You can read more about E. Hoffman Price's long and colorful
literary career in ARKHAM'S MASTERS OF HORROR.
(SYNTHESIS AND OTHER VIRTUAL
REALITIES) – lives
with her two sons, goats, sheep, large dogs, and other assorted livestock on a
small farm in the Pacific Northwest. She
is the author of numerous stories and full-length works, of which THE DRYLANDS
received the Compton Crook Award in 1994 for best first novel. Other novels
STONE GARDEN. When she is not
writing, cutting firewood, or hiking with her sons, Rosenblum teaches creative
writing and even manages to read books.
(Editor with historical
MASTERS OF HORROR) - is
the author and editor of more than 25 books relating to the uncollected and
unpublished writings of Vincent Starrett, August Derleth and Seabury Quinn. He
has been an advertising executive, book publisher, and for the past two decades,
a free-lance journalist for many leading business information technology
magazines. He is currently working on THE MAN OF A THOUSAND PLOTS: THE LIFE AND
WRITINGS OF H. BEDFORD-JONES, which includes a definitive bibliography of HB-J
(the most prolific of all pulp writers of the 20th century) with collaborator
Darrell C. Richardson, to be published in Fall 2001 by Adventure Fiction Press.
E. SCHULTZ (Co-editor of SELECTED
LETTERS OF CLARK ASHTON SMITH) - is a technical editor for an environmental
engineering firm in Milwaukee. With S.T. Joshi, he has edited and
co-written numerous books, including THE LAST OBLIVION: THE BEST FANTASTIC
POETRY OF CLARK ASHTON SMITH, AN H.P. LOVECRAFT ENCYCLOPEDIA, several
collections of HPL's non-fiction and letters; plus various editions of the works
of Ambrose Bierce, including THE UNABRIDGED DEVIL'S DICTIONARY, THE FALL OF THE
REPUBLIC AND OTHER POLITICAL SATIRES, and other books.
(THE ENDS OF THE EARTH) – was born in Lynchburg, Virginia, has traveled
extensively in Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia, and presently
resides in Seattle.
In 1985, Shepard received the John W. Campbell Award for best new writer,
and has won the Nebula Award for his nouvelle “R&R” and two World
Fantasy Awards one of which is for his Arkham House collection THE JAGUAR
HUNTER, one of the New York Time’s Notable Books of the Year.
Novels by Lucius Shepard include BEAST OF THE HEARTLAND(1999), A HANDBOOK
OF AMERICAN PRAYER (1998),GREEN EYES (1984), LIFE DURING WARTIME (1987), and
Phipps Shiel (1865-1947) (PRINCE ZALESKI AND CUMMINGS KING
MONK) – began life in the West Indies of
Irish parentage and later studied languages and medicine in London, before the
appearance of his first book PRINCE ZALESKI, in 1895.
He subsequently wrote over thirty novels including such classic works as
THE LORD OF THE SEA, THE YELLOW DANGER, HOW THE OLD WOMAN GOT HOME, and his
science fiction masterpiece, THE PURPLE CLOUD.
Shiel’s shorter macabre fiction, collected in Arkham House’s XELUCHA
AND OTHERS, embraces several of the finest weird tales written during the
present century, and compellingly evinces the fanciful imagination and magical
command of the English language possessed by this Grand Viscount of the
Grotesque. Read some old-time reviews of this great
RENDEZVOUS IN AVEROIGNE, SELECTED
LETTERS OF CLARK ASHTON SMITH) lived most of his sixty-eight
years in a small cabin in the woods near Auburn, California, heart of the Placer
County gold-mining district.
After minimal formal schooling, Smith achieved early local recognition,
largely through the advocacy of George Sterling, for his fin de siecle
With publication in 1912 of THE STAR-TREADER AND OTHER POEMS, the young
man continued to write poetry for more than a decade until one of his short
stories appeared in the September 1928 issue of
Thereafter Smith became one of the great legends in American popular
fiction until he virtually stopped writing stories in 1937, for reasons never
satisfactorily explained, although popular opinion believes he wrote to support
his parents and at this date, both parents were dead.
In addition to his distinguished verse and prose, the author created
fantastic paintings, drawings, and sculptures, now much sought after by
ANGELS) – was
born in 1950 and remains a Guinness-level loser of major awards:
“The Feast of Saint Janis,” “Ginungagap,” “Mummer Kiss,” and
“Trojan Horse,” among others, were all Nebula Award finalists, while “The
Man Who Met Picasso” was nominated for the World Fantasy Award.
Finally, in 1990, “The Edge of the World” received the Theodore
Sturgeon Memorial Award for best short fiction – after losing both the Hugo
and World Fantasy Awards.
The author resides in Philadelphia with his wife Marianne and son, Sean,
and has also written the novels JACK FAUST (1997), STATIONS OF THE TIDE (1991),
IN THE DRIFT (1985) and VACUUM FLOWERS (1987).
– 1987) (FROST) - was born in
St. Paul, Minnesota and began writing while still at the University of
Minnesota. He published his first book, ECSTASY, a collection of poetry, in
the 1930’s, he spent much of his time in New York City, pursuing a career in
published stories in Weird Tales, Astouding Stories, Clues and Black
In 1939, Don and August
Derleth founded Arkham House Publishers, to preserve the writings of H.P.
Lovecraft. Military service
overseas during WWII interrupted his writing career and his help with Arkham
House. After the War, he wrote for
comics, collaborated on screenplays and even tried song writing in California.
He resumed his involvement with Arkham House; assisting Derleth in the
editing of Lovecraft’s letters and the fiction of Frank Belknap Long and Clark
lived in a typical rural New England setting.
Born in Randolph, Massachusetts, 14 miles south of Boston and also living
in Brattleboro, Vermont
until she marrying
Dr. Charles Freeman in 1902, in Metuchen, New Jersey. Her literary
efforts first saw light in 1881 with the publication of her ballad “The Beggar
Kind” in Wide Awake, a magazine for children.
Other poems followed in the same periodical and others.
Mary E. Wilkins-Freeman was more than a mere regionalist.
Her creation of character, the universality of her themes, the inherent
pathos in much of her work, the delicate blending of the comic and the serious
– these qualities, and her exceptional talent in telling a good story, have
earned her a host of admirers.
During her lifetime, only six of the author’s supernatural stories were
collected between hard covers.
The balance was scattered through several volumes of general short
WIND IN THE ROSE-BUSH and OTHER STORIES OF THE SUPERNATURAL appeared in 1903.
COLLECTED GHOST STORIES is her complete edition of twilight tales.
IN LOVECRAFT’S SHADOW: THE CTHULHU MYTHOS STORIES OF AUGUST DERLETH,
editor/contributor NEW HORIZONS) - a retired educator
who is now a freelance writer and editor.
served as an associate editor for Gnome Press in the 1950s. Thereafter
(under the "Joseph Ross" pseudonym), he simultaneously edited both
Amazing Stories and its companion magazine Fantastic, as well as The
Best of Amazing (Doubleday & Co., 1967). He resides in Saddle River, New