Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tuesday's Overlooked Films and/or Other A/V: the links

This (inadvertently) biweekly (so far this month) roundup will be in place today, if at all possible.

Sorry for the delays, folks...life is utterly uncooperative of late.

Friday, November 14, 2014

FFMagazines: AMERICAN APHRODITE #19 (1955); EROS #4 Winter 1962

The attempts to produce a literate erotica magazine in the US in the latter 1950s and early 1960s were met with considerable resistance at times (Ralph Ginzburg, the editor and publisher of Eros, courted trouble; Samuel Roth and company, of the earlier American Aphrodite, seemed to fly a little more under the radar). And, of course, while they were aimed at being liberatory and intelligently bohemian, featuring imagery of bare backsides didn't keep them from feeling a bit half-assed.

While the likes of EsquirePlayboy and Evergreen Review had all been lightning rods for scrutiny and condemnation (and their imitators as well), none of them (certainly not even Playboy) was solely about sex...even if aids to masturbation (for the audience that enjoyed women's aspect) were the most obvious selling point of a given issue. And, certainly, the majority of women and not a few men were left out of the target-audience equation for these magazines, and the less ambitious skin-magazine digests that flourished at mid-century.  Even if Evergreen Review didn't promote itself (overtly) as a men's stroke-book, the mix certainly leaned that way...these two publications were making, to what degree of success is another matter, an effort to reach out simultaneously to those of several persuasions, at a time when the presumed default assumptions ran to the sickness of all homosexuality, the baseness of male heterosexual lust, the odd mix of dainty and guilty that was assumed to be female heterosexuality. 

So, the advent of the occasional attempt such as these book-a-zines...and it's probably notable that both of these were published in hardcover format even though they were periodicals, and could be sold either way...with a mix of materials new and old, the old having the advantages of usually being out of copyright protection as well as giving a certain classic or at least (very) arguably tony flavor to the enterprise in question.

Among the more interesting new items in either issue here is the Ray Bradbury story "The Long After Midnight Girl", which deals in part with homophobia and sexual violence in a fairly straightforward way, if going about it somewhat cutely (Bradbury could preach). It's notable (to me, at least) that Anthony Boucher makes a point of mentioning how unsettling he found the story, in not including it but shortlisting it in the appropriate volume of The Year's Best Detective Stories.

These remain interesting for what they suggest about the times, what was and wasn't possible in this kind of publishing, and how they are and are not too much different from similar attempts today, and in recent years. 

Please see Patti Abbott's blog for more of today's books (and perhaps a few other magazines...).

      Eros #4:
      Love in the Bible / Rufus Mott -- 
      The Jewel Box Revue : A Photographic Essay / Raymond Jacobs -- 
      A Letter From Allan Ginsberg -- 
      Was Shakespeare a Homosexual? / John Erno Russell -- 
      I Want a Girl Just Like the Girl -- 
      The Long After Midnight Girl : A Short, Short Story / Ray Bradbury -- 
      The Sexual Side of Anti-Semitism / Shepherd Raymond -- 
      My Life and Loves / Frank Harris, introduction by Warren Boroson -- 
      New Twists on 3 Great Trysts / Dan Greenburg -- 
      President Harding's Second Lady / John Hejno -- 
      Bawdy Limericks : The Folklore of the Intellectual -- 
      The Natural Superiority of Women as Eroticists / Eberhard W and Phyllis C Kronhausen -- 
      Memoirs of a Male Chaperon / John Sack -- 
      Black and White in Color : A Photographic Tone Poem / Ralph M Hattersley Jr. -- 
      Lysistrata / Aristophanes, a free adaptation by Ivan Grazni; 
      artwork, Albrecht Durer, Rembrandt, Heindrik Goltzius, Jost De Negker, Geller, Jerome Snyder, John Alcom, Charles B Slackman, Milton Glaser; Norman Lindsay, photos, C. White, Raymond Jacobs 

    American Aphrodite: A Quarterly for the Fancy Free [v 5 #19, 1955] ed. Samuel Roth & Hal Zucker ( )
    Details supplied by Ned Brooks.

Friday, November 7, 2014

FFB: Robert Bloch: THE BEST OF ROBERT BLOCH (Ballantine 1977); SUCH STUFF AS SCREAMS ARE MADE OF (Ballantine/Del Rey 1979), among other collections

Robert Bloch and Fritz Leiber were the two most important writers to be mentored by H. P. Lovecraft, and were younger members of the group of corresponding friends known as the Lovecraft Circle, which also included Clark Ashton Smith, Robert E. Howard, August Derleth and a small slew of others; while Derleth would not only be Lovecraft's primary publisher after his early death but would write endless pastiches of HPL's work, often based however tenuously on unpublished fragments among Lovecraft's papers, it was Bloch and Leiber who really picked up the ball with Lovecraft's primary innovation, an emphasis on existential horror in a supernatural context...humanity wasn't in trouble so much (or at least not so primarily) because of being the prize in a struggle between good and evil gods and demons, so much as because we were just another incidental item in the environment of entities and forces that took note of us, if they could at at all, only when it suited them...and our welfare was never much of their concern, when they had concerns.  Of course, both Bloch and Leiber also wrote more traditional horror and fantasy fiction, and hybrids as well...but both also went on to explore new implications of their most Lovecraftian work, and find their own voices...Bloch particularly fascinated by psychopathia and Leiber with the evolution of myth...as might well be demonstrated by their most influential early stories: Bloch's "Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper" and Leiber's "Smoke Ghost"...and, of course, Bloch would eventually become most famous for creating Norman Bates and his family motel, as the author of Psycho, and Leiber perhaps dually as the chronicler of the picaresque fantasy adventurers Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser and for his most famous and durable horror novel, Conjure Wife. And then there were the best of succeeding generations of Lovecraftian-influenced writers: Ramsey Campbell and Fred Chappell, Thomas Ligotti and T.E.D. Klein, and others. All diverse talents, and none moreso than Bloch...as his two late 1970s career retrospective collections of short fiction, both selected by Bloch himself, helped demonstrate...even given that they pointedly only took from certain areas of Bloch's writing. The Best of slightly overrepresented  Bloch's science-fictional work (while also including fantasy and horror fiction), in part because much of it was close to his heart and in part because it was being published in Ballantine's sf/fantasy line, so a year and change later, a second collection focused more thoroughly on his horror and including no little of his more outre suspense fiction, was issued as a natural companion.

The Best of Robert Bloch Robert Bloch  (Ballantine 0-345-25757-X, Nov ’77, $1.95, 397pp, pb)
  • xi · Robert Bloch: The Man Who Wrote Psycho · Lester del Rey · in
  • 1 · Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper · ss Weird Tales Jul ’43
  • 21 · Enoch · ss Weird Tales Sep ’46
  • 39 · Catnip · ss Weird Tales Mar ’48
  • 55 · The Hungry House · ss Imagination Apr ’51
  • 79 · The Man Who Collected Poe · ss Famous Fantastic Mysteries Oct ’51
  • 97 · Mr. Steinway · ss Fantastic Apr ’54
  • 113 · The Past Master · nv Bluebook Jan ’55
  • 141 · I Like Blondes · ss Playboy Jan ’56
  • 153 · All on a Golden Afternoon · nv F&SF Jun ’56
  • 185 · Broomstick Ride · ss Super Science Fiction Dec ’57
  • 197 · Daybroke · ss Star Science Fiction Magazine Jan ’58
  • 209 · Sleeping Beauty [“The Sleeping Redheads”] · ss Swank Mar ’58
  • 225 · Word of Honor · ss Playboy Aug ’58
  • 237 · The World-Timer · nv Fantastic Aug ’60
  • 271 · That Hell-Bound Train · ss F&SF Sep ’58
  • 289 · The Funnel of God · nv Fantastic Jan ’60
  • 319 · Beelzebub · ss Playboy Dec ’63
  • 329 · The Plot Is the Thing · ss F&SF Jul ’66
  • 337 · How Like a God · ss Galaxy Apr ’69
  • 355 · The Movie People · ss F&SF Oct ’69
  • 269 · The Oracle · ss Penthouse May ’71
  • 377 · The Learning Maze · ss The Learning Maze, ed. Roger Elwood, Messner, 1974
  • 393 · Author’s Afterword: “Will the Real Robert Bloch Please Stand Up?” · aw

Such Stuff As Screams Are Made Of  Robert Bloch  (Ballantine 0-345-27996-4, Feb ’79, $1.95, 287pp, pb)
  • ix · Introduction · Gahan Wilson · in
  • 1 · The Tunnel of Love [“Hell Is My Legacy”] · ss New Detective Magazine Jul ’48
  • 11 · The Unspeakable Betrothal · ss Avon Fantasy Reader 9, ed. Donald A. Wollheim, Avon Publishing Co., 1949
  • 26 · The Girl from Mars · ss Fantastic Adventures Mar ’50
  • 34 · The Head Hunter [“Head Man”] · ss 15 Mystery Stories Jun ’50
  • 52 · The Weird Tailor · nv Weird Tales Jul ’50
  • 74 · Lucy Comes to Stay · ss Weird Tales Jan ’52
  • 81 · The Pin · ss Amazing Dec ’53/Jan ’54
  • 96 · I Do Not Love Thee, Doctor Fell · ss F&SF Mar ’55
  • 107 · Luck Is No Lady · ss AHMM Aug ’57
  • 124 · The Cure · ss Playboy Oct ’57
  • 132 · The Screaming People · nv Fantastic Jan ’59
  • 171 · The Big Kick · ss Rogue Jul ’59
  • 181 · The Masterpiece · ss Rogue Jun ’60
  • 186 · Talent · ss If Jul ’60
  • 200 · The Final Performance · ss Shock Sep ’60
  • 214 · Life in Our Time · ss EQMM Oct ’66
  • 223 · Underground [“The Living Dead”] · ss EQMM Apr ’67
  • 230 · A Case of the Stubborns · ss F&SF Oct ’76
  • 248 · The Head · ss The Ides of Tomorrow, ed. Terry Carr, Little & Brown, 1976
  • 257 · What You See Is What You Get · ss F&SF Oct ’77
  • 273 · Nina · ss F&SF Jun ’77
  • 284 · Author’s Afterword · aw
Everything in these books ranges from good to brilliant (from the surreal South African psychodrama "The Funnel of God" to the gentle nostalgic fantasy of "The Movie People", the key run-ups to Psycho "Lucy Comes to Stay" and "I Do Not Love Thee, Doctor Fell") and while Bloch would go onto further good short (and long) work in the decade and half after the publication of the latter book, reading such later collections as Midnight Pleasures and Cold Chills will give you a better sense of his late career than you'll get from, for example, The Selected Stories of Robert Bloch, which was reprinted in paperback in a typo-ridden edition with the utterly fraudulent title The Complete Stories of Robert Bloch. (As I mentioned to Sergio Angelini not too long ago, the complete short Bloch fiction would run more to thirty volumes than this set's three.) Looking at the contents of the three-volume set again, I see that while it does include some rather minor Bloch stories, and while overlapping heavily with these two volumes above for some reason omits such obvious stories as "That Hell-Bound Train", it, too, is a decent representation of Bloch's shorter work...but the awful packaging and error-riddled text of the paperback edition makes it a poor choice for first reading. You should read "Water's Edge", though...and won't suffer with "Talent" nor "The Animal Fair"...but "Freak Show" was a very poor choice to end with. Bloch's humorous fantasies, the Damon Runyonesque Lefty Feep stories and his Thorne Smith pastiches and others, are mostly missing from these volumes as well...among much else. And then there are the novels, and the occasional nonfiction...The Lost Bloch collections are utterly recommended...

Final Reckonings Robert Bloch (Underwood-Miller 0-88733-055-X (Vol.1), Mar ’88, $80.00 set, 371pp, hc) The Selected Stories of Robert Bloch, Vol. I
  • 1 · Mannikins of Horror · ss Weird Tales Dec ’39
  • 11 · Almost Human [as by Tarleton Fiske] · ss Fantastic Adventures Jun ’43
  • 27 · The Beasts of Barsac · ss Weird Tales Jul ’44
  • 45 · The Skull of the Marquis de Sade · ss Weird Tales Sep ’45
  • 61 · The Bogey Man Will Get You · ss Weird Tales Mar ’46
  • 71 · Frozen Fear · ss Weird Tales May ’46
  • 79 · The Tunnel of Love [“Hell Is My Legacy”] · ss New Detective Magazine Jul ’48
  • 87 · The Unspeakable Betrothal · ss Avon Fantasy Reader 9, ed. Donald A. Wollheim, Avon Publishing Co., 1949
  • 99 · Tell Your Fortune · nv Weird Tales May ’50
  • 121 · Head Man · ss 15 Mystery Stories Jun ’50
  • 135 · The Shadow from the Steeple · nv Weird Tales Sep ’50
  • 153 · The Man Who Collected Poe · ss Famous Fantastic Mysteries Oct ’51
  • 165 · Lucy Comes to Stay · ss Weird Tales Jan ’52
  • 171 · The Thinking Cap · nv Other Worlds Science Stories Jun ’53
  • 195 · Constant Reader · ss Universe Jun ’53
  • 207 · The Pin · ss Amazing Dec ’53/Jan ’54
  • 219 · The Goddess of Wisdom · ss Fantastic Universe May ’54
  • 233 · The Past Master · nv Bluebook Jan ’55
  • 253 · Where the Buffalo Roam · ss Other Worlds Science Stories Jul ’55
  • 267 · I Like Blondes · ss Playboy Jan ’56
  • 277 · You Got to Have Brains · ss Fantastic Universe Jan ’56
  • 287 · A Good Imagination · ss Suspect Detective Stories Jan ’56
  • 301 · Dead-End Doctor · ss Galaxy Feb ’56
  • 313 · Terror in the Night · ss Manhunt Feb ’56
  • 321 · All on a Golden Afternoon · nv F&SF Jun ’56
  • 343 · Founding Fathers · ss Fantastic Universe Jul ’56
  • 359 · String of Pearls · ss The Saint Detective Magazine Aug ’56
Bitter Ends Robert Bloch (Underwood-Miller 0-88733-055-X (Vol.2), Mar ’88, $80.00 set, 368pp, hc) The Selected Stories of Robert Bloch, Vol. II
  • 1 · Water’s Edge · ss Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine Sep ’56
  • 15 · The Real Bad Friend · nv Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine Feb ’57
  • 35 · Man with a Hobby · ss AHMM Mar ’57
  • 41 · Welcome, Stranger · ss Satellite Apr ’57
  • 49 · Terror Over Hollywood · nv Fantastic Universe Jun ’57
  • 69 · Luck Is No Lady · ss AHMM Aug ’57
  • 83 · Crime in Rhyme · ss EQMM Oct ’57
  • 91 · The Cure · ss Playboy Oct ’57
  • 97 · Sock Finish · nv EQMM Nov ’57
  • 113 · Broomstick Ride · ss Super Science Fiction Dec ’57
  • 121 · Daybroke · ss Star Science Fiction Magazine Jan ’58
  • 129 · Betsy Blake Will Live Forever [“Is Betsy Blake Still Alive?”] · ss EQMM Apr ’58
  • 143 · Terror in Cut-Throat Cove · nv Fantastic Jun ’58
  • 175 · Word of Honor · ss Playboy Aug ’58
  • 183 · That Old Black Magic · ss Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine Sep ’58
  • 197 · The Deadliest Art [“The Ungallant Hunter”] · ss Bestseller Mystery Magazine Nov ’58; ; as “The Living Bracelet”, EQMM Jun ’59
  • 203 · The Screaming People · nv Fantastic Jan ’59
  • 233 · The Hungry Eye · nv Fantastic May ’59
  • 251 · Show Biz · ss EQMM May ’59
  • 257 · The Gloating Place · ss Rogue Jun ’59
  • 265 · The Man Who Knew Women · nv The Saint Mystery Magazine Jul ’59
  • 285 · The Big Kick · ss Rogue Jul ’59
  • 293 · Night School · ss Rogue Aug ’59
  • 303 · Sabbatical · ss Galaxy Dec ’59
  • 311 · The Funnel of God · nv Fantastic Jan ’60
  • 331 · ’Til Death Do Us Part · ss Bestseller Mystery Magazine Jan ’60
  • 335 · The Show Must Go On · ss Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine Jan ’60
  • 339 · A Matter of Life · ss Keyhole Mystery Magazine Jun ’60
  • 345 · Pin-Up Girl [as by Will Folke] · ss Shock Jul ’60
  • 351 · The Baldheaded Mirage · ss Amazing Jun ’60
  • 363 · The Masterpiece · ss Rogue Jun ’60
Last Rites Robert Bloch (Underwood-Miller 0-88733-055-X (Vol.3), Mar ’88, $80.00 set, 398pp, hc) The Selected Stories of Robert Bloch, Vol. III
  • 1 · Talent · ss If Jul ’60
  • 11 · The World-Timer · nv Fantastic Aug ’60
  • 35 · Fat Chance · ss Keyhole Mystery Magazine Aug ’60
  • 45 · The Final Performance · ss Shock Sep ’60
  • 55 · Hobo · ss Ed McBain’s Mystery Book #2 ’60
  • 59 · A Home Away from Home · ss AHMM Jun ’61
  • 67 · The Unpardonable Crime · ss Swank Sep ’61
  • 73 · Crime Machine · ss Galaxy Oct ’61
  • 79 · Untouchable · ss The Saint Mystery Magazine (UK) Nov ’61
  • 85 · Method for Murder · ss Fury Jul ’62
  • 91 · The Living End · ss The Saint Detective Magazine May ’63
  • 95 · Impractical Joker [“Deadly Joker”] · ss The Saint Detective Magazine Aug ’63
  • 109 · Beelzebub · ss Playboy Dec ’63
  • 117 · The Old College Try · ss Gamma #2 ’63
  • 133 · A Quiet Funeral · ss The Skull of the Marquis de Sade, Pyramid, 1965
  • 139 · The Plot Is the Thing · ss F&SF Jul ’66
  • 145 · Life in Our Time · ss EQMM Oct ’66
  • 153 · Underground [“The Living Dead”] · ss EQMM Apr ’67
  • 159 · A Toy for Juliette · ss Dangerous Visions, ed. Harlan Ellison, Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1967
  • 165 · The Gods Are Not Mocked · ss EQMM Aug ’68
  • 171 · How Like a God · ss Galaxy Apr ’69
  • 185 · The Movie People · ss F&SF Oct ’69
  • 195 · The Double Whammy · ss Fantastic Feb ’70
  • 205 · In the Cards · ss Worlds of Fantasy Win ’70
  • 217 · The Warm Farewell · ss Frights, ed. Kirby McCauley, St. Martins, 1976
  • 227 · The Play’s the Thing · ss AHMM May ’71
  • 235 · The Animal Fair · ss Playboy May ’71
  • 247 · The Oracle · ss Penthouse May ’71
  • 253 · Ego Trip · ss Penthouse Mar ’72
  • 269 · His and Hearse [“I Never Had a Christmas Tree”] · nv Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine Jun ’72
  • 291 · Space-Born · nv Children of Infinity, ed. Roger Elwood, Watts, 1973
  • 305 · Forever and Amen · ss And Walk Now Gently Through the Fire, ed. Roger Elwood, Chilton, 1972
  • 321 · See How They Run · ss EQMM Apr ’73
  • 331 · The Learning Maze · ss The Learning Maze, ed. Roger Elwood, Messner, 1974
  • 343 · The Model · ss Gallery Nov ’75
  • 351 · A Case of the Stubborns · ss F&SF Oct ’76
  • 365 · Crook of the Month · ss AHMM Nov ’76
  • 379 · Nina · ss F&SF Jun ’77
  • 389 · Freak Show · ss F&SF May ’79
For more of this week's books, please see Patti Abbott's blog.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Tuesday's Overlooked Films and/or Other A/V: the links

The Haunting (1963)
Below, the first set of links to this week's reviews and citations As always, please let me know in comments when I've missed yours or someone else's (more will be added over the course of the day)...and, as always, thanks to all our contributors and to you readers...

The Phantom (1996 film)
Anne Billson: How to Film a Ghost Story

Bill Crider: The Phantom [trailer]

Brian Arnold: Thursday's Game, Jaws 2, Standing in the Shadows of Motown et al.

B.V. Lawson: Media Murder

Comedy Film Nerds: Jackie Kashian and Jimmy Pardo

David Vineyard: The Uninvited (1944 film)

Ed Gorman and Vince Keenan: The Money Trap

Ed Lynskey: Shock Corridor

Elizabeth Foxwell: A Life at Stake (1954 film); The Holmes Service and the gothic on BBC Radio 4

Evan Lewis: Mike Hammer: "The High Cost of Dying" (1950s tv pilot)

George Kelley: Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks

How Did This Get Made?: Monkey Shines

Iba Dawson: While We're YoungMr. Turner

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr.: The Best and Worst of Thrilling Days of Yesteryear; the Inner Sanctum film seriesThe Freshman

Jack Seabrook: The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: "House Guest" (and Moment of Fear: "The Golden Deed")

Jackie Kashian: Jesse Case

Jacqueline T. Lynch: The Twilight Zone: "The Queen of the Nile"

James Reasoner: Veronica Mars (the film)

Jerry House: The Haunted Bedroom

John Charles: She-Freak

John Grant: The HideoutFemme Fatale (2013 film)Who Killed Aunt Maggie?; The Girl Who Dared

Jonathan Lewis: Flame of Araby; Dr. Renault's Secret; The Master Plan of Dr. Fu Manchu 

Juri Nummelin: Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla
Bell, Book and Candle

Kate Laity: Sexy Witch movies

Kliph Nesteroff: Dino's Lodge

Laura: Terror on a Train aka Time 
Bomb; Turner Classic Movies, February: 21 Days of Oscar

Lucy Brown: Lip Service

Martin Edwards: "Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination"

Marty McKee: Don't Go Near the Park

Mystery Dave: Strippers vs. Werewolves

Patti Abbott: Night Nurse

Peter Rosovsky: NoirCon; and here and here

The Reader
Prashant Trikkanad: The Reader (2008 film)

Randy Johnson: Beyond the Time Barrier; $1000 on the Black aka 1000 dollars sui negro

Rick: The Leopard Man; Ross Martin; Ghost Breakers; Night of the Demon

Sergio Angelini: Magic The Spiral Staircase

Stacia Jones: The Mosquito Coast

Stephen Bowie: Thriller (1960-62 tv)

Steve Lewis (et al.): Pulp AdventureCon

Yvette Banek: Action in the Afternoon

Friday, October 31, 2014

Friday's "Forgotten" Books: the links

Note that "Bill Crider: Texas Vigilante"
is not the title of this book...

Below, the links to this week's selections of insufficiently appreciated and overlooked books (with a few warnings mixed in), with the reviews and citations at the links below. Primary host Patti Abbott will be back to the task next week, if I'm not mistaken. And if I've missed your or someone else's item for this week, please let me know in comments. Thanks very much!

Sergio Angelini: Some Must Watch by Ethel Lina White

Yvette Banek: Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James 

Joe Barone: To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey
aka Some Must Watch

Leigh Buchanan: Cemetery Dance  (courtesy Ed Gorman)

Brian Busby: Harlequins and the Current Canadian Crises: The Corpse Came Back by Amelia Long; Firebrand by Rosemary Aubert

Bill Crider: A Night in the Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny

Martin Edwards: Murder of a Lady by Anthony Wynne

Curt Evans: Suffer a Witch by Nigel Fitzgerald

Ray Garraty: Anarchaos by "Curt Clark" (Donald Westlake)

Ed Gorman: Patricia Highsmith writing for Fawcett Comics 

Rich Horton: Random Harvest by James Hilton

Jerry House: The Goddess of Ganymede by Mike Resnick

Randy Johnson: Blood Kin by Hank J. Kirby

Nick Jones: The Green Man and The Anti-Death League by Kingsley Amis

George Kelley: The Black Lizard Big Book of Locked-Room Mysteries edited by Otto Penzler

Margot Kinberg: The Dying Light by Alison Joseph

Rob Kitchin: Night Soldiers by Alan Furst

Kate Laity: Meaningful Conversations by Richard Godwin 

Heath Lowrance: John Constantine: Hellblazer by Jamie Delano et al.

B.V. Lawson: Murder Intercontinental edited by Cynthia Manson and Kathleen Halligan

November,. 1956
Evan Lewis: Wyatt Earp by Davis Lott (a Big Little Book television tie-in)

Steve Lewis: The Deadly Welcome by Ken Rothrock; Death Walks in Scarlet by Hugh Desmond

Barry Malzberg and Richard Moore: The Getaway Car by Donald Westlake

Neer: Books for Halloween; books about Indian royalty

John F. Norris: The Mask of Fu Manchu by Sax Rohmer

John O'Neill: Science Fiction magazine edited by Robert A. W. Lowndes 

James Reasoner: The Essential The Tomb of Dracula, Volume 1 by Marv Wolfman, Gene Colan et al.

Karyn Reeves: Essays and Poems by G. K. Chesterton

Kelly Robinson: Books for Halloween

Richard Robinson: The Dragon of Lung Wang by "Marion Harvey" (Edward J. Clode)

Gerard Saylor: Eight Black Horses by "Ed McBain"; Rogue Officer by Garry Kilworth

April 1956
Ron Scheer: The Spinners' Book of Fiction, assembled by the Spinners Club (an impressive lot; see below) 

Dan Stumpf: Night of the Black Horror by Victor Norwood;  Warlock by Oakley Hall

Kevin Tipple: Texas Vigilante by Bill Crider

"TomCat": The Forest Spirit by Jakob van Schevichaven   

Prashant Trikannad: "The Day Time Stopped Moving" by "Bradner Bruckner" (Ed Earl Repp), Amazing Stories, October 1940

Tracy K: Death is a Lonely Business by Ray Bradbury 

David Vineyard: Courier to Marrakesh by Valentine Williams







Gertrude Atherton, Mary Austin
Geraldine Bonner, Mary Halleck Foote
Eleanor Gates, James Hopper, Jack London
Bailey Millard, Miriam Michelson, W. C. Morrow
Frank Norris, Henry Milner Rideout
Charles Warren Stoddard, Isobel Strong
Richard Walton Tully and
Herman Whitaker
With a dedicatory poem by
George Sterling
Illustrated by
Lillie V. O'Ryan, Maynard Dixon
Albertine Randall Wheelan, Merle Johnson
E. Almond Withrow and Gordon Ross
Initials and decorations by
Spencer Wright


Published in behalf
of The Spinners' Benefit Fund
Ina D. Coolbrith
First Beneficiary
Copyright, 1907
by Paul Elder and Company