Arkham's Masters of Horror: A 60th Anniversary Anthology Retrospective of the First 30 Years of Arkham House

Arkham's Masters of Horror: A 60th Anniversary Anthology Retrospective of the First 30 Years of Arkham House❰Download❯ ✤ Arkham's Masters of Horror: A 60th Anniversary Anthology Retrospective of the First 30 Years of Arkham House Author Peter Ruber – Heartforum.co.uk Some of the writers August Derleth published during his year reign at Arkham House have become legends among collectors and connoisseurs of weird fiction Others have faded into unfortunate obscurity Some of the writers August Derleth published during of Horror: MOBI ô hisyear reign at Arkham House have become legends among collectors and connoisseurs of weird fiction Others have faded into unfortunate obscurity Peter Ruber now bringswriters to life in detailedbiographical essays that document little known events through exhaustive research, and their long correspondence Arkham's Masters MOBI :Ä with August Derleth These essays and an extensive introduction provide a rare and sometimes controversial insider s history of Arkham House, in which the editor also challenges some of the myths perpetuated by misinformed critics over the last three decades With the addition ofrare stories and letters most published here for Masters of Horror: PDF/EPUB ✓ the first time , thepages of Arkham s Masters of Horror form a book within a book This unique and important anthology is required reading for everyone who enjoys weird fiction, and is interested in learning about Arkham House, its founder, and the writers who made the era fromtoone of the most exciting in the history of specialty press publishing Featured writers include HP Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, Robert Bloch, Henry S Whitehead, Robert E Howard, H Russell Wakefield, Seabury Quinn, Vincent Starrett, E Hoffmann Price, Carl Jacobi, Donald Wandrei, Ramsey Campbell, and many others.

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Arkham's Masters of Horror: A 60th Anniversary Anthology
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  • Hardcover
  • 443 pages
  • Arkham's Masters of Horror: A 60th Anniversary Anthology Retrospective of the First 30 Years of Arkham House
  • Peter Ruber
  • English
  • 10 October 2017
  • 0870541773

10 thoughts on “Arkham's Masters of Horror: A 60th Anniversary Anthology Retrospective of the First 30 Years of Arkham House

  1. Ignacio Senao f says:

    Cuando compre el libro pensaba que era una recopilaci n de los mejores relatos de la revista Arkham House.Que desilusi n la mia cuando abro el libro, y veo que m s de la mitad de las p ginas son ensayosEmpeze a leerlo por su costepues no lo apartaria Pero cuando llevaba 10 p ginas no pude dejarlo Pues las biografias de los autores son mucho mejores que las mejores historias de terror o misterio Y encima reales.He conocido mejor a Lovecraft, a Blonch, Clark Ashton Smith, Ramsey Campbel Cuando compre el libro pensaba que era una recopilaci n de los mejores relatos de la revista Arkham House.Que desilusi n la mia cuando abro el libro, y veo que m s de la mitad de las p ginas son ensayosEmpeze a leerlo por su costepues no lo apartaria Pero cuando llevaba 10 p ginas no pude dejarlo Pues las biografias de los autores son mucho mejores que las mejores historias de terror o misterio Y encima reales.He conocido mejor a Lovecraft, a Blonch, Clark Ashton Smith, Ramsey Campbell, Ray Bradbury He sabido porque se suicido Robert Ervin Howard y la nota que dej escritaHe leido cartas de Lovecraft y conozco sus delirios mejor que con sus novelasTodo esto acompa o de un relato de cada autor despu s de su biograf a, con lo cual lo sabores mucho m s Pues conoces sus pensamientos, personailad, locurasY por si fuera poco, hay 3 relatos en especial que son brutalmente buenos Caza del hombre un diabolico juego en una casa, con un final que no esperas El lobo de las estepas un estilo Dracula pero con hombre lobo El peque o asesino el verdadero horror est aqu , sin monstruos, sin armas

  2. Ger Stormchaser says:

    Muchos de los cuentos pulp de esta antolog a no han envejecido bien, hay que reconocerlo Rescato sobre todo los cuentos de la segunda mitad del libro, que levantan el nivel general Lo mejor sin embargo son las peque as biograf as de Peter Ruber que sirven para presentar a los autores, cargadas de an cdotas jugosas Lamentablemente Ruber se la pasa tomando partido y pierde objetividad en sus ensayos, casi deidificando a Derleth, y peg ndole duro a Lovecraft y a todos los que de alguna manera se Muchos de los cuentos pulp de esta antolog a no han envejecido bien, hay que reconocerlo Rescato sobre todo los cuentos de la segunda mitad del libro, que levantan el nivel general Lo mejor sin embargo son las peque as biograf as de Peter Ruber que sirven para presentar a los autores, cargadas de an cdotas jugosas Lamentablemente Ruber se la pasa tomando partido y pierde objetividad en sus ensayos, casi deidificando a Derleth, y peg ndole duro a Lovecraft y a todos los que de alguna manera se enfrentaron al due o de Arkham House.Como bonus, debo destacar que al edici n de Valdemar es una delicia

  3. Marc Goldstein says:

    I was introduced to H.P Lovecraft and his unique style of supernatural horror fiction through Chaosium s classic role playing game, Call of Cthulhu I ll also confess to enjoying two of the schlocky B movies adapted from Lovecraft in the 1980s, Reanimator outrageously hilarious in an Evil Dead 2 vein , and From Beyond an over the top gore fest Neither Call of Cthulhu nor the movies would exist without Arkham House, the small publishing firm co founded by August Derleth specifically to rescu I was introduced to H.P Lovecraft and his unique style of supernatural horror fiction through Chaosium s classic role playing game, Call of Cthulhu I ll also confess to enjoying two of the schlocky B movies adapted from Lovecraft in the 1980s, Reanimator outrageously hilarious in an Evil Dead 2 vein , and From Beyond an over the top gore fest Neither Call of Cthulhu nor the movies would exist without Arkham House, the small publishing firm co founded by August Derleth specifically to rescue Lovecraft s stories from obscurity That Lovecraft is remembered at all today is a testament to Arkham s success Yet Lovecraft s collected works only form a small percentage of Arkham House s total publishing catalog Celebrating the 60th anniversary of Arkham House, editor Peter Ruber focuses on first 30 years of Arkham s existence, when co founder August Derleth ran the whole operation almost single handed Ruber s historical biographical essays steal the show His introduction, an apology for Derleth, serves as a useful overview of Derleth s controversial publishing career and Arkham House s tumultuous early history Ruber tackles polemic issues, such as the acquisition of Lovecraft s literary estate and the lawsuit filed against Arkham by co founder Donald Wondrei following Derleth s death in 1971, and rebuts recent attacks on Derleth s reputationThe pithy biographical sketches that precede each story selection wonderfully encapsulate the dynamic, eccentric, sometimes difficult personalities of the authors Drawing heavily from Derleth s correspondence, the essays provide a fascinating look at the behind the scenes relationship between writers and publishers It s a pleasant surprise to discover that so many famous writers Robert E Howard creator of Conan the Barbarian , Robert Bloch author of Psycho , and Ray Bradbury, to name a few worked with Arkham House But the obscure authors are equally intriguing, their biographies and fiction suffused with a delightful sense of discovery Of course, Masters of Horror also contains stories 21 rare selections, most never published before As the stories were chosen primarily for their rarity, the quality and subject matter is a bit grab bag The overall impression, however, successfully conveys the breadth of talented writers published under Arkham s imprint, and the range of styles and genres embraced under the umbrella of weird fiction.Curiously, Ruber expresses distaste for Lovecraft s fiction, and instead includes excerpts from his letters to Derleth The letters capture the extremes of Lovecraft s personality, warts and all Ruber seems to have it in for poor Lovecraft However much the letters expose Lovecraft s bigotry and priggishness, they also support the contention that Lovecraft s generous encouragement of a generation of young weird fiction writers may have been his greatest legacy Robert E Howard s The Valley of the Lost comes from his later period when he began dabbling with the western genre with the hopes of improving his sales It s a wild tale, recklessly lashing together traditional western conventions with elements of supernatural horror The end product is typical Howard crude and visceral with exhilarating swoops of unrestrained imagination I couldn t help thinking that fans of the RPG Deadlands will find inspiration here A jungle adventure set in the wilds of Borneo, Carl Jacobi s Dyak Reward, tells the tale of a white explorer who rescues a young native man from a sacrificial altar The breech of taboo sets off whisperings of mutiny and murder among his native crew The tale sustains a nail biting sense of foreboding, which pays off with a gruesome climax.Henry S Whitehead, who moonlighted as a pulp fiction writer from his day job as acting Episcopal archdeacon of the Virgin Islands, specialized in quiet, atmospheric supernatural tales set in his beloved Caribbean islands Sea Tiger exemplifies this style An idyllic, upbeat tale about a man who dreams a premonition of lost love during a near death experience, Sea Tiger blows into the dark musty halls of Masters of Horror like a warm tropical breeze One of the few female pulp writers, Greye La Spina, traveled the world extensively after she was widowed at age 21 She met the Greek royal family, rebuffed an invitation to join a harem in Turkey, and rode camels in Egypt Bold and independent, La Spina made a living as a photographer and typist before deciding to write her own stories Her The Wolf of the Steppes adds a layer of sexual threat atop a harrowing werewolf story It is reprinted in Masters of Horror for the first time since its original appearance in The Thrill Book in 1919.Unlike so many pulp authors who wrote for money or artistic fulfillment, self taught psychiatrist David H Keller wrote to purge his personal demons The misogyny apparent in Keller s stories can be traced directly back to his tortured childhood Keller was unable to speak coherently until he was 10 years old Only his sister Anna, one year his senior, could understand his babbling Anna died when Keller was five, leaving him unable to communicate with the world Keller s mother became convinced his silence was due to demonic possession and began an abusive regiment to drive the devil out of the boy Keller s misogynistic stories embody his resentment toward his mother The seductively creepy The Beautiful Lady, never before published, offers a chilling glimpse into Keller s tormented soul Ray Bradbury s The Small Assassin breaks from Ruber s stated story selection criteria, in that Arkham has already reprinted it in a previous collection Reading the story makes clear Ruber s decision to include it The tale of a mother who, during a difficult birth, imagines that her child is intentionally trying to kill her, The Small Assassin s insidious paranoia crawls under the skin and haunts dreams Any fan of weird fiction, pulp rags, or Lovecraft will find this volume invaluable for its unusually rare stories, its compelling biographical sketches, and its behind the scenes history of Arkham House s formative years For the same reasons it makes a great primer for newcomers Either way, it s a great read

  4. R.R. López says:

    Aunque conocer los hechos de la vida de los autores pulp es interesante, los relatos seleccionados no son de mucha calidad, llegando a ser, como libro de relatos, un poco decepcionante, sobre todo porque cre a que se trataba de un recopilatorio de relatos de los Mitos de Cthulhu

  5. Tlingit says:

    This book caught me by surprise I wasn t looking forward to reading the essays between the stories and intended to skip them On a perverse personal whim I challenged myself to read the whole book all the way through I ended up really enjoying the essays while not being so entertained with the authors stories On fb I subscribe to a HPL group and certain topics are brought up over and over One is that many people believe that August Derleth was a talent less hack or some such and he did HPL This book caught me by surprise I wasn t looking forward to reading the essays between the stories and intended to skip them On a perverse personal whim I challenged myself to read the whole book all the way through I ended up really enjoying the essays while not being so entertained with the authors stories On fb I subscribe to a HPL group and certain topics are brought up over and over One is that many people believe that August Derleth was a talent less hack or some such and he did HPL wrong or whatever I don t really put much stock into other people s opinions so I don t really know the details but I encountered this attitude within this book as some of the authors felt certain ways about Derleth The man who wrote the book knew of or actually met or corresponded with the authors much like HPL and Derleth The community and networking in the weird literature community was close Everyone pretty much knew everyone This book is interesting in that I was able to see the connections between certain authors and the links with the publications and the genres histories I am sure someone must have written a separate treatise on this subject.I though am inspired to buy this book, which I rarely do nowadays Being able to reread the essays on the different authors would inspire me to go looking for different stories and publications which makes me excited Which brings me to the stories They re okay Bounded by their times, the social attitudes and the fact that they were written to fill a certain word count they are what they are I would have beenimpressed with them when I was a kid and was introduced to the genre That s okay They went with the history of the essays If you like a deeper background for your stories, this book is very much worth the read

  6. Antonio Moreno Pini says:

    El luibro mezcla relatos de algunso de los mejores autores que publicaron en Arkham House y en las revistas pulp Weird Tales, con ensayos biogr ficos, extratos de cartas entre los autores y Derleth y en algunos casos opiniones del recopilador.Abarc aun periodo hist rico largo y eso hace que la calidad de los relatos sea dispareja, pero da una visi n generla muy buena de la evoluci n de los relatos en esa poca con jugosas biografias en algunos casos de escritores con vidas mas interesante q El luibro mezcla relatos de algunso de los mejores autores que publicaron en Arkham House y en las revistas pulp Weird Tales, con ensayos biogr ficos, extratos de cartas entre los autores y Derleth y en algunos casos opiniones del recopilador.Abarc aun periodo hist rico largo y eso hace que la calidad de los relatos sea dispareja, pero da una visi n generla muy buena de la evoluci n de los relatos en esa poca con jugosas biografias en algunos casos de escritores con vidas mas interesante que el relato escogido Muchos de ellos vista desde la perspectiva actual son un poco naif, o la pretendiad sorpresa o misterio es muy previsible para el lector actual.De cualquier forma es una lectura recomendable para conocer el periodo y disfruta rde algunos relatos y autores de dificil acceso

  7. Emmett Hoops says:

    The stories in this book are deliciously pulpish and just a joy to read You ll wonder why we don t havemagazines publishing good horror fiction.

  8. P. tiba says:

    Este libro ofrece una colecci n interesante de relatos que, a trav s de un recorrido por la historia de algunxs autorxs relacionados con Arkham House, propone un panorama introductorio y general acerca del mundo de las revistas pulp y de parte de los desarrollos de la literatura de ciencia ficci n, fantas a y terror durante la primera mitad del siglo XX en EEUU.Es interesante ver aqu algunos t picos generales del g nero y pensar en los modos en los que estos han evolucionado a lo largo de los a Este libro ofrece una colecci n interesante de relatos que, a trav s de un recorrido por la historia de algunxs autorxs relacionados con Arkham House, propone un panorama introductorio y general acerca del mundo de las revistas pulp y de parte de los desarrollos de la literatura de ciencia ficci n, fantas a y terror durante la primera mitad del siglo XX en EEUU.Es interesante ver aqu algunos t picos generales del g nero y pensar en los modos en los que estos han evolucionado a lo largo de los a os

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