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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 perceptions of genre fiction a result this anthology which draws from the original Weird Tales magazine run as well as it s subseuent revivals presents an eclectic assortment of fantasy stories of supernatural horror and stories of grotesue although mundane murder and crime While one might initially think that 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 possessWhile 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 uite 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 mindAll 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 Gives a nice background on the magazine a great introduction for those getting started Excellent stories by early writers eep in mind this was published in the 80s so while it covers the majority of the history its missing the recent stuff Excellent pulp reprint Great selection of stories from an amazing pulp magazine Recommended This may be the best Weird Tales collection I ve read yet It contains a great selection of the best authors of the era and some of the best stories I ve read yet The only other collection I ve loved uite this much was Weird Tales 32 Unearthed Terrors I m only being extra hard on my story ratings because I expect so much of Weird Tales Anthologies in general can be of spotty uality and the fact that I enjoyed reading all but 2 stories in this giant tome really speaks for the greatness of this book The complete list of stories contained in this volume and my thoughts and ratings on them is as followsINTERIM by Ray Bradbury 1010 Never has a 2 page story been so effectively creepyTHE HOUSE OF ECSTASY by Ral. Since its first issue in March 1923 Weird Tales The Uniue 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 uinnWhy Weird. .
Ph Milne Farley 810 Interesting conceptTHE STOLEN BODY by HG Wells 610 Not a bad story by any means but at this point in my short story reading it doesn t too originalTHE SCRAWNY ONE by Anthony Boucher 710 Good enough story but I wanted from author of one of my fav short stories They BiteTHE SORCERER S APPRENTICE by Lucian 510 Meh I understand it being included to help the reader appreciate Bloch s story later in the collectionSKULLS IN THE STARS by Robert E Howard 810 Great uncommonly short Solomon Kane storyEENA by Manly Banister 910 Touching story about a
Subject I Usually Don T I usually don t much about werewolvesTHE LOOK by Maurice Level 710 Pretty good story about guiltMETHOUGHT I HEARD A VOICE by L Sprague Camp 810 Interesting well written story on mesmerismOFF THE MAP by Rex Dolphin 810 I m a sucker for any cursed place storyTHE LAST TRAIN by Fredric Brown 610 Kind of Twilight Zone yTI MICHEL by WJ Stamper 910 I love a good revenge storyIN THE X RAY by Fritz Leiber 910 Maybe conventional in plot but excellently written and genuinely chillingSPEAK by Henry Slesar 710 Not bad but I don t usually go for this sort of thingTHE PALE CRIMINAL by C Hall Thompson 810 Good psychological horrorTHE SOMBRUS TOWER by Tanith Lee 810 Lee is a great writer and I wanted out of this story I do understand that was ind of the point thoughMR GEORGE by August Derleth 1010 Well written story that is appropriately humorous a bit touching and satisfyingTHE TERROR OF THE WATER TANK by William Hope Hodgson 610 My first story by this author wasn t super impressive to meTHE LEGEND OF ST JULIAN THE HOSPITALLER by Gustave Flaubert 210 I could only read 2 pages of this before being bored by religious fervor I don t understand why this story was included because it really doesn t hit the Weird Tales tone at allTHE HOAX OF THE SPIRIT LOVER by Harry Houdini 810 I enjoyed the direct jaded voice in this storySEED by Jack Snow 910 One of my favorites here I m into any weird science or jungle cult stuffMASKED BALL by Seabury uinn 810 uinn is one of my least favorite Weird Tales writers something about his faintly aristocratic tone pisses me off This is the only story of his I ve read so far that I ve actually enjoyed Ghost dance in New Orleans yes pleaseTHE WOMAN WITH THE VELVET COLLAR by Gaston Leroux 810 Good creepy one that doesn t end the way you probably think it willMISTRESS SARY by William Tenn 910 Something about stories with creepy children is very appealing to me Maybe because I think they re a bit evil naturally THE JUDGE S HOUSE by Bram Stoker 710 Not a bad story but I coul. Tales by Otis Adelbert KlineThe Weird of Avoosl Wuthouan 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 authorHP 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 Dn t help feeling it s too similar to previously read
stories elsewhereTHE BAGHEETA by Val Lewton 910 A sad effective storyGHOST elsewhereTHE BAGHEETA by Val Lewton 910 A sad effective storyGHOST by HR Wakefield 610 Not bad but same feeling to me as SPEAKFUNERAL IN THE FOG by Edward D Hoch 810 "well written mystery i always enjoy hoch s "written mystery I always enjoy Hoch s DAMP MAN by Allison V Harding 610 A ind of pulpy feeling mystery that didn t really do it for meTHE LOST CLUB by Arthur Machen 510 Reminded me too much of Stevenson s Suicide Club although I guess this must have been the original ideaWET STRAW by Richard Matheson 1010 One of my favorite shorts from one of my favorite authorsMYSTERIES OF THE FACELESS KING by Darrell Schweitzer 1010 An excellent fantasy story that has made me determined to hunt down of the author s workMORE THAN SHADOW by Dorothy uick 1010 I may be a bit biased rating this one seeing as I think poodles are evil anywayTHE DEAD SMILE by F Marion Crawford 1010 I d already decided to read Crawford but if I hadn t this story would have made me Genuinely unsettlingTHE SORCERER S APPRENTICE by Robert Bloch 910 I loved this cruel story I must be a bit cruel insideCHICKEN SOUP by Katherine MacLean 710 I didn t wholly get this story but I think that was maybe the pointTHE HAUNTED BURGLAR by WC Morrow 810 This story is so over the top I couldn t help liking it NEVER BET THE DEVIL YOUR HEAD by EA Poe 410 This is the only other story in the volume I skipped over after reading the first few pages I didn t care for the style it was written in Poe is hit or miss for meHE by HP Lovecraft 810 Good story by one of my all time favorite authors It isn t one of his best but I imagine it was chosen because it s short this volume is huge alreadyTHE BROTHERHOOD OF BLOOD by Hugh B Cave 910 Vampirism can be a tired subject to me In this story it s of a family curse than anything else which appeals to meTHE WEIRD OF AVOOSL WUTHOUAN by Clark Ashton Smith 910 Good luck trying to pronounce that title Smith is one of the best writers I ve read in Weird Tales though His writing always feels like a treat for meMEN WHO WALK UPON THE AIR by Frank Belknap Long 710 Pretty good I like the repetition used hereA CHILD S DREAM OF A STAR By Charles Dickens 810 A STAR by Charles Dickens 810 m not really a fan of Dickens in general or children but I really liked this one and I understand why it was chosenTHE PERFECT HOST by Theodore Sturgeon 910 Really fascinating story of possession Sturgeon always impresses meSo there ya go My extremely long complete list of contents with a few thoughts If you re still reading this far you should just uit reading reviews and go find this book. Eorge 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 uickChicken 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 the most popular and sought after of all pulp magazines A mix of exotic fantasy horror science fiction suspense and the just plain indescribabl.