Hi! This is my attempt at starting a small blog about, what is in my eyes, the golden age of Horror Anthology Paperbacks and a huge passion of mine. Update: I've realized that what is even more important is the people have to be made aware of these wonderful stories before they disappear forever. Most the the stories I mention here haven't been reprinted in over 40 years and most likley will never been seen again. They will be lost to us once these books are gone and forgotten. How sad.
received over 5000 hits and that means it’s time to give some shit away!
I’ve been doing this Blog since January
and this is my 34th posting. I was looking at my statistics and saw
that I’ve know received over 5000 hits! I don’t really think that my Blog has
been read 5000 times. I figure that most of those are Google hits from people
looking for photos and scans.
figure that it worth celebrating anyways. So I’m holding a little contest. The
first reader who can tell me what book this scan is from will receive a free
copy of “The Ghoul Keepers”! I’ll send it anywhere in the world since it’s
small enough to be mailed as a letter.
So who ever
posts the first correct reply wins the copy of “The Ghoul Keepers”
What is the title of this book?
I bet that you're starting to slobber already!
contest, although a little bit easier you the reader, will be a purely
subjective decision on my part. I’m looking for constructive criticism
and/or suggestions on improving this Blog and increasing my readership. It’s
starting to get embarrassing to constantly be trolling for the “Horror Bunker”
in all of the FB groups that I belong to, over at "The Vault of Evil" and the REH Forum. I love compliments, but this time I
mean it when I say that I’m seeking suggestions and constructive criticism. So
comments such as “It’s great, don’t change a thing” or “you suck” don’t count.
So which ever reply pleases me tho most wins a nice copy of Robert Bloch's "The Star Stalker". It was published by Pyramid books back in 1968.
A highly coveted copy of Bloch's Hollywood Expose´
I want to thank all of the other Blogs and Pages who have been kind enough to
advertise “The Horror Bunker” and subsequently helped immensely to increase my
82 · That Receding Brow · Max Brand · nv All-Story WeeklyFeb 15 ’19
124 · His Unconquerable Enemy [“The Rajah’s
Nemesis”] · W. C. Morrow · ss The Argonaut Mar
11, 1889; Weird Tales Aug ’29
135 · The DeadValley · Ralph Adams Cram · ss Black Spirits and
White, Stone & Kimball: Chicago, 1895
145 · The Gorgon’s Head · Gertrude Bacon · ss The Strand Dec,
1899; as by Dorothy Baker in toc.
157 · The Skeleton in the Closet · Robert Bloch · ss Fantastic Adventures
This week’s book is “Horrors Times
Ten” edited by “Alden H. Norton” with stories introductions by “SamMoskowitz”. Mr. Norton was editor of
over 30 pulp magazines over the years. He edited “Argosy”, “Famous FantasticMysteries, Fantastic Novels, Super Science Stories, Astounding Science Fiction
and many others. Mr. Moskowitz was one of the original founders of organized SF
fandom, SF-Fantasy& Horror expert/historian, critic and writer. You would
hope that with the combined talents of both men that you would be holding a
first class anthology in your hands. Don’t worry; it is a first class
anthology! “Horror Times Ten” went through 9 printings between June 1968 and
February 1972. This must have been a pretty popular book. This was one of four
horror anthologies that Mr. Norton edited. The others are “Masters of Horror”,
“Hauntings and Horrors” and “Horrors in Hiding”. I never ever saw a single on
of these books in the paperback racks. I was only aware of them through the ads
in the back of “Famous Monsters of Filmland”. Happily (for me) I own all of them now and eventualy I'll cover the others too. I posted scans of these FM ads a
few weeks ago. So scroll down if you want to take a gander at them.
I find “Horror x10” to be an
exceptional anthology. Mr. Norton says in his introduction that he wanted to
include stories that haven’t been included in other anthologies. I’ll admit
that there were quite a few stories that were new to me. The “H. P. Lovecraft”
and “August Derleth” Stories weren’t new to me, but then again how many later
collections reprinted them to death?
“Horror Times Ten” also sports one
of those wonderfully creepy, Halloween kinds of covers that I love. The
sloppily buried reminds me of “Basil Rathbone”. And come to think about it, I
think that he quite making films at about the time this anthology was
This is more of a mystery than a
horror story. It’s also a Ray Bradbury story that I’ve never had the pleasure
of reading! It’s only been anthologized twice. That was a very nice surprise!
What makes “The Trunk Lady” even more special is that is such an early story
from Mr. Bradbury that it is totally lacking in any of the whimsy or
sentimental nostalgia that was to become Mr. Bradbury’s trade mark later on.
This is a nice little “vanishing corpse” mystery. A little boy discovers, while
playing in the attic” the body of a recently strangled young woman. He tries to
tell his parents, but sadly, the corpse doesn’t play along and vanishes. No one
seems to want to believe him. And even stranger, they seem to want to shut him
up about the matter completely. Several generations of the boy’s family all
live together in the mansion and all are eccentric enough to be possible
suspects. One of them is even sneaking into the boy’s darkened bedroom at night
while they think he is asleep. So it’s quite natural when little Johnny Menlo
starts becoming quite worried and paranoid. I liked the story a lot. It’s not
your typical Ray Bradbury story. It would have made a great episode on the old
“Alfred Hitchcock Presents”.
surprised that this was considered a “rare” story. Okay, maybe Mr. Norton meant
that it hadn’t been reprinted outside of Lovecraft collections. I like “Cool
Air”. It’s an enjoyable little non-“Mythos” story from Mr. Lovecraft. All I say
is that if you have any truly odd neighbours, then maybe you should just leave
them alone. And think about ehat happens to all that meat in your freezer when
the electricity fails.
Mr. Derleth’s “The Lonesome Place”
is one of the all time great stories about the horrors of childhood. I could
write an entire post just about how much I love this story. I first read it in
the very early 1970s in “Hauntings: Tales of the Supernatural” (edited by Henry
Mazzeo and illustrated by “Edward Gorey”.). This was one of the best books we
had in the library at JohnnyClemElementary School in NewarkOhio. I still have a copy. To bad it was
never released in paperback. It is truly a classic anthology.
Place” deals mainly with a child’s fear not so
much of the dark, but of what can be hiding in the darkness. The narrator
(Derleth?) recalls how during his childhood he would have to walk home after
dark down long un-lit tree lined streets. The worst part of his walk home is
past a darkened and tree lined lumber yard. He becomes convinced that something
is hiding among the piles of lumber waiting to get him. His best friend is also
convinced that something is hiding there at night. By the end of the story this
fear of a monster is confirmed when something terrible happens on the exact
same spot a few years later. Wonderful, wonderful story! It works on every
level and is in my opinion the very best story Mr. Derleth ever wrote.
the reasons I love this story is that even thought it takes place in a small
town in Wisconsin, it reminded me so much of my own hometown of Newark Ohio which
only had a population of about 35,000 people back then. The neighbourhood that
I grew up in was almost at the edge of town. Rugg
Avenue was also one the last street built before
WWII. The neighbourhood between us and the edge of town was built in the 1950s.
So I lived on a street built around 1900 with old style houses. That basically
means we had front porches and side walks. Rugg
Avenue was also one the very few streets still
paved with brick. It was long and narrow with one street light at each side
street. There only three of these along the entire street. What made it worse
was that every single house in this part of town had two huge old maple trees
that not only touched side by side, but arched across the street to touch each
other. This made for some very long and very dark walks home. And don’t forget
that 40+ years ago most people were home for the day by 6PM. The concept of
24/7 didn’t exist back then. My friend Rod lived on the parallel street a block
over and at the opposite end. He had a huge collection of pre-code comics that
were passed down from his dad and uncle. So walking home early evenings down
very long dark streets with a head full of gory horror comics wasn’t very
induceful to a peaceful state of mind. Most of the times no one even had a
porch light on. So being the over imaginative little dork that I was, I ended
up running home quite a few times after becoming convinced that something was
out there with me.
This is a nifty story by REH that is
told entirely in flashback through letters and sworn court affidavits. A
drunken racist cowboy murders a black couple who he stopped by visit while on
his way to town. The cowboy looses at playing dice and accuses his host of cheating
him. A heated argument ensues and the innocent pair gets murdered by the
cowboy. The woman curses the cowboy with here dying breath. What follows is a
short, but suspenseful “revenge from the
grave” story. I liked it. It’s a shame thought that Mr. Howard didn’t break
into to Argosy until after his death!
I have this in a collection of Conan
Doyle horror stories, but had never gotten around to reading it. That was a
mistake since this is one genuinely creepy story. Doyle himself had been a
Doctor on a whaling ship above the Artic circle and those experiences add a
weight of authenticity to this sad and scary story. With out giving too much
away the story is about a whaling ship that is threatened to be cut off by
shifting ice flows near the North Pole. To make matters worse, the Captain himself
appears to be haunted or at least going insane. And this haunting/insanity
seems to be spreading through the ship. This is a genuinely creepy story that
you won’t quickly forget.
„Max Brand“is remembered today for
being one of the greatest western writers who ever lived. He was also one of
the greatest pulp writers of his day. He wrote over 500 novels under 19
pseudonyms. His real name was Frederick Schiller Faust. He was killed during
WWII in Italy while working as a front line
“That Receding Brow” is an
interesting, but fairly odd kind of story. It starts out as “lost world science
fiction” and turns into supernatural horror revenge story. I won’t say too much about it. I just want to
point out though that if you are going to befriend a missing link Sasquatch
creature then don’t go and murder his mate. You shouldn’t do this especially if
he turns out to be some kind of nature Elemental. I enjoyed this genre mash-up
myself, but I couldn’t really recommend to most other readers.
This is one mondo bizzarro revenge
tale taking place in India back in the 19th
century. It reads almost like proto torture porn. A servant angers a Rajah and keeps getting
limbs lopped of. In the end he’s just a torso in a bag when he finally gets his
revenge on the Rajah. What is so weird is the matter of fact narration by a
visiting British M.D. Who not only witnesses the entire events, but even
completes the amputations of the disgruntled servant’s arms and legs after each
attempted at severing a limb is botched by the royal executioner. Our
disinterested narrator even watches the “human caterpillar” carry off his final
revenge against the Rajah without even batting an eye or lifting a finger to
intercede in the unfolding tragedy. This story is so bizarre that it has to be
read to be believed. It even has a dismembered child in it to spice things up.
As if the dismemberment and torture of servants isn’t enough to make this story
a full fledged creep out.
This one was pretty good. A couple
of Swedish kids discover a lost valley full of deadly fog with a bone
surrounded dead giant dead Oak tree in the middle of it. This is aA short and
weird, but not very memorable story. It makes for a nice filler story. And it might be mostly of interest to completists.
This one is a short piece of
humorous horror that Mr. Bloch loved so well to write.
Mr. Bloch was a wonderful author. He
liked to try to write funny stories at times. Some of these of stories even had
their own kind of charm since he liked to end them with some of the most groan
inducing puns that the world has ever seen. It’s sad to say though that this
isn’t one of them.
A young man inherits his late
Uncle’s mansion only to discover a living talking skeleton hanging in the
closet. It turns out that his uncle was a magician, that he was murdered and
this is his skeleton. So the two of them go on a zany search to find out who
killed the uncle and placed him in this state.
In his introduction to the story,
Sam Moskowitz, says that they wanted to end the collection on a lighter note.
As much as I love and admire Mr. Bloch, I think that this story ends the
anthology on a weak note. I found the story to be lame and terribly dated.
All in all, I think that “Horror
Times Ten” is a very good anthology with several rarely seen stories. It’s a book that’s well worth seeking out.
volumes are a break down of the original “Arkham House” hardback edition of
“The Dunwich Horror and Others”. It’s basically “August Derleth’s” choices of
HPLs best representative stories. I have no idea why two of the best stories
from the hardback aren’t included here.
For whatever reasons, “The Shadow
Over Innsmouth” and “The Outsider” haven’t been included. Go figure, since both
of these are very important HPL stories.
For starters, I want to apologize
again for the lazy posting again this week. I’m going back to work tomorrow
after two weeks vacation and the past week has been cold and wet, so I’m not
the happiest camper in this neck of the woods. That’s my problem though and not
yours! So I decided to do another post that needs no real research or even
reading on my part. This means that I’m digging out a few books with really
neat-o covers that I’ve read so often that I know the stories by heart. And I’m
betting that quite a few of you also knows these tales inside and out.
As far a covers go though, I have to
admit that even though I have a soft spot in my heart for the Lancer editions,
the HBJ “Rowena Morrill” covers definitely fire the Lancers. These are so dead
on in their own way that they are almost too literal. I do love that bat winged crab in the upper
left of the HBJ “Colour out of Space” though. When I saw these newer covers
back in 1978 I completely flipped out and bought them on the spot. These were
days when teen aged part time shoe
salesmen were just rolling in dough and could afford such impulse purchases
I want talk about Mr. Lovecraft
first though. I’m guessing that if you are reading this post then you are
already familiar with Mr. “Howard Phillips Lovecraft”. If not then go click on
the link under his name to learn about the man, his works and his unique
vision. I’m not going to really cover that here today. Many others have done a
much better job than I ever could or will do.
It was a pretty cool book that was sadly a little to
“far out” for my 10 year old brain. A few years later I discovered several
collections that had been published by “Ballantine Books” as part of their
“Adult Fantasy Series” edited by the great “Lin Carter”. These I enjoyed better since I
was a few years older. Finally when I was 14 I stumbled across the 2 collections
brought out by “Lancer Books”. I was finally at the right age to become totally
submersed in Mr. Lovecrafts’s world. Even though I had previously read several
of these stories as a ten year old I couldn’t appreciate them very much then.
I’m of the opinion that if you don’t discover HPL at a very early age then
you’ll never be a fan later on. It’s happened to me time and again that I would
convince an adult friend to give Lovecraft a try only to have them return the
book a few days later with a puzzled expression as if to ask “what kind of
f***ed up §hit do you read?”. As crazy
as HPL’s universe is, it’s not as much the stories themselves that are so
wonderful and addictive. It’s, in my opinion, the mood and experience that
makes these stories so special. How he describes things and the mood he sets
can only be experienced in the theatre of your mind and no where else. You
can’t describe this quality. Go ahead and try to explain a “Mythos” story to
one of the uninitiated. You’ll just get a puzzled look .Once they read one of
these stories, they’ll get it or they won’t. Most likely they won’t. And since
I still immerse myself in these stories even after almost 40 years of haven
discovered them, I like to believe that I get it. I’m going to stop here before
I drag you all down into some bizarre disjointed ramble. Needless to say, HPL
is a very personal experience for those who enjoy his stories. And speaking of
stories, let’s take a tiny look at the contents.
those aren’t just rats in the walls your hearing. It could be an army of
subterranean inbred cannibal mutants from the rim. And anyone who give their
cat such an awful name deserves whatever happens to them.
I’m in the middle of 2 weeks of vacation
so this is going to be a fairly short and lazy post this week. And since I
worked in the Garden all day my back hurts and I’m tired. So instead of
actually presenting any literature, I’m presenting 2 paperback collections of
old EC horror comics’ reprints. "Tales from the Crypt” and “The Vault ofHorror”. Back in the mid 60s Ballantine published 5 EC Comics paperbacks. The
two collections covered here and two collections of Ray Bradbury Horror and SF
stories that had been adapted by EC. The 5th volumes were a
collection of SF stories. The series includes….
as the old EC stories were these paperback are not the best of formats to
present them in. The stories are reprinted lengthwise with 2 to 4 comic panels
per page. So in order to read them you have to turn the books sideways and hold
them like a calendar. The black and white line drawings have been very nicely
reproduced. It’s just such a bitch to handle the books in such an odd manner in
order to be able to read them. So to be honest, my only true reason to even buy
these two books was because they were dirt cheap and the covers are simply
wonderful to behold. The Frank Frazetta cover to “Tales from the Crypt” is
doubly awesome since it has Frazetta’s name and the date of publication on the
pictured tombstone and this is probably Frazetta’s first horror cover painting,
since it pre-dates his famous cover paintings for the Warren horror comics, Creepy, Eerie and
Vampirella. Mr. Frazetta's cover for "Vault of Horror" isn't too shabby either.
According to Wikipedia, this collection was used as the basis for
the old “Amicus” anthology film “Tales from the Crypt”. Which has to be more than a coincident since
all of the stories that appeared inn the film are also here in the book. All
through the house” is one of my all time favourite EC stories. Who can’t resist
a psycho axe welding Santa chopping up a two timing murderous slut wife? You
have to give the folks from EC credit. People always got their just deserts in
the EC stories!
In defence of these collections though, I have
to give them credit for re-introducing the stories to a new generation of
horror fans. The paperbacks were published more than ten years after EC ended
their horror and SF lines and right before Jim Warren launched his line of EC
inspired black and white horror comics. And the first full reprints didn’t come
until the early 1970s. Printing in black and white was very important since it
allowed publisher to get the crippling and emasculating “Comics Code”. This is
why “Mad Magazine" is published to this day in b&w instead of in color, like
it originally was back in the 1950s.
said, it’s a short posting this week! That’s all! Go home!
Keepers" is one of those kinds of anthologies that I like best. It’s a fairly
light one night read, has an awesome “John Schoenherr” cover, has nothing but
stories that originally appeared in “Weird Tales” magazine and only has one
story that’s been heavily anthologized.
can you ask for? What I also find nice about this collection is that it
contains all but two stories from the “Dorothy McIIWraith” era (1940-1954).
Henry Kuttner’s “Elak of Atlantis” story “Spawn of Dagon” and Edmond Hamilton’s
“Isle of the Sleeper” are the only stories that were printed during “FarnsworthWright’s” editorship. Unfortunately my copy is one of those old paperbacks
where the glue has turned brown and brittle. I actually had to take it apart
and re-glue it. Thank God that there are several sites on the Web that give
instructions on paperback restoration and repair.
also one of four anthologies that Mr. Margulies edited that entirely consisted
of “Weird Tales” reprints. The other three are “Weird Tales”, “Worlds of the
Weird” and “The Unexpected”. All three are also fine collections. Mr. Margulies
was a Pulp and paperback editor from the early 1950s up till 1975 when he
passed away. He also helped launch the “Popular Library” line of paperbacks
from “Pine Publishing”.
This is a
fun and ugly Robert Bloch story written after he had shrugged off his
Lovecraftian influences and was writing those Robert Bloch kinds of stories
that you either love or hate. I tend to love them. This is a great love
triangle story that goes terribly wrong. Hugo, a young drifter who I guess you
could describe as borderline mentally retarded gets hired as the backstage
assistant to Victor Sadini, a travelling vaudeville Magician. Hugo falls in
love with Isobel, Sadini’s beautiful stage assistant. She convinces Hugo that
Sadini is a genuine magician whose powers are real and uses them to keep her
enslaved. The real deal is that Isobel is carrying on with George who is a
Crooner travelling the same circuit. They want to run off with all of Sadini’s
money and props. Isobel then seduces poor stupid Hugo and convinces him that
the only way to set her free is for Hugo to kill Sadini who has shown Hugo
nothing but kindness. To cut to the chase, Hugo offs Mr. Sadini and takes
possession of Sadini’s supposed source of magical power, his Wand. Hugo then
takes Sadinis place on stage since he is now a true magician and performs the
sawing the lady in half trick. We can all see where this goes. I liked the
story quite a bit and it’s very much an “EC comics” kind of story even though
it predates the EC line of horror comics by a few years.
this was published in “Weird Tales” it’s not a horror story. Its light hearted
SF about a 1920s Radio Nut who receives messages from Mar which no one
believes. So 20 years later, his son
woes a beautiful young woman who is none to bright and a total blank
slate. It turns out she’s is a Martian
experiment sent to Earth to learn about us. She is a kind hearted mental sponge
who soaks up earthly life style. This is a good natured and sweet story. More
in line to a 1930s screwball comedy that late 1940s horror that Mr. Sturgeon
was so good at before he made his big mark as a science fiction writer.
Hamilton wrote tons of stories for “Weird Tales” back in the 1930, both Science
Fiction and Horror. All of his “Interstellar Patrol” stories appeared in “WT”
even though they were some of the very first “Space Opera” stories. “Space Opera”
was created at this time by “E.E. doc Smith”, “Jack Williamson” and Edmond
Hamilton. I’ve always felt that Mr. Hamilton was at his very best during the
1920s and 1930s when he was writing crazy and over the top “Age of Wonder”
stories. His horror stories from this period are also great fun. Sadly “Isle of
the Sleeper” isn’t one of them. A man gets stranded on a desert isle where he
meets the love of his life. They are then threatened by “the Sleeper” who rules
the isle. It turns out that out narrator is the sleeper and it was all a dream.
Or was it? This one didn’t impress me at all. It goes to show that even the
greatest of writers don’t always produce great stories.
“Please Go ´Way
and Let Me Sleep” by Helen W. Kasson.
This story is a rare bird. It’s a humorous
horror/ghost story that actually works!
The occupants of the Collins’ family vault are up in arms. It seems a
distant cousin is mourning above the vault every Sunday morning and disturbing
the rest of those residing in the vault. They hold as family meeting and decide
to fight fire with fire by haunting their “Haunter”.
is lots of silly and gruesome fun that actually succeeds at being a funny ghost
story. I particularly enjoy how the vault residents bicker among themselves the
hierarchy of the dead. What is particularly interesting is the “Helen W.
Kasson” was “Stanley G. Weinbaum`s” sister!!
wonder that “The Lake” is one of the late Ray Bradbury´s most reprinted
believe that after 40+ years of reading that I’d say “the late Ray Bradbury”.)
This is one
of many horror stories that Mr. Bradbury had published in “WT” very early on in
his career. What I like so much about these stories is that it seems that Ray
was still young enough to be not dipping his childhood in so much sugar. This
story is so damned good that it brings the entire anthology to a dead stop.
After reading it for the first time you’ll probably have to put the book aside
for a while. Young Harold is spending the day for the very last time at a lake
in Michigan where so many childhood summers
have been spent. He is moving to L.A. the next day with his mother. He’s
leaving his childhood home forever. He’s also leaving “Tally” who was his first
and greatest love. On his last evening at the lake he begs her to come back to
him. She drowned in the lake when they were both 12. Many years later he
returns with his bride on their honeymoon. He sees a life guard come out of the
lake carrying something. It is the well preserved body of a little girl who
drowned over a decade before is discovered. She is so well preserved that
Harold gets the impression that she’s only asleep. What he sees brings back to
him the knowledge of everything he has lost. He then returns to a bride who he
now hates. This story hits like a hammer every time I read it. I love it and
in the Fog” by Harry Altshuler
This one is
a wonderful story of revenge during a foggy English night. A British
“Gentleman” sold his young Ward to an Indian Prince against her will for a
large sum of money. Many years later she returns to England to stalk him. She finally visits
him at home one night to exact her revenge. But first she shows him what she
has learned since joining the “Thugee” Cult by single handily dispatching two
armed burglars. This one has a current of nastiness running under the surface
that makes it so good. You go girl!
Lune” is another of Mr. Quinn’s wonderful “Jules de Grandin” stories.
of you who don’t know, Seabury Quinn was “Weird Tales” most popular writer
during its original run. He wrote something like 93 “de Grandin” stories
between 1925 and 1951. And these weren’t the only stories he published in “WT”. Jules De Grandin is a Fench occult detective
who lived in New Jersey with his friend and co-investigator, Dr.
retro-X-files here. Jules and Trowbridge went up against and defeated every
conceivable kind of supernatural and weird menace. Werewolves, ghosts, demons,
gods, cultists, vampires, serial killers ect. You name it and they fought it.
The series is terribly formulaic and illogical. It’s kinda like being with
“Jessica Fletcher” in that supernatural evil rears its head anywhere these two
gentlemen go. I love these stories though. They display an odd combination odd
combination of charm, warmth and pure grisliness that’s hard to imagine without
Lune is a typical “de Grandin” story with he and Trowbridge go up against a
female psychic vampire with strong lesbian overtones. Imagine Sherlock Holmes
and Watson fighting monsters and you’ll have a good idea of what these stories
are all about. I can’t get enough of them. I have all but one of the “Popular
Library” collections printed back in the 1970s. I read them sparingly so that
I’ll always have another adventure to look forward to.
Kuttner started his career as a very young member of the original “Lovecraft Circle” before moving on to being a pretty
good “Weird Menace” and horror writer during his 2nd writing phase.
After that he moved on to pulp SF but didn’t truly shine until he married and
started collaborating with great “C.L.Moore”.
Mr. Kuttner wrote a series of “Sword and Sorcery” stories about “Elakthe last prince of Atlantis” for “WT” in an attempt to try and fill the hole
left by the death of “Conan” creator “Robert E. Howard”. Sadly the shoes left
by REH were so big that no one has ever been able to fill them. We have to give
Henry credit for trying though. The “Elak” stories are basically fluff. Fun
fluff, but still fluff.
Dagon” is more or less “Generic S&S hero meets the children of Cthulhu”.
Elak is given the job of destroying a magic gemstone and murdering the wizard
who owns it. He ends up getting involved with a “Dagon” sect of Lovecraftian
squid entities who wish to destroy manking and take over the word. They always
seem to want to do that? Don’t they? This is a light but fun S&s story that
shows the influence of both REH and HPl on the young Henry Kuttner. It’s a nice
story that’s not to terribly memorable.
All in all
“The Ghoul Keepers” is a strong and diverse collection of stories that you
should read if you can find a cheap copy on line. It’s good for an evening’s
entertainment. Trust me. I wouldn’t lie to you!