Sonntag, 16. September 2012

For the Love of Brain Lumley

I’m not ashamed to admit that as far as I’m concerned, Mr. Brian Lumley is one of the greatest horror writers who has ever lived. Mr. Lumley started writing when he was a MP with the Royal Army in the late 1960s stationed in Berlin. He wrote some Lovecraftian pastiches and excerpts from volumes of forbidden lore in his free time and decided to send them off to “August Derleth”. Mr. Derleth wrote back requesting more. Mr. Lumley’s first volume of short stories “The Caller of the Black” was published by “Arkham House” in 1971 and the rest is history.

 Even though it is just part of his complete works, Mr. Lumley is most famous for his “Necroscope” series which details a secret war against vampires who’ve come to the earth through an inter-dimensional doorway. These are great books that simply got wilder and crazier with each new volume. I’m more interested in his other writings though. Mr. Lumley has written SF Horror, Sword & Sorcery, Cthulhu Mythos stories, straight up horror and a mixture of all of these. Mr. Lumley will be turning 75 years old at the beginning of December, but I wanted to thank him and wish him “Happy Birthday” a little bit early.

What I’ve always enjoyed about Mr. Lumley’s stories is that they are simply unpretentious fun! He’s not a stylist or an “artiste”. He is simply a master story teller who honestly seems to love what he writes. And I love what he writes too!


p.s. And many thinks to Mr. Thomas Broadbent of Providence Rhode Island  for making me think a lot a about Mr. Lumley this past week.

Here are some of my Lumley's
They're only 20-25 years old, so I'm kind of torn on weither I should call these vintage or not.

 Take care and thanks for stopping by.



  1. Such lurid and outrageous UK covers - love 'em!

  2. Thanks Will! The other 3 UK Dreamlands covers are also great, but I didn't post them since I don't own them.These are some pretty cool covers.

    Take care.