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New York: George H. Doran Company, . Octavo, pp. [1-8] 9-309 [310: blank], original light brown cloth, front and spine stamped in black. First U. S. edition. Collection of nine stories set during the Napoleanic era involving a secret agent, "The Man in Grey," who is tasked with going after a group of (possibly royalist) criminals who are terrorizing the countryside. The criminal group is called the Chouans (The Screech Owls). Queen, The Detective Short Story, p. 83.
New York: Gold Medal Books/Fawcett Publications, Inc., . Small octavo, cover by Barye Phillips, pictorial wrappers. First edition. Gold Medal 222. Paperback original. The author's first book. A book of Lesbian fiction. Often credited as the first popular Lesbian paperback novel, it went on to sell 1.5 million copies.
Sauk City, WI: Arkham House, 1975. Octavo, jacket illustration by Tim Kirk, cloth. First edition. Anthology of original stories, some Lovecraftian. Authors include Thomas Burnett Swann, Robert Aickman, Stephen Goldin, Brian Lumley, Ramsey Campbell, Lin Carter, E. Hoffman Price and others. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 4-288.
New York: St. Martin's Press, . First edition. A picaresque novel set several centuries after a nuclear holocaust. "In the fourth century 'after the Deluge' a medieval world, dominated by the Holy Marcan Church, consists partly of feudal kingdoms, partly of Athenian city-states," - Gerber, Utopian Fantasy (1973), p. 161. "... a stylish and amusing narrative [that] gained a good deal of praise on first publication." - Pringle. The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction, second edition (1995), 89. 1964 Nebula and 1965 Hugo nominee. Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-841. Survey of Science Fiction Literature I, pp. 493-96.
New York: The Hartney Press, 1935. Octavo, pp. [1-6] 7-285 [286-288: blank], cloth. First edition. Douglas Swanson and Antonio Conti, researchers at the Rhodes University Hospital, are under attack from the SPCA for experimental animal research they are conducting to develop new serums and vaccines. When the isolated rural community of Grindle Valley is suddenly victim to a series of horrific animal mutilations involving pets and livestock, Swanson and Conti are the prime suspects, but subsequent incidents force authorities to accept that the town is under attack from a homicidal maniac. Several individuals report seeing a body dragged behind a car through the streets late at night, and soon Jo Baines, a farmer, is found drowned in a creek, his body mangled and broken, his hands caught in animal traps. His young daughter, Polly, who has mysteriously disappeared is later found dead, cruelly bound and hoisted into the branches of a tree where she has died from loss of blood and exposure. The Grindle Nightmare is a grisly, violent crime novel that most closely resembles the weird thrillers found in the shudder pulps of the 1930s or a book by Mark Hansom or R. R. Ryan if either of those authors were better writers capable of constructing coherent plots and characters, regardless of how improbable. In the August 10, 1935 issue of The Saturday Review, William C. Weber summed up The Grindle Nightmare thus: “More nasty people and unpleasant events you’ll never find between two covers. Verdict: Ghastly.” A tense, fast-paced work whose emphasis on abnormal psychology and communicated madness brings the novel squarely into the horror genre.
Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1929. Octavo, original brown cloth, front and spine stamped in black. First edition.
New York: St. Martin's Press, . Octavo, boards. First edition. Author's first mystery, the first Nick Stefanos tale.
New York: Love Romances, 1943. Octavo, single issue, cover by Gross. pictorial wrappers. Pulp magazine. Incudes fiction by Henry Kuttner, Nelson Bond, Fred Pohl writing as "James MacCreigh," and others. Unabashedly the magazine was a proponent of "space-opera." In Leigh Brackett's introduction in the anthology THE BEST OF PLANET STORIES (1974) she states "the so-called space opera is the folk-tale, the hero-tale of our particular niche in history." Tymm and Ashley, Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Weird Fiction Magazines, pp. 476-481.
London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1988. Octavo, boards. First edition. Signed by Pratchett on the title page. A Discworld novel, the sixth.
Boston, Toronto: Little, Brown, and Company, . Octavo, boards. First edition. Prize winning detective stories from EQMM. This volume collects 17 of the 55 prize winning stories. Authors include Roy Vickers, Stanley Ellin, Margaret Millar, John Ross MacDonald, Zenna Henderson, Margery Allingham and others.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1976. Octavo, cloth backed boards. First edition. The author's first book. The first volume in the "Vampire Chronicles." Barron: Horror Literature 4-250.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1976. Octavo, cloth-backed boards. First edition. The author's first book. Signed inscription by Rice to author, editor and reviewer Richard Lupoff. "For Dick Lupoff / Best of luck to a / fellow Creature-Feature / fan - / Anne Rice / May 1976." Lupoff reviewed the book for the science fiction fan magazine Algol. The first book of the "Vampire Chronicles." Barron (ed), Horror Literature 4-250. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 4-194. King list, p. 391. Winter list, p. 271.
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1942. Octavo, cloth. First edition. A leper commits several murders in an attempt to prevent the discovery of the affliction. Science fiction element is doctor's successful experiments to revive dead animals and, for a short time, one of the murder victims. "Sale also wrote LAZARUS # 7 (1942), set entirely in Hollywood, which is as light and fast as PASSING STRANGE (1942), and may be the only mystery novel featuring leprosy." - Pronzini and Muller, 1001 Midnights, pp. 705-06. Hubin (1994), p. 714. Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978) or Reginald (1979; 1992). Baird and Greenwood, An Annotated Bibliography of California Fiction 1664-1970 2168.
Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1965. Octavo, cloth. First edition. Nebula Award nominee 1965. Anatomy of Wonder (1981) 3-685.
Sauk City: Arkham House, 1944. Octavo, cloth. First edition. 2043 copies printed. The second collection of Smith's short fiction to be published by Arkham House. "Equally varied and colorful material can be found in Lost Worlds, which includes the best of Smith's Hyperborean grotesques, 'The Seven Geases', and two of the nastiest tales of Zothique: 'The Empire of the Necromancers' and 'Necromancy in Naat.'" -Barron (ed.): Horror Literature 3-182. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1485. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 4-202.
Sauk City, WI: Arkham House, 1958. Octavo, jacket art by Frank Utpatel, cloth. First edition. Poetry.
Sauk City, WI: Arkham House, 1958. Octavo, jacket art by Frank Utpatel, cloth. First edition. 519 copies printed. Poetry.
[Sauk City]: Arkham House Publishers, 2006. Octavo, cloth. First edition. Collects fifteen pieces influenced by Edgar Allan Poe.
Springfield, MA: Arrow Publications, Inc., 1944. Octavo, single issue, pictorial wrappers. Pulp magazine. Feature story "Scorched Earth" by E. Hoffman Price.
Chicago, IL: Culture Publications, Inc., 1937. Octavo, single issue, cover by Ward, pictorial wrappers. Pulp magazine.
NY: A Permabook Edition Published By Pocket Books, Inc., . Small octavo, pictorial wrappers. First edition. Paperback original. Permabook # M-4292. The third Parker. Basis for the 1973 film. Hubin, p. 766.
New York: The Viking Press, 1947. Octavo, original blue green cloth, front and spine stamped in black and yellow, top edge stained dark green. First edition. The twelfth Nero Wolfe mystery. "Archie is the center of a seraglio of designing creatures, who want to bribe or seduce him as he helps Nero discover who killed (the victim in a firm) that employs 500 women. Longer than the later tales, this one has a great many lively turns and a good surprise ending." - Barzun & Taylor, A Catalogue of Crime (1989), 3094. Hubin, pp. 777-778. Townsend, Rex Stout: An Annotated and Secondary Bibliography, A28a.
New York: E.P. Dutton, . Octavo, pictorial wrappers. First edition. Advance uncorrected proof in blue wrappers. Publishers promotional note laid in.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, . Octavo, boards. First edition. Signed by Tapply on the title page. The second Brady Coyne mystery novel. Pederson (ed.), St. James Guide to Crime and Mystery Writers, (4th ed.), pp. 969-971.