Arkham House. December 2015
Arkham House, founded in 1939 by August Derleth and Donald Wandrei, was the most important and influential publisher of supernatural fiction from the 1940s through the mid-1980s. They began with their initial publication, H. P. Lovecraft's posthumous first collection of short fiction-THE OUTSIDER AND OTHERS in 1939. They achieved their mission of keeping alive the work of H.P. Lovecraft (through numerous volumes) and then went on to publish authors Clark Ashton Smith, August Derleth, Robert Bloch, Ray Bradbury, Robert E. Howard, Frank Belknap Long, Fritz Leiber, Donald Wandrei, and Henry S. Whitehead in the 1940s – a number of these are the author’s first books; Joseph Payne Brennan, E. Hoffmann Price, Ramsey Campbell, Manly Wade Wellman, Brian Lumley and others in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Many of these authors went on to become well known writers of modern supernatural fiction. Arkham House was the major influence on the development of the horror and dark suspense genre into the 1970s and was largely responsible for the growth of the small press publishers of the 1960s onward devoted to the publication of supernatural fiction and poetry. We present here a largely complete run of Arkham House books with many volumes in superb condition, some exceptional associational copies as well as a number of signed books, several being uncommon to find signed.
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Sauk City: Arkham House, 1946. Octavo, jacket art by Ronald Clyne, cloth. First U. S. edition. 4040 copies printed. This edition is expanded, adding four stories, "A Fishing Story," "Used Car," "Death of A Poacher" and "Knock! Knock! Who's There?," and introduction, "Why I Write Ghost Stories," not included in the 1940 Jenkins edition. "Wakefield was a consistently competent writer who took up where M. R. James left off in extending the core of the British tradition through the period between the wars." - Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-200. Barron (ed.): Horror Literature 3-200. Bleiler: The Guide to Supernatural Fiction #1646.
Sauk City, Wisconsin: Arkham House: Publishers, 1961. Octavo, cloth. First edition. 2070 copies printed. Collection of fourteen ghost stories. Barron (ed): Horror Literature 4-311. Bleiler: The Guide to Supernatural Fiction #1647.
[Sauk City, WI]: Arkham House, 1979. Octavo, dust jacket and frontispiece by Stephen Fabian, cloth. First edition. Collects seven stories, the author's own selection of her best work. "The stories are of novelette length, which allows for optimum development of atmosphere, which is delivered in a polished and effective style. A solid volume of weird fiction." Barron (ed), Horror Literature 4-312.
[Sauk City]: Arkham House, 1944. Octavo, cover illustration by Howard Wandrei, cloth. First edition. 1617 copies printed. The author's first book of fiction. A collection of stories which mostly first appeared in the pulp magazines. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-204. Barron (ed), The Guide to Supernatural Literature #1656.