edited by Ramsey Campbell
Dust jacket by Lee Brown Coye
Limited Edition Hardcover - $100.00
OUT OF PRINT FROM THE PUBLISHER
Arkham House, 1980; 257 pp.; limited to 3647 copies. First edition, first printing
In his introduction, Campbell noted that "[i]n recent years the Mythos at times has seemed in danger of becoming conventionalized," despite the fact that "Lovecraft's intention and achievement was precisely to avoid the predictability and resultant lack of terror which beset the conventional macabre fiction of his day." Therefore, Campbell wrote, "in this anthology I have tended to favor less familiar treatments or uses of the Mythos.... They contain few erudite occultists, decaying towns, or stylistic pastiches.... Indeed, one of our tales hints at the ultimate event of the Mythos without ever referring to the traditional names." One story in the book is an expansion, by Martin S. Warnes, of Lovecraft's fragment "The Book".
Book is solid and clean, without bumping; black binding cloth is clean, shiny, and unblemished; corners are sharp; gilt lettering on spine is bright; pages are clean and bright.
Dust jacket front is clean, bright, unblemished and unchipped; flaps are clean and bright with original price ($11.95) unclipped; rear cover is clean and bright.
Overall, this is a fine copy of the book in a fine dust jacket.CONTENTS
"Crouch End" by Stephen King
"The Star Pools" by A. A. Attanasio
"The Second Wish" by Brian Lumley
"Dark Awakening" by Frank Belknap Long
"Shaft Number 247" by Basil Copper
"Black Man with a Horn" by T. E. D. Klein
"The Black Tome of Alsophocus" by H. P. Lovecraft & Martin S. Warnes
"Than Curse the Darkness" by David Drake
"The Faces at Pine Dunes" by Ramsey Campbell
"Notes on Contributors"