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icent art from his incomparable museum. THE ART OF THE FANTASTIC (HC, $15.50, 128 pp.)
presents an incredible selection of B & W drawings by more than 25 artists ranging from
Finlay, Bok, and Cartier to Fabian, Barr, and Kirk. There is a truly fine section by
Lynd Ward reproducing his art from THE HAUNTED OMNIBUS. Just out from Gerry is also
BEAUTY AND THE BEASTS:THE ART OF HANNES BOK (HC, $15.50, 1200 copies, 128 pp.). It
is Hannes Bok at his very best in B ft W. It's a must buy.
And more exceptional graphics have been made available to us by Paul Skeeters,
the author of MAXFIELD PARRISH:THE EARLY YEARS. His latest endeavor is SIDNEY H. SIME
MASTER OF FANTASY (SC, $9.95, 8h x 11, 128 pp.; HC, $50.00, 200 copies). The very best
of the legendary Sime's work is reproduced herein from the originals owned by the Lord
Dunsany estate. There is an introduction by Ray Bradbury and the hardcover copies are
all signed by Bradbury and Skeeters. I can supply these at the list price while they
remain in print and highly recommend the Sime art to any unfamiliar with this qiant.
FANTASMS(SC, $6.95, 900 cooies, 96. pp.; HardC, $10.95, 100 copies) is an" indis-
pensible and excellently compiled bibliography to the works of Jack Vance. The publisher
is Underwood-Miller and copies may be ordered from Chuck Miller at: 239 North 4th Street,
Columbia, PA 17512. And my thanks to Chuck for putting up with me and son at Philcon!
Also available from Chuck is Vance's BIG PLANET (HC, $15.95, 1000 copies, 236 pp.;
special signed edition, $25.00, 111 copies, OP), an unabridged version of the 1957
edited-edition from Aval on. It is illustrated by Steve Hickman.
Otto Penzler's Mysterious Press has issued two more volumes of interest to
collectors and readers. Edward D. Hcch is known in the genre for his Simon Ark
stories (recently resurrected in the late STARTLING MYStERIES magazine by Robert
Lowndes) but readers of ELLERY QUEEN'S MYSTERY MAGAZINE know him"for his most popular
series character, Nick Velvet, who will only steal objects of no intrinsic value. THE
THEFTS OF NICK VELVET (HC, $10.00, 216 pp.; Limited edition, 250 cooies with signed and ..
numbered special pamphlet, $20.00) is the first book devoted to this peculiar crook.
Also available now is Cornell Woolrich's ANGELS OF DARKNESS (HC, $10.00, 215 op.;
Limited edition, 250 numbered, signed, and slipcased cooies), suspense stories by
the late master as introduced by Harlan Ellison (who signed the slipcased copies).
Newcastle Publishing Company does an exceptional job of reprinting important
and/or lost fantasies in quality paperback editions with superior color covers and
intelligent introductions. Edited by R. Reginald and Douglas Menville, this company
deserves our support. Most recent from them is Bram Stoker's first book, UNDER THE
SUNSET (SC, $3.95, 190 pp.), with a stunning Paul Stinson cover and an introduction
by Melville. Also out from Newcastle are Kenneth Morris's THE FATES OF THE PRINCESS
DYFED (SC, $3.95, 361 pp., color cover by George Barr), H. Rider Haggard's ALLAN
QUATERMAIN (SC, 3.95, 278 pp.) and William Morris's THE HOUSE OF THE WOLFINGS (SC,
$3.95, 200 pp.). Order any of these and ask for a catalog at: Newcastle Publishing
Co., Inc., POBox 7589, Van Nuys, CA 91409.
New address for Cliff Bird:6813 Newcastle PI., Ft. Worth, Texas 76118.
Dick Spelman has put together several checklists that are worthwhile additions
to the shelves of collectors. They are neatly mimioed and cover Arkham House ($1.00),
Avalon Books ($1.00), Ballantine Books ($3.00) and Ace Books ($5.00). Add 75i postage
and handling for orders under $5.00 and mail to: POBox 2079, Chicago, IL 60690.
Wayne Warfield edits PHANTASY DIGEST (SC, $4.00, 66 pp.), a journal featuring fiction, art, and news. Number III features fiction by Andrew Offutt and Michael Shea plus
art by Jim Pitts, Clyde Caldwell, and Bruce Conklin. Order at:Box 326, Aberdeen, MD 21001.
One of my favorite authors is David H. Keller and Pat Adkins is doing a great
service to me and other Keller fans with his DAVID H. KELLER MEMORIAL LIBRARY. The
first booklet in the series is THE LAST MAGICIAN (SC, $5.00, 1000 copies, 84 pp.), nine
of Dr. Keller's stories from WEIRD TALES reproduced in facsimile. Order from: PDA
Enterprises, Box 8010, New Orleans, LA 70182.
Fans of Bel a Lugosi will find THE CASTLE DRACULA QUARTERLY devoted entirely to
him their cup of blood. It has photographs, facts, and much more. Order this (SC,
$2.00, 40 pp.) at: Gordon Guy, Coffin Box 423, Glastonbury, CT 06033.
MYRDDIN FOUR (SC, $2.00, 48 pp.) strives for a similar audience to WHISPERS and
has similar contents. Contributors this time around include H. Warner Munn, Darrell
Schweitzer, Jim Pitts, A. B. Cox, and Joseph Payne Brennan. Edited by Lawson Hill,
copies may be ordered from: MYRDDIN, 6633 N. Ponchartrain, Chicago, IL 60646.
FANTASY CROSSROADS 14 (SC, $3.00, Qh x 11, 42 pp.) starts off with an intriguing
Steve Fabian cover based on a Hannes Bok sketch. The issue has much on and by Bok
plus a Kenneth Smith portfolio and fiction by Charles Saunders, Darrell Schweitzer,
and A. E. Van Vogt. Recommended as always from: Jon Bacon, Box 12428, Shawnee
Mission, KS 66212.
George Locke's SCIENCE FICTION FIRST EDITIONS (SC, $7.50, 500 cooies, 96 pp.)
is an extremely valuable bibliography that both teaches and entertains. I greatly
enjoyed "The Bookcase of Morlock Tomes" and recommend this to serious collectors.
Order from: Ferret Fantasy, 27 Beechcroft Rd., Upper Tooting, London SW17 7BX England.
TOUCHSTONE (SC, $5.00, 88 pp.) is a tribute to Fritz Leiber and Ray Bradbury as
edited by James Tucker and Erin McKee. There are pieces by Bill Nolan, Bob Bloch,
Harry Fischer, Harlan Ellison, and others. Order' from: THE MYSTERIOUS STRANGER PRESS,
881 1st Avenue, Salt Lake City, UTAH 84103.
Frank Kelly Freas needs no introduction and his ART OF SCIENCE FICTION (SC, $7.95,
numerous color plates, 120 pp.) is just about the best art buy around. He and his delightful wife Polly have started an intelligent and attractive line of quality paperbacks
(Starblaze) and sell fine Freas prints. Order ART OF SF and ask for a catalog from:
Polly and Kelly Freas, 4216 Blackwater Road, VA. BCH., VA 23457.
Dick Geis won his 10th Hugo recently. Order his SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW ($1 50) and
find out why. Order at: SFR, POBox 11408, Portland, OR 97211.