The Avon Fantasy Reader

The Avon Fantasy Reader Collection of seven stories culled by Ernsberger from Wollheim s speculative fiction magazine The Avon Fantasy Reader which reprinted what Wollheim considered the best stories from the olde

  • Title: The Avon Fantasy Reader
  • Author: George Ernsberger Donald A. Wollheim Manly Wade Wellman Algernon Blackwood Robert E. Howard C.L. Moore William Hope Hodgson Nictzin Dyalhis
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 164
  • Format: Paperback
  • Collection of seven stories culled by Ernsberger from Wollheim s speculative fiction magazine, The Avon Fantasy Reader 1947 51 , which reprinted what Wollheim considered the best stories from the older pulp magazines.Foreword George Ernsberger The Witch from Hell s Kitchen , Robert E Howard, Avon Fantasy Reader 18, ed Wollheim, Avon, 52 Black Thirst Northwest SmiCollection of seven stories culled by Ernsberger from Wollheim s speculative fiction magazine, The Avon Fantasy Reader 1947 51 , which reprinted what Wollheim considered the best stories from the older pulp magazines.Foreword George Ernsberger The Witch from Hell s Kitchen , Robert E Howard, Avon Fantasy Reader 18, ed Wollheim, Avon, 52 Black Thirst Northwest Smith , C.L Moore, Weird Tales 4 34 A Victim of Higher Space John Silence , Algernon Blackwood, The Occult Review 12 14 The Sapphire Siren aka The Sapphire Goddess , Nictzin Dyalhis, Weird Tales 2 34 The Voice in the Night , William Hope Hodgson, Blue Book 11 07 The Crawling Horror , Thorp McClusky, Weird Tales 11 36 The Kelpie , Manly Wade Wellman, Weird Tales 7 36

    One thought on “The Avon Fantasy Reader”

    1. Ernsberger's definition of "fantasy" in this anthology, like that of Wollheim in the original Avon Fantasy Reader, is eclectic enough to embrace all of the speculative genres. Supernatural fiction is represented by Wellman's "The Kelpie," whose title character is a water spirit from Celtic folklore (and not one that most of us would want to encounter, except in a story :-) ). Two sword-and-sorcery fantasies are included: Nictzin Dyalhis' "The Sapphire Siren," and one by Howard, which he original [...]

    2. It's a very diverse collection, chosen by the editor under what would today be considered a very liberal definition of "fantasy". Howard and Dyhalis both contribute sword and sorcery, although "The Witch from Hell's Kitchen"--a terrible title--leans to the more gritty and swashbuckling, while "The Sapphire Image" is thoroughly over-the-top.But in addition to these, there is the cerebral "A Victim of Higher Space", which meditates on the influence of higher physical dimensions, "The Voice in the [...]

    3. A pretty good collection of pulp writers. I enjoyed it, and it has stories by Robert E. Howard, C. L. Moore, and Nictzin Dyalhis, who are all three some of my favorite writers.

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