But instead of heading to Hollywood after the end of the pulps, Edmond ended his long career at DC Comics. She died from cancer in 1978, but not before turning in the first draft script for what would become “The Empire Strikes Back!” Although her script was rewritten by others, many key elements remain.
The great science fiction writer Leigh Brackett was #BOTD
The “Queen of Space Opera” wrote SF/F for the pulps of the 1940s and 1950s. In 1944 she wrote her first mystery novel, which came to the attention of legendary director Howard Hawks. When Hawks needed help on an adaptation of Raymond Chandler’s ‘The Big Sleep’…
The chapel of a mysterious faith was uncovered in a recently discovered region of Canada. Although details are scant, the religion centers on transcending death through a form of metamorphosis. Intriguingly, the site contained human-sized funerary eggs and cocoons, cracked open as if something had emerged from them. Despite extensive inquiries and anthropological studies, little is understood about this religion.
#horror #Horrorfam #HorrorCommunity #audiodrama #audiofiction #darkfantasy #midjourneyart #AIArtCommunity #creepypasta #scarystories #podcasts #horrorpodcast #Lovecraft #lovecraftian #cthulhu #weirdtales #darkart #horrorart
A real treat for #Halloween! #backlisted #podcast is doing a free for all episode on #mrjames , godfather of the weird story. This will be fun and creepy! And if you never read a story by M.R. James, be prepared for some serious academic #horror. #bookstodon #sff #weirdfiction #weirdtales
H.P. Lovecraft's poem Hallowe'en in a Suburb was first published in a small press publication in 1926 then in Lovecraft's second posthumous Arkham House collection in 1943. For the reprint in the September, 1952 issue of Weird Tales editor D. Mcllwraith asked Virgil Finlay for an appropriate illustration. #FinlayFriday
Guy the Cat is checking out Weird Tales: 100 Years of Weird, edited by Jonathan Maberry. Guy loves that his friend Charles R. Rutledge is in the Table of Contents, because Charles is one of only four humans that Guy actually likes. Also in the TOC are James A. Moore, Lisa Morton, Keith DeCandido, and a few of the ghosts my cats sometimes summon in the dark of the night (Ray Bradbury, H.P. Lovecraft, Tennessee Williams).
Something special for this Halloween season Finlay Friday the 13th! In addition to his stunning artwork, Virgil also wrote the occasional poem. However, the only one published during his lifetime was in the final issue of the original run of Weird Tales, September 1954, with his own illustration. #FinlayFriday
Virgil Finlay illustrating “The Goddess of World 21” by Henry Slesar in Fantastic Science Fiction, March 1957. For no reason at all I’ve added an extreme crop of a photo of Bettie Page in Miami Beach by Bunny Yeager circa 1954. #FinlayFriday
Virgil Finlay illustration for the 1919 H.P. Lovecraft story "Beyond the Wall of Sleep" for it's reprint appearance in the March, 1938 issue of Weird Tales. It was later inscribed and gifted to another giant, "To A. Merritt, a master of fantasy. From Virgil Finlay"
For 30+ years #RustyHevelin ran the original #PulpCon here in #DaytonOhio. Collectors visited us annually. Now, we've essentially run out of #PulpMagazines & the evolved #PulpFest has moved to PA. I miss the books & their fans.
#Pulps are fragile & difficult to find in any condition. Perhaps we let some go too easily...
Virgil Finlay cover painting for the April, 1941 issue of Famous Fantastic Mysteries. Plus a possible inspiration, the painting Neptune's Horses by English artist Walter Crane circa 1893.
The 2023 #Souvenir #Book is once again a downloadable #pdf filled with lots of full-color #articles, including: centennial tributes to Mort Walker, #weirdtales , #Disney Animation, #WarnerBros a 75th celebration of Pogo Comic Strip, and celebrations of the 50th anniversaries of #Blade, Human Target, #redsonja, Howard the Duck, Shang-Chi, the Direct Market as well as 50 plus years of Underground #comix
Virgil Finlay illustrating Fletcher Pratt's "The Conditioned Captain" from Startling Stories, May 1953. The original page ran vertically but I feel it looks better horizontally.
Virgil Finlay interior illustration for "...As Others See Us" by Raymond F. Jones published in Fantastic Adventures, May 1951. Jones is best known for his 1952 novel "This Island Earth" which was adapted into the 1955 film. #FinlayFriday
Virgil Finlay cover painting for Fantastic Universe, July, 1957, which I guess is kinda-sorta illustrating August Derleth's Cthulhu Mythos story which was later changed to "The Seal of R'lyeh." I don't remember any mirror-obsessed mermaids from that but part of it does take place in the sea!
#FinlayFriday meets #MerMay
Virgil Finlay preliminary cover design for the July, 1948 issue of Fantastic Novels, which the editor rejected in favor of this basic Lawrence Stevens woman in peril by blue meanie cover. Unbelievable.
Virgil Finlay back cover illustration for the Leigh Brackett story, "The Road to Sinharat" from the May 1963 issue of Amazing Stories.
#365Stories in 2023 - 57/365
"The Hoax of the Spirit Lover" (1924)
by Harry Houdini
Houdini seeks to expose a fraudulent medium, who demonstrates his supposed powers at a séance by summoning a woman's dead fiancé.
Another ghostwritten Houdini story for Weird Tales, portraying the magician's quest to debunk psychic and spiritual hoaxes. The author's identity has been the subject of much speculation, but remains unknown.
#365Stories in 2023 - 56/365
"The Spirit Fakers of Hermannstadt" (1924)
by Harry Houdini
The daughter of an infamous Transylvanian count enlists the help of the magician Houdini against a blackmailer; a former associate of the count posing as a spiritualist.
The first of three Houdini stories from Weird Tales; the true author's identity is unknown but is believed to have been a member of the magazine staff.
#365Stories in 2023 - 54/365
"Black God's Kiss" (1934)
by C.L. Moore
When the kingdom of Joiry is overrun by invaders, the swordswoman Jirel enters another dimension in search of a weapon to defeat the enemy commander, Guilliaume.
Combining elements of horror and fantasy, Moore eschews action for atmosphere, detailing the bizarre world to which Jirel ventures in her quest.
#365Stories in 2023 - 49/365
"The Phoenix on the Sword" (1932)
by Robert E. Howard
The outlaw Ascalante leads a conspiracy to overthrow King Conan, while Thoth-Amon, a wizard enslaved by Ascalante, plots his revenge. A long-dead sage visits Conan with a warning.
Howard was a pioneer of the sword-and-sorcery subgenre, and with this story, spawned an immensely popular fantasy franchise.
Robert Ervin Howard (1906–1936) #BOTD
The main outlet for his stories was Weird Tales, where he created Conan the Barbarian. With Conan and his other heroes, Howard helped create the genre now known as sword and sorcery, spawning many imitators and giving him a large influence in the fantasy field. Conan was later adapted into comics to instant and enduring success.
Any weird fiction fans here? I'm talking about the real stuff, from Weird Tales of the 1920s/30s.
I got into the genre in the usual way, through Lovecraft. And in the usual way I started exploring work of various writers in his circle, and the work of writers whom Lovecraft admired.
Hashtags for some of the weird fiction writers I like:
Eric Frank Russell (1905-1978) was #BOTD
A British writer best known for his #sf novels and short stories. Much of his work was first published in the U.S. in #JohnWCampbell ‘s #AstoundingScienceFiction , #Unknown and other #pulps . Russell also wrote #horrorfiction for #WeirdTales and won the first #HugoAwards for Best Short Story in 1955. The #ScienceFiction and #Fantasy Hall of Fame inducted Russell in 2000.
Raised in 1920s Berlin during the Dada movement, K. Ungeheuer's world is one where young love sparks during the building of the Tower of Babel and beautiful women make their homes in teeth, where a bag of fingers can fetch a good price, and the curse of divine lineage results in the weight of the ocean on your chest.
The Poseidonis and interplanetary stories, two of Clark Ashton Smith's lesser known story cycles.
The Poseidonis tales take pace in the remnant of Atlantis. More or less sword-and-sorcery tales, but unconventional.
The interplanetary stories were as close as Smith got to sci-fi.
Lush, decadent, brilliant.