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Haffner Press Newsletter – August 4, 2016 – Wandrei, Brown, and Kuttner!

 In This Issue: August 4, 2016
COMPLETE IVY FROST gets more guts!
Status on Fredric Brown Titles!
THE WATCHER AT THE DOOR is Off and Running!
• What’s MICHAEL GRAY Up To?

THE COMPLETE IVY FROST gets more guts!

The assembly of Donald Wandrei’s colossal 744-page collection of all 18 stories of sleuth IVY FROST and his partner Jean Moray (from the pages of CLUES DETECTIVE STORIES) passed another hurdle with the recent delivery of the interior art by Chris Kalb!Chris has re-purposed the original black and whitepulp illos for each story as double-page spreads opening each tale. They are simply fantastic!

The introduction by Wandrei expert D.H. Olson is in hand and all that remains is the last proofreaders pass on three remaining stories with a final touch-up on the magazine covers reproduced on the full-color endpapers.

Are you in?


Sample Title Spread

Sample Title Spread

Sample Endpaper Layout

Placeholder Cover
And remember!

is also offered as part of a 3-book combo with THE WATCHER AT THE DOOR and THE MICHAEL GRAY MYSTERIES with an exclusive chapbook for $125.00. Details at the top left of the HAFFNER PRESS home page.

Chapbook Contents

“Revelations in Green”by Donald Wandrei
a new “Cyrus Northnovelette
“Murder Among Magicians”by Manly Wade Wellman
an unreprinted mystery

“Murder’s Handyman”by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore
a “Johnny Curtain” mystery

Status on Fredric Brown Titles!

  Not much news on the Fredric Brown front: As noted before, Volume One, MURDER DRAWS A CROWD was initially printed in December 2015, but the quality was so poor that we rejected the finished inventory and the printer refused to mount a second effort that would meet our (and your) expectations. Since then, we’ve been looking for a new printer whom we feel can get the job done.
  Failry soon, we will be giving a different printer the job to make THE WATCHER AT THE DOOR: THE EARLY KUTTNER, VOLUME TWO. If all goes well, we will
send Vol. One and Vol. Two of the FREDRIC BROWN MYSTERY LIBRARY to this printer at the same time. Ideally, these Browns will be ready in the 4th quarter.  Meanwhile, follow[THIS LINK] to enjoy one of Brown’s very first stories: Blood of the Dragon” from Detective Yarns, February 1939

So . . . THE WATCHER AT THE DOOR is Off and Running

We’re happy to report that we’ve run out of things to do to make the second volume of Henry Kuttner’s early stories THE WATCHER AT THE DOOR ready for the bindery, so this 700+ page treasure is heading down the birthing process. The ambition is to release the book at the 2016 World Fantasy Convention in Columbus, Ohio in the last week of October.

(See the reminder above that this title is also available as part of a 3-book Combo.)


  With the rigamarole in getting the Fredric Brown titles back on track, this omnibus of four 1950s mystery novels, THE MICHAEL GRAY MYSTERIES by Henry Kuttner and Catherine L. Moore, has been pushed down the publication list.We can report that aside from acquiring new cover art (the image at left is a placeholder; yeah, we know it says “Henry Kutter”…), we are in possession of the proofread manuscript, the Ed Gorman introduction, and the finished interior design.

We are soon to send out an offer to a new cover artist and hope to hear back some good news.

(See the reminder above that this title is also available as part of a 3-book Combo.)

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