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Haffner Press — Fredric Brown Mystery Library — The Countdown Has Begun!!

April 19, 2017


Attention Mr. & Mrs. America and all the ships at sea:


   We just received word from the bindery that BOTH Volume One and Volume Two of the FREDRIC BROWN MYSTERY LIBRARY are complete and ready for delivery!!!  Woo-hoo!

   The plan is to place the Secret Moon Base in the care of Agent Randall and Woola (our Attack Tuxedo Calot), when we depart for this weekend’s Windy City Pulp and Paper Show in Chicago.  We’ll make a Cochrane-breaking maneuver and stop at the bindery to pick up as much inventory as the SUV Comet can carry and then on to Chicago.
   There, we’ll unveil MURDER DRAWS A CROWD and DEATH IN THE DARK. If you preordered and will be at the show, you can pick up your copies at the Haffner Press display.
   Once we return from Chicago, we’ll pick up the remainder of the print-run from the bindery and start inventory-staging. As many of you know, these books were first announced waaaaaay back in Fall 2011. It’s been a long-time pulling all the materials together (truly a global effort!) and we probably hit every bump imaginable in getting from 2011 to 2017.
   That said, we hope you really, really enjoy these books. For readers of vintage detective/mystery fiction, these collections are a goldmine. To Fredric Brown collectorsold and new–these volumes should reward your patience and dedication. At 744 pages each, there isn’t too much more we could squeeze between the covers. Let us know what you think (there may even be prizes!).

So, you know the drill: Order from the links below and if you buy both books before we stage the inventory back at the S
ecret Moon Base, you’ll receive the
exclusive “V.O.N. Munchdriller” bookmark. *Oh. Squee.*



   One more thing before we sign-off: If you preordered either (or both!) of these titles since 2011 and your address has changed, please let us know ASAP!!! We try to keep our mailing database current, but we only know where you are if you tell us!!

   That’s it, fellow-astrogators. Stand back while we fire up the rocket-tubes in the olComet. Next stop: Chicago!

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April 5, 2017 Newsletter

 In This Issue: April 5, 2017
•Fredric Brown Update
•New Brown preorder item
•Robert Bloch Centennial — TODAY!
•Reviews on latest Kuttner
WELCOME TO 2017  • •

   Welcome to our first newsletter of 2017! Three months of 2017 are already gone and we’re here to show you what we’ve been up to during that time.

    If you were walking past a certain coffee shop in Clawson, Michigan last week, you might have glimpsed these in the front window:

   This means that the first two volumes of the FREDRIC BROWN MYSTERY LIBRARY MURDER DRAWS A CROWD and DEATH IN THE DARK have been at the bindery long enough to generate proofing materials for both books!
   In our last newsletter, we shared that Volume One (MURDER DRAWS A CROWD) needed very little updating to make it ready for the new printer. As for Volume Two (DEATH IN THE DARK), the delay has turned out to be the die-hard Fredric Brown-collector’s dream! Not only has enough water gone under the bridge to make the 2nd volume ready—we’ve used the time to uncover two additional “Colonel Cluck” columns from Independent Salesman magazine as well as identified the true source of Brown‘s “Willie Skid columns. We have verified that instead of Ford Dealer Service Bulletin (a phantom title it turns out) the “Willie Skid” columns appeared in the magazine Ford Dealer & Service Field. Does this really matter? Well, if it means more newly discovered Fredric Brown “Willie Skid” stories, you bet it does!
   If all goes well, our next newsletter will let you know that we have finished copies of both Vols. One and Two of FREDRIC BROWN MYSTERY LIBRARY in hand and that order processing is under way. Meanwhile, to pry loose some shekels from those of you have haven’t placed your preorders for both volumes, we’ll will take this moment to announce a . . .

   Some materialuncovered during the assembly of the first two volumes of FREDRIC BROWN MYSTERY LIBRARY didn’t make the cut and will appear in future collections. However, this little nugget about Brown’s “V.O.N. Munchdriller” character was too good not to be shared alongside these early volumes.
   So, i
f you’ve already placed your prepaid orders for Volume One (MURDER DRAWS A CROWD) and
Volume Two (DEATH IN THE DARK) then you’re already set up to receive this exclusive bookmark.*
   If you want this exclusive item, all you have to do is order both titlesor if you’ve already ordered one volume, place an order for the other titleand we’ll make sure your books ship with this little curiosity as a special THANK YOU for getting in early on the FREDRIC BROWN MYSTERY LIBRARY.
*This item will not be available after publication, so do not delay!



Robert Bloch was born 100 years ago today in Chicago, IL. We have been working for the better part of three years on a REALLY fun and exciting Robert Blochproject. It’s too soon to share any details except to say: it’s not going to take too big a bite out of your pocketbook. Or maybe it will, who can say.Meanwhile, check out the blogs of Todd Mason and Patricia Abbot. Todd and Patti have spent the better part of two weeks soliciting and harvesting a plethora of online journals, blogs, and research sites dedicated to the talents of this wonderfully entertaining gentleman.

Robert Bloch was a giant among giants in his field and his work continues to be shared and enjoyed by admirers around the world. We look forward to sharing more about our contribution to his impressive oeuvre very soon.


Edited by Stephen Haffner
Preface by Robert A. Madle
Introduction by Dr. Garyn G. Roberts
712-page smythe-sewn hardcover


We’re still getting good reviews and steady orders for what LOCUS magazine calls: “[a] huge collection [that] is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get. But, wow, is it ever fun.”

Foreword by Robert A. Madle
Introduction by Garyn G. Roberts, Ph.D.
We Are the Dead, Weird Tales, Apr ’37
The Case of Herbert Thorp, Weird Tales, Nov ’37
The Transgressor, Weird Tales, Feb ’39
Hydra, Weird Tales, Apr ’39
Murder for Fun, Thrilling Mystery, May ’39
The Watcher at the Door, Weird Tales, May ’39
The Hunt, Strange Stories, Jun ’39
“Telepathy Is News!”, Science Fiction, Jun ’39
Death Is Where You Find It, Thrilling Mystery, Jul ’39
The Curse of the Crocodile, Strange Stories, Aug ’39
The Misguided Halo, Unknown, Aug ’39
The Devil’s Brood, Thrilling Mystery, Sep ’39
Corpse Castle, Thrilling Mystery, Nov ’39
Towers of Death, Weird Tales, Nov ’39
Suicide Squad, Thrilling Wonder Stories, Dec ’39
Death Has Three Sisters, Thrilling Mystery, Jan ’40
When New York Vanished, Startling Stories, Mar ’40
All Is Illusion, Unknown, Apr ’40
Beauty and the Beast, Thrilling Wonder Stories, Apr ’40
Pegasus, Famous Fantastic Mysteries, May ’40
50 Miles Down, Fantastic Adventures, May ’40
Improbability, Astonishing Stories, Jun ’40
The Room of Souls, Strange Stories, Jun ’40
The Mad Virus, Science Fiction, Jun ’40
Dr. Cyclops, Thrilling Wonder Stories, Jun ’40
Time to Kill, Strange Stories, Jun ’40
No Man’s World, Thrilling Wonder Stories, Aug ’40
The Seal of Sin, Strange Stories, Aug ’40
World Without Air, Fantastic Adventures, Aug ’40
The Uncanny Power of Edwin Cobalt, Fantastic Adventures, October ’40

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