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Haffner Press Newsletter – April 27, 2018 – Look for a FROST-y Summer!

In This Issue: April 27, 2018 
  Look for another newsletter soon with a status report on forthcoming titles along with updated shipping info on our latest release: HALO FOR HIRE: THE COMPLETE PAUL PINE MYSTERIES. Meanwhile, we hope you enjoy the following info on the next Haffner Press release:



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Sample Endsheet
 


Sample Chapter Spread 


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THE COMPLETE IVY FROST
Donald Wandrei
Introduction by D. H. Olson
Cover
by Raymond Swanland
Decorated Endsheets
18 Double-page Chris Kalb-designed Chapter Spreads
700+ pageSmythe-sewn HardcoverPre-Order price: $45



**NEW** Pre-Order Bonus!!


*Place your order for THE COMPLETE IVY FROST
before publication and receive an *exclusive* postcard reproducing this portrait of author Donald Wandrei
by Minnesota artist Clem Haupers.**


Conten
ts of THE COMPLETE IVY FROST:
Introduction by D. H. Olson
“Frost,”  Clues Detective Stories Sep ’34
“Green Man—Creeping,”  Clues Detective Stories Nov ’34
“They Could Not Kill Him,”  Clues Detective Stories Feb ’35
“Bride of the Rats,”  Clues Detective Stories Apr ’35
“The Artist of Death,”  Clues Detective Stories Jun ’35
“Death Descending,”  Clues Detective Stories Aug ’35
“Impossible,”  Clues Detective Stories Oct ’35
“Merry-Go-Round,”  Clues Detective Stories Dec ’35
“Giants in the Valley,”  Clues Detective Stories Feb ’36
“Bone Crusher,”  Clues Detective Stories Apr ’36
“Panda,”  Clues Detective Stories Jul ’36
“The Lunatic Plague,”  Clues Detective Stories Aug ’36
“Killer’s Bait,”  Clues Detective Stories Nov ’36
“Stolen from the Morgue,”  Clues Detective Stories Jan ’37
“Blood in the Golden Crystal,”  Clues Detective Stories Mar ’37
“A Beetle or a Fox,”  Clues Detective Stories Jun ’37
“Skeletons, Inc,”  Clues Detective Stories Aug ’37
“Electric Devils,”  Clues Detective Stories Sep ’37

* Those who have already preordered their copies of THE COMPLETE IVY FROST are already enrolled to receive this exclusive postcard.

** By arrangement with the Minnesota Historical Society.


Posted in News,Newsletter on April 28, 2018 @ 2:08 pm | Comments Off

Haffner Press Newsletter – March 28, 2018 – HALO FOR HIRE Ships This Week!

In This Issue: March 28, 2018 
HALO FOR HIRE
THE COMPLETE PAUL PINE MYSTERIES
starts shipping April 1st (no foolin’!)

   We are (mostly) recovered from exhibiting at the March 18th Los Angeles Vintage Paperback Collectors Show in Glendale, CA. We were able to get a few cartons of HALO FOR HIRE: THE COMPLETE PAUL PINE MYSTERIES from the bindery to the show and the gentle folks below were kind enough to autograph copies purchased at the Haffner Press exhibit:

Laurel Blechman (cover artist), Stephen Haffner (editor), Richard A. Lupoff (introduction), Melissa Flagstad (afterword & Howard Browne’s daughter), Trond Flagstad (the face of the face of Paul Pine) 

   We are still acquiring and staging the balance of the inventory of HALO FOR HIRE — it’s a 1000-copy run and over 900 pages! — so we are holding the $50 pre-publication price until April 15th. Meanwhile, visit our Flickr page for more pics from the show.

HALO FOR HIRE:
THE COMPLETE PAUL PINE MYSTERIES
Howard Browne
Introduction by Richard A. Lupoff
Afterword by Melissa Flagstad
Cover
by Laurel Blechman
$60 928-page Smythe-sewn Hardcover

PRE-APRIL 15thORDER PRICE:
$50Contents:
Halo in Blood
Halo for Satan
Halo in Brass
“So Dark for April”
The Taste of Ashes
“The Paper Gun”


Paul Pine and the Shelter Cats

   No, it’s not the name of a cover-band — it’s how yer humble Poobah spends a bit of time chillaxin’ at the Catfé Lounge tinkering on your future wares. The Catfé Lounge is part of the Ferndale Cat Shelter and all these beauties are adoptable! With hardly any coaxing at all (ahem!), we had a few of our favorite kittehs pose with the new HALO FOR HIRE book:

(l to r) Ascot, Jinxy, Shepard, Stormy, Artemis


What’s Inside Your HALO?

   As seen in a photo above, we have striven to pay homage to the design aesthetics of the first editions of the Paul Pine novels. The foil-stamp for the front board of the 1946 hardcover of HALO IN BLOOD is echoed in the omnibus HALO FOR HIRE and the title page for each novel is stolen takes inspiration from the Bobbs-Merrill first editions.

Are You Looking for a New Friend?
   While most of you who receive this e-newsletter aren’t local to the Ferndale Cat Shelter, we encourage you to take a “mew-ment” to visit your local pet-adoption center and make a new friend. Meanwhile, we want to thank the special felines who modeled for this newsletter:

Ascot – Waiting to meet you!

Jinxy – ADOPTED!
Shepard – PENDING!
Stormy –
ADOPTED!
Artemis –
“I’m a new kitty and I’ll be available soon!”
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Haffner Press Newsletter – March 14, 2018 – Williamson News & Combo Offer

 In This Issue: March 14, 2018
    •  2018 Jack Williamson Lectureship
    •  Jack Williamson on Video & Audio
    •  Once-in-a-Lifetime Offer on
Jack Williamson Titles


 

The 42nd Annual Jack Williamson Lectureship will take place Friday, April 6, 2018 with Guest of Honor S.M. Stirling along with other writers, friends and fans from across the region. Stirling is the author of several series set in his popular “Emberverse” as well as the Lords of Creation series, the Shadowspawn series, and a number of alternate history novels. His latest Emberverse book, The Sea Peoples, was released in October 2017. Black Chamber, the first book in a new alternate history series, will be out in July 2018. Stirling currently lives in New Mexico; his interests include history, anthropology, archaeology and martial arts. Learn more about him at www.smstirling.com.

The complete schedule of events will be posted soon. All events are open to the public and everything except the luncheon is free. The luncheon costs $10, payable at the door, but reservations are required by April 2. Contact planning.analysis@enmu.edu for lunch reservations.


Jack Williamson on Video & Audio

  Meanwhile, here are two videos we hope you’ll find VERY entertaining. The first is REPORT FROM SANTA FE from 2016 featuring ENMU’s Dr. Patrice Caldwell and authors Daniel Abraham and Victor Milan. The second video is an audio recording from Baycon, the 26th WorldCon, in Oakland, California in 1968. This “Lovecraft and Pulp Fiction” panel (with accompanying photos) features Fritz Leiber, Robert Bloch, Edmond Hamilton, Emil Petaja, E. Hoffman Price, and Jack Williamson sharing what it was like to write for the pulps. The panel is moderated by Baycon co-chair Alva Rogers. Courtesy of the Pacifica Radio Archives. If you enjoy this, please subscribe to the FANAC Youtube channel. 

“Report from Sante Fe” from 2016 with Dr. Caldwell, Daniel Abraham, and Victor Milan
(YouTube)
1969 Baycon Panel w/Leiber, Bloch, Hamilton, Petaja, Price, and Williamson
(Youtube)

Once-in-a-Lifetime Special
Offer on Jack Williamson Titles

   We just published a 900+ page book (HALO FOR HIRE: THE COMPLETE PAUL PINE MYSTERIES by Howard Browne) and we need to clear out some storage space here at the Secret Moon Base. As next month brings the 42nd Annual Jack Williamson Lectureship, we’re going to offer the following FOUR Jack Williamson books at a special combo price! Buy them for yourself, buy them for a friend. This is a Once-in-a-Lifetime chance to score nearly 2000 pages of Grandmaster-quality texts, including 8 (count ‘em, EIGHT!) never before published stories not available anywhere else. At retail, these 4 titles combined would cost $124.00. But for the moment, you can get all four books for $89.00 USD with FREE SHIPPING via Media Mail in the USA. (Int’l customers please contact us for a shipping rate.) You save $35 if you get in on this offer right meow!. And these are not dinged-copies, these are minty-fresh shrinkwrapped hardcovers (for SEVENTY-FIVE and WORLDS) and autographed trade paperbacks (IN MEMORY… and THIRTY-FIVE YEARS…). Click to order.


However, if you only need to add certain volumes to your library, copies may be ordered individually below:

Seventy-Five:
The Diamond Anniversary
of a Science Fiction Pioneer

The Worlds of Jack Williamson:
A Centennial Tribute
(1908-2008)

In Memory of Wonder’s Child
35 Years of the Williamson Lectureship


Posted in Events,Newsletter on March 14, 2018 @ 1:29 pm | Comments Off

Haffner Press Newsletter – February 22, 2018 – Paul Pine at the Bindery . . .

In This Issue: February 22, 2018
Now at the bindery:

 At 928 pages, the next release from the Secret Moon Base of Haffner Press is our longest title to date! We want to give all of you who preordered HALO FOR HIRE: THE COMPLETE PAUL PINE MYSTERIES (first announced in 2012) a big THANK YOU for hanging with us while this tome came together.
For those keeping score, editorial work began on these tales as far back as 2004. Frank M. Robinson, author of THE POWER and THE GLASS INFERNO (and Howard Browne’s office-boy at the 1940s offices of Amazing Stories) was originally on board to write the introduction, and the magnificent artist Glen Orbik was engaged to provide the cover painting. Sadly, both men passed away before they could contribute; Frank in 2014 and Glen in 2015.
But time and tide wait for no one and popular culture historian (and unabashed fan) Richard A. Lupoff stepped up to do the introduction (and it’s fantastic!) for HALO FOR HIRE. An accomplished illustrator herself (your Big Poobah first encountered her work in 1997 for DC Comics), Laurel Blechman agreed to handle the cover art. Laurel and Glen have been a couple for decades and you may view much of their work at their website. Howard Browne’s daughter, Melissa Flagstad, provides an afterword and contributed a heretofore unpublished poem by the author to close out the book. And to hep a few of you: that’s NOT Bruce Willis on the cover—Melissa’s husband, Trond Flagstad, lends his visage as the face of Paul Pine.
Below is a link to preorder HALO FOR HIRE: THE COMPLETE PAUL PINE MYSTERIES at a pre-publication price of $50; the retail price upon publication will be $60, so don’t wait too long!
It is hoped that we will have copies to show/sell at the Los Angeles Vintage Paperback Collectors’ Show in Glendale on Sunday, March 18th. We hope to see many of you there!

HALO FOR HIRE:
THE COMPLETE PAUL PINE MYSTERIES

Howard Browne
Introduction by Richard A. Lupoff
Afterword by Melissa Flagstad
Cover
by Laurel Blechman
928-page Smythe-sewn Hardcover

PREORDER PRICE:
$50Contents:
Halo in Blood
Halo for Satan
Halo in Brass
“So Dark for April”
The Taste of Ashes
“The Paper Gun”

Some related links you may enjoy:
ThrillingDetective.com on Paul Pine
  Mystery*File posts on Howard Browne
  Ed Gorman’s many blog posts on Howard Browne
  A TUMBLR page of art by LAUREL BLECHMAN
  LAUREL BLECHMAN’s personal gallery page
  Richard A. Lupoff’s Wikipedia page


Here are some blurbs we harvested from the webs for the first three Paul Pine novels from their initial appearances in the late 1940s:

HALO IN BLOOD
“A rough tale with a brilliant opening situation in which twelve persons participate in the burial of a nameless bum. This is as surprising and bizarre a gambit as I can remember.”
Vincent Starrett in Chicago Tribune

“Paul Pine pulls no punches in solving this gory mass murder starring a dangerous female. It’s a supertoughie.”
Saturday Review of Literature

“There is no gainsaying the swift pace, the excitement-packed pages and toughness of this thriller.”
New York Sun

“Halo in Blood is never dull with its lightning action, plausible situations, believable characters, Paul Pine may well be added to the company of such private sleuths as Philip Marlowe and Same Spade. That’s high acclaim.”
Chicago Sun

“A mystery of the first order that differs materially in the writing from the customary pattern. The writing is bright as a new dollar, and as up-to-the-minute as a stock ticker. From the moment Pine unexpectedly joins a funeral party for an unidentified murder victim to the climax, writer Evans [Howard Browne] has done a good job.”
Philadelphia Bulletin

HALO FOR SATAN
“Seldom does a mystery work up to such a thrilling solution. The account of how tough, witty Paul Pine seeks a manuscript valued at many millions provides one of the most imaginative mysteries in years. A flawless puzzler.”
Boston Post

“Paul Pine, who can be called a believable Sam Spade, gets into a deal that shocks even his shockproof nature. He’s in a typical spotsquarely in the middle and fighting hard to keep himself and his client in the clear. Halo for Satan is terrific. Evans [Browne] is doing an impressive job.”
Philadelphia Bulletin

“Wonderfully different. It’s as exciting as all-get-out and the ending willhonestlyknock you off your fee.”
Craig Rice in Los Angeles News

“Murderous and startling . . . unusual premise for “tough guy” mystery this one has rough stuff galore, snapping Mid-West atmosphere and surprise finish. It’s l
urid and lively.

Saturday Review of Literature

HALO IN BRASS
“Exceptionally toughand exceptionally goodopus peopled mainly by unpleasant characters and ending in fashion that may surprise all but keen-eyed.

Saturday Review of Literature

 

Posted in Events,News,Newsletter on February 23, 2018 @ 1:01 pm | Comments Off

Newsletter – December 16, 2017

 In This Issue: December 16, 2017
•  CAPTAIN FUTURE Goes Fourth!
•  PAUL PINE Gets Covered!
•  Robert Bloch Strikes Bites Back! •  Join Us on FACEBOOK!

  Happy Holidays, fellow spacers! We’re sitting under several inches of snow here at the Secret Moon Base, so be on the lookout for another newsletter in the coming weeks with updates on all our forthcoming titles. Meanwhile, we pulled the trigger on a new title and have just received some artwork on others, so enjoy the news below and . . . Keep Watching the Skies!


CAPTAIN FUTURE Goes Fourth!
  We published Volume Three of THE COLLECTED CAPTAIN FUTURE back in December 2013. It’s been longer than anyone would have desired, but we’re happy to announce that 2018 will see THE COLLECTED CAPTAIN FUTURE, VOLUME FOUR. Hopefully, Vols. 5 & 6 won’t be too far in your . . . future .. .THE COLLECTED CAPTAIN FUTURE, VOL. FOUR
Edmond Hamilton & Joseph Samachson
700+ pages Smythe-sewn Hardcover

Contents:
Introduction
“Under Observation” – The Captain Future Letters Column
The Face of the Deep  (Captain Future, Win ’43)
Worlds to Come  (Captain Future, Spr ’43)
The Star of Dread  (Captain Future, Sum ’43)
Magic Moon  (Captain Future, Win ’44)
“The Future of Captain Future”
Appendix of original interior artwork
PREORDER PRICE: $45

PAUL PINE Gets Covered!
HALO FOR HIRE:
THE COMPLETE PAUL PINE MYSTERIES

Howard Browne
Introduction by Richard A. Lupoff
Cover
by Laurel Blechman
900+ page Smythe-sewn Hardcover

PREORDER PRICE: $50


Cover artist Laurel Blechman recently sent alonga pic of her artwork for this bookcase-crushing omnibus of ALL of Howard Browne’s Chicago private eye, Paul Pine. More coverage in a future newsletter, but we just HAD to show this to you ASAP!
Contents:
Halo in Blood
Halo for Satan
Halo in Brass
“So Dark for April”
The Taste of Ashes
“The Paper Gun”  


Some related links you may enjoy:
   •  A TUMBLR page of art by LAUREL BLECHMAN
   •  LAUREL BLECHMAN’s personal gallery page
   •  A tribute to GLEN ORBIK from HEAVY METAL.com
   •  More images and background on Glen Orbik from the Killer Covers blog
   •  Richard A. Lupoff’s Wikipedia page 

ROBERT BLOCH Strikes Bites Back!
THE VAMPIRE STORIES OF ROBERT BLOCHThe first new Robert Bloch collection in over five years!
PREORDER PRICE: $45Contents:
“The Feast in the Abbey”
“The Beasts of Barsac”
“The Shambler from the Stars”
“The Opener of the Way”
“The Bat Is My Brother”
“The Skull of the Marquis de Sade”
“Tooth or Consequences”
“The Hungry House”
“The Light-House”
“I Kiss Your Shadow”
“The Undead”
“The Yougoslaves”
“The Bedposts of Life”
“The Scent of Vinegar”
[more...]
Set aside a few hours and peruse these links, culled mostly by Patricia Abbott & Todd Masonduring the week of Robert Bloch’s 100th Birthday:Patricia Abbott’s Bloch Centennial List  • Todd Mason’s Bloch Centennial List
  • 100 Years of Robert Bloch at Pulpfest.com
  • Jeff Segal’s blogpost on Robert Bloch in comic books

Join Us on Facebook


  If you’re not following Haffner Press on Facebook, now is the best time! We have flash-contests, a random-drawing for a gift-card for every 50 LIKEs, and more!
Plus, it’s the fastest way to get updates on forthcoming books, sneak-peeks at what’s in the pipeline, etc.
  We also have a Facebook page for our COLLECTED EDMOND HAMILTON project. While not as active as the main Haffner Press page, you will find more comic-book related materials than we might otherwise post.


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Posted in News,Newsletter on December 16, 2017 @ 4:26 pm | Comments Off

PRESS RELEASE: The Vampire Stories of Robert Bloch from Haffner Press – And How You Can Help!

 

 In This Issue: August 22, 2017
Coming in 2018 . . .
THE VAMPIRE STORIES OF ROBERT BLOCH

   Robert Bloch (1917-1994) is one of the most fondly remembered and collected authors of crime, horror, fantasy, and science fiction of the 20th Century. Noted by many as the author of Psycho, Bloch wrote hundreds of short stories and over 30 novels. He was a member of the Lovecraft Circle and began his career by emulating H.P. Lovecraft’s brand of “cosmic horror.” He later specialized in crime and horror stories dealing with a more psychological approach.
THE VAMPIRE STORIES OF ROBERT BLOCH
Illustrated by Gahan Wilson
Edited by Stephen Haffner
500+ page Smythe-sewn Hardcover
ISBN:
978-1-893887-90-9
PREORDER PRICE: $45Contents:
“The Feast in the Abbey”
“The Beasts of Barsac”
“The Shambler from the Stars”
“The Opener of the Way”
“The Mannikin”
“A Question of Identity”
“The Cloak”
“Unheavenly Twin”
“Nursemaid to Nightmares”
“Fear Planet”
“Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper”
“Black Barter”
“Death Is a Vampire”
“The Bat Is My Brother”
“The Skull of the Marquis de Sade”
“The Bogey Man Will Get You”
“Tooth or Consequences”
“The Hungry House”
“The Man Who Collected Poe”
“The Light-House”
“I Kiss Your Shadow”
“Dig That Crazy Grave”
“The Sleeping Redheads” aka “Sleeping Beauty”
“Hungarian Rhapsody”
“The Living Dead”
“A Case of the Stubborns”
“The Undead”
“The Yougoslaves”
“The Bedposts of Life”
“The Scent of Vinegar”

Here’s How You Can Help!
 

  While we have secured permission from the rights-handlers for Gahan Wilson‘s artwork for the cover image, we have been unable to locate the original “Parkbench Vampire” painting.

  The image originally appeared on the cover of the humor digest, FOR LAUGHING OUT LOUD #33 (Dell Magazines, October, 1964) promising a “Hilarious Monster Issue!”.
   As shown above and to the right, someonesomewherehad access to the original artwork and placed a low-res image on the internet.
  We have sent queries to several Gahan Wilson-collectors as well as many collectors of SF-art-in-general asking for the whereabouts of the original artwork, but nothing has surfaced yet.
So, if you, or someone you know, has a lead on where the original artwork resides, or can assist in supplying a high-resolution scan of the painting, please contact us ASAP at info@haffnerpress.com

2017 is Robert Bloch’s Centennial


  Meanwhile, set aside a few hours and peruse these links, culled mostly by Patricia Abbott & Todd Mason during the week of Robert Bloch‘s 100th Birthday:

  • Patricia Abbott’s Bloch Centennial List
  • Todd Mason’s Bloch Centennial List
  • 100 Years of Robert Bloch at Pulpfest.com
  • Jeff Segal’s blogpost on Robert Bloch in comic books
  Podcast: The Horror Show with Brian Keene (WARNING: NSFW!)


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Posted in Events,News,Newsletter on August 22, 2017 @ 1:44 pm | Comments Off

Haffner Press “Killer B’s” Newsletter – Brown, Bloch, Brackett – August 14, 2017

 In This Issue: August 14, 2017
•  Fredric Brown Mystery Library – Update
•  Robert Bloch Strikes Bites Back!
•  Forgotten Horrors Podcast Fredric Brown
•  The Book of Stark Some Final Artwork
•  Washington Post Says . . .
•  Join Us on Facebook

Fredric Brown Mystery Library—Update



Let’s start off this newsletter with a sincere and heartfelt THANK YOU!! too each and every one of you who ordered (and pre-ordered!) the first two volumes of the FREDRIC BROWN MYSTERY LIBRARY: MURDER DRAWS A CROWD and DEATH IN THE DARK. We had 5+ years of pent-up demand for these books and—once the books were available for shipping—we had a wonderful (and vexing!) deluge of new orders that only now are we up-to-date with open orders. Oh, there are a few stragglers that need some TLC, but we are finally in a position where we can ship your Fredric Brown orders out within 1-2 days. Thanks again for all your patience and, based on initial feedback, we feel that the finished books are worth the wait!
And consider this FAIR WARNING that we’ve shipped hundreds of both titles since April and we forecast both titles going OUT OF PRINT before the end of the year.
Meanwhile, here’s recent some feedback that warmed our cockles:

“You’ve outdone yourself on these Fredric Browns: beautiful, beautiful, and beautifuller, I must say. Back in the day, when I was cranking out that series [the 20-volume Fredric Brown in the Detective Pulps (Dennis McMillan Books, 1984-1991)], I purposely limited the number of stories per tome, just so I knew I’d have SOMETHING to publish that I had (an almost) “guaranteed” customer base for, so I’d know I could survive a while longer as a small publisher, but you’re doing them the way they SHOULD be done, and presented in the coolest manner I can think of, frankly. So, congratulations, and (of course) thanks for dedicating the first one to me–I think that’s the first tome that’s ever been dedicated to me…  All I can say further is, Keep up the great work! The shade of Fredric Brown is smiling down upon you!
       —Dennis McMillan


Robert Bloch Strikes Bites Back!


   When the Centennial of Robert Bloch was celebrated a few months ago (April 5, 2017), we had some pretty cool ideas in the works that we wanted to share on that important date. But, the best-laid plans of rats and Renfield‘s often go awry, so it is only NOW that we can share the FANTASTIC news that we are working on . . .  THE VAMPIRE STORIES OF ROBERT BLOCH!
 
  This is the first new Robert Bloch collection in over five years!
  We’ll have a formal Press Release in the near future, so in the meantime, click the image to view our preordering page with the Table of Contents and the current cover by legendary illustrator, Gahan Wilson.  Meanwhile, set aside a few hours and peruse these links, culled mostly by Patricia Abbott & Todd Mason during the week of Robert Bloch‘s 100th Birthday:  • Patricia Abbott’s Bloch Centennial List

  • Todd Mason’s Bloch Centennial List
  • 100 Years of Robert Bloch at Pulpfest.com
  • Jeff Segal’s blogpost on Robert Bloch in comic books
  Podcast: The Horror Show with Brian Keene (WARNING: NSFW!)


Forgotten Horrors Podcast — Fredric Brown


  Around the 2nd week of every month, we start jonesing for the latest episode of the FORGOTTEN HORRORS PODCAST. Produced by Joey Hambrick and hosted by pop-culture scholars Michael H. Price & John Wooley, this monthly audio delight is a vehicle mainly to promote Price’s indispensable FORGOTTEN HORRORS volumes from Cremo Studios.
In addition to that, Price & Wooley bring their near-infinite knowledge of film-lore, genre literature, and music to bear on a huge range of, well . . . forgotten horror films. They also riff on biker films, Oliver Hardy, Barbara Stanwyck, Gilligan’s Island, and, well . . . you get the idea.
Back in the spring, to boost the launch of the new Fredric Brown collections, Haffner Press sponsored their April podcast and Price & Wooley set their sights on two films adapted from the works of Fredric Brown: CRACK-UP (RKO, 1946) starring Pat O’Brien and based on “Madman’s Holiday” from Street & Smith’s Detective Story Magazine, July 1943; and THE SCREAMING MIMI(Columbia, 1958) starring Anita Ekberg and based on Brown’s 1949 novel.
Check out these links to see how they promoted, presented, and followed-up on the Fredric Brown Special. Knowledge was shared, opinions expressed, prizes won . . . it’s a blast!  •  Episode 37: Guilty Hands (1931)
  •  Episode 38: Fredric Brown Special – Sponsored by Haffner Press
  •  Episode 39: “Zenobia” (1939)
  •  Episode 40: “Phantom of Chinatown” (1940)

THE BOOK OF STARK —Some Final Artwork


  Cover artist Raymond Swanland has delivered the final art for the first of two covers for THE BOOK OF STARK by Leigh Brackett. We think it’s fantastic and will only be superseded by the second cover artwork.

In case you missed it here are the specs for THE BOOK OF STARK:

700+ pages
Smythe-sewn Hardcover
$45.00

Contents
“Queen of the Martian Catacombs”
“Enchantress of Venus”
“Black Amazon of Mars”
“Stark and the Star Kings”
The Ginger Star
The Hounds of Skaith
The Reavers of Skaith
“1977: Notes for Stark #4″


For quite a while we‘ve been angling for THE BOOK OF STARK to contain commentary from editors and filmmakers who had the honor of working with Leigh Brackett. Sadly, most of these personalities are no longer with us, or have retired from public life. As of this writing, we plan to take the book to presswithout such material. If this situation changes, you’ll be the very first people we tell!


Washington Post Says . . .
 

  It totally came out of the blue, but on Monday July 3rd we received a query from the Washington Post Book World asking for cover images and pictures of our authors for a Thursday, July 6th small press round up.
Seeing as it’s the 21st Century — and time and tide wait for no man — we were stunned when the Tuesday July 4th online edition of the Post hit the web with a very complimentary column by America’s Bookman, Michael Dirda!  The full article is HERE, and here are Mr. Dirda’s remarks in re: Haffner Press:

Haffner Press. If you have any interest in pulp fiction, this is the publisher for you. Stephen Haffner issues substantial hardback volumes devoted to the magazine stories of Edmond Hamilton (creator of Captain Future); the crime fiction of Fredric Brown; the early work of Leigh Brackett (whose later credits include the screenplay for “The Empire Strikes Back”); and the occult detective stories of Manly Wade Wellman. One recent title, “The Watcher at the Door,” is the second volume in an ongoing series devoted to the weird tales of the versatile Henry Kuttner. Its foreword is by Robert A. Madle, a Rockville, Md., book and magazine dealer, who may be the oldest living person to have attended the first World Science Fiction Convention, held in 1939.”

  Well, despite the lack of images of our books and authors accompanying the article, we’re pretty chuffed. It’s not every day that a major news outlet not only says nice things about you, but also spells your name correctly (twice!), and gives a well-deserved shout-out to Bob Madle. Thank you very much, Mr. Dirda and the staff of the Washington Post Book World.


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

April 19, 2017
 

FREDRIC BROWN MYSTERY LIBRARY
THE COUNTDOWN HAS BEGUN

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

FLASH!

   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.*

 

VOLUME ONE
MURDER DRAWS A CROWD
VOLUME TWO
DEATH IN THE DARK
BONUS
BOOKMARK


   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
 
• • A BELATED
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.

• • FREDRIC BROWN UPDATE • •
    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 . . .

• • NEW FREDRIC BROWN PREORDER ITEM • •
   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!

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• • ROBERT BLOCH CENTENNIAL — TODAY! • •.

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.


THE WATCHER AT THE DOOR:
THE EARLY KUTTNER, VOLUME TWO

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

ORDER NOW: $45.00  W/FREE SHIPPING*


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.”

Contents:
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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Haffner Press Newsletter – December 28, 2016 – Fredric Brown Updates!!

 In This Issue: December 28, 2016
• • FREDRIC BROWN UPDATE • •


We hope each of you and your families are having a happy and safe Holiday Season. Here at the Secret Moon Base, we are still working on making the best books we can of your favorite writers. This time ’round, we have updates on the long-gestating first two volumes of the FREDRIC BROWN MYSTERY LIBRARY. So, getting to it . . .
The first volume, MURDER DRAWS A CROWD was given to a printer in August 2015 and they alerted us on December 7th that finished copies were available for pick-up. As detailed in previous newsletters, the binding method used to make the cloth-covered case fit the page-block matched no book we’ve ever seen, let alone published. This binding method also forced the spine of the dustjacket to wrap onto the back of the book. When we were informed that the entire inventory was bound in this manner, we rejected the whole lot. Despite a lengthy dialogue, this printer refused to make any corrections let alone mount a reprinting. One a brighter note, bringing MURDER DRAWS A CROWD up to date for a different printer requires only minor changes (mostly updating copyright notices from 2015 to 2017).For the second volume, DEATH IN THE DARK, layout & design are complete, along with the introduction, proofreading, copyright notices, etc. Aside from a new cover image, the largest bit of work remaining involves the interior illustrations. These illustrations are taken from the original magazine publications (requiring more than four years of research and acquisition!) and every single one of them will undergo a painstaking (and back-breaking!) digital clean-up to present them in the best light. FYI, we’re still looking for a logo for the magazine The Michigan Well Driller.

Based on the beautiful job done by a different (and much more reliable) printer on our recent Henry Kuttner book, THE WATCHER AT THE DOOR: THE EARLY KUTTNER, VOLUME TWO, the plan is to send both
MURDER DRAWS A CROWD and DEATH IN THE DARK to this superior vendor in 1st Quarter 2017. We’ll share more news and we have it, and thanks for hanging with us on these titles; we hope you feel the delay was worth the wait.Meanwhile, you can read one of Fredric Brown’s first-published stories, “Blood of the Dragon” (from

Variety Detective Magazine Feb. 39) HERE:


CHIEF OF POLICE Walworth smacked the top of his desk with his hand so hard that the impact sounded like a revolver shot. “I tell you, ‘Deadpan,’ we’ve got to get those counterfeiters soon, damn soon, or the commissioner will have me out on the sidewalk. And the newspapers are howling like banshees!”
     His ace detective and closest friend, seated across the desk from him, replied calmly, placatingly: “We’ve been doing everything we can, Phil. After all—”
“We know the stuff’s being made right in or near this very town. Whenever a green-goods dealer or pusher gets picked up anywhere in the state
  [MORE]


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.Sample Story Spread

.Sample Story Spread

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MURDER DRAWS A CROWD:
FREDRIC BROWN MYSTERY LIBRARY,
VOLUME ONE

Edited by Stephen Haffner
Introduction by Jack Seabrook
744-page smythe-sewnhardcover
ORDER NOW:  $45.00 W/FREE SHIPPING*

CONTENTS:
“The Apprenticeship of Fredric Brown: 1936-1942”
The Moon for a Nickel, Detective Story Magazine Mar. 38
The Cheese on Stilts, Thrilling Detective Jan. 39
Blood of the Dragon, Variety Detective Magazine Feb. 39
There Are Bloodstains in the Alley, Detective Yarns Feb. 39
Murder at 10:15, Clues Detective Stories May 39
The Prehistoric Clue, Ten Detective Aces Jul. 40
Trouble in a Teacup, Detective Fiction Weekly Jul-13-1940
Murder Draws a Crowd, Detective Fiction Weekly Jul-27-1940
Footprints on the Ceiling, Ten Detective Aces Sep. 40
The Little Green Men, The Masked Detective Fall 1940
Town Wanted, Detective Fiction Weekly Sep-7-1940
Herbie Rides His Hunch, Detective Fiction Weekly Oct-19-1940
The Stranger from Trouble Valley, Western Short Stories Nov. 40
The Strange Sisters Strange, Det. Fic. Weekly Dec-28-1940
How Tagrid Got There, unpublished until 1986
Fugitive Imposter, Ten Detective Aces Jan. 41
The King Comes Home, Thrilling Detective Jan. 41
Big-Top Doom, Ten Detective Aces Mar 41
The Discontented Cows, G-Men Detective Mar. 41
Life and Fire, Detective Fiction Weekly Mar-22-1941
Big-League Larceny, Ten Detective Aces Apr. 41
Selling Death Short, Ten Detective Aces Apr. 41
Client Unknown, The Phantom Detective Apr. 41
Your Name in Gold, The Phantom Detective Jun. 41
Here Comes the Hearse, 10-Story Detective Jul. 41
Six-Gun Song, 10-Story Detective Jul. 41
Star-Spangled Night, Coronet Jul. 41
Wheels Across the Night, G-Men Detective Jul. 41
Little Boy Lost, Detective Fiction Weekly Aug-2-1941
Bullet for Bullet, Western Short Stories Oct. 41
Listen to the Mocking Bird, G-Men Detective Nov. 41
You’ll End Up Burning!, Ten Detective Aces Nov. 41
Number Bug, Exciting Detective Winter 1941
Thirty Corpses Every Thursday, Detective Tales Dec. 41
Trouble Comes Double, Popular Detective Dec. 41
Clue in Blue, Thrilling Mystery Jan. 42
Death is a White Rabbit, Strange Detective Mysteries Jan. 42
Twenty Gets You Plenty, G-Men Detective Jan. 42
Bloody Murder, Detective FictionJan-10-1942
Appendix:
The “V.O.N. Munchdriller” stories from The Driller
The “William Z. Williams” stories from Excavating Engineer


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.Digital clean-up in progress

.Sample Story image

.Sample Appendix Spread

DEATH IN THE DARK:
FREDRIC BROWN MYSTERY LIBRARY,
VOLUME TWO

Edited by Stephen Haffner
Introduction by Jack Seabrook
744-page smythe-sewnhardcover
ORDER NOW: $45.00  W/FREE SHIPPING*

CONTENTS:

“Fredric Brown Begins to Master the Pulp Mystery Form: 1942”
Little Apple Hard to Peel, Detective Tales Feb. 42
Death in the Dark, Dime Mystery Mar. 42
The Incredible Bomber, G-Men Detective Mar. 42
Pardon My Ghoulish Laughter, Strange Detective Mys. Mar. 42
Twice-Killed Corpse, Ten Detective Aces Mar. 42
A Cat Walks, Detective Story Magazine Apr. 42
Mad Dog!, Detective Book Magazine Spring 1942
Moon Over Murder, The Masked Detective Spring 1942
“Who Did I Murder?”, Detective Short Stories Apr. 42
Murder in Furs, Thrilling Detective May 42
Suite for Flute and Tommy Gun, Detective Story Mag. Jun. 42
Three-Corpse Parlay, Popular Detective Jun. 42
A Date to Die, Strange Detective Mysteries Jul. 42
Red is the Hue of Hell, Strange Detective Mysteries Jul. 42
Two Biers for Two, Clues Detective Stories Jul. 42
“You’ll Die Before Dawn”, Mystery Magazine Jul. 42
Get Out of Town, Thrilling Detective Sep. 42
A Little White Lye, Ten Detective Aces Sep. 42
The Men Who Went Nowhere, Dime Mystery Sep. 42
Nothing Sinister, Mystery Magazine Sep. 42
The Numberless Shadows, Detective Story Magazine Sep. 42
Satan’s Search Warrant, 10-Story Detective Sep. 42
Where There’s Smoke, Black Book Detective Sep. 42
Boner, Popular Detective Oct. 42
Legacy of Murder, Exciting Mystery Oct. 42
The Santa Claus Murders, Detective Story Magazine Oct. 42
Double Murder, Thrilling Detective Nov. 42
A Fine Night for Murder, Detective Tales Nov. 42
Heil, Werewolf!, Dime Mystery Nov. 42
I’ll See You at Midnight, Clues Detective Stories Nov. 42
The Monkey Angle, Thrilling Detective Nov. 42
Satan One-and-a-Half, Dime Mystery Nov. 42

Appendix:
The “Willie Skid” stories from Ford Dealer Service Bulletin
The “Colonel Cluck” stories from The Michigan Well Driller, Independent Salesman, and The Inventor
The “Barnyard Bill” stories from Feedstuffs

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