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PRESS RELEASE – Long lost Henry Kuttner story coming from Haffner Press!!

K r a z y   K o o k y   K u t t n e r   K o r n e r     

J u l y  18,  2 0 1 9

   We have a LOT of news to share before the end of summer and we’re keeping this issue focused on a single title, but boy-o-boy have we found a way to make it even more special for you! Without further ado: Welcome to this special edition we’re calling Krazy Kooky Kuttner Korner.  


Henry Kuttner & Frederick B. Shroyer circa 1939


   It’s taken more than 8 years to assemble the relevant components and we are very, very pleased to announce . . . 

The long-lost serial by
Henry Kuttner
“MASTER OF THE DAMNED”

(illustration by John V Baltadonis)

   Submitted by Kuttner on January 6, 1937, the 3500-word terror-tale “Master of the Damned” was serialized in three issues ( July 1937, Vol. 1 No. 2, Winter 1937 Vol. 1 No. 3, and November 1938 Vol. 1 No. 4) of John Weir’s hectographed fanzine FANTASMAGORIA. The story involves witches, warlocks and . . . well, here’s Mr. Kuttner’s chilling prose to give you a sample:

   Incubi and succubi leaped and cried beside shrieking hags. Warlocks bestrode yelling mooncalves that cavorted through the throng, and demons and familiars mingled with the coven. A monstrous, bloated head, leering and chuckling, crawled past on spidery legs, and in its wake crept a thing like a monstrous turtle, save that human hands and feet propelled the creature on its way. Curiously deformed toads and serpents squirmed underfoot, and great cats, monstrously altered, capered in the wake of their masters. I saw a headless thing, with a grinning face growing on its belly, rush up to the altar, carrying a tall black candle, and light it from the red flame that sprang, apparently, from the ground itself before the altar.


YIKES! And there are 3,380 more words to the story!! Speaking of which, how can you get a copy of “Master of the Damned”? Well, if you’ve placed a preorder for DESIGNS FOR DREAMING: THE EARLY KUTTNER, VOLUME THREE, then you’re already in line to receive it! You read that correctly: “Master of the Damned” is available as an exclusive chapbook shipping with all preordered copies of DESIGNS FOR DREAMING at no extra charge!
   So, get on board, smash that Preorder link
, and make your Kuttner book kollection something that everyone will krave!



Getting low in stock:

DESIGNS FOR DREAMING:
The Early Kuttner,
Volume Three
Introduction by Dr. Garyn G. Roberts
Cover art by Robert Gibson-Jones
ISBN: 9781893887879
700+ pages
Smythe-sewn binding
Full cloth-covered binding boards
Target Date: April 2020Preorder: $45


CONTENTS
Introduction by Garyn G. Roberts, Ph.D.
The Elixir of Invisibility (nv) Fantastic Adventures Oct ’40
To Boatl and Back (ss) Strange Stories Oct ’40
Reverse Atom (ss) Thrilling Wonder Stories Nov ’40
Threshold (ss) Unknown Dec ’40
Death Is My Daughter (ss) Strange Detective Mysteries Jan ’41
Remember Tomorrow (nv) Thrilling Wonder Stories Jan ’41
Wings of the Bat (ss) Thrilling Mystery Jan ’41
Hunger After Dark (ss) Terror Tales Mar ’41
Men Die Alone (ss) Thrilling Mystery Mar ’41
The Land of Time to Come (na) Thrilling Wonder  Apr ’41
The Touching-Point (ss) Stirring Science Stories Apr ’41
Seven Keys to Doom (ss) Thrilling Mystery May ’41
Tube to Nowhere (ss) Thrilling Wonder Stories Jun ’41
Mind Over Murder (ss) Spicy Mystery Jul ’41
A Skull Has No Ears (nv) Thrilling Mystery Jul ’41
The Devil We Know (nv) Unknown Aug ’41
The Blood Is the Life (ss) Thrilling Mystery Sep ’41
The Tree of Life, (ss) Astonishing Stories Sep ’41
A Gnome There Was (nv) Unknown Oct ’41
Chameleon Man (nv) Weird Tales Nov ’41
Design for Dreaming (nv) Unknown Feb ’42
The Burning Corpse (nv) Thrilling Mystery Mar ’42
Later Than You Think (ss) Fantastic Adventures Mar ’42
Silent Eden (ss) Startling Stories Mar ’42

Posted in Uncategorized on July 18, 2019 @ 12:14 pm | Comments Off

In This Issue: April 18, 2019 
Announcing for 2020
•  Market for Murder: Fredric Brown Mystery Library, Volume Three
•  Designs for Dreaming: The Early Kuttner, Volume Three
•  The Complete Ed & Am Hunter Mysteries

   Hey, everybody. We just returned from exhibiting at the Windy City Pulp & Paper Convention in Lombard, IL where a grand time was had by all. While there, we took the opportunity to share proofs and cover concepts for some titles we have planned for 2020. Tomorrow, look for a two-part newsletter with updates on our 2019 titles (some good news, some bad news, and a some wonderful surprises). So, getting to it, here’s someof the titles we have planned for next year:


Low in stock:

   
MARKET FOR MURDER:
Fredric Brown Mystery Library,
Volume Three
Introduction by Jack Seabrook
ISBN: 9781893887985
744 pages
Smythe-sewn binding
Decorated endpapers
Full cloth-covered binding boards
Over 50 illustrations
Target Date: March 2020

Preorder: $4530+ pulp magazine stories from:
Detective Tales
Dime Mystery
Clues Detective Stories

Thrilling Detective

Thrilling Mystery
Detective Aces
Popular Detective
New Detective Magazine
Mystery Magazine
3-43
Detective Short Stories
Strange Detective Mysteries
Mystery Magazine
The Shadow
Street & Smith’s Detective Story Magazine

Full Contents HERE

STILL AVAILABLE (fer now!)

Vol. One MURDER DRAWS A CROWD
Vol. Two DEATH IN THE DARK




in stock:

DESIGNS FOR DREAMING:
The Early Kuttner,
Volume Three
Introduction by Dr. Garyn G. Roberts
ISBN: 9781893887879
712 pages
Smythe-sewn binding
Decorated endpapers
Full cloth-covered binding boards
Target Date: April 2020

Preorder: $4524 pulp magazine stories from
Fantastic Adventures
Strange Stories
Thrilling Wonder Stories
Strange Detective Mysteries
Thrilling Mystery
Terror Tales
Stirring Science Stories
Spicy Mystery
Astonishing Stories
Weird Tales
STILL AVAILABLE (fer now!)
Vol. Two THE WATCHER AT THE DOORSorry, Vol. One TERROR IN THE HOUSE is out of print.




 
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THE COMPLETE
ED & AM HUNTER
MYSTERIES

by Fredric Brown
Introduction by Jack Seabrook
ISBN: 9781893887855
Two Volumes, 1000+ pages
Smythe-sewn binding
Full cloth-covered binding boards
Target Date: September 2020

Preorder: $95

7 novels and two short stories of this nephew-and-uncle crime solving duo:
The Fabulous Clipjoint
The Dead Ringer
The Bloody Moonlight
Compliments of a Fiend
Death Has Many Doors
The Late Lamented
“Before She Kills”
Mrs. Murphy’s Underpants
“The Missing Actor


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Posted in Newsletter,Uncategorized on April 19, 2019 @ 12:26 pm | Comments Off

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:



Dustjacket Cover 


Sample Endsheet
 


Sample Chapter Spread 


Sample Chapter Spread


Sample Chapter Spread


Sample Chapter Spread

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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  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 August 15, 2017 @ 10:48 am | Comments Off

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!

Posted in Events,News,Newsletter on April 20, 2017 @ 12:15 pm | Comments Off