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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.


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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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

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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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Haffner Press Newsletter – December 19, 2016 – Signed BEYOND MARS now shipping!!

 In This Issue: December 19, 2016
 
• • NOW SHIPPING • •
BEYOND MARS

by Jack Williamson & Lee Elias


Autographed
Limitation Sheet
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Click to bigify sample pages

BEYOND MARS — Signed Edition
Written by Jack Williamson
Artwork by Lee Elias
Edited & Designed by Dean Mullaney
Introduction by Bruce Canwell
Oversized 9.6″ x 12.1″ full color hardcover, 160 pp
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Drawn from the same setting of Jack Williamson‘s novels SEETEE SHIP and SEETEE SHOCK, BEYOND MARS
takes place 200 years in the future, when a new force—paragravity—has enabled men to live and breathe on the asteroids. The strip stars Mike Flint, a spatial engineer who lives on Brooklyn Rock, an asteroid “beyond Mars.” With Sam, his green-skinned metallic partner from Venus, Flint gets involved in a series of lighthearted adventures, battling space pirates, teaming up with beautiful and strong-minded women, and dealing with addicts of the mysterious drug called “star dust.”
The restored color is outstanding and the artwork is creative and imaginative. Bruce Canwell contributes a wonderful introduction, putting this in the context of early 1950s science fiction. The book also includes original art by Lee Elias on other features like Black Cat, Terry & the Pirates and Tommy Tomorrow.
Editor Dean Mullaney of IDW / Library of America Comics was nominated for an Eisner Award for his assemblage of this vintage 1950s Sunday newspaper strip.
 
**SPECIAL SIGNED EDITION:
This is book is an essential addition to your library, but the first installment (February 17, 1952) of the strip was unintentionally left out. By special arrangement with the publisher, we have secured copies of BEYOND MARS with this missing page! Even better, this 8.5″ x 11″ page has been AUTOGRAPHED by Editor Dean Mullaney, Art Director Lorraine Turner, and Associate Editor/Int
roducer Bruce Canwell on the verso! Also bearing facsimile autographs of Jack Williamson & Lee Elias, this sheet has been numbered and loosely tipped into your finished copy.
To ice the cake, we will match #’s to those customers who have standing orders for our numbered and slipcased editions!Obviously, supplies are extremely limited, so get your order in soon!
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REVIEWS FOR BEYOND MARS

“…THIS IS THE BEST REPRINT BOOK OF AN OLD NEWSPAPER STRIP I’VE EVER SEEN!!! …The colors are gorgeous, the art is sharp and crisp, and the quality of the book is top notch! Bruce Canwell’s intro is informative and to the point. I’m afraid it can’t get any better than this, friends…It’s really stunning, and though I usually grumble when it comes to the restorations of old newspaper strips, this is the best ever! Highly recommended, and a sure winner!” —Diego C.“Rethidenth of Brooklyn Rock are thure to love thith book. I am ethpecially fond of the green metal-eating worm. For a Venusian, he’s VERY attractive!  —Sam

“…this is a great collection of stories featuring that amazing era when space travel seemed right around the corner. Equal parts Hardy Boys (with only one boy) and Flash Gordon…The main reason to buy this is the art by Lee Elias, a true master who seldom got the respect he deserved. Best of all, if you’re like me and you find reading comic strip collections difficult because they are so repetitive and the pacing slow, these are collected Sunday strips, so each one is a full page of stunning art and the story moves along at a relatively brisk pace, you’d think you’re reading a graphic novel rather than a comic strip collection.” —IMHO T. 

“…This is the BEYOND MARS I’ve been waiting for! The black & white reprints in the 80s were fine, but here is all the color and reproduced at full-size! Also, VERY happy to see that this signed edition includes the missing first weekly installment.” —Mojo M.

“…Art is Great. The story certainly has that 1950′s Space Adventure feel..” —George G.

“…I highly recommend it to lovers of classic science fiction and sequential art. Beyond Mars is what happens when two masters in their respective fields join forces to create a work of art. It is, simply put, beyond awesome.” —Chad Derdowski, cinemasentries.com

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Haffner Press Newsletter – December 16, 2016

 In This Issue: December 16, 2016
•• NOW SHIPPING ••
THE WATCHER AT THE DOOR:
THE EARLY KUTTNER, VOLUME TWO


Seasons Greetings and Happy Holidays everyone! Aside from a few stragglers we have shipped all our open orders for THE WATCHER AT THE DOOR: THE EARLY KUTTNER, VOLUME TWO. We had a successful launch at the World Fantasy Convention in Columbus over the Halloween weekend and spent the following 5 weeks(!) getting this wonderful book to all of you who preordered. We’re shipping new orders daily so below is ordering info and a contents list along with some initial feedback from those who have received their copies. We’ll be back in a few days with updates on our forthcoming titles.

The Watcher at the Door:
The Early Kuttner, Volume Two

by Henry Kuttner
Edited by Stephen Haffner
Foreword by Robert A. Madle
Introduction by Dr. Garyn G. Roberts
Cover by Jon Arfstrom
ISBN: 978-1893887824
712-pg Hardcover
ORDER NOW $45.00
FREE SHIPPING IN CONTINENTAL USA

Before his marriage to (and subsequent collaborations with) Catherine L. Moore, Henry Kuttner was a frequent contributor to the pulp magazines that specialized in the weird, supernatural, horror, and science fiction genre. Beginning in 1936, with the minor classic “The Graveyard Rats,” Kuttner launched a steady stream of short stories aimed at Weird Tales, Strange Stories, Thrilling Mystery, and others.
Writing for Weird Tales brought Kuttner into direct correspondence with that magazine’s premier contributor. H. P. Lovecraft. Kuttner set several stories in Lovecraft’s “Cthulhu Mythos” and two are presented in THE WATCHER AT THE DOOR: “Hydra” and “The Hunt.”
At this point in his still-young career, Kuttner had cracked the science fiction market and was steadily publishing in Thrilling Wonder Stories, Fantastic Adventures, Science Fiction, and made his first sale to the new prestigious fantasy magazine, Unknown.
In the course of writing the stories collected in this volume, Kuttner married Catherine Lucille Moore on June 7, 1940 (in New York with artist Virgil Finlay as Best Man).
     THE WATCHER AT THE DOOR is the second volume in a three-volume “Early Kuttner” set collecting many of Kuttner’s earliest stories, most of which have never been reprinted.


TABLE OF 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


FEEDBACK FROM READERS

…THE WATCHER AT THE DOOR arrived today — another beautiful volume!” Chet Williamson, author of Robert Bloch’s Psycho: Sanitarium

I just got my copy of The Watcher at the Door yesterday and it is beautiful.” Allen M.

it’s a beautifully produced volumeFor longtime fans and collectors of classic science fiction and fantasy, this is a real jewel. It would make a terrific Christmas gift to yourself or to a friend... And I’ve got to tell you, I’ve waited for this volume, and I’m really excited. Yet, I don’t want to take it out of its protective wrapping! What a conundrum!” Robin Wayne Bailey, author of Turn Left to Tomorrow

I just returned from a winter vacation and found both CAPTAIN FUTURE – Vol. 3and EARLY HENRY KUTTNER, Vol. 2.  Thanks for these – I’m still digging out from all the thingsthat accumulated during the trip, but checking these out top to bottom will be my firstpriority.They do look beautifully made – typical Haffner Press products.” Drake M.

“…You can’t imagine what a thrill it was for me to see the introduction to Kuttner II by Bob Madle – age 95! Madle was the first writer to mention my name in a professional science fiction magazine... I’m delighted to see that Madle is still with us. Please do me this favor: send him a note to the effect that I am still grateful for that small benison, and have a warm spot in my heart for him!” Richard A. Lupoff, author of Where Memory Hides: A Writer’s Life

“When I got back to the “new” office a bit ago I had a really nice looking book sitting on my desk.” Gene B.

“…The Kuttner volume arrived yesterday, an amazing job! Well done, indeed. You even found a handful of stories that I haven’t read and I’ve been chasing Kuttner stuff since I was fourteen or thereabouts! John Pelan, author of Darkness, My Old Friend

“…this beautiful book has arrived.  First story is fantastic, love surprise endings.Thank you for publishing great books of this type/subjects. Fantastic!Gerald R.

“…WATCHER just arrived: terrific book.” —Leo D.

“…while THE WATCHER AT THE DOOR is a beautiful book, I am deeply disturbed at Mr. Kuttner’s  presentation of my person in his story…” Dr. Cyclops


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NEW Unpublished HENRY KUTTNER from Haffner Press!!

 In This Issue: October 26, 2016
“MAN’S CONQUEST OF SPACE or UPSIDE-DOWN IN TIME”
A New Unpublished Story by
HENRY KUTTNER

Haffner Press does it again! In 2012 we included a newly discovered Henry Kuttner story—”The Interplanetary Limited”—in THUNDER IN THE VOID. Now, with the upcoming release of THE WATCHER AT THE DOOR: THE EARLY KUTTNER, VOLUME TWO, we are pleased as pandas (!) to announce we have discovered ANOTHER unpublished Henry Kuttner story!
MAN’S CONQUEST OF SPACE or UPSIDE-DOWN IN TIMEis an early gag-story (featuring pandas) supposedly written for the fanzines of the 1930s. It likely predates Kuttner’s first professional sale in 1936.

“And how can I get a copy?” you ask? Well, we made it simple. So simple that it’s FREE* if you place (or have already placed!) a PAID preorder for

THE WATCHER AT THE DOOR: THE EARLY KUTTNER, VOLUME TWO.We’re printing a limited quantity of this new Kuttner story, so Do. Not. Delay.This also means more good news:

THE WATCHER AT THE DOOR: THE EARLY KUTTNER, VOLUME TWO is printed and we have approved the finished copies (whew!). We will begin shipping the books when we are recovered from exhibiting at this week’s WORLD FANTASY CONVENTION in Columbus, Ohio.

Meanwhile, here’s what you get in THE WATCHER AT THE DOOR:


The Watcher at the Door: The Early Kuttner, Vol. Two
by Henry Kuttner
Edited by Stephen Haffner
Foreword by Robert A. Madle
Introduction by Dr. Garyn G. Roberts
Cover by Jon Arfstrom
ISBN: 978-1893887824
712-pg Hardcover
$45.00

Before his marriage to (and subsequent collaborations with) Catherine L. Moore, Henry Kuttner was a frequent contributor to the pulp magazines that specialized in the weird, supernatural, horror, and science fiction genre. Beginning in 1936, with the minor classic “The Graveyard Rats,” Kuttner launched a steady stream of short stories aimed at Weird Tales, Strange Stories, Thrilling Mystery, and others.
Writing for Weird Tales brought Kuttner into direct correspondence with that magazine’s premier contributor. H. P. Lovecraft. Kuttner set several stories in Lovecraft’s “Cthulhu Mythos” and two are presented in THE WATCHER AT THE DOOR: “Hydra” and “The Hunt.”
At this point in his still-young career, Kuttner had cracked the science fiction market and was steadily publishing in Thrilling Wonder Stories, Fantastic Adventures, Science Fiction, and made his first sale to the new prestigious fantasy magazine, Unknown.
In the course of writing the stories collected in this volume, Kuttner married Catherine Lucille Moore on June 7, 1940 (in New York with artist Virgil Finlay as Best Man).
     THE WATCHER AT THE DOOR is the second volume in a three-volume “Early Kuttner” set collecting many of Kuttner’s earliest stories, most of which have never been reprinted.

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 – October 19, 2016

 


 In This Issue: October 19, 2016 
  Hey everybody.
  A very somber newsletter this time around. In the world of entertainment, 2016 has seen far too many of our most talented performers leave us. Recently, several folks who played a large part with Haffner Press have passed away. We pay tribute to these gentlemen, and hope that you find time to learn more about these men and their contributions to the genre that we all love.
                                      —Stephen Haffner

•  David A. Kyle(1919 – 2016)
•  Robert Weinberg(1942- 2016)
•  Barry Levin(1946 – 2016)
•  Ed Gorman (1941 – 2016)

David A. Kyle (1919-2016)


    
Certainly not by his own choice, but David A. Kyle was the unofficial godfather of Haffner Press. Full details are found in this interview from 2002 HERE. Suffice to say, without David Kyle, you wouldn’t be reading this newsletter.
Kyle was one of the early SF fans in the 1930s, attended the first Worldcon in 1939, and was a member of the legendary group, The Futurians.
     Following service in World War II, Kyle managed a New York radio station. In 1948, with Martin Greenberg, Kyle founded Gnome Press in 1948, ultimately publishing published dozens of volumes of classic sf in hardcover for the first time. Gnome Press went under in 1962.
     In
1956,
Kyle chaired the 14th World Science Fiction Convention (NyCon II), inspiring the fan catchphrase, “Dave Kyle says you can’t sit here.” He was created a Knight of The Order of Saint Fantony in 1961, and was awarded the Big Heart Award in 1973. Kyle was also Fan Guest of Honor at ConStellation, the 41st World Science Fiction Convention, in 1983.
     He wrote two pictorial histories of science fiction (A Pictorial History of Science Fiction and The Illustrated Book of Science Fiction Ideas and Dreams) and three licensed novels set in the Lensman universe (The Dragon Lensman, Lensman from Rigel, and Z-Lensman).

     I last saw David at Readercon 2015 in Boston. He was admiring the ARC of MURDER DRAWS A CROWD by Fredric Brown. After a moment’s pause he looked up and said: “I used to play chess with him.”
     David Kyle
died at the age of 97 on September 18, 2016
Links: Obituary from File770
Wikipedia entry on David A. Kyle
Kyle’s Lensmen novels from Red Jacket Press
Some of Kyle’s writing from the fanzine MIMOSA


Robert Weinberg (1942-2016)


     Bob Weinberg, at one time or another, wore nearly every hat possible in science fiction: Author (novels, stories, comic books, and non-fiction), Editor, Publisher, Bookseller, Distributor, Collector, Art Dealer, Agent, and those are the ones that spring to mind.
     I first knew of Bob as the author of THE WEIRD TALES STORY (Fax, 1977), a beautiful book chock of full of the history of Weird Tales magazine.
While Bob had sold the inventory and mailing list of his and Phyllis’ (his wife) mail-order business WEINBERG BOOKS, he still maintained a tight connection with publishers, dealers, and fellow art collectors. His collection (books, magazines, original artwork) was one of the finest in the world.
    
At my first PulpCon in 1997, I aggressively bid for all six issues of Bob‘s fanzine, THE WEIRD TALES COLLECTOR. Armed with this, I began my quest for a complete file of Edmond Hamilton’s stories (as payback, I invited Bob to write the introduction to the
first volume of Collected Hamilton, THE METAL GIANTS AND OTHERS in 2009).
     One of my favorite memories of Bob was at PulpCon in 2004. The show was pretty much a bust for shopping until a new vendor set up right next to my table and began unboxing his wares. Well, a feeding frenzy broke out (this guy’s stuff was priced to MOVE!), and I spied Bob (bad legs and all) on all fours underneath this dealer‘s table a going through the merchandise. Lo and behold, he comes up for air holding a mint copy of Howard Browne’s A TASTE OF ASHES. Now, I had a copy of this, but not in jacket. IIRC, Bob snagged it for a mere $20. He immediately saw my disappointment. Hours later, the dealers’ room is closed and were all trooping to the hotel elevators. Bob and I cross paths and he says: “I’ll let you have the Browne book for $60.”  SOLD! 
     Bob Weinberg
died at the age of 70 on September 25, 2016

     I first encountered Barry Levin’s name via his classified advertisement in LOCUS magazine for BARRY R. LEVIN BOOKS in Santa Monica, California. In a pre-ebay era, Barry’s printed catalogues were full of wonders and rarities. When fortune smiled on me in 1996, I found myself with an all-expenses-paid three-day trip to San Francisco. With some finagling, I was able to stretch this into 3 days in SF and 5 days in Los Angeles for the same week as L.A. CON III, the 54th World Science Fiction Convention. While most business were shut for the Labor Day holiday, Barry’s store was open and we spent hours getting acquainted and looking over his inventory.
Barry was one of the first dealers to carry Haffner Press books, and I will never forget the day when he called placing an order. Suddenly, my little lark to make a book or two made that quantum leap from dream to reality.
My favorite “Barry-story” was his recalling his early days in bookselling and entertaining two local writers, Edmond Hamilton and Leigh Brackett. In the store, Barry had a copy of the Summer 1943 issue of CAPTAIN FUTURE. According Barry, Hamilton says that the artist (Earle K. Bergey) said: “You know, Ed, you have the face of a villain.” So, if you squint your eyes, you may imagine Hamilton pictured as the threatening bird-man. I’ll leave it to you if the defending woman isn’t a dead-ringer for a young Leigh Brackett.
Barry R. Levin died on September 14, 2016 at the age of 70.
Links:
The website for Barry Levin Books
Obituary for Barry Levin at FILE 770


Ed Gorman (1941-2016)


     Ed Gorman was a writer’s writer. He wrote in nearly every genre (mystery, crime, horror, western, comics, etc.) except science fiction, but he was a sf-fan of the first strip going back to his teenage years. Ed and I exchanged many, many emails about our mutual love of late-50s science fiction adventures by Edmond Hamilton, Leigh Brackett, John Brunner, etc.
Additionally,
he edited over 20 anthologies and co-founded MYSTERY SCENE magazine Robert Randisi in 1985. For more than ten years he blogged about upcoming books at his site: http://newimprovedgorman.blogspot.com and it was always and honor when he gave Haffner Press a shout-out.
     Ed Gorman wrote the introduction to our forthcoming omnibus, THE MICHAEL GRAY MYSTERIES by Henry Kuttner and Catherine L. Moore.

Recognitions:
Life Achievement Award from the Private Eye Writers of America
The International Horror Writers Award
Numerous nominations for the Edgar Award

Ed Gorman died on October 14, 2016 at the age of 74.

Links:
Ed Gorman’s entry on Wikipedia
https://jamesreasoner.blogspot.com/2016/10/ed.html
http://billcrider.blogspot.com/2016/10/ed-gorman-r-i-p.html
http://pattinase.blogspot.com/2016/10/ed-gorman.html


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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?

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Sample Title Spread

Sample Title Spread

Sample Endpaper Layout

Placeholder Cover
And remember!

THE COMPLETE IVY FROST
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
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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.)


What’s MICHAEL GRAY Up To?

  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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