No theme to this volume, just writing whatever I please.
The Weird Television Adventures of Sapphire and Steel (e)
Taking a detour into the thickets of TV land, I describe and critique the strange British program, "Sapphire and Steel". It is one of the few shows I would allow on my web site.
Klinghofer's Folly (ss)
Sterk Fontaine finds himself lured into the horrors of Hollywood. A big-time movie maker seeks to bring a realistic touch to his latest fantastic film.
Published in Crimson Streets.
The Master of Kirgusk (ss)
The itinerant wizard Jacob Bleek, venturing across the dangerous steppes of Russia, becomes the unwelcome guest of tormented peasants who beseech his aid. He gives it, but as usual, help from Bleek leads to weird results.
The Worm Ouroboros of E.R. Eddison (e)I discuss this all time sword and sorcery classic.
The Russian Temple (ss)
During Napoleon's Russian campaign of 1812, a French officer struggles against harrowing conditions and merciless Cossacks. He has a bit of trouble with the undead as well.
Published in Night to Dawn.
The Secrets Behind the Canvas (ss)
For me that rarest of stories, the direct sequel. In this follow-up to "Langley's Painting", Professor Vorchek, Theresa Delaney, and Sterk Fontaine all attempt to make sense of the infamous masterpiece of the original tale. In the process Vorchek experiences a weird encounter, receives an alluring but dangerous offer.
The Gothic Mystery Novels of Basil Copper (e)Here I pry into the secrets lurking in four of Copper's works: The Curse of the Fleers, Necropolis, The House of the Wolf, and The Black Death.
The Mud King (ss)
In 1812 Russia, a desperate party of foraging soldiers stumble across an isolated village where ancient terror lurks.
The Night Land of William Hope Hodgson (e)
I tackle this monumental and morbid work of epic fantasy. There is an awful lot to write about, most of it pretty strange.
Six Gates From Limbo by J.T. McIntosh (e)
In this essay I deal with an unusual Sci-Fi adventure, one which I have long found hauntingly atmospheric. It deserves better renown.
The Sedona House (ss)
Occult master Gregor Tharaspas requires the services of Professor Vorchek and Sterk Fontaine for a special project. If all goes well Tharaspas will be a happy man. If not...
That Idiot Parker! (e)
I discuss the character of Dr. Lyndon Parker in the Solar Pons stories, and the difference of presentation between August Derleth and Basil Copper.
Published in The Solar Pons Gazette.
Four by Fulci (e)
Lucio Fulci has cranked out some famously weird movies that ought to be in my line. Here I confront those four most fans deem his best.
Basil Copper's Other Sci-Fi Novel (e)
Yes, he wrote another one, Into the Silence, which may be compared to The Great White Space. This I do in this essay.
The Mad One (ss)
Ancient evil festers in the outback of Arizona's Verde Valley, where an innocent family confront a menace that brings out the very worst in them.
Published in The Haunted Traveler.
Those Who Came After (ss)
The old family home in Sedona stands vacant now... or does it? Rumor has it that there are new tenants, a very different breed of resident from those who lived happily there before. Can one go home again, when the house is haunted?
Published in Aurora Wolf.
Solar Pons vs. the Super Villains (e)
I take a look at those larger than life bad guys who give Solar Pons a run for his money in the tales of August Derleth and Basil Copper.
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