Arkham House Forthcoming List (2010-2011)

27 Apr

Mission Statement 2010

Sapientiant Astutiantque

In 1939, two successful authors, August Derleth and Donald Wandrei, decided to publish a hardcover collection of short stories by their late friend and mentor, H.P. Lovecraft. Lovecraft, who had died in 1937, was considered by many to be the finest horror writer of the 20th century, yet no mainstream publisher was willing to take a chance on a volume of his short fiction. Derleth and Wandrei named their new press, Arkham House, after the eerie New England village where most of Lovecraft’s stories took place. Over the next seven decades, Arkham House published the best horror and supernatural fiction in the world. A brother-in-arms press, Mycroft & Moran, issued mysteries.
 The goal of Arkham House as established by Derleth and Wandrei, then continued by Derleth alone when Wandrei was drafted, was simple. Arkham House was dedicated to publishing the finest horror fiction available, in attractive limited hardcover editions. Books were selected by merit, not on whether they were commercially viable projects. Quality of content was what made Arkham House the most honored and imitated small press in the fantasy field.
 That same mission, to publish the finest horror and mystery fiction in attractive hardcover format, remains the goal of Arkham House today.

The Arkham Brotherhood  & Arkham Sisterhood

Many people strive to be writers. Few succeed. It takes a rare combination of talents to become a published author. Writers need to be patient; passionate; hardworking yet dreamers; disciplined yet wildly unpredictable; and most of all, dedicated to their craft. Thousands try, but only a small handful see print. Of this handful, only a select number compose fiction that meets the high standards of Arkham House. The men of this small group form the Arkham House Brotherhood. The women are members of the Arkham House Sisterhood. Long may they write and reign. The world of letters would be a much more boring place without them.
   This will be an interesting mix of revised and expanded classic favorites and well as interesting, outré and provocative new authors. Two books a year – one new and one old.

2010 – Baker Street Irregular by Jon Lellenberg
  A hardcover edition limited to 1000.  ISBN 978-1-55246-922-4 … $39.95

– The Arkham Sampler (1948-1949) 2 Volumes
  A facsimile reprint in hardcover of the extremely rare Arkham House magazine that ran four issues a year for 1948 & 1949. A subscription edition limited to 250 sets ISBN 978-1-55246-927-9 … $149.95

 2011 – Deadly Dimensions and Other Blasphemies
  A Novel and Short Weird Fiction by Lois H. Gresh  A hardcover edition limited to 1000.  ISBN 978-1-55246-923-1 … $39.95

 – The Gargoyle and Others: A Quarto of Horror   by Greye La Spina. Four short horror novels from the early pages of Weird Tales magazine. Includes the classic werewolf novel “Invaders from the Dark,” along with “The Gargoyle,” “Fettered,” and “The Portal to Power.”
 An edition size has not been, order by subscription.  ISBN 978-1-55246-910-1 … $39.95

2011 – The Arkham House H.P. Lovecraft
The digital edition in 13 volumes
Multiple pirated copies of this definitive text as well as corrupted text are available elsewhere. In addition this text is essentially in the public domain in other parts of the world since the author died in 1937. However this is the first authorized edition, and should not be  missed. These volumes are suitable for all forms of e-book readers. The entire set of volumes will be available individually for downloading, or all on one CD. Reasonable but not set as yet

2014 – Seventy-Five Years of Arkham House
 ISBN 978-1-55246-924-8 … Not set as yet

 Reserve your book(s) today by e-mailing:
 George A. Vanderburgh, Editor
 magicJack: (608) 621-721-2166
 or writing: P.O. Box 50, R.R. #4
 Eugenia, Ontario, Canada  N0C 1E0

Baker Street Irregular
a novel by Jon Lellenberg (2010)

In 1930s New York, Christopher Morley’s Baker Street Irregulars seem oblivious to the grim realities of the Depression, Hitler’s rise to power, and ultimately war. The Sherlockian skylarking the world perceives is exactly what Woody Hazelbaker, a young and green lawyer, is eager for, the day he encounters Morley and the Irregulars in a Manhattan speakeasy: “it seemed utterly innocent, and a lot like playing hooky,” he confides. But when he finds it plunging him into secrets and misadventures far removed from a lawyer’s hum-drum life, he has a secret of his own to protect: though seemingly a respectable member of the Bar, he has New York’s Napoleon of Crime for a client.
 Behind the scenes, Woody and the Irregulars join a covert struggle to circumvent America’s isolationism, subvert its neutrality, and keep embattled Britain afloat—and when war comes to America as well, to defeat Hitler despite treason, espionage, and murder along the way. In a series of wartime intelligence assignments, Woody deploys stratagems learned from his secret client to wage a clandestine war of his own, taking him from the White House to London and Germany, then back to the nerve center of America’s cryptological campaign against both the Axis and the Soviet Union.
    From the Great Depression’s worst year to the Cold War’s birth, Baker Street Irregular peers deep beneath the surface of American history in a mystery and espionage tale unlike any told about the Baker Street Irregulars before—“a story,” Sherlock Holmes himself would warn, “for which the world is not yet prepared.”

Jon Lellenberg (“Rodger Prescott of evil memory,” BSI) is an alumnus of USC’s School of International Relations, the U.S. National War College, and the National Senior Intelligence Course. He spent thirty years at the Pentagon, retiring in 2006 as director of its Special Operations bureau’s policy and strategy office.
   As the BSI’s historian, his eight volumes to date have won the BSI’s Morley-Montgomery and Silver Penguin Awards. His 2007 Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life in Letters was a BBC Book of the Week in Britain, and in America won the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award for best critical work, along with Agatha and Anthony Awards from Malice Domestic and the Bouchercon. He has written several other books about Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes, and co-edited seven collections of new Sherlock Holmes tales by mystery writers, most recently Sherlock Holmes in America (2009).

Deadly Dimensions and Other Blasphemies
A Novel and Short Weird Fiction by Lois H. Gresh (2011)

Since the early 1990’s, Lois H. Gresh has tied quantum physics and math to weird tales of dementia, altered realities, and nanotech-flesh conquests. She believes that our perceptions of reality are anthropomorphic visions, that the unknown far exceeds our self-centered views of the universe. Her earliest published stories merged science with the supernatural, producing acclaimed weird tales such as Snip My Suckers, Psychomildew Love, Let Me Make You Suffer, Digital Pistil, Cafebabe, Algorithms & Nasal Structures, Mandelbrot Moldrot, Where I Go, Mi-Go, and many others. Recent stories include There’s No Place Like Void, The Lagoon of Insane Plants, and Julia Brainchild; and the forthcoming Eldtrich Evolutions (2011) collects some of her favorite tales in one volume.
 Lois has waited ten years — since the release of her first novel in 1999 — to write a no-constraints creative novel springing from her roots in weird fiction.
   With Deadly Dimensions and Other Blasphemies from Arkham House (2011), Lois dishes up a book stuffed with the kind of dark fantasies, supernatural oddities, and whacked-out weirdness that launched her career. The novel, Deadly Dimensions, ties quantum physics and math to weird tales of dementia, altered realities, and nanotech-flesh conquests. And the Other Blasphemies are several new works of shorter fiction from Lois H. Gresh: Arkham’s Mistress of the Weird.

Lois H. Gresh is the New York Times Best-Selling Author (2008 & 2009) and Publishers Weekly Best-Selling Paperback Author (2009) of 21 books with 5 more scheduled during 2010 and 2011. Her books have been translated into more than 20 languages and are in print worldwide: Italy, Japan, Spain, Russia, Germany, Portugal, France, Brazil, Thailand, Korea, China, Estonia, England, Canada/French, Finland, Poland, Czech, etc. In addition, they are often featured in the New York Times Book Review, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, Science News, National Geographic, Physics Today, New Scientist, and US News and World Report, as well as by National Public Radio, the BBC, Fox national news, the History Channel, and many other television and radio programs. Lois’ teen novels have been endorsed by the American Library Association and the Voice of Youth Advocates. She’s the author of dozens of published mystery/ suspense, dark fantasy, and weird fiction stories. Lois has received Bram Stoker Award, Nebula Award, and International Horror Guild Award nominations for her work.


8 responses to “Arkham House Forthcoming List (2010-2011)

  1. Jean-Philippe

    April 29, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Hi George,

    My thoughts after reading the official news (happy about the La Spina book!), which I posted on the Facebook page:

    This is wonderful news indeed, finally Arkham House resurrects! Intrigued by the publication announcements. I know nothing of either Lois Gresh or the espionage book, but will be curious to find out more. Already own most of the Arkham Sampler issues, but I have a feeling this would be a set to get anyway – any extra goodies added on the strict facsimile for long-time AH collectors who already own the issues?

    Perhaps a short history of the magazine, along with some of the correspondence exchanged beween Derleth and his writers while he was putting together the magazine, and old photos of the contributors? I think that adding such a supplement would pretty much guarantee a sell-out, and provide a really interesting “history” of this publication for posterity, which is very often disregarded as just a detail when people write about Arkham House in general.

    Oh, and regarding Greye La Spina, what a great idea. I remember reading “Invaders from the Dark” maybe 5-6 years ago when I got the AH edition, and enjoyed it tremendously. I notice that the contents will be 4 short novels. Should there exist any other worthwhile short works by her existing out there, it would be a great idea to add a few, since I would think that once again, this volume will pretty much serve as a “definitive” La Spina collection, so if either you or Bob remember other stuff from her worth saving for current readers, that would be great, and I would think that adding a couple of short stories would not add that much to the cost of publication, since they must all be in the public domain by now.

    And finally, especially with regards to publication of older authors, may I suggest a short biographical introduction at the beginning of each volume would be much appreciated. The intros in “AH Masters of Horror” were interesting, but very controversial in their tone. So, a more rounded-out bio, which could serve to introduce the writer to current readers, situate the author in his/her context during the “Weird Tales Era” as well as provide general biographical info, would be a wonderful idea, don’t you think?

    Just some suggestions, but I think that in adding some historical/biographical notes to each new publication, AH would in this sense pursue Derleth’s initial goal of preserving for posterity the authors that were his contemporaries and that he feared would otherwise be forgotten.

  2. Jean-Philippe

    April 29, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    A postscript to my previous message: I remembered reading in Peter Ruber’s introduction to “AH Masters of Horror” that he mentionned regretting not including “The Devil’s Pool” by La Spina, due to its length. Could this be a potentially interesting add-on? Just Googled the title, and found a summary of it, which seemed rather intriguing, the commenter adding it was an “excellent werewolf story”. Anyway, just adding a few thoughts, since in all likelihood, this will stand as the “definitive” volume of La Spina fiction, so for any short works otherwise long-lost and forgotten, this might be their only chance of survival! All the best and good luck with AH!

    • George A. Vanderburgh

      April 30, 2010 at 5:27 pm

      I have three additional stories by La Spina. “The Devil’s Pool,” (na) Weird Tales Jun 1932; “A Suitor From the Shades,” (nv) Weird Tales Jun 1927; and “Wolf of the Steppes,” (ss) The Thrill Book Mar 1, 1919. The present volume comes to 432 pages, so these and others will remain perhaps for a future Anthology.

  3. Mike Barrett

    April 30, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Greye La Spina wrote a lot of very good fiction. The publication of ‘Fettered’, a fine vampire tale, is long overdue, and I wonder if ‘Invaders from the Dark’ will be the original Weird Tales version or the AH text, which was apparently revised by the author.
    She also wrote some memorable short stories, and while some of them – ‘The Wax Doll’, ‘The Dead Wagon’, ‘The Antimacassar’ are obtainable, there are some really excellent pieces that have only ever been published in Weird Tales. These include ‘The Rat Master’, ‘A Suitor from the Shades’ and ‘The Deadly Theory’.
    And yes, ‘The Devil’s Pool’ is another good one. I would have thought that there are enough of the shorter pieces to adequately fill another volume.

    Mike Barrett

    • George A. Vanderburgh

      April 30, 2010 at 5:24 pm

      Thank you Mike. The four novels from Weird Tales come in at 432 pages. I would be pleased to do a second volume of La Spina shorter fiction in 2012, IF this volume is well received by the reading public. Unfortunately there are many other Pulp Authors, and Arkham House authors that deserve their first title before contemplating a second title by La Spina. Some of the other stories by La Spina might also qualify for inclusion in an anthology which is also on the drawing board, but it has heavy competition in the war of words to see print.

  4. Jean-Philippe

    May 2, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Hi George – it is indeed no doubt important to see how the first volume of La Spina material is received before committing to a second one. However, I wonder to what extent there isn’t a marketing benefit in doing a few books by the same author, especially when that author is not that well known to start with. What I mean is that for example, while Peter Ruber was editor, he apparently decided to resurrect Nelson Bond, and published 2 fat volumes of his stories, which from what I was told sold rather well (especially the first one). In a sense, by combining some books by the same author within a relatively short time span, it’s as if AH creates an “event” of some sort, which could attract clients’ attention. That’s also why I was mentionning that I thought including some historical/biographical material about the author, perhaps contemporary criticism, correspondence with August Derleth, etc…, this creates interest by tying the book into the history of AH itself, and actually explaining to current readers why this particular publication is warranted. Also, by having such historical material, it can induce infrequent readers not that knowledgeable about the AH backlist, to start looking into it. No need for hundreds of pages of such material, I’m guessing that a 15-20 page introduction could do the trick. I know I would certainly have appreciated reading such an intro to either of the Nelson Bond books.

  5. Dave Woodruff

    October 13, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    I would like to subscribe to your weblog. Dave W., Wausau, WI

    • George A. Vanderburgh

      October 16, 2010 at 4:36 pm

      No need to subscribe. Just check out the URL from time to time. I post rather irregularly. Rodney should be in touch shortly.


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