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The Complete John Thunstone
« on: July 09, 2011, 01:43:29 AM »

While counting down the days to Pulpfest 2011 in Columbus, Ohio, we're pleased to announce the first two titles in our new hardcover line of Mystery titles:
The Complete John Thunstone by Manly Wade Wellman and The Complete I.V. Frost by Donald Wandrei.

The Complete John Thunstone by Manly Wade Wellman

Conceived by Manly Wade Wellman and Weird Tales editor Dorothy McIlwraith in 1943, John Thunstone is a scholar and playboy who investigates mysterious supernatural events. Large and strong, intelligent, handsome, and wealthy, he has the typical attributes of a heroic character. He is also well-read in occult matters and has access to weapons (such as a sword-cane forged by a saint) that are especially potent against vampires, werewolves, and other supernatural creatures.  In addition to the ghosts and other traditional supernatural beings, several of Thunstone's enemies are Wellman's unique creations. Particularly compelling (or whatever adjective applies) are the the enigmatic (or eery or whatever) shonokins, a race of human-like creatures who claim to have ruled North America before the coming of humans. Thunstone's most persistent foe is  the diabolical (or whatever) sorcerer Rowley Thorne, a character loosely based on the real occultist Aleister Crowley. Thunstone originally appeared in short stories published in Weird Tales from 1943 to 1951 with a final short story in 1982. Wellman would later write two novels featuring Thunstone: What Dreams May Come (1983) and The School of Darkness (1985).


The Third Cry to Legba  Weird Tales Nov ’43
The Golden Goblins  Weird Tales Jan ’44
Hoofs Weird Tales Mar ’44
The Letters of Cold Fire  Weird Tales May ’44
John Thunstone’s Inheritance  Weird Tales Jul ’44
Sorcery from Thule  Weird Tales Sep ’44
The Dead Man’s Hand  Weird Tales Nov ’44
Thorne on the Threshold  Weird Tales Jan ’45
The Shonokins  Weird Tales Mar ’45
Blood from a Stone  Weird Tales May ’45
The Dai Sword  Weird Tales Jul ’45
Twice Cursed  Weird Tales Mar ’46
Shonokin Town  Weird Tales Jul ’46
The Leonardo Rondache  Weird Tales Mar ’48
The Last Grave of Lill Warran  Weird Tales May ’51
Rouse Him Not  Kadath Jul ’82
What Dreams May Come, Doubleday 1983
The School of Darkness, Doubleday 1985
(l to r: "Shonokin Town" from Weird Tales July ’46; Lonely Vigils from Carcosa House (1981) collected all of the "Thunstone" tales published at that point; What Dreams May Come (1983) and The School of Darkness (1985) from Doubleday)
The Complete I.V. Frost

by Donald Wandrei

It may come as a surprise to some that Donald Wandrei wrote more mysteries than all his horror, fantasy, and science fiction tales combined. This volume collects all eighteen adventures of Wandrei's ratiocinative detective I.V. Frost, who is ably assisted by his beautiful and tough female assistant, Jean Moray. A scientist and inventor, Frost has his own approach to solving mysteries. Rather than following the usual hard-drinking, trench-coated style of many of his contemporaries, Frost’s strategy was to mix the logic of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes with the technology of Lester Dent's Doc Savage. In 2000, D.H. Olson edited a volume published by Fedogan and Bremer collecting the first eight of Frost's adventures. A second volume of the remaining 10 tales was promised but never materialized.
“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
(left: "Frost" from Clues Detective Stories Sep ’34; right: Frost (2000) from Fedogan & Bremer which collects the first 8 "I.V. Frost" stories)
Both of these titles will be smythe-sewn hardcovers with full-cloth binding and printed on archival-quality acid-free paper. We will have more details, including availability, pricing, and ordering information in the near future. We are currently negotiating for original cover art and comprehensive introductions. The genre media magazine

The Complete John Thunstone
« on: July 09, 2011, 01:43:29 AM »