Archive for the ‘Weird Tales’ Category

Weird Tales January 1924

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

A new year, a new set of visits to Mars, India, Africa, and haunted houses in the Deep South. There are some goodies in here. B Wallis’s “The Abysmal Horror” is fun sci-fi and Lovecraft’s “The Picture in a House” is published in this issue. But it also has “Draconda,” which is close to my least favorite serial so far.

John Hay Library Collection


Here is the opening page to Lovecraft’s “Picture”:

John Hay Library Collection

Weird Tales November 1923

Saturday, June 9th, 2012

Even though this issue has a story called “Lucifer,” it was still largely pedestrian. “The Death Pit” is a great title and ¬†Sonia Green’s “The Invisible Monster” is Lovecraft before Lovecraft [arguably], but locked-room mysteries are still big in 1923.

John Hay Library Collection

Weird Tales September 1923

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

This Weird Tales issue is a mixed bag, but it does contain “The Case of Dr. Johnstone” by Burton Peter Thom, which has a scientist swapping minds with an¬†orangutan. Ah for the glory days of irresponsible science.

Image courtesy of the John Hay Library


Weird Tales July 1923

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Weird Tales July-August 1923

John Hay Library Collection

“Sunfire” isn’t that startling, although it does have a giant trained centipede that dances to pipe music and the titular gem is used to incinerate captives. The setting would make a good AD&D module set in Hepmonaland or some other place that the Scarlet Brotherhood is using for “research.”

Also found in the deep recesses of the issue [not really, it is from the September issue. Boccob will be angry at my mistake] is this gem [pun moderately indented]:

John Hay Library Collection

Even the boring issues [which this largely was] are fun because of stuff like this.


Weird Tales Oct 1923: Devil Manor

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

I think everyone who knows me knows that I like pentagrams, horns, Satan, Lucifer, inverted crosses, altars, and chained virgins. I even like Belial, and that guy gets no respect, even from the other denizens of the land down under. So it will be no surprise that I was extremely happy to find this story in the same Weird Tales as “Dagon.”

Image from John Hay Library collection