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Arthur C. Clarke & Lord Dunsany: A Correspondence

Keith Allen Daniels

This book collects the hitherto unpublished correspondence between science fiction legend Sir Arthur C. Clarke and fantasy master Lord Dunsany. Their correspondence, which lasted 12 years (1944-1956), reveals much about the world views of both authors.

A Dreamer's Tales

Lord Dunsany

Table of Contents:

  • "Preface"
  • "Poltarnees, Beholder of Ocean"
  • "Blagdaross"
  • "The Madness of Andelsprutz"
  • "Where the Tides Ebb and Flow"
  • "Bethmoora"
  • "Idle Days on the Yann"
  • "The Sword and the Idol"
  • "The Idle City"
  • "The Hashish Man"
  • "Poor Old Bill"
  • "The Beggars"
  • "Carcassonne"
  • "In Zaccarath"
  • "The Field"
  • "The Day of the Poll"
  • "The Unhappy Body"

At the Edge of the World

Lord Dunsany

Table of Contents:

  • About "At the Edge of the World" and Lord Dunsany: The Dreams of Mana-Yood-Sushai - essay by Lin Carter
  • The Cave of Kai - [Pegana] - (1906) - shortstory
  • Of the Gods of Averon - [Pegana] - (1906) - shortstory (variant of "The Sorrow of Search")
  • Mlideen - [Pegana] - (1906) - shortstory
  • The King That Was Not - [Pegana] - (1906) - shortstory
  • The Men of Yarnith - [Pegana] - (1906) - shortstory
  • In the Land of Time - [Pegana] - (1906) - shortstory
  • Time and the Gods - [Pegana] - (1906) - shortstory
  • The Opulence of Yahn - [Pegana] - (1906) - shortstory (variant of "Usury")
  • The Fortress Unvanquishable, Save for Sacnoth - (1908) - shortstory
  • Poltarnees, Beholder of Ocean - (1908) - shortstory
  • The Idle City - (1909) - shortstory
  • Bethmoora - (1908) - shortstory
  • Idle Days on the Yann - [Beyond the Fields We Know - 1] - (1910) - shortstory
  • The Hashish Man - (1910) - shortstory
  • Carcassonne - (1910) - shortstory
  • In Zaccarath - (1909) - shortstory
  • The Dream of King Karna-Vootra - (1915) - shortstory
  • How the Enemy Came to Thlunrana - (1915) - shortstory
  • The Distressing Tale of Thangobrind the Jeweller, and of the Doom That Befell Him - (1911) - shortstory
  • A Shop in Go-by Street - [Beyond the Fields We Know - 2] - (1912) - shortstory
  • The Avenger of Perdóndaris - [Beyond the Fields We Know - 3] - (1912) - shortstory
  • How the Dwarfs Rose Up in War - (1919) - shortstory (variant of "A Pretty Quarrel)"
  • The Probable Adventure of the Three Literary Men - (1911) - shortstory
  • The Loot of Bombasharna - (1912) - shortstory
  • The Injudicious Prayers of Pombo the Idolater - (1910) - shortstory
  • The Bride of the Man-Horse - (1911) - shortstory
  • The Quest of the Queen's Tears - (1911) - shortstory
  • How One Came, as Was Foretold, to the City of Never - (1911) - shortstory
  • A Day at the Edge of the World - (1916) - shortstory (variant of "The Long Porter's Tale" 1914)
  • Erlathdronion - (1916) - shortstory (variant of "A Tale of the Equator" 1914)
  • Epilogue to "The Book of Wonder" - (1912) - essay
  • Afterword (The Edge of the World) - essay by Lin Carter

Beyond the Fields We Know

Lord Dunsany

Beyond the fields we know, in the Lands of Dream, lies the Valley of the Yann where the mighty river of that name, rising in the Hills of Hap, idling its way by massive dream-evoking amethyst cliffs, orchid-laden forests, and ancient mysterious cities, comes to the Gates of Yann and passes to the sea.

Table of Contents:

  • About Beyond the Fields We Know and Lord Dunsany: Return to the World's Edge - essay by Lin Carter
  • The Gods of Pegana - [Pegana] - (1905)
  • Of Skarl the Drummer - [Pegana] - (1905)
  • Of the Making of the Worlds - [Pegana] - (1905)
  • Of the Game of the Gods - [Pegana] - (1905)
  • The Chaunt of the Gods - [Pegana] - (1905)
  • The Sayings of Kib - [Pegana] - (1905)
  • Concerning Sish - [Pegana] - (1905)
  • The Sayings of Slid - [Pegana] - (1905)
  • The Deeds of Mung - [Pegana] - (1905)
  • The Chaunt of the Priests - [Pegana] - (1905)
  • The Sayings of Limpang-Tung - [Pegana] - (1905)
  • Of Yoharneth-Lahai - [Pegana] - (1905)
  • Of Roon, the God of Going - [Pegana] - (1905)
  • The Revolt of the Home Gods - [Pegana] - (1905)
  • Of Dorozhand - [Pegana] - (1905)
  • The Eye in the Waste - [Pegana] - (1905)
  • Of the Thing That Is Neither God Nor Beast - [Pegana] - (1905)
  • Yonath the Prophet - [Pegana] - (1905)
  • Yug the Prophet - [Pegana] - (1905)
  • Alhireth-Hotep the Prophet - [Pegana] - (1905)
  • Kabok the Prophet - [Pegana] - (1905)
  • Of the Calamity That Befel Yun-Ilara by the Sea - [Pegana] - (1905)
  • Of How the Gods Whelmed Sidith - [Pegana] - (1905)
  • Of How Imbaun Became High Prophet in Aradec - [Pegana] - (1905)
  • Of How Imbaun Met Zodrak - [Pegana] - (1905)
  • Pegana - [Pegana] - (1905)
  • The Sayings of Imbaun - [Pegana] - (1905)
  • Of How Imbaun Spake of Death to the King - [Pegana] - (1905)
  • Of Ood - [Pegana] - (1905)
  • The River - [Pegana] - (1905)
  • The Bird of Doom and the End - [Pegana] - (1905)
  • How Slid Made War Against the Gods - [Pegana] - (1906)
  • The Vengeance of Men - [Pegana] - (1906)
  • When the Gods Slept - [Pegana] - (1906)
  • For the Honour of the Gods - [Pegana] - (1906)
  • The Wisdom of Ord - [Pegana] - (1972)
  • Night and Morning - [Pegana] - (1906)
  • The Secret of the Gods - [Pegana] - (1906)
  • The Relenting of Sarnidac - [Pegana] - (1906)
  • The Jest of the Gods - [Pegana] - (1906)
  • The Dreams of a Prophet - [Pegana] - (1906)
  • King Argimenes and the Unknown Warrior - (1911) - play
  • In the Sahara - (1929) - poem
  • Songs From an Evil Wood - (1917) - poem
  • The Riders - (1928) - poem
  • The Watchers - (1929) - poem
  • The Enchanted People - (1928) - poem
  • The Happy Isles - (1929) - poem
  • A Word in Season - (1929) - poem
  • The Quest - (1929) - poem
  • The Kith of the Elf-Folk - (1908)
  • The Sword of Welleran - (1908)
  • The Madness of Andelsprutz - (1908)
  • The Sword and the Idol - (1909)
  • Miss Cubbidge and the Dragon of Romance - (1911)
  • Chu-Bu and Sheemish - (1911)
  • How Nuth Would Have Practised His Art Upon the Gnoles - (1911)
  • A Story of Land and Sea - (1914)
  • The Naming of Names: Notes on Lord Dunsany's Influence on Modern Fantasy Writers - essay by Lin Carter

Don Rodriguez: Chronicles of Shadow Valley

Lord Dunsany

Lord Dunsany's first novel, Don Rodriguez: Chronicles of Shadow Valley, "conveys its young disinherited protagonist through a fantasized Spain, gifting him with a Sancho Panza companion, good luck with magicians, and a castle." [The Encyclopedia of Fantasy] It is a landmark tale for Dunsany, beginning his move from the otherworldly short stories for which his reputation is justly famous to novels, such as the follow-up The King of Elfland's Daughter and The Charwoman's Shadow. L. Sprague de Camp has said: "Dunsany was the second writer (William Morris in the 1880s being the first) fully to exploit the possibilities of... adventurous fantasy laid in imaginary lands, with gods, witches, spirits, and magic, like children."

Gods, Men and Ghosts: The Best Supernatural Fiction of Lord Dunsany

Lord Dunsany

Irish writer Edward J. M. D. Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany, ranks among the twentieth century's great masters of supernatural and science fiction. An outstanding dramatist whose supernatural plays anticipated the theater of the absurd, Dunsany was also a virtuoso writer of short stories and essays. This selection presents the finest of his works, gathered from long-out-of-print sources.

Contents include the famous "Three Sailors' Gambit," possibly the best chess story ever written; the remarkable trilogy about Nuth and the Gnoles, Thangobrind the Jeweller, and the Gibbelins; exploits of the Gods, including both "The Gods of Pengana" and adventures from other books; and favorite adventures of Jorkens, prince of liars. Dunsany's spellbinding tales are complemented by the remarkable visions of Sidney H. Sime, whose delicate illustrations form an indispensable complement to the stories.

In the Land of Time and Fantasy Tales

Lord Dunsany

In the Land of Time and Other Fantasy Tales is a posthumous collection of short stories by the writer Lord Dunsany, in the Penguin Classics series. Edited and with an introduction by S. T. Joshi, it assembles material from across Dunsany's long career. The cover illustration is a colourised version of a classic illustration for an early Dunsany story by his preferred artist, Sidney Sime.

The collection includes several of Dunsany's most famous stories. It is grouped in themed sections by the editor, and the contents are:

  • Introduction (S. T. Joshi)
  • Suggestions for Further Reading (S.T. Joshi)
  • A Note on the Text (S. T. Joshi)
  • Section I: Pegana and Environs
    • The Gods of Pegana (entire text)
    • Time and the Gods ("The Lament of the Gods for Sardathrion")
    • The Legend of the Dawn
    • In the Land of Time
    • The Relenting of Sarnidac
    • The Fall of Babbulkund
  • Section II: Tales of Wonder
    • The Sword of Welleran
    • The Kith of the Elf-Folk
    • The Ghosts
    • The Fortress Unvanquishable Save for Sacnoth
    • Blagdaross
    • Idle Days on the Yann
    • A Shop in Go-by Street
    • The Avenger of Perdóndaris
    • The Bride of the Man-Horse
  • Section III: Prose Poems
    • Where the Tides Ebb and Flow
    • The Raft Builders
    • The Prayer of the Flowers
    • The Workman
    • Charon
    • Carcassonne
    • Roses
    • The City
  • Section IV: Fantasy and Reality
    • The Wonderful Window
    • The Coronation of Mr. Thomas Shap
    • The City on Mallington Moor
    • The Bureau d'Echange de Maux
    • The Exiles' Club
    • Thirteen at Table
    • The Last Dream of Bwona Khubla
  • Section V: Jorkens
    • The Tale of the Abu Laheeb (the first Jorkens story)
    • Our Distant Cousins
    • The Walk to Lingham
    • The Development of the Rillswood Estate
    • A Life's Work
  • Section VI: Some Late Tales
    • The Policeman's Prophecy
    • The Two Bottles of Relish
    • The Cut
    • Poseidon
    • Helping the Fairies
    • The Romance of His Life
    • The Pirate of the Round Pond
  • Explanatory Notes (S.T. Joshi)

Over the Hills and Far Away

Lord Dunsany

Master Fantasist Lord Dunsany... unexcelled in the sorcery of crystalline singing prose, and supreme in the creation of a gorgeous world of exotic vision.

Table of Contents:

  • About Over the Hills and Far Away, and Lord Dunsany: Happy Far-Off Things - essay by Lin Carter
  • On Reading Lord Dunsany's "Book of Wonder" - (1920) - poem by H. P. Lovecraft
  • Editor's Note (Tales of the World's Edge) - essay by Lin Carter
  • The Journey of the King - [Pegana] - (1906)
  • The Fall of Babbulkund - (1907)
  • The Bird of the Difficult Eye - (1914)
  • The Secret of the Sea - (1914)
  • The Compromise of the King of the Golden Isles: A Play - (1923) - play
  • Editor's Note (Tales of Far Away) - essay by Lin Carter
  • The House of the Sphinx - (1911)
  • Blagdaross - (1908)
  • The Lonely Idol - (1915)
  • An Archive of the Older Mysteries - (1919)
  • The Loot of Loma - (1914)
  • The Last Dream of Bwona Khubla - (1919)
  • The Queen's Enemies - (1916)
  • How Plash-Goo Came to the Land of None's Desire - (1916)
  • The Prayer of Boob Aheera - (1919)
  • East and West - (1916)
  • How the Gods Avenged Meoul Ki Ning - (1917)
  • The Man With the Golden Ear-rings - (1915)
  • Poor Old Bill - (1910)
  • Editor's Note (Tales of Near at Hand) - essay by Lin Carter
  • The Bad Old Woman in Black - (1914)
  • The Field - (1909)
  • Where the Tides Ebb and Flow - (1908)
  • The Little City - (1915)
  • The Highwayman - (1908)
  • In the Twilight - (1908)
  • The Ghosts - (1908)
  • The Doom of La Traviata - (1908)
  • A Narrow Escape - (1912)
  • The Lord of Cities - (1908)
  • The Unhappy Body - (1910)
  • The Gifts of the Gods - (1919)
  • On the Dry Land - (1908)
  • The Unpasturable Fields - (1915)
  • Editor's Note (Tales Jorkens Told) - essay by Lin Carter
  • The Curse of the Witch - [Jorkens] - (1932)
  • Hunting the Unicorn - [Jorkens] - (1974)
  • The Pale-Green Image - [Jorkens] - (1947)
  • The Sacred City of Krakovlitz - [Jorkens] - (1941) - shortstory by Lord Dunsany
  • At Sunset - poem by Lord Dunsany

The Charwoman's Shadow

Lord Dunsany

An old woman who spends her days scrubbing the floors might be an unlikely damsel in distress, but Lord Dunsany proves once again his mastery of the fantastical. The Charwoman's Shadow is a beautiful tale of a sorcerer's apprentice who discovers his master's nefarious usage of stolen shadows, and vows to save the charwoman from her slavery.

The Curse of the Wise Woman

Lord Dunsany

After his father's interference in Irish politics ends with a band of killers arriving on Christmas night to assassinate him, young Charles Peridore finds himself master of the estate. During idyllic school holidays, Charles enjoys riding to hounds and hunting geese and snipe while his friend Tommy Marlin tells stories of Tir-nan-Og, the land of eternal youth that lies just beyond the bog. But when Progress arrives in the form of an English corporation determined to convert the landscape into factories and housing, it appears that an entire way of life is destined to vanish. Only one thing stands in the way: the sorcery of an old witch, whose curses the English workers do not even believe in. In the novel's unforgettable conclusion, the ancient powers of the wise woman will be pitted against the machinery of modern corporate greed, with surprising and thrilling results.

Lord Dunsany (1878-1957) is one of the most influential fantasy authors of the 20th century, counting H.P. Lovecraft, J.R.R. Tolkien, Michael Moorcock and Neil Gaiman among his many admirers. Regarded by many as his finest novel, The Curse of the Wise Woman (1933), a rich blend of fantasy, nostalgia and autobiography, returns to print for the first time in decades in this edition, which features a new introduction by Mark Valentine.

The King of Elfland's Daughter

Lord Dunsany

The poetic style and sweeping grandeur of The King of Elfland's Daughter has made it one of the most beloved fantasy novels of our time, a masterpiece that influenced some of the greatest contemporary fantasists. The heartbreaking story of a marriage between a mortal man and an elf princess is a masterful tapestry of the fairy tale following the "happily ever after."

The Strange Journeys of Colonel Polders

Lord Dunsany

An inspiration to many for his style and prose, Lord Dunsany was a pioneer for fantasy fiction, inspiring such famous writers as H. P. Lovecraft, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Neil Gaiman to name a few. Over sixty years since its first publication, The Strange Journeys of Colonel Polders is now once again available to readers.

In this classic fantasy, a no-nonsense British officer, having offended an Indian swami in his club, finds his spirit lodged into a successful of animal bodies. Some of the animals the officer's spirit enters are a cat, goat, eel, fox, and many others. In his fantastic style, Dunsany captures the exact sentiments of each animal, making it believable that the office has, in fact, taken them as his own.

Out of print for over sixty years, The Strange Journeys of Colonel Polders is a fantastic tale that takes you to the core of fantasy writing and shows the skill of Lord Dunsany that many writers hold in the absolute highest regard. A lost classic, The Strange Journeys of Colonel Polders is finally available for readers of the beloved fantasy genre.

The Sword of Welleran and Other Stories

Lord Dunsany

The Sword of Welleran and Other Stories is the third book by Irish fantasy writer Lord Dunsany, considered a major influence on the work of J. R. R. Tolkien, H. P. Lovecraft, Ursula K. Le Guin and others. It was first published in hardcover in 1908, and has been reprinted a number of times since. The book is a series of short stories, some of them linked by Dunsany's invented pantheon of deities who dwell in Pegana, which were the focus of his earlier collections "The Gods of Pegana" and "Time and the Gods."

Contents:

  • "The Sword of Welleran"
  • "The Fall of Babbulkund"
  • "The Kith of the Elf-Folk"
  • "The Highwaymen"
  • "In the Twilight"
  • "The Ghosts"
  • "The Whirlpool"
  • "The Hurricane"
  • "The Fortress Unvanquishable, Save for Sacnoth"
  • "The Lord of Cities"
  • "The Doom of La Traviata"
  • "On the Dry Land."

Time and the Gods

Lord Dunsany

There was also another prophet and his name was Shaun, who had such reverence for the gods of Old that he became able to discern their forms by starlight as they strode, unseen by others, among men. Each night did Shaun discern the forms of the gods and every day he taught concerning them, till men in Averon knew how the gods appeared all grey against the mountains, and how Rhoog was higher than Mount Scagadon, and how Skun was smaller, and how Asgool leaned forward as he strode, and how Trodath peered about him with small eyes.

Wonder Tales: The Book of Wonder and Tales of Wonder

Lord Dunsany

Irish writer Edward J. M. D. Plunkett, the eighteenth Baron Dunsany, was one of English literature's most original talents. The author of many of the best fantastic tales in the language, he also greatly influenced other writers working in the genre. This collection of all the stories from two of his finest collections includes the famous "Three Sailors' Gambit," possibly the best chess story ever written, as well as "The Bad Old Woman in Black," "The Watch-Tower," "The Three Infernal Jokes," "The House of the Sphinx," and 28 other literary gems. This book combines The Book of Wonder, originally published in 1912, and Tales of Wonder, published in 1916.

The Complete Pegana: All the Tales Pertaining to the Realm of Pegana

Call of Cthulhu: Book 5

Lord Dunsany

Contents:

  • vii - Introduction (The Complete Pegana) - (1998) - essay by S. T. Joshi
  • 1 - The Gods of Pegana - [Pegana] - (1905) - collection
  • 7 - The Gods of Pegana - [Pegana] - (1905) - shortstory
  • 8 - Of Skarl the Drummer - [Pegana] - (1905) - shortstory
  • 9 - Of the Making of the Worlds - [Pegana] - (1905) - shortstory
  • 11 - Of the Game of the Gods - [Pegana] - (1905) - shortstory
  • 13 - The Chaunt of the Gods - [Pegana] - (1905) - shortstory
  • 14 - The Sayings of Kib - [Pegana] - (1905) - shortstory
  • 15 - Concerning Sish - [Pegana] - (1905) - shortstory
  • 17 - The Sayings of Slid - [Pegana] - (1905) - shortstory
  • 20 - The Deeds of Mung - [Pegana] - (1905) - shortstory
  • 22 - The Chaunt of the Priests - [Pegana] - (1905) - shortstory
  • 23 - The Sayings of Limpang-Tung - [Pegana] - (1905) - shortstory
  • 25 - Of Yoharneth-Lahai - [Pegana] - (1905) - shortstory
  • 26 - Of Roon, the God of Going - [Pegana] - (1905) - shortstory
  • 30 - The Revolt of the Home Gods - [Pegana] - (1905) - shortstory
  • 33 - Of Dorozhand - [Pegana] - (1905) - shortstory
  • 35 - The Eye in the Waste - [Pegana] - (1905) - shortstory
  • 37 - Of the Thing That Is Neither God Nor Beast - [Pegana] - (1905) - shortstory
  • 40 - Yonath the Prophet - [Pegana] - (1905) - shortstory
  • 42 - Yug the Prophet - [Pegana] - (1905) - shortstory
  • 43 - Alhireth-Hotep the Prophet - [Pegana] - (1905) - shortstory
  • 44 - Kabok the Prophet - [Pegana] - (1905) - shortstory
  • 46 - Of the Calamity That Befel Yun-Ilara by the Sea - [Pegana] - (1905) - shortstory
  • 48 - Of How the Gods Whelmed Sidith - [Pegana] - (1905) - shortstory
  • 51 - Of How Imbaun Became High Prophet in Aradec - [Pegana] - (1905) - shortstory
  • 54 - Of How Imbaun Met Zodrak - [Pegana] - (1905) - shortstory
  • 57 - Pegana - [Pegana] - (1905) - shortstory
  • 60 - The Sayings of Imbaun - [Pegana] - (1905) - shortstory
  • 62 - Of How Imbaun Spake of Death to the King - [Pegana] - (1905) - shortstory
  • 63 - Of Ood - [Pegana] - (1905) - shortstory
  • 64 - The River - [Pegana] - (1905) - shortstory
  • 67 - The Bird of Doom and the End - [Pegana] - (1905) - shortstory
  • 69 - Time and the Gods - (1906) - collection
  • 73 - Time and the Gods - [Pegana] - (1906) - shortstory
  • 77 - The Coming of the Sea - [Pegana] - (1906) - shortstory
  • 82 - A Legend of the Dawn - [Pegana] - (1906) - shortstory
  • 89 - The Vengeance of Men - [Pegana] - (1906) - shortstory
  • 93 - When the Gods Slept - [Pegana] - (1906) - shortstory
  • 100 - The King That Was Not - [Pegana] - (1906) - shortstory
  • 103 - The Cave of Kai - [Pegana] - (1906) - shortstory
  • 109 - The Sorrow of Search - [Pegana] - (1906) - shortstory
  • 116 - The Men of Yarnith - [Pegana] - (1906) - shortstory
  • 123 - For the Honour of the Gods - [Pegana] - (1906) - shortstory
  • 127 - Night and Morning - [Pegana] - (1906) - shortstory
  • 130 - Usury - [Pegana] - (1906) - shortstory
  • 133 - Mlideen - [Pegana] - (1906) - shortstory
  • 135 - The Secret of the Gods - [Pegana] - (1906) - shortstory
  • 138 - The South Wind - [Pegana] - (1906) - shortstory
  • 141 - In the Land of Time - [Pegana] - (1906) - shortstory
  • 150 - The Relenting of Sarnidac - [Pegana] - (1906) - shortstory
  • 155 - The Jest of the Gods - [Pegana] - (1906) - shortstory
  • 156 - The Dreams of a Prophet - [Pegana] - (1906) - shortstory (variant of The Dreams of the Prophet)
  • 159 - The Journey of the King - [Pegana] - (1906) - novelette
  • 195 - Beyond the Fields We Know - [Pegana] - (1919) - essay
  • 199 - Idle Days on the Yann - [Beyond the Fields We Know - 1] - (1910) - shortstory
  • 217 - A Shop in Go-by Street - [Beyond the Fields We Know - 2] - (1912) - shortstory
  • 225 - The Avenger of Perdóndaris - [Beyond the Fields We Know - 3] - (1912) - shortstory

The Travel Tales of Mr. Joseph Jorkens

Jorkens: Book 1

Lord Dunsany

Table of Contents:

  • Preface - essay by Lord Dunsany
  • The Tale of the Abu Laheeb
  • The King of Sarahb
  • How Jembu Played for Cambridge
  • The Charm Against Thirst
  • Our Distant Cousins
  • A Large Diamond
  • A Queer Island
  • The Electric King
  • A Drink at a Running Stream
  • A Daughter of Rameses
  • The Showman
  • Mrs. Jorkens
  • The Witch of the Willows

Jorkens Remembers Africa

Jorkens: Book 2

Lord Dunsany

Table of Contents:

  • Preface - essay by Lord Dunsany
  • The Lost Romance
  • The Curse of the Witch
  • The Pearly Beach
  • The Walk to Lingham
  • The Escape from the Valley
  • An August in the Red Sea
  • The Bare Truth
  • What Jorkens Has to Put Up With
  • Ozymandias
  • At the End of the Universe
  • The Black Mamba
  • In the Garden of Memories
  • The Slugly Beast
  • Earth's Secret
  • The Persian Spell
  • Stranger Than Fiction
  • The Golden Gods
  • The Correct Kit
  • How Ryan Got Out of Russia
  • The Club Secretary
  • A Mystery of the East

Critical Essays on Lord Dunsany

Studies in Supernatural Literature: Book 2

S. T. Joshi

From the publication of his first book in 1905 until his death, Lord Dunsany (1878-1957) was an immensely popular Anglo-Irish writer. He has long been admired in the realms of fantasy, horror, and supernatural fiction and was a friend and colleague of writers W. B. Yeats, Lady Gregory, James Stephens, and Oliver St. John Gogarty. In recent years he has enjoyed a resurgence as a pioneering fantasy writer and an immense influence on later work in the genre.

Critical Essays on Lord Dunsany is the first volume to assemble studies of Dunsany's short fiction, novels, plays, and memoirs, as well as discussions of his influence on such writers as J. R. R. Tolkien and H. P. Lovecraft. The book also contains early articles and reviews by Yeats, Lovecraft, H. L. Mencken, Rebecca West, and Arthur C. Clarke. Seven original essays by leading contemporary scholars on Dunsany examine the use of medieval archetypes in his fantasy novels; the distinctiveness of his recurring character, clubman Joseph Jorkens; the influence of Don Quixote on his first novel, The Chronicles of Rodriguez (1922); the treatment of religion in his later novels; and other subjects.

This anthology presents a comprehensive snapshot of Dunsany's distinctive work and his contribution to fantasy fiction and world literature. Making a case for the continued study of this neglected but hugely influential writer, Critical Essays on Lord Dunsany will be of great interest to enthusiasts of Dunsany's work as well as students and scholars of fantasy, horror, the supernatural, and Irish literature.

Lord Dunsany, H.P. Lovecraft, and Ray Bradbury: Spectral Journeys

Studies in Supernatural Literature: Book 3

William F. Touponce

In his classic study Supernatural Horror in Literature, H. P. Lovecraft discusses the emergence of what he called spectral literature--literature that involves the gothic themes of the supernatural found in the past but also considers modern society and humanity. Beyond indicating how authors of such works derived pleasure from a sense of cosmic atmosphere, Lovecraft did not elaborate on what he meant by the term spectral as a form of haunted literature concerned with modernity.

In Lord Dunsany, H. P. Lovecraft, and Ray Bradbury: Spectral Journeys, William F. Touponce examines what these three masters of weird fiction reveal about modernity and the condition of being modern in their tales. In this study, Touponce confirms that these three authors viewed storytelling as a kind of journey into the spectral. Furthermore, he explains how each identifies modernity with capitalism in various ways and shows a concern with surpassing the limits of realism, which they see as tied to the representation of bourgeois society.

The collected writings of Lord Dunsany, H. P. Lovecraft, and Ray Bradbury span the length of the tumultuous twentieth century with hundreds of stories. By comparing these authors, Touponce also traces the development of supernatural fiction since the early 1900s. Reading about how these works were tied to various stages of capitalism, one can see the connection between supernatural literature and society. This study will appeal to fans of the three authors discussed here, as well as to scholars and others interested in the connection between literature and society, criticism of supernatural fiction, the nature of storytelling, and the meaning and experience of modernity.

Lord Dunsany: A Comprehensive Bibliography, 2nd Edition

Studies in Supernatural Literature: Book 5

S. T. Joshi
Darrell Schweitzer

Anglo-Irish writer Lord Dunsany (1878-1957) was a pioneering writer in the genre of fantasy literature and the author of such celebrated works as The Book of Wonder (1912) and The King of Elfland's Daughter (1924). Over the course of a career that spanned more than five decades, Dunsany wrote thousands of stories, plays, novels, essays, poems, and reviews, and his work was translated into more than a dozen languages. Today, Dunsany's work is experiencing a renaissance, as many of his earlier works have been reprinted and much attention has been paid to his place in the history of fantasy and supernatural literature.

This bibliography is a revision of the landmark volume published in 1993, which first charted the full scope of Dunsany's writing. This new edition not only brings the bibliography up to date, listing the dozens of new editions of Dunsany's work that have appeared in the last two decades and the wealth of criticism that has been written about him, but also records many obscure publications in Dunsany's lifetime that have not been previously known or identified. In all, the bibliography has been expanded by at least thirty percent. Among this new material are dozens of uncollected short stories, newspaper articles, and poems, and many books, essays, and reviews of Dunsany's work published over the past century.

Altogether, this bibliography is the definitive listing of works by and about Dunsany and will be the foundation of Dunsany studies for many years to come.

The Tartarus Incident

UNSA: Book 1

William Greenleaf

"Somebody get us the hell out of..."

This is the last transmission received from Caitlin Palamara's audit team. What could never happen is now a terrifying fact. The five-person crew of the ISEA audit ship jack-a-dandy has vanished during a routine skip from sector ship Graywand to the planet Sierra.

Palamara and the others find themselves stranded on a hostile, undeveloped planet that bears no resemblance at all to Sierra. They've lost communication with Graywand, and their drive system is dead. Just when it seems that things can't get worse, John Wheeler, who feels a connection with a mysterious alien presence, wanders off and stumbles upon the sprawling ruins of an ancient city. The others have no choice but to go after him.

The place is more than a little spooky. But there's no real danger, right? The city is long dead, abandoned eons ago. Right?

Wrong.

For Caitlin Palamara's small audit team, it's the end of their comfortable routine, and the beginning of the interstellar nightmare that becomes known in ISEA archives as The Tartarus Incident.

The Pandora Stone

UNSA: Book 2

William Greenleaf

Arlo Triplethorn doesn't match the holo-vid image of a contract courier. Short, scrawny, and unremarkable in every way, he suffers from recurring nightmares about his one disastrous encounter with the cobra. The bloodiest war in human history was fought with the cobra, an alien race prone to senseless aggression and unrestrained violence. Although the cost was devastating, the cobra were eventually exterminated. Or so Arlo believes.

Everything changes for Arlo when he is hired by the International Space Exploration Agency to acquire a mysterious alien artifact and deliver it to their headquarters on Sierra. The artifact is a fist-sized crystal found buried on a Fringe world. It's clearly of alien origin, and it gives Arlo a bad case of the jitters when he first gazes into its amber depths. A strange thought comes unbidden to his mind: There's something alive in there...

Things go downhill fast when Arlo discovers that a ruthless underground organization known as Isterbrandt also wants the crystal. Pursued by both Isterbrandt and corrupt ISEA officials, Arlo escapes to Earth with the crystal. There, in the ruins of a sprawling city once known as Los Angeles, Arlo learns the truth about the crystal from a small band of mutated humans who are the only remaining inhabitants of Earth. Now he knows why the two most powerful organizations in humanspace are chasing him. But the worst is yet to come, and it steps straight out of Arlo's nightmares. Not all the cobra were exterminated, after all. One of them has been living among the crumbled ruins of the city, waiting patiently for the return of the amber crystal

Now that it's back, the cobra's patience has morphed into the single-minded goal of acquiring the crystal at any cost.

Only Arlo Triplethorn stands in its way.