Sunday, September 22, 2019

Sunday Morning Bonus Pulp: A. Merritt's Fantasy Magazine

This is another science fiction and fantasy reprint magazine like FAMOUS FANTASTIC MYSTERIES and FANTASTIC NOVELS, but A. MERRITT'S FANTASY MAGAZINE lasted only a handful of issues. It published some good authors while it lasted, though. This issue featured two stories originally published in ARGOSY in 1939 and 1940, "The Ninth Life" by Jack Mann and "The Little Doll Died" by Theodore Roscoe. I've never read any of Jack Mann's work (I believe his real name was E. Charles Vivian), but everything I've read by Theodore Roscoe has been excellent. And this cover is by the always top-notch Norman Saunders.


Chap O'Keefe said...

As of this year the entire Jack Mann series of eight novels featuring the occult detective "Gees", all of which are good reads, has become readily available in ebook form. For a quick introduction to the character and the books, try I was pleased to complete my set of the books via Roy Glashan's Library.

Spike said...

I have a few of this series. One of my first pulp purchases. One issue had a Max Brand story (under a different name) set at a hidden land near the North Pole. Forgotten the title (Smoking Land something?). Must have read it 4 times as a teen.

James Reasoner said...

I checked and I have e-books of all of the Jack Mann novels but haven't read any of them yet. Also, THE SMOKING LAND is indeed the title of that book, originally published in ARGOSY under Faust's pseudonym George Challis and reprinted in trade paperback in the Seventies by some small press (Capra? I didn't dig out my copy to check).