Are there any F.B.Long (a shortening of his name I just made up and will make a fortune of ) colections of his weird short stories, and if so , any obtainable, and if so any one specificaly advisable and if so, any one specificaly cheaply advisable ?
I have bought a Jove edition (1978) these days on Evilbay.
THE HOUNDS OF TINDALOS "THE EARLY LONG"
Introduction Death Waters The Ocean Leech The Space Eaters The Hounds of Tindalos A Visitor from Egypt Second Night Out The Dark Beasts The Flame Midget Dark Vision The Elemental Fisherman´s Luck The Refugees The Census Taker Grab Bags are dangerous Step into my Garden It will come to you The Peeper
The storys range from 1924 to 1944. The two I have read so far are a bit dull. Light on plot and heavy on atmosphere. But the autobiographical introduction and the forewords to the storys are interesting, lots of anecdotes and trivia about editors and markets from the time, from Weird Tales to Unknown. That alone is the price worth.
Unfortunatly the Jove editors did kind of a hatchet job here; they couldn´t be bothered to begin storys and their introduction on a new page, or do titles in bold. Often storys end on the middle of the page and the introduction for the next one begins just a paragraph later. Lousy bookmaking, if you ask me.
I will post a cover tommorrow when I am at my scanner.
The contents are The Hounds of Tindalos - the classic tale of drug experimentation and time travel. A Visitor from Egypt - an encounter between a museum curator and an eccentric Egyptologist The Refugees - whimsical tale of the little folk The Dark Beasts - a backwoods family are troubled by something nasty in the woods Census Taker - another whimsy about a man who appears to be shifting between realities A Stitch In Time - science fiction piece about an accidental rift in time Golden Child - a child and a tramp are hurled across space by a device created accidentally Bridgehead - time travelling invaders accidentally create their own nemesis Grab Bags Are Dangerous - satisfyingly creepy tale of a Christmas costume which proves unwise Second Night Out - horror story of a strange manifestation on board ship.
A little repetitive here and there - Long's science fiction does seem to involve a lot of accidents and rather less imagination. But the horror stories are all rather enjoyable. My own favourite is second Night Out, which is short and with a grim and abrupt ending.
Cthulhu loves me this I know, the Necronomicon told me so
The Hounds of Tindalos - the classic tale of drug experimentation and time travel.
re-read this a few days back in Michel Parry's Strange Ecstasies where it's very much at home.
Frank Belknap Long - Odd Science Fiction (Belmont, 1964)
The Horror from the Hills ( Weird Tales, Jan. 1931) The Flame of Life (Future, June 1959) Giant in the Forest (Science Fiction Quarterly, Feb 1955)
here's another collection, though that is perhaps stretching it a bit. 140 pages and the bulk devoted to the novella The Horror from the Hills: this time the unwelcome visitor from the fourth dimension is a vampire.
From the first, I set myself against "literature"; the story was the thing, and no amount of style could persuade me to select a story that lacked genuine, unadulterated horror. For those who wanted something high-brow there was plenty.