The Frankenstein Reader, edited by Calvin Beck, Ballantine, 1962 Cover art: Richard Powers
The Middle Toe of the Right Foot by Ambrose Bierce The Four-Fifteen Express by Amelia B. Edwards Passeur by Robert W. Chambers The Isle of Voices by Robert Louis Stevenson The Ghost of Fear by H. G. Wells The Trial for Murder by Charles Dickens The Dead Valley by Ralph Adams Cram The Thing in the Hall by E. F. Benson A Pair of Hands by Arthur Quiller-Couch The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton On the Staircase by Katherine Fullerton Gerould
Calvin Beck was publisher of monster movie magazine, Castle of Frankenstein, which first appeared the same year as this collection of "horror in the classic tradition".
Calvin T. Beck (ed.) - Castle Of Frankenstein # 18
Barrs Bestiary #1 - The Demon Cat Of Losanne Headitorial The Mephisto Waltz H. P. Norton - The Strange Case Of Howard Phillips Lovecraft The House That Dripped Blood Alexandro Jodorowsky on El Topo Brain Of Blood Cauldron Of Blood: Boris Karloff's last film Ron Miller A Conversation with John Carradine CoF Mini Reviews Calvin T. Beck - Night Of The Living Dead Tarzan: The Return To Opar Calvin T. Beck - Tales From The Crypt Ken G. Barish - Roy Krenkel SFantasy Movie News Letters Steranko art. The Amateur SFantasy Press More CoF Mini Reviews Neal Adams Art
Bloody hell! Jordan gets on the cover of everything these days, including magazines published before she was born.
Calvin T. Beck's anthology is surely the least imaginative selection of the entire Chamber of Horror series, so I was a little concerned about Castle Of Frankenstein. Could it be that it's legion fans were looking back at it through the same rose-tinted spectacles I sometimes wear when revisiting the 'nineties vampire 'zine explosion? Thanks to Beware,There's A Crosseyed Cyclops In My Basement!!!) blog, I finally got to sample three of the later issues and am very grateful to have had opportunity to do so! I can't think of any publication of similar stature that manages to combine high quality articles and interviews with page upon page of the most outrageous last minute filler! Have listed the contents of 18 as they seem to be the most representative of how weird and varied the content was, though it could have been any of the trio. Who the hell was El Topo and why is he/ it given five sides when, elsewhere, a feature article on The Mephisto Waltz runs to all of five sentences? What's with the pointless Tarzan photo-strip? Who cares when you've some real meat, like Beck on Tales From The Crypt or issue 16's lengthy interview with Robert Bloch offset with several delightful stills from Strait-Jacket, The Skull and Psychopath? Then, with The House That Dripped Blood we are back to fanzine production values for another two-page filler fest. I'm not being critical, I absolutely adore this kind of ramshackle approach.
There is so much content on blogs like .... Cross-eyed Cyclops they will keep you going for WEEKS - have been so distracted by weird comics and vintage hammer mags these past five days that I can barely think straight and still a bunch of Psycho's with the lovely The Heap to wade through.
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. - Christine Campbell Thomson