thznk you. this is my favorite genere and this was a godsend for me, its the least i can do to shard what knowledge i have with y'all.
Cuts both ways. We set a self-imposed ceiling of pre-2000 novels so most of your titles were news to me. Many thanks for the Killer Flies scan. It's a thing of beauty.
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.
H.G. Wells - The Food of the Gods and How It Came to Earth, 1904 Macmillan Bron Fane - Rodent Mutation, Badger 1960 Paul Zindel - Rats, 1999 Hodder
Jules Verne - Journey to the Center of the Earth, 1864 Pierre-Jules Hetzel Arthur Conan Doyle - The Lost World, 1912 Hodder & Stoughton Edgar Rice Burroughs - The Land That Time Forgot, 1918 Blue Book Magazine Delos W. Lovelace - King Kong, 1932 Grosset & Dunlap Carson Bingham - Gorgo, 1960 Monarch Harry Adam Knight - Carnosaur, Star 1986 Michael Crichton - Jurassic Park, 1991 Guild Michael Crichton - The Lost World, 1995 Knopf Leigh Clark - Carnivore, 1997 Leisure Paul Zindel - Raptor, 1999 Hyperion
Delos W. Lovelace - King Kong, 1932 Grosset & Dunlap Dean Owen - Konga, 1960 Monarch Michael Crichton - Congo, 1980 Knopf
Crypto Mixed Bag:
Paul Zindel - Loch, 1994 HarperCollins
Carson Bingham - Gorgo, 1960 Monarch (an orca and a giant octopus appear) Peter Benchley - Beast, 1991 Random House R. Karl Largent - The Lake, 1993 Leisure Peter Benchley - White Shark, 1994 Random House
Insects and Arachnids:
H.G. Wells - The Food of the Gods and How It Came to Earth, 1904 Macmillan Richard Matheson - The Shrinking Man, 1956 Nelson Doubleday Delos W. Lovelace - King Kong, 1932 Grosset & Dunlap (the spider pit scene, which is retained in the novelization) Eric North - The Ant Men, 1955 John C. Winston John Lymington - Night of the Big Heat, 1959 Macfadden-Bartell Stephen King - The Mist, 1980 Viking Press
H.G. Wells - The Food of the Gods and How It Came to Earth, 1904 Macmillan
Cats and Dogs:
Will Garth - Dr. Cyclops, 1940 Phoenix Press Richard Matheson - The Shrinking Man, 1956 Nelson Doubleday Stephen King - The Sun Dog, 1990 Viking
They're in there, very briefly. Their role is often exaggerated/embellished for adaptations as well as covers. Like here for example:
What happens is that the expedition is crossing the subterranean sea and witness a battle between two prehistoric sea reptiles. But there are no more dinosaurs in the story after this.
Once they reach the opposite shore, they do see some prehistoric mammals and a very large caveman. They don't do anything interesting, though. For what is probably the first literary work including prehistoric animals, it sure is underwhelming. Verne has an annoying habit in his longer books of spinning his wheels and focusing on mundane stuff (it takes the characters forever to even reach the volcano in Iceland), then glossing over the really interesting bits. I understand that "less is more," but seriously, Jules!
This is probably my favorite cover, even if it's a flat-out lie:
I'm guessing that's supposed to be Harry--I mean Axel, dressed more like Indiana Jones than a Victorian era explorer, and although there is a mushroom forest and that critter more or less resembles the Plesiosaurus (or maybe it was an Elasmosaurus) described by Verne during the sea crossing, the twain never meet. I let this slip by filing it under "artistic license," i.e. the cover artist wanted to show multiple elements from the story in a single image, by showing one of the explorers being menaced by a prehistoric creature in the forest of giant mushrooms.
I just wish there was a version of it without the Walmart 2-for-$1 thing on it. I own a copy of this particular version (published by Aerie) and it isn't a sticker. It's permanently part of the cover art. Apparently, there was a version without the Walmart thing on it, but Aerie printed several classic paperbacks especially for the chain and that seems to be the edition most common on the secondary market.