Finally, I'm looking forward to the promised DAW paperback issue, especially given that I'm thinking about trying to expand my collection in that direction. In addition to the Year's Best Horror and Year's Best Fantasy books they featured some great authors--Tanith Lee, Jack Vance, R. A. Lafferty, Roger Zelazny, Fritz Leiber, Theodore Sturgeon, James H. Schmitz, and Poul Anderson, to name a few. Though they're science fiction rather than horror, these two covers by the aforementioned Kelly Freas may be my favorite DAW ones:
The Kelly Freas covers are indeed gorgeous. Somewhere hidden among all my junk is a copy of Ian Covell's Index to DAW (Galactic Central Publications, 1989). It's not something I'd have thrown away, but have turned the place over trying to locate it without success. From what I can remember, we're talking seriously no frills - a bunch of stapled sheets with catalogue numbers, publication dates, etc. - and it's likely I set it aside on realising that the bulk of DAW's prodigious output was SF and fantasy orientated.
Will be interesting to learn the the reception Justin's "so there was life before 1960!" editorial receives from the readership.
The Frank Belknap Long article makes for very sad reading. I was sure he continued writing through the eighties' but all I've found to date are a pair of shorts he contributed to David Stuart Schiff's Whispers anthologies.
Here's that Not At Night/ The Fall link'
Edwin Pouncey artwork on reverse of the Fall's Lie Dream Of A Casino Soul/ Fantastic Life sleeve (1981). It reappeared in 1985 on the Hip Priests & Kamerads compilation.
In 1986, Edwin 'Savage Pencil' Pouncey, and his former Sounds colleague Sandy Robertson, launched the Montague Summers project which was instrumental in raising the money for a stone to be laid at his then unmarked grave in Richmond Cemetery.
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.