Doug Draa looks at Frank Belknap Long

Doug Draa looks at Frank Belknap Long

rim-of-the-unknown2Doug Draa has kicked off a new blog dedicated to the golden age of Horror Anthology Paperbacks. His first subject is the much-overlooked pulp master Frank Belknap Long:

I’ve enjoyed Mr. Long’s stories since the middle 70s when I first read “The Space Eaters” in Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos, Volume 1. He was a correspondent of Lovecraft’s and wrote several stories incorporating HPL’s Cthulhu Mythos. His attempts at Mythos writing were successful enough that his “Hounds of Tindalos” are more or less accepted as canon.

His stories are pure pulp and crazy enough to stand above the normal horror fare of the 30s and 40s. I find “The Space Eaters” to be one of the very best non-HPL penned Mythos tales ever. It tells of an invasion from beyond (actually from outside and between) in such a cold hearted and nonchalant manner without any of HPL’s typical histrionics that it is truly unsettling without ever being “over the top”. Hats off to the man! But as far as craziness goes, how can you not love such titles as “The Flame Midget,” “The Man with a Thousand Legs” or “The Horror from the Hills”?

Indeed. Frank Belknap Long published a host of stories in the pulps and several fine collections, including The Early Long, Odd Science Fiction, The Hounds of Tindalos, The Rim of the Unknown and Night Fear.

He wrote nearly 30 novels, including Space Station 1 (1957), Mission to a Distant Star, Mars is My Destination (1962), The Horror from the Hills (1963), Monster From Out of Time (1970), and Survival World (1971).

I don’t see a lot of blogs devoted to vintage horror anthologies, but if all the entries are as informative as this one, I’ll be a regular visitor.

You can find Doug’s blog, Uncle Doug’s Bunker of Horror, here.

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Dave T

Aside from his classic short stories in the HPL/horror vein, I’ve read but one FBL novel, LEST EARTH BE CONQUERED from 1966. Have it in a Belmont Science Fiction pb edition (50 cents).

The rear cover blurb runs entices with this: “Anthropologists tell us that primitive man believed he could be several places at the same time. He had no sense of time as we understand it, and could think of himself as living in the past and present simultaneously. And the future? He was convinced, too, that he could, at the same time, be a human being and an animal; space and time held no restrictions for him. And the future? Suppose it weren’t just a primitive fantasy, suppose such powers were slumbering in some people and could be awakened. THE FUTURE IS NOW…”

Read it about 2 years ago in a few hours (144 pp.). Great fun and well written. Plenty of tension and drama set in a small town with a husband and wife’s normal life severely disrupted, with more than just their lives at stake.

Ahh, the good old days of SF _storytelling_… 🙂

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