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Vintage Treasures: Strange Eons by Robert Bloch

Saturday, October 12th, 2013 | Posted by John ONeill

Strange Eons Robert Bloch-smallBack in July, I did a Vintage Treasures article on The Best of Robert Bloch, the second in my series on Lester Del Rey’s Classics of Science Fiction. In doing the research for that article, I came across references to Bloch’s book of Lovecraftian fiction, Strange Eons, first published in 1979.

My curiosity was piqued. It took a while to track down a copy, but this is the age of the Internet, when all things are possible. I settled in to read it this morning and I was surprised to find it’s a novel, not a collection, as I assumed. Given the big Doctor Who news today, I was also amused to find the last page given over to a house ad for Pinnacle’s Doctor Who novelizations, with a banner quote from Harlan Ellison: “Incomparable… extraordinary… my hero, Doctor Who!”

The book is dedicated to H.P. Lovecraft — at least that wasn’t a surprise. As the publisher notes on the back of Strange Eons, Bloch was a protégé of Lovecraft and, at the age of fifteen, the youngest member of the “Lovecraft Circle” of writers. The novel builds unabashedly on the work of the master, starting with the premise that the creatures he wrote of are real, and his books form a dire warning for mankind:

What men know is called science; what they have not yet learned they call magic. But both are real….

In the world of today and the near future, three people inexorably linked by a common interest in the work of H. P. Lovecraft, discover: that the legendary creatures he created in his fantasies have hideous counterparts in reality… that his fiction is incredible fact… that his message is a warning…

Spooky stuff. I’ll see if the execution lives up to the promise. Strange Eons was published by Pinnacle Books in June 1979, with cover art by David Hada. It is 249 pages, priced at $1.95 in paperback. I paid $5.50 for a fine condition copy on eBay.

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8 Comments »

  1. Well, Strange Eons might not be the most balanced novel you’ve read lately, but I bet you won’t forget it.
    Especially the ending.

    Comment by John Hocking - October 12, 2013 9:09 pm

  2. No spoilers! :)

    And have you read EVERY pulp fantasy or horror volume ever written, Mr. Hocking? Wait… perhaps it’s best if you don’t answer that. :)

    Comment by John ONeill - October 12, 2013 10:09 pm

  3. I think this might have been the first book I ever special-ordered from the local bookstore. (And thus was begun my downfall.) I still have it on my shelf — the Whispers Press hardcover.

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6583504-strange-eons

    And I’ll also be very curious to hear what you think of it.

    Comment by Joe H. - October 13, 2013 12:33 am

  4. Mr. O’Neill, stop with the vintage posts! My X-mas list is embarrassingly long as it is. I still haven’t caught up with buying all of the Del Rey Best ofs!

    Comment by James McGlothlin - October 13, 2013 3:24 pm

  5. […] series on Lester Del Rey’s Classics of Science Fiction. That lead me to his Lovecraftian novel Strange Eons, first published in 1979, which I wrote about in […]

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  6. guys I’m from Russia and we
    have a problem here with the
    horrors. Tell me where to find
    the email text of this book. I
    will be very grateful

    Comment by aleksandr91 - February 20, 2014 12:26 pm

  7. Hi Aleksandr,

    Thanks for the comment! I’m afraid I can’t. Perhaps there’s an electronic version of this book circulating out there somewhere, but I have no idea where. If it exists, I haven’t seen it.

    Comment by John ONeill - February 20, 2014 12:30 pm

  8. thanks for the reply. I’ll look

    Comment by aleksandr91 - February 20, 2014 12:51 pm


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