Along with J. Francis McComas, Anthony Boucher was the the founding editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction; he edited the magazine from 1949 to 1958, winning the Hugo Award twice for his efforts. He was equally acclaimed for his mystery novels, including Nine Times Nine (1940) and Rocket to the Morgue (1942), which featured thinly-disguised versions of Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, Julius Schwartz, Henry Kuttner, Jack Williamson, Edmond Hamilton and John W. Campbell. He died in 1968. His 1969 collection The Compleat Werewolf is a delightful gathering of SF and fantasy tales originally published in the pulp magazines Unknown Worlds, Adventure, Astounding Science-Fiction, Weird Tales, and Thrilling Wonder Stories. Here’s the book description.
Anthony Boucher was long known as an important book critic and editor, master of languages and successful novelist. He was also a superb short story writer of science fiction and fantasy: inventive, prolific- and always entertaining.
The stories and novelettes in this titanic collection were chosen for the sheer virtuosity of their themes, moods, backgrounds; for their insights; for their laughter. They are wonderfully peopled by moth-eaten little demons, grim interplanetary predators, rebellious androids and dopplegangers; by humans with otherworld talents; and finally, not least, by one very special werewolf.
The Compleat Werewolf is a memorable volume, representing as it does a rich display of a fine author’s creativeness and craftsmanship.
The Compleat Werewolf contains two long novellas, the cover story (which originally appeared in Unknown Worlds, April 1942) and “We Print the Truth” (from Astounding Science Fiction, December 1943), alongside eight short stories.
I stumbled across the book as part of a small collection of vintage paperbacks on eBay, selling for $25, or about $2.30 per book. I previously covered Night Fear by Frank Belknap Long, the Sam Moskowitz anthology Horrors Unknown, and Carl Jacobi’s Revelations in Black from the same set.
Here’s the complete Table of Contents.
“The Compleat Werewolf” (Unknown Worlds, April 1942)
“The Pink Caterpillar” (Adventure, February 1945)
“Q. U. R.” (Astounding Science-Fiction, March 1943)
“Robinc” (Astounding Science-Fiction, September 1943)
“Snulbug” (Unknown Worlds, December 1941)
“Mr. Lupescu” (Weird Tales, September 1945)
“They Bite” (Unknown Worlds, August 1943)
“Expedition” (Thrilling Wonder Stories, August 1943)
“We Print the Truth” (Astounding Science Fiction, December 1943)
“The Ghost of Me” (Unknown Worlds, June 1942)
The Compleat Werewolf originally appeared in hardcover from Simon & Schuster in 1969, and was reprinted in paperback by Ace Books the same year. It was reprinted in the US by Carroll & Graf in 1990. The Ace Books version (pictured) is 252 pages, with a cover price of 75 cents.