Mr. George and Other Odd Persons

Mr. George and Other Odd Persons is a collection of fantasy and horror short stories by American author August Derleth, written under the pseudonym of Stephen Grendon. It was released in 1963 by Arkham House in an edition of 2,546 copies. Most of the stories had appeared previously in the magazine Weird Tales. Two appeared in The Arkham Sampler. The title story was dramatized for the Thriller TV series.

Mr. George and Other Odd Persons
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Dust-jacket illustration by Robert E. Hubbell.
AuthorStephen Grendon
Cover artistRobert E. Hubbell
CountryUnited States
GenreFantasy, horror
PublisherArkham House
Media typePrint (hardback)
Pagesviii, 239


Mr. George and Other Odd Persons contains the following tales:

  • "Introduction" by August Derleth
  • "Mr. George"
  • "Parrington's Pool"
  • "A Gentleman From Prague"
  • "The Man on B-17"
  • "Blessed Are the Meek"
  • "Mara"
  • "The Blue Spectacles"
  • "Alannah"
  • "Dead Man's Shoes"
  • "The Tsantsa in the Parlor"
  • "Balu"
  • "The Extra Passenger"
  • "The Wind in the Lilacs"
  • "Miss Eperson"
  • "The Night Train to Lost Valley"
  • "Bishop's Gambit"
  • "Mrs. Manifold"


  • Jaffery, Sheldon (1989). The Arkham House Companion. Mercer Island, WA: Starmont House, Inc. p. 68. ISBN 1-55742-005-X.
  • Chalker, Jack L.; Mark Owings (1998). The Science-Fantasy Publishers: A Bibliographic History, 1923-1998. Westminster, MD and Baltimore: Mirage Press, Ltd. pp. 40–41.
  • Joshi, S.T. (1999). Sixty Years of Arkham House: A History and Bibliography. Sauk City, WI: Arkham House. p. 81. ISBN 0-87054-176-5.
  • Nielsen, Leon (2004). Arkham House Books: A Collector's Guide. Jefferson, NC and London: McFarland & Company, Inc. pp. 88–89. ISBN 0-7864-1785-4.
1963 in literature

This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 1963.

Arkham House

Arkham House is an American publishing house specializing in weird fiction. It was founded in Sauk City, Wisconsin in 1939 by August Derleth and Donald Wandrei to preserve in hardcover the best fiction of H. P. Lovecraft. The company's name is derived from Lovecraft's fictional New England city, Arkham. Arkham House editions are noted for the quality of their printing and binding. The colophon for Arkham House was designed by Frank Utpatel.

August Derleth

August William Derleth (February 24, 1909 – July 4, 1971) was an American writer and anthologist. Though best remembered as the first book publisher of the writings of H. P. Lovecraft, and for his own contributions to the Cthulhu Mythos and the Cosmic Horror genre, as well as his founding of the publisher Arkham House (which did much to bring supernatural fiction into print in hardcover in the US that had only been readily available in the UK), Derleth was a leading American regional writer of his day, as well as prolific in several other genres, including historical fiction, poetry, detective fiction, science fiction, and biography.

A 1938 Guggenheim Fellow, Derleth considered his most serious work to be the ambitious Sac Prairie Saga, a series of fiction, historical fiction, poetry, and non-fiction naturalist works designed to memorialize life in the Wisconsin he knew. Derleth can also be considered a pioneering naturalist and conservationist in his writing.

Mr. George

Mr. George may refer to:

Pen name for Georg Svendsen

Publix Super Markets, Inc. founder George W. Jenkins

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Character in Mr. George and Other Odd Persons

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