Richard Bleiler

Richard James Bleiler (born 1959) is an American bibliographer of science fiction, fantasy, horror, crime, and adventure fiction.[1] He was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award for Best Non-Fiction in 2002.

Bleiler is the son of Everett F. Bleiler. He is currently the Collections Librarian at the University of Connecticut Homer D. Babbidge Library.

Richard Bleiler
BornRichard James Bleiler
1959 (age 59–60)
United States
OccupationLibrarian, writer


  • "Stephen King." Supernatural Fiction Writers: Fantasy and Horror, 2: A. E. Coppard to Roger Zelazny, Everett Franklin (ed.) Bleiler, Scribner's, 1985, pp. 1037–1044.
  • Marcel Proust at UAB : a checklist of Proust holdings at the Mervyn H. Sterne Library (with Dieu Van Tong). University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1988.
  • "Forgotten Giant: A Brief History of Adventure Magazine." Extrapolation: A Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy, vol. 30, no. 4, 1989, pp. 309–323.
  • The Index to Adventure Magazine. Two vols. Mercer Island, WA : Starmont House, 1990.
  • Science-Fiction: The Early Years (with Everett F. Bleiler).Kent, Ohio : Kent State University Press, 1990.
  • The Annotated Index to The Thrill Book. San Bernardino, Calif. : Borgo Press, 1991.
  • "Robert S. Hichens." Late-Victorian and Edwardian British Novelists: First Series, George M. (ed. and introd.) Johnson, Gale, 1995, pp. 106–119. Dictionary of Literary Biography (DLB): 153.
  • "Edwin L. Arnold." British Fantasy and Science-Fiction Writers Before World War I, Darren (ed. and introd.) Harris-Fain, Gale, 1997, pp. 23–26. Dictionary of Literary Biography (DLB): 178.
  • "John Davys Beresford." British Fantasy and Science-Fiction Writers Before World War I, Darren (ed. and introd.) Harris-Fain, Gale, 1997, pp. 27–34. Dictionary of Literary Biography (DLB): 178.
  • Internet training in ARL libraries : a SPEC kit. (with Jon E. Cawthorne). Washington, DC : Association of Research Libraries, Office of Management Services, c1997.
  • "Edgar Wallace." Mystery and Suspense Writers: The Literature of Crime, Detection, and Espionage, I-II, Robin W. (ed. and introd.) Winks and Maureen (ed.) Corrigan, Scribner's, 1998, pp. 943–955.
  • Science-fiction : the Gernsback years (with Everett F. Bleiler). Kent, Ohio : Kent State University Press, c1998.
  • "Science fiction writers : Critical studies of the major authors from the early nineteenth century to the present day" (2nd ed.). New York: Charles Scribner's. 1999
  • Reference Guide to Mystery and Detective Fiction. Englewood, Colo. : Libraries Unlimited, 1999.
  • Networked Information Resources : A SPEC Kit (with Terry Plum). Washington, D.C. : Association of Research Libraries, Office of Leadership and Management Services, c1999.
  • "George Vaux Bacon: Forgotten Writer, Intriguing Person." Dime Novel Roundup: A Magazine Devoted to the Collecting, Preservation and Study of Old-Time Dime and Nickel Novels, Popular Story Papers, Series Books, and Pulp Magazines, vol. 68, no. 4 [658], Aug. 1999, pp. 127–136.
  • "Thomas Burke." Late-Victorian and Edwardian British Novelists: Second Series, George M. (ed. and introd.) Johnson, Thomson Gale, 1999, pp. 40–49. Dictionary of Literary Biography (DLB): 197.
  • Supernatural fiction writers : contemporary fantasy and horror. 2nd ed. New York : Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2003.
  • "Imagination Takes Flight: A Thematic History of the Pulp Magazine." Dime Novel Roundup: A Magazine Devoted to the Collecting, Preservation and Study of Old-Time Dime and Nickel Novels, Popular Story Papers, Series Books, and Pulp Magazines, vol. 72, no. 3-4 [681-82], 2003, pp. 79–111.
  • "Street & Smith's Literary Album: A Bibliographic Listing." Dime Novel Roundup: A Magazine Devoted to the Collecting, Preservation and Study of Old-Time Dime and Nickel Novels, Popular Story Papers, Series Books, and Pulp Magazines, Cox, J. Randolph, et al. vol. 73, no. 6 [690], Dec. 2004, pp. 179–250.
  • Reference and Research Guide to Mystery and Detective Fiction. Libraries Unlimited, 2004.
  • "May Sinclair's Supernatural Fiction." in May Sinclair: Moving Towards the Modern, Andrew J. (ed. and introd.) Kunka and Michele K. (ed. and introd.) Troy, Ashgate, 2006, pp. 123–138.
  • "Raised by the Dead: Maturational Gothic in Neil Gaiman's the Graveyard Book." in 21St Century Gothic: Great Gothic Novels since 2000, Daniel (ed. and introd.) Olson and S. T. (foreword) Joshi, Scarecrow, 2011, pp. 269–278.
  • Political Future Fiction: Speculative and Counter-Factual Politics in Edwardian Fiction. Bleiler, Richard (ed.) (with Kate MacDonald (general ed.) and Stephen Donovan (ed.)) London, England: Pickering & Chatto, 2013.
  • "Visionary Star-Treader: The Speculative Writings of Clark Ashton Smith." in Pulp Fiction of the '20S and '30S, Gary (ed. and introd.) Hoppenstand, Salem, 2013, pp. 66–83.
  • "The Fantastic Pulp Fiction of Frank Belknap Long." in Pulp Fiction of the '20S and '30S, Gary (ed. and introd.) Hoppenstand, Salem, 2013, pp. 148–165.
  • The Strange Case of the Angels of Mons: Arthur Machen's World War I Story, the Insistent Believers, and His Refutations. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2015.


  1. ^ "Bleiler, Richard", The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, p. 135.

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Adventure (magazine)

Adventure was an American pulp magazine that was first published in November 1910 by

the Ridgway company, an offshoot of the Butterick Publishing Company. Adventure went on to become one of the most profitable and critically acclaimed of all the American pulp magazines. The magazine had 881 issues. The magazine's first editor was Trumbull White, he was succeeded in 1912 by Arthur Sullivant Hoffman (1876–1966), who would edit the magazine until 1927.


Arqtiq: A Story of the Marvels at the North Pole is a feminist utopian adventure novel, published in 1899 by its author, Anna Adolph. The book was one element in the major wave of utopian and dystopian fiction that marked the later nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Beyond the Wall of Sleep (short story)

"Beyond the Wall of Sleep" is a science fiction short story by American writer H. P. Lovecraft, written in 1919 and first published in the amateur publication Pine Cones in October 1919.


Bleiler is a surname. Notable persons with that surname include:

E. F. Bleiler (1920–2010), American editor, bibliographer, and scholar of science fiction, detective fiction and fantasy

Gretchen Bleiler (born 1981), American professional halfpipe snowboarder

Richard Bleiler (born 1959), American bibliographer in science fiction, fantasy, and horror, crime, and adventure fiction

Bruce Gillespie

Bruce Gillespie (born 1947) is a prominent Australian science fiction fan best known for his long-running sf fanzine SF Commentary. Along with Carey Handfield and Rob Gerrand, he was a founding editor of Norstrilia Press, which published Greg Egan's first novel.

He was fan guest of honour at Aussiecon 3, the 57th World Science Fiction Convention held in Melbourne, Australia in 1999.

He has won and been nominated for many Ditmar Awards since his first nomination in 1970, and in 2007 he was awarded the Chandler Award for his services to science fiction fandom.

Come Along with Me

Come Along With Me is a posthumous collection of works by American writer Shirley Jackson. It contains the incomplete titular novel, on which Jackson was working at the time of her death, three lectures delivered by Jackson, and sixteen short stories, mostly in the gothic genre, including Jackson's best known work, "The Lottery."The collection was published by Jackson's husband, Stanley Edgar Hyman, in 1968, three years after Jackson's death, and includes a preface by him. It was listed by The New York Times Book Review among the best fiction of 1968. In 2013, Come Along With Me was reprinted by Penguin Classics.As of 2015, Come Along With Me was featured in the collections of more than 1,000 libraries.

E. F. Bleiler

Everett Franklin Bleiler (April 30, 1920 – June 13, 2010) was an American editor, bibliographer, and scholar of science fiction, detective fiction, and fantasy literature. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, he co-edited the first "year's best" series of science fiction anthologies, and his Checklist of Fantastic Literature has been called "the foundation of modern SF bibliography". Among his other scholarly works are two Hugo Award–nominated volumes concerning early science fiction—Science-Fiction: The Early Years and Science-Fiction: The Gernsback Years—and the massive Guide to Supernatural Fiction.

Bleiler worked at Dover Publications from 1955, becoming executive vice-president of the company from 1967 until he left in 1977; he then worked for Charles Scribner's Sons until 1987. He edited a number of ghost story collections for Dover, containing what the genre historian Mike Ashley has described as "detailed and exemplary introductions".Bleiler received the Pilgrim Award for lifetime achievement in science fiction scholarship in 1984, the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement in 1988, the First Fandom Hall of Fame award in 1994, and the International Horror Guild Living Legend award in 2004.In the 1970s Bleiler wrote two works of fiction, which were not published until 2006: the fantasy novel Firegang: A Mythic Fantasy, set in the tree of Yggdrasil as well as moving across time and space, and Magistrate Mai and the Invisible Murderer, a detective story set in ancient China, similar to the work of Robert van Gulik.

Bleiler's son, Richard, is also a science fiction historian and assisted his father on several of his works.

From Beyond (short story)

"From Beyond" is a horror short story by American writer H. P. Lovecraft. It was written in 1920 and was first published in The Fantasy Fan in June 1934 (Vol. 1, No. 10).

Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn

Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn is a fantasy novel by British author Robert Holdstock. It was originally published in the United States in 1997 (and in the United Kingdom under the title Gate of Ivory in 1998.) The story is a prequel to Mythago Wood and explores Christian Huxley's quest into Ryhope Wood and the apparent suicide of his mother, Jennifer Huxley. The title of the book refers to the gates of horn and ivory described in both Homer's Odyssey and Virgil's Aeneid.

Gordon R. Dickson

Gordon Rupert Dickson (November 1, 1923 – January 31, 2001) was a Canadian-American science fiction writer. He was inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 2000.

Horror fiction

Horror is a genre of speculative fiction which is intended to, or has the capacity to frighten, scare, disgust, or startle, its readers or viewers by inducing feelings of horror and terror. Literary historian J. A. Cuddon has defined the horror story as "a piece of fiction in prose of variable length... which shocks, or even frightens the reader, or perhaps induces a feeling of repulsion or loathing". It creates an eerie and frightening atmosphere. Horror is frequently supernatural, though it can be non-supernatural. Often the central menace of a work of horror fiction can be interpreted as a metaphor for the larger fears of a society.


Lavondyss also titled Lavondyss: Journey to an Unknown Region is a fantasy novel by British writer Robert Holdstock, the second book in his Mythago Wood series. Lavondyss was originally published in 1988. The name of the novel hints at the real and mythological locales of Avon, Lyonesse, Avalon and Dis; within the novel Lavondyss is the name of the remote, ice-age heart of Ryhope wood.Despite having a new primary character, Lavondyss is a sequel to Mythago Wood because several characters provide links between the novels; the events in Mythago Wood set into motion events that drive the protagonists' actions in Lavondyss.

Lavondyss has won, or been nominated to, several fantasy literature awards.

Lot No. 249

"Lot No. 249" is a Gothic horror short story by Arthur Conan Doyle, first published in 1892. The story tells of a University of Oxford athlete named Abercrombie Smith who notices a strange series of events surrounding Edward Bellingham, an Egyptology student who owns many ancient Egyptian artifacts, including a mummy. After seeing his mummy disappear and reappear, and two instances of Belligham's enemies getting attacked, Smith concludes that Bellingham is reanimating his mummy. Smith confronts Bellingham, who denies this is the case; the next day, Smith is attacked by the mummy and escapes. Smith then forces Bellingham to destroy his mummy and the associated artifacts at gunpoint.

Written during a period of great European interest in Egyptian culture known as Egyptomania, Doyle was inspired to write "Lot No. 249" by his interests in the supernatural, crime and Egyptology. Though reanimated mummies had previously appeared in English literature, Doyle's story was the first to portray one as dangerous. The story was first published in Harper's Magazine and has since been widely anthologized. "Lot No. 249" has received positive reviews from critics, including praise from authors H. P. Lovecraft and Anne Rice. Critics have compared the story to the writings of Edgar Allan Poe and H. Rider Haggard and interpreted it as containing themes of imperialism and masculinity. "Lot No. 249" has been adapted for film and television, and has significantly influenced subsequent media that depicts mummies, as well as other works of horror fiction.

Miracle Science and Fantasy Stories

Miracle Science and Fantasy Stories was a pulp science fiction magazine which published two issues in 1931. The fiction was unremarkable, but the cover art and illustrations, by Elliott Dold, were high quality, and have made the magazine a collector's item. The magazine ceased publication when Dold became ill and was unable to continue his duties both as editor and artist.

Mythago Wood

Mythago Wood is a fantasy novel by British writer Robert Holdstock, published in the United Kingdom in 1984. It won the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel in 1985. It served as the first in a series of novels known as the Mythago Wood or Ryhope Wood cycle. It belongs to a type of fantasy literature known as mythic fiction. It has received critical acclaim for the quality of its prose, its forest setting, and its exploration of philosophical, spiritual and psychological themes.

Robert Holdstock

Robert Paul Holdstock (2 August 1948 – 29 November 2009) was an English novelist and author best known for his works of Celtic, Nordic, Gothic and Pictish fantasy literature, predominantly in the fantasy subgenre of mythic fiction.

Holdstock broke into print in 1968. His science fiction and fantasy works explore philosophical, psychological, anthropological, spiritual and woodland themes. He received three BSFA awards and won the World Fantasy Award in the category of Best Novel of 1985.

Robert William Cole

Robert William Cole (1869–1937) was a British photographer and author. Some of his works are early science fiction and future war fiction.Cole's works are mostly out of print and are difficult to find. Copies can be found at the British Library, and two have been republished in scholarly editions. They include four novels:

The Struggle for Empire: A Story of the Year 2236 (1900)The expanding Anglo-Saxon Empire of Earth collides with a similar empire based on Kairet, a planet of Sirius. Both empires have forgotten spiritual and philosophical values, and are driven largely by greed. Commercial rivalries soon escalate to a devastating interstellar war which results in the destruction of most of the Terran fleet, the invasion of Earth, and other disasters. The book is notable for its depiction of technology including antigravity, interplanetary radio, television, various forms of death ray, industrial transmutation, etc. A scholarly edition edited by Richard Bleiler is available from the English publishers Pickering & Chatto as part of their 2013 "Political Future Fiction" series.

His Other Self: The Story of a Man with a Past (1906)A former wastrel who has found love and turned over a new leaf is intermittently possessed by his rakish past self, who does all the things that the hero no longer wants to do - drinking, chasing loose women, etc. - to teach the hero a moral lesson. Eventually the hero is prepared to renounce his fiancée to ensure that her life will be happy, even if he is miserable. This proves that he is worthy of her, the haunting ends, and they marry.

The Death Trap (1907)Germany, France, and Russia go to war with Britain (the French under duress, the others willingly), destroy the British fleet, and invade southern England. Britain is nearly defeated and as profiteering, government bungling and the acts of German agents bring the country close to revolution, a heroic general is called upon to lead the country to victory. With the aid of the Japanese navy (the Japanese remembering Britain as allies from their war with Russia) the General engages the German fleet at the last moment. France switches sides just before the battle, and the enemy fleet is turned away. Pickering & Chatto have included this book in their 2000 "British Future Fiction" series.

The Artificial Girl (1908)A romantic comedy; a young man disguises himself as his sister and takes her place at a ladies' finishing school, in order to pursue the woman he loves.

Short fiction by Arthur C. Clarke

Arthur C. Clarke (1917-2008) wrote a considerable number of short stories in the science fiction genre.

The Thrill Book

The Thrill Book was a U.S. pulp magazine published by Street & Smith in 1919. It was intended to carry "different" stories: this meant stories that were unusual or unclassifiable, which in practice often meant that the stories were fantasy or science fiction. The first eight issues, edited by Harold Hersey, were a mixture of adventure and weird stories. Contributors included Greye La Spina, Charles Fulton Oursler, J. H. Coryell, and Seabury Quinn. Hersey was replaced by Ronald Oliphant with the July 1 issue, probably because Street & Smith were unhappy with his performance.

Oliphant printed more science fiction and fantasy than Hersey had done, though this included two stories by Murray Leinster which Hersey had purchased before being replaced. The most famous story from The Thrill Book is The Heads of Cerberus, a very early example of a novel about alternate time tracks, by Francis Stevens. Oliphant was given a larger budget than Hersey, and was able to acquire material by popular writers such as H. Bedford-Jones, but he was only able to produce eight more issues before the end came. The last issue was dated October 15, 1919; it was probably cancelled because of poor sales, although a printers' strike at that time may have been a factor.

Although The Thrill Book has been described as the first American pulp to specialize in fantasy and science fiction, this description is not supported by recent historians of the field, who regard it instead as a stepping stone on the path that ultimately led to Weird Tales and Amazing Stories, the first true specialized magazines in the fields of weird fiction and science fiction respectively.

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