The Arkham Collector

The Arkham Collector was an American fantasy, horror fiction and poetry magazine first published in Summer 1967. The magazine, edited by August Derleth, was the second of two magazines published by Arkham House, the other being the Arkham Sampler. Each issue of The Arkham Collector had an approximate print run of 2,500 copies. Its headquarters was in Sauk City, Wisconsin.[1]

The Arkham Collector published news of upcoming Arkham House publications, items of associational interest, fiction and poetry. The magazine published work by H. P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, Carl Jacobi, Joseph Payne Brennan, Brian Lumley, Gary Myers and others. Issue 10, Summer 1971, included the first published story by Alan Dean Foster. The magazine ran for ten issues and suspended publication following Derleth's death on July 4, 1971.[1]

A hardbound volume in an edition of 676 copies (issued without dustjacket), collecting the entire run of ten issues, was published by Arkham House in 1971.

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Cover of Summer 1967 issue of The Arkham Collector

See also


  1. ^ a b "The Arkham Collector". Bromer. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  • Jaffery, Sheldon (1989). The Arkham House Companion. Mercer Island, WA: Starmont House, Inc. pp. 285–86. 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. 48–49.
  • Joshi, S.T. (1999). Sixty Years of Arkham House: A History and Bibliography. Sauk City, WI: Arkham House. pp. 98–106, 108–110, 122, 125. ISBN 0-87054-176-5.
  • Nielsen, Leon (2004). Arkham House Books: A Collector's Guide. Jefferson, NC and London: McFarland & Company, Inc. pp. 99–103, 105–108, 113–114. ISBN 0-7864-1785-4.
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.

Collected Poems (Tierney)

Collected Poems: Nightmares and Visions is a collection of poems by Richard L. Tierney. It was released in 1981 by Arkham House in an edition of 1,030 copies. The book is illustrated by Jason Van Hollander. The poems had previously appeared in The Arkham Collector, Whispers, Nyctalops, Macabre and other magazines.]

Literary historian Don Herron has stated that the collection presents Tierney as "one of the most technically accomplished sonneteers of his generation, able to bring rhyming forms to bear on his own concerns, such as the especially nihilistic concluding poem "To the Hydrogen Bomb".

Gary Myers (writer)

Gary Clayton Myers (born August 15, 1952) is an American writer of fantasy and horror. He is a resident of Fullerton, California.

Myers’s first story, “The House of the Worm,” appeared in a 1970 issue of The Arkham Collector, edited by H. P. Lovecraft’s friend and publisher August Derleth, when Myers was 17. Two further stories appeared in the same magazine.

Later in the '70s, Myers's work appeared in a series of anthologies edited by Lin Carter. These included one volume of the Ballantine Adult Fantasy Series and two volumes of The Year's Best Fantasy Stories.

In the ’80s and ’90s, Myers’ work appeared mainly in little magazines like Crypt of Cthulhu, and in a number of Lovecraft-themed anthologies, usually edited by Robert M. Price.

Myers's first book, The House of the Worm, was a collection of Cthulhu Mythos stories in the fantasy manner of Lovecraft and Lord Dunsany; it was published by Arkham House in 1975 with illustrations by Allan Servoss. It is now out of print [1].

His second book, Dark Wisdom: New Tales of the Old Ones, was a collection of Cthulhu Mythos stories in a more contemporary horror mode; it was published by Mythos Books in 2007 with illustrations by the author. It was reprinted as Dark Wisdom: Tales of the Old Ones, without the illustrations, through CreateSpace in 2013

His third book, The Country of the Worm: Excursions Beyond the Wall of Sleep, was an expansion of his first, adding thirteen stories to the original ten of The House of the Worm; it was self-published through CreateSpace in 2013. Myers has continued to expand this collection at the rate of better than a story a year. At the start of 2019 the story count stood at thirty.

His fourth book, Gray Magic: An Episode of Eibon, was his first and only novel, a fantasy adventure of Eibon of Mhu Thulan, a character and milieu invented by Clark Ashton Smith; it was self-published through CreateSpace in 2013.

His fifth book, Lovecraft's Syndrome: An Asperger's Appraisal of the Writer's Life, co-authored with Jennifer McIlwee Myers, was his first non-fiction work; it was self-published through CreateSpace in 2015.

Myers is the illustrator for most of his books. He contributed ten black-and-white interior illustrations to the Mythos Books edition of Dark Wisdom. He also contributed color cover illustrations to the CreateSpace editions of The Country of the Worm, Dark Wisdom, Gray Magic and Lovecraft's Syndrome.

Horror fiction magazine

A horror fiction magazine is a magazine that publishes primarily horror fiction with the main purpose of frightening the reader. Horror magazines can be in print, on the internet, or both.

Lin Carter

Linwood Vrooman Carter (June 9, 1930 – February 7, 1988) was an American author of science fiction and fantasy, as well as an editor, poet and critic. He usually wrote as Lin Carter; known pseudonyms include H. P. Lowcraft (for an H. P. Lovecraft parody) and Grail Undwin. He is best known for his work in the 1970s as editor of the Ballantine Adult Fantasy series, which introduced readers to many overlooked classics of the fantasy genre.

List of defunct American magazines

This is a list of American magazines that are no longer published.

Richard L. Tierney

Richard Louis Tierney (born August 7, 1936) is an American writer, poet and scholar of H. P. Lovecraft. He is the coauthor (with David C. Smith) of a series of Red Sonja novels, featuring cover art by Boris Vallejo. Some of his standalone novels utilize the mythology of Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos.

Time Burial

Time Burial is a collection of science fiction, fantasy and horror stories by American writer Howard Wandrei. It was released in 1995 by Fedogan & Bremer in an edition of 1,500 copies. Most of the stories originally appeared in the magazines Unknown, Astounding Stories, Spicy Mystery Stories, Weird Tales and The Arkham Collector. A collection of this title, but with different contents, was originally announced by Arkham House but never published.

Whispers (magazine)

Whispers was one of the new horror and fantasy fiction magazines of the 1970s.

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