Hell on Earth

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The Lost Bloch explores the "missing" novels of Robert Bloch—written for the pulps in the 1940s and '50s, seldom reprinted, overlooked because they were rarely collected or offered in book form. Each volume contains one or more such "lost" works in addition to several novella-length stories of equivalent vintage.

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  • Introduction by Douglas E. Winter
  • Afterword by David...
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Overview

The Lost Bloch explores the "missing" novels of Robert Bloch—written for the pulps in the 1940s and '50s, seldom reprinted, overlooked because they were rarely collected or offered in book form. Each volume contains one or more such "lost" works in addition to several novella-length stories of equivalent vintage.

Contents:

  • Introduction by Douglas E. Winter
  • Afterword by David J. Schow
  • "Hell on Earth"
  • "Once a Sucker"
  • "The Miracle of Ronald Weems"
  • "It's a Small World"
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Second of a promised three volumes (The Devil with You!, 1999) of Psycho Bob's earliest penny-a-word paste gems from his golden days in pulps (Weird Tales, Amazing Stories, Blue Book, and Imaginative Tales). Also included are unblinkered essays by Bloch loyalists Schow and Douglas E. Winter (while research assistant Stefan R. Dziemianowicz deserves a rosette for digging through mold-ridden old trash heaps of penny prose now carbonizing into coal pits). Readers who first came upon Bloch when he was in his teens and early twenties, as the top humorist and wackiest fantasist in the kingdom of pulp, will always have a soft spot for the wild and crazy wind he brought into the universe of bug-eyed monsters. The new sheaf again has four short novels, some of which have not seen hardcover, while Schow's walk through their publishing histories shows them fleeing hither and thither to outrun oblivion. Winter's foreword tells us, "God, I miss the man," and reveals that the title story was Bloch's first short novel (seen in Weird Tales, 1942). It opens: " ‘Let me ask you a question,' said my visitor. ‘Would you go to hell for ten thousand dollars?' "—and what follows is a variation on Faust selling his soul. Not Marlowe, not Goethe, just sheer delirious Bloch. "The Miracle of Ronald Weems" has a truly loopy opening (which may remind you of the department store clerk given magical powers in Wells's "The Man Who Could Work Miracles"): "Things were very quiet in ladies underwear that morning." Where could you go with Carr, Caleb KILLING TIME Random (336 pp.) Nov. 9, 2000
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781892284624
  • Publisher: Subterranean Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2000
  • Series: Lost Bloch Series
  • Edition description: Signed Limited Edition
  • Pages: 310
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 1.13 (d)

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