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Table of Contents: THE WATCHER AT THE DOOR (The Early Kuttner, Part 2) edited by Stephen Haffner

watcheratthedoorHaffner Press is taking pre-orders for The Watcher at the Door (The Early Kuttner, Part 2). The Watcher at the Door is the second volume in a three-volume “Early Kuttner” set collecting many of Henry Kuttner’s early stories, many of which have never been reprinted, with cover art by Jon Arfstrom.

Here’s the synopsis (from Haffner Press):

Before his marriage to (and subsequent collaborations with) Catherine L. Moore, Henry Kuttner was a frequent contributor to the pulp magazines that specialized in the weird, supernatural, horror, and science fiction genre. Beginning in 1936, with the minor classic “The Graveyard Rats,” Kuttner launched a steady stream of short stories aimed at Weird Tales, Strange Stories, Thrilling Mystery, and others.

Writing for Weird Tales brought Kuttner into direct correspondence with that magazine’s premier contributor. H. P. Lovecraft. Kuttner set several stories in Lovecraft’s “Cthulhu Mythos” and two are presented in The Watcher at the Door: “Hydra” and “The Hunt.”

At this point in his still-young career, Kuttner had cracked the science fiction market and was steadily publishing in Thrilling Wonder Stories, Fantastic Adventures, Science Fiction, and made his first sale to the new prestigious fantasy magazine, Unknown.

In the course of writing the stories collected in this volume, Kuttner married Catherine Lucille Moore on June 7, 1940 (in New York with artist Virgil Finlay as Best Man).

The Watcher at the Door is the second volume in a three-volume “Early Kuttner” set collecting many of Kuttner’s earliest stories, most of which have never been reprinted.

Here’s the table of contents:

  1. Foreword by Robert A. Madle
  2. Introduction by Garyn G. Roberts, Ph.D.
  3. We Are the Dead, Weird Tales, Apr ’37
  4. The Case of Herbert Thorp, Weird Tales, Nov ’37
  5. The Transgressor, Weird Tales, Feb ’39
  6. Hydra, Weird Tales, Apr ’39
  7. Murder for Fun, Thrilling Mystery, May ’39
  8. The Watcher at the Door, Weird Tales, May ’39
  9. The Hunt, Strange Stories, Jun ’39
  10. “Telepathy Is News!”, Science Fiction, Jun ’39
  11. Death Is Where You Find It, Thrilling Mystery, Jul ’39
  12. The Curse of the Crocodile, Strange Stories, Aug ’39
  13. The Misguided Halo, Unknown, Aug ’39
  14. The Devil’s Brood, Thrilling Mystery, Sep ’39
  15. Corpse Castle, Thrilling Mystery, Nov ’39
  16. Towers of Death, Weird Tales, Nov ’39
  17. Suicide Squad, Thrilling Wonder Stories, Dec ’39
  18. Death Has Three Sisters, Thrilling Mystery, Jan ’40
  19. When New York Vanished, Startling Stories, Mar ’40
  20. All Is Illusion, Unknown, Apr ’40
  21. Beauty and the Beast, Thrilling Wonder Stories, Apr ’40
  22. Pegasus, Famous Fantastic Mysteries, May ’40
  23. 50 Miles Down, Fantastic Adventures, May ’40
  24. The Shining Man, Fantastic Adventures, May ’40
  25. Improbability, Astonishing Stories, Jun ’40
  26. The Room of Souls, Strange Stories, Jun ’40
  27. The Mad Virus, Science Fiction, Jun ’40
  28. Dr. Cyclops, Thrilling Wonder Stories, Jun ’40
  29. Time to Kill, Strange Stories, Jun ’40
  30. No Man’s World, Thrilling Wonder Stories, Aug ’40
  31. The Seal of Sin, Strange Stories, Aug ’40
  32. World Without Air, Fantastic Adventures, Aug ’40

Book info as per Haffner Press:

  • Hardcover: 700 pages
  • Publisher: Haffner Press
  • ISBN-10: 1893887820
  • ISBN-13: 13 9781893887824
About Kristin Centorcelli (842 Articles)
Kristin Centorcelli is the Associate Editor at SF Signal, proprietor of My Bookish Ways, a reviewer for Library Journal and Publisher’s Weekly, and has also written for Crime Fiction Lover, Criminal Element, and Mystery Scene Magazine. She has been reviewing books since late 2010, in an effort to get through a rather immense personal library, while also discussing it with whoever will willingly sit still (and some that won’t).
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