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Two New Gems Coming from Haffner Press: Leigh Brackett’s THE BOOK OF STARK and LEIGH BRACKETT CENTENNIAL edited by Stephen Haffner

Haffner Press presents The Book of Stark, which contains all of Leigh Brackett’s Eric John Stark tales in one volume, and Leigh Brackett Centennial, both available for preorder. Check out the table of contents for each!

Here’s a little about The Book of Stark:

THIS IS IT! The BIG one! All the tales of Eric John Stark in a single volume. The stories, the novels, and for the first time, Brackett’s working notes for the abandoned FOURTH “Stark” novel from 1977. Need we say more?

Here’s the table of contents:

  1. “Queen of the Martian Catacombs”
  2. “Enchantress of Venus”
  3. “Black Amazon of Mars”
  4. “Stark and the Star Kings”
  5. The Ginger Star
  6. The Hounds of Skaith
  7. The Reavers of Skaith
  8. “1977: Notes for STARK #4”

About Leigh Brackett Centennial:

Leigh Brackett (1915-1978), noted author of mystery & science fiction novels—with screenplays for THE BIG SLEEP, RIO BRAVO and THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK—sees her Centennial celebrated with a previously unpublished story in the forthcoming Haffner Press collection: LEIGH BRACKETT CENTENNIAL.

Discovered by editor Stephen Haffner, Brackett’s unpublished story “They” is a mature science fiction tale of power and intrigue, of homegrown xenophobia versus stellar exploration, with an answer to the ultimate question: “Are we alone?”

“They” leads off this tribute volume collecting the majority of Brackett’s nonfiction writings, supplemented with vintage interviews and commentaries/remembrances from such luminaries as Ray Bradbury, Michael Moorcock, Richard A. Lupoff and more.

  • “Her dialogue crackled, the characters lived and breathed. For any burgeoning fan of film, you couldn’t ask for a better inspiration than Leigh Brackett.” —George Lucas
  • “She had a marvelous ability for moving a narrative along…I remember one story of mine which had me frozen…she took over and wrote the first thousand words—and it was published that way.” —Ray Bradbury

LEIGH BRACKETT CENTENNIAL covers numerous facets and events of Brackett’s life, in her own words, and in the words of those who knew her:

  • Brackett writes of bringing Philip Marlowe into the 1970s for Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye . . .
  • SF-author and NASA employee Joseph Green records the time he hosted Brackett at the launch of Apollo XII . . .
  • Bookseller Ray Walsh documents the day he escorted Brackett to view a new groundbreaking space-fantasy film in the summer 1977 . . .

Available for preorder, LEIGH BRACKETT CENTENNIAL continues the effort begun in 2002 by Haffner Press to collect, preserve, and present the works of Leigh Brackett for current and future generations.

Here’s the table of contents:


  • “They”


  1. Barton, Interplanetary Reporter
  2. Meet the Authors
  3. P.S.’s Feature Flash
  4. Hero, Heroine, Heavy
  5. Give ’Em Hell, Leigh!
  6. The Story Behind the Story
  7. The Science-Fiction Field
  8. Meet the Author
  9. Who’s Who in Science Ficiton” conducted by Robert Briney
  10. Range by L. Sprague de Camp
  11. And As to the Admixture of Cultures on Imaginary Worlds
  12. Barsoom and Myself
  13. Foreword to The Coming of the Terrans
  14. Answers to the Double: Bill Symposium
  15. Letting My Imagination
  16. Go Avant-propos (Introduction to Le livre de Mars)
  17. The Hawksian Woman by Naomi Wise
  18. John W. Campbell Memorial
  19. A Comment Upon “The Hawksian Woman”
  20. From The Big Sleep to The Long Goodbye and More or Less How We Got There
  21. The Hounds of Skaith Interview
  22. Beyond Our Narrow Skies
  23. Leigh Brackett interview by Tony Macklin
  24. Science Fiction Writing: Experiences as a Writer Interview by Juanita Roderick and Hugh G. Earnhart
  25. Leigh Brackett: An Interview by Paul Walker
  26. Letter from Leigh Brackett
  27. Letter from Judy-Lynn Del Rey
  28. Fifty Years of Wonder
  29. Introduction to Sword Woman
  30. Afterword to The Best of Leigh Brackett
  31. Addendum


  1. In Memorium by Robert E. Briney
  2. Leigh Brackett 1916-78 by Michael Goodwin and Naomi Wise


  1. Two-Fisted Novel Interested Director Hawks in Miss Brackett
  2. Story-Teller of Many Worlds by Edmond Hamilton
  3. Future Imperfect: Leigh Brackett’s The Long Tomorrow by Donna DeBlasio
  4. B & B: Brackett & Bradbury: 1944 by Ray Bradbury
  5. Queen of the Martian Mysteries by Michael Moorcock
  6. Prelude to Empire by Ray Walsh
  7. Red Mist and Ruins: The Symbolist Prose of Leigh Brackett by Thomas F. Bertonneau
  8. Leigh Brackett: Much More Than the Queen of Space Opera! by Bertil Falk
  9. Lorelei of the Red Mist by Richard A. Lupoff
  10. Three Days with Leigh Brackett & Edmond Hamilton by Joe Green
  11. The Crime Fiction of Leigh Brackett by Christine Photinos Stark Adventuring: Leigh Brackett’s Eric John
  12. Stark by Mike Barrett


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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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