Sheldon Jaffery

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Sheldon Jaffery (April 22, 1934 July 10, 2003) was an American bibliographer. An attorney by profession, he was an aficionado of Weird Tales magazine, Arkham House books, the weird menace pulps, and related topics.

<i>Weird Tales</i> US pulp fantasy magazine

Weird Tales is an American fantasy and horror fiction pulp magazine founded by J. C. Henneberger and J. M. Lansinger in late 1922. The first issue, dated March 1923, appeared on newsstands February 18. The first editor, Edwin Baird, printed early work by H. P. Lovecraft, Seabury Quinn, and Clark Ashton Smith, all of whom would go on to be popular writers, but within a year the magazine was in financial trouble. Henneberger sold his interest in the publisher, Rural Publishing Corporation, to Lansinger and refinanced Weird Tales, with Farnsworth Wright as the new editor. The first issue under Wright's control was dated November 1924. The magazine was more successful under Wright, and despite occasional financial setbacks it prospered over the next fifteen years. Under Wright's control the magazine lived up to its subtitle, "The Unique Magazine", and published a wide range of unusual fiction.

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.

Weird menace

Weird menace is the name given to a subgenre of horror fiction that was popular in the pulp magazines of the 1930s and early 1940s. The weird menace pulps, also known as shudder pulps, generally featured stories in which the hero was pitted against sadistic villains, with graphic scenes of torture and brutality.

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He died in 2003 of septic shock contracted while being treated for lung cancer.

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<i>Something Near</i> book by August Derleth

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<i>The Hounds of Tindalos</i> (book) book by Frank Belknap Long

The Hounds of Tindalos is a collection of fantasy, horror and science fiction short stories by American writer Frank Belknap Long. It was released in 1946 and was the author's third book. It was published by Arkham House in an edition of 2,602 copies with cover art by Hannes Bok. A British hardcover was issued by Museum Press in 1950. Belmont Books reprinted The Hounds of Tindalos in two paperback volumes, The Hounds of Tindalos (1963) and The Dark Beasts (1964), omitting three stories; Panther Books issued a complete two-volume British paperback edition as The Hounds of Tindalos (1975) and The Black Druid (1975).

<i>The House on the Borderland and Other Novels</i> novel by William Hope Hodgson

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<i>The Curse of Yig</i> (book) book by Zealia Bishop

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<i>The Mask of Cthulhu</i> collection of fantasy and horror short stories

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<i>Nine Horrors and a Dream</i> book by Joseph Payne Brennan

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<i>The Abominations of Yondo</i> book by Clark Ashton Smith

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<i>Portraits in Moonlight</i> book by Carl Richard Jacobi

Portraits in Moonlight is a collection of stories by American author Carl Jacobi. It was released during 1964 by Arkham House with an edition of 1,987 copies and was the author's second collection published by Arkham House. Half of the stories had been published originally in the magazine Weird Tales. Some of the stories are science fiction. The volume is dedicated to the memory of Jacobi's father.

<i>Tales of Science and Sorcery</i> book by Clark Ashton Smith

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<i>The Quick and the Dead</i> (collection) book by Vincent Starrett

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<i>Strange Harvest</i> book by Donald Wandrei

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<i>Other Dimensions</i> book by Clark Ashton Smith

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<i>The Rim of the Unknown</i> book by Frank Belknap Long

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<i>Harrigans File</i> book by August Derleth

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<i>The Wind from a Burning Woman</i> book by Greg Bear

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<i>A Rendezvous in Averoigne</i> book by Clark Ashton Smith

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<i>Three Problems for Solar Pons</i> book by August Derleth

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<i>The Phantom-Fighter</i> book by Seabury Quinn

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<i>The Adventure of the Unique Dickensians</i> book by August Derleth

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Wayne Robbins American writer

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