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Two years ago I shared a large amount of H.P. Lovecraft related audiobooks, e-books, and comic books for "Halloween Countdown 2008". They have proven to be my most visited posts month after month, despite the fact that they were posted two years ago. So I figured that all of you Lovecraft enthusiasts out there would enjoy a few magazine scans of Weird Tales, the magazine that many of Lovecraft's stories first appeared in. Lovecraft's writing can be categorized as both horror and science-fiction, or as Lovecraft liked to call it "Cosmic Horror", which makes him fair game for "Sci-Fi September". Today I bring to you two issues of Weird Tales magazine in e-book format, featuring stories by H.P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard and many others. A complete list of the authors and their stories contained within these issues can be found below. This is actually a .cbr (comic book reader) file, which consists of complete image scans of the original magazine, rather than a simple text file.
The two issues of Weird Tales found below were published in October (Volume 30, Issue 4) and December (Volume 30, Issue 6) of 1937. While Weird Tales published stories by numerous science-fiction and horror writers, including a few who would become masters in the genre, they are renowned for including the stories of H.P. Lovecraft. The October 1937 issue contains the first published edition of the novellette, "The Shunned House", originally written in 1924. The December 1937 issue features the short story, "Polaris", originally written in 1918, and first published in the December 1920 issue of the amateur journal the Philosopher. Both issues also work by two authors who were immensely influenced by Lovecraft, and corresponded with him throughout his lifetime. Both issues contain poems by Lovecraft's friend, and famous pulp fiction author, Robert E. Howard. Today he is best known for creating the character Conan The Barbarian, and considered the father of the "Sword and Sorcery" genre. Howard's poem, "Which Will Scarcely Be Understood", is included in the October issue, while "Fragments" is included in the December issue. "Fane of the Black Pharaoh", a short story by Robert Bloch, appears in the December 1937 issue. He was considered by many to be Lovecraft's protégé, and would eventually achieve a great degree of fame for writing the novel and screenplay for "Psycho". Unfortunately, I'm honestly not familiar with any of the authors credited in these issues beyond those three.
I have posted plenty of information about Lovecraft here in the past, and information is also readily available online, so I will spare you the full introduction. For those unfamiliar with his work, he is considered as one of the most important and influential authors of science-fiction, horror, and short stories of the 20th Century. The vast majority of his work which was published in his lifetime appeared in pulp magazines such as Weird Tales in the early 1900s.
As I mentioned before, the files are .cbr (Comic Book Reader) files, which are virtually the same as .rar files, using the same compression method. You can use Winrar, or any other program that will handle .rar files to extract the images if you want to view each one seperately, but the most common method for viewing .cbr files is with a comic book reading program. If you're just looking for a simple viewer, then I would suggest using CDisplay, but if you want a fully featured program then I would suggest ComicRack. CDisplay is one of the most popular readers due to it's small size and simplicity, although it hasn't been updated since 2008. The installer for ComicRack is a bit larger, but it is actively developed and is probably the most popular .cbr reader at this time. Both CDisplay and ComicRack are freeware programs. If any of you would like a few recommendations for blogs that post comic books and magazines in .cbr format just hit me up in the comments section.
Weird Tales - October 1937 (Volume 30, Issue 6)
Title Issue: MULti-WT0165 Publisher: Popular Fiction Publishing Co., Chicago, IL Editor: Farnsworth Wright Price: $0.25 Pages: 128 Cover: Margaret Brundage . Serials/Complete Novels: "The Lake of Life [Part 2 of 3]" by Edmond Hamilton
Novelettes: "Pledged to the Dead" by Seabury Quinn "The Shunned House" by H. P. Lovecraft
Short Stories: "The Golgotha Dancers" by Manly Wade Wellman "Here Lies" by Howard Wandrei [as H. W. Guernsey] "The Homicidal Diary" by Earl Peirce, Jr. "The Last of Mrs. DeBrugh" by H. Sivia "The Long Arm" by Franz Habl "The Purple Cincture" by H. Thompson Rich "Tiger Cat" by David H. Keller, M.D.
Poems: "After Two Nights of the Ear-ache" by Francis Hard "To a Skull on My Bookshelf" by Elizabeth Virgina Raplee "Which Will Scarcely Be Understood" by Robert E. Howard
Weird Tales - December 1937 (Volume 30, Issue 6)
Title Issue: MULti-WT0167 Publisher: Popular Fiction Publishing Co., Chicago, IL Editor: Farnsworth Wright Price: $0.25 Pages: 128 Cover: Virgil Finlay
Serials/Complete Novels: "The Voyage of the Neutralia [Part 2 of 3]" by Bruce Wallis
Novelettes: "Child of Atlantis" by Edmond Hamilton "Flames of Vengeance" by Seabury Quinn "The Sea-Witch" by Nictzin Dyalhis
Short Stories: "Fane of the Black Pharaoh" by Robert Bloch "The Keen Eyes and Ears of Kara Kedi" by Claude Farrère "Laocoon" by Bassett Morgan (Weird Tales Reprint) "Uneasy Lie the Drowned" byDonald Wandrei
Short Fiction: "The Black Stone Statue" by Mary Elizabeth Counselman "Polaris" by H.P. Lovecraft
Poems: "Fragment" by Robert E. Howard "The Old House on the Hill" by Winona Montgomery Gilliland
Extra Features: The Eyrie(A department in which readers discuss weird tales)