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From 1939 until 1953, Famous Fantastic Mysteries and Fantastic Novels magazines printed already-existing short stories and short novels.

This volume collects thirty tales of fantasy and horror from these magazines' runs:

"Behind the Curtain", by Francis Stevens
"Pegasus", by Henry Kuttner
"Fungus Isle", by Philip M. Fisher
"John Ovington Returns", by Max Brand
"Fishhead", by Irv
Hardcover, 449 pages
Published August 18th 1991 by Random House Value Publishing
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Famous Fantastic Mysteries: 30 Great Tales of Fantasy and Horror from the Classic Pulp Magazines contains three novellas and 27 short stories published in Fantastic Novels and Famous Fantastic Mysteries magazines, respectively. Each story is introduced with a very brief paragraph that telegraphs something about the oeuvre of the author and the first appearance of the particular story. I was surprised at how many times the pulp magazine had printed some of these stories as reprints. In today’s fi ...more
The collection is a good representative sample of the magazines' runs, but I couldn't figure out the logic behind the presentation order: was it based on publication order in the two magazines?

Because the magazines ran for many years and confined themselves to reprinting the best available, these are all stories that many readers may have already read.

I wouldn't consider any to be the "unknown gems" that was my goal in buying the book. They were all fairly conventional, or were so influential t
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