Stagecoach & Psychopath

This palatial movie theater featured on the Home page was in the neighborhood where I grew up. Psychopath was actually The Psychopath, a 1966 Amicus film written by the great Robert Bloch. I was too young to see it, but this sort of bleak landscape became a blank canvas for my imagination, helped push me into the worlds of fantasy and horror. (Actually, looks pretty much like the town I live in now. Full circle!)

Brigadier Ffellowes

My first encounter with club tales was in the second issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction I had ever read. December 1976, Sterling Lanier’s fine Brigadier Ffellowes story, “Ghost of a Crown,” featured on the cover. The neighborhood I grew up in was a model of banality, so the notion that if I rode my bike far enough I would come upon a club devoted to imagination and adventure was enthralling.

“And, of course, there he was. Leaning against the end bookcase in the alcove, just as if he’d been there all evening, and none of us, as usual, had even seen him come in!”

Horror Hunters

First book I ever purchased. So many big names that Robert E. Howard, William Hope Hodgson and Algernon Blackwood didn’t make it onto the cover! Contains the cracking Carnacki tale, “The Gateway of the Monster.”  

 “Later, when dinner was finished, Carnacki snugged himself comfortably down in his big chair, along with his pipe, and began his story, with very little circumlocution…”

Program

There is a preview of Entr’acte Club Archives Volume 1 over at DriveThruFiction, but in case you haven’t had a chance to visit yet, it includes these tales:

*Strange Case of Jacqueline/Heidi

*Seance for Harp and Planchette 

*The Whippen

*New Year’s Eve Tale

*Keeper of the Cane

*Sonata for a Sea Monster

*Night of the Imposter

*The Sinister Sistrum

That’s 276 pages of club tale goodness.