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HEREAFTER, INC., by Lester del Rey
NIGHTMARE ON THE NOSE, by Evelyn E. Smith
THE MYSTERIOUS STRANGER, by Mark Twain
AUT DIABOLUS AUT NIHIL: THE TRUE STORY OF A HALLUCINATION, by X.L. (Julian Osgood Field)
CAN SUCH BEAUTY BE? by Jerome Bixby
MARKHEIM, by Robert Louis Stevenson
MONSIEUR BLUEBEARD, by Emil Petaja
YOUNG GOODMAN BROWN, by Nathaniel Hawthorne
ROOM WITHOUT WINDOWS, by Manly Banister
THE BARGAIN OF RUPERT ORANGE, by Vincent O’Sullivan
THE BOTTLE IMP, by Dwight V. Swain
THE CASE OF MR. LUCRAFT, Walter Besant and James Rice
WHO SUPS WITH THE DEVIL, by S.M. Tenneshaw
THE SHOEMAKER AND THE DEVIL, by Anton Chekhov
SPAWN OF HELL, by William P. McGivern
YOUR SOUL COMES C.O.D., by Mack Reynolds
ST. JOHN'S EVE, by Nikolai Gogol
WOLFIE, by Theodore R. Cogwell
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MacAndrew and his men are set to kill Reinhart Heydrich, the man best known as The Butcher of Prague. When things go from bad to worse, the veteran soldier finds himself thrust into a battle of myth and legend. With the marble-skinned warrior Donner Grimm at his side, MacAndrew must face off against necromancers, Nazi berserkers, and the power of the demons known as the Jotnar, all vying to bring about Ragnarok and the end of humanity.
Nazis, Norse Gods, and Lovecraftian monsters: what more could you ask for in the midst of World War 2?
Featherweight - Robert Shearman
"I don't like writing at home much," admits the author. "Home is a place for sleeping and eating and watching afternoon game shows on TV. There are too many distractions. So, years ago, I decided I'd only write first drafts in art galleries.
"And the best of them all is the National Gallery, in London, a pigeon's throw from Nelson's Column. I can walk around there with my notebook, thinking up stories - and if I get bored, there are lots of expensive pictures to look at. Perfect.
"A lot of those paintings, however, have angels in them. They're all over the place, wings raised, halos gleaming - perching on clouds, blowing trumpets, hovering around the Virgin Mary as if they're her strange naked childlike bodyguards. And I began to notice. That, whenever the writing is going well, the angels seemed happy, and would smile at me. And whenever the words weren't coming out right, when I felt sluggish, when I thought I'd rather take off and get myself a beer, they'd start to glare.
"I wrote this story in the National Gallery. Accompanied by a lot of glaring angels. Enjoy."
Lesser Demons - Norman Partridge
"I was surprised to receive an invitation for S.T. Joshi's Black Wings," reveals Partridge, "an anthology of Lovecraftian fiction. Although I knew S.T. admired my work, I've never quite seen myself as a Mythos writer.
"While I respect H.P. Lovecraft and his contribution to horror, I've never felt that his worldview (or maybe I should say universeview) meshed with mine.
"In the end, that's what made the story work . . . at least for me. I concentrated on my differences with Lovecraft, and approached the material from a place where Jim Thompson would be more comfortable than HPL. And I'm delighted that so many people have enjoyed the tale - it was a lot of fun to write."