Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Fantasy Magazine: September 1935 (Challenge From Beyond)

ULTRA RARE Fantasy Magazine Sept. 1935 THE CHALLENGE FROM BEYOND This is one of the grails of ROBERT E. HOWARD and H.P. LOVECRAFT collecting. This is the original appearance of the ONLY story to which these giants of weird fiction BOTH contributed -- THE CHALLENGE FROM BEYOND. Very few of these exist, and they almost never turn up for sale.The story was written by five weird fiction authors "round-robin" style -- besides H.P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard, three other masters of weird fiction contributed -- C.L. Moore, A. Merritt, and Frank Belknap Long. Supplied with only the title of the story, each author wrote a chapter, each picking up where the last left off.This copy is in very nice shape and is hand signed by it's editors, the legendary Julius Schwartz and Forrest J. Ackerman.Also in this issue, five giants of science fiction also take a crack at THE CHALLENGE FROM BEYOND. Stanley G. Weinbaum, Donald Wandrei, Edward E. Smith, Harl Vincent, & Murray Leinster.

The image on the cover indicates that there are 2 Challenges: One for weird fiction, and the other for scientifiction. Ackerman later cointed the term "SciFi", probably after the abbreviation "HiFi", high fidelity sound.

1 comment:

Avi Abrams said...

Thanks for this info! I was looking long time for it...


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