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Magazine of Horror #6 Nov. 1964


Magazine of Horror #6 Nov. 1964 Cover by Fred Wolters

“Caverns of Horror” by Laurence Manning (Wonder Stories Mar. 1934)
“Prodigy” by Walt Liebscher
“The Mask” by Robert W. Chambers (The King in Yellow)
“The Life-After-Death of Mr. Thaddeus Warde” by Robert Barbour Johnson
“The Feminine Fraction” by David Grinnell
“Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment” by Nathaniel Hawthorne (Twice Told Tales)
“The Pacer” by August Derleth (Weird Tales Mar. 1930)
“Lovecraft and ‘The Pacer’” (excerpt) by August Derleth (an afterword explaining Lovecraft’s role in “The Pacer”)
“The Moth” by H.G. Wells (The Stolen Bacillus and Other Incidents)
“The Door to Saturn” by Clark Ashton Smith (Strange Tales Jan. 1932)
Index to Volume One

Magazine of Horror #5 Sept. 1964

“Cassius” by Henry S. Whitehead (Strange Tales Nov. 1931)
“Love at First Sight” by J.L. Miller
“Five Year Contract” by J. Vernon Shea
“The House of the Worm” by Merle Prout (Weird Tales Oct. 1933)
“The Beautiful Suit” by H.G. Wells (The Time Machine and Other Stories)
“A Stranger Came to Reap” by Stephen Dentinger
“The Morning the Birds Forgot to Sing” by Walt Liebscher
“Bones” by Donald A. Wollheim (Stirring Science Fiction Feb. 1941)
“The Ghostly Rental” by Henry James (Scribner’s Monthly Sept. 1876)

Magazine of Horror #4 May 1964

“Beyond the Breakers” by Anna Hunger
“What Was It?” by Fitz-James O’Brien
“Last Act: October” by Tigrina
“A Psychological Experiment” by Richard Marsh (The Seen and The Unseen)
“A Dream of Falling” by Attila Hatvany
“The Truth About Pyecraft” by H.G. Wells (Twelve Stories and a Dream)
“The Mark of the Beast” by Rudyard Kipling (Life’s Handicap)
“The Dreams in the Witch-House” by H.P. Lovecraft (Weird Tales July 1933)

Magazine of Horror #3 Feb 1964

“The Seeds of Death” by David H. Keller (Weird Tales June/July 1931)
“The Seeking Thing” by Janet Hirsch
“A Vision of Judgement” by H.G. Wells (The Time Machine and Others)
“The Place of the Pythons” by Arthur J. Burks (Strange Tales Sep. 1931)
“Jean Bouchon” by S. Waring-Gould (A Book of Ghosts)
“The Door” by Rachel Cosgrove Payes
“One Summer Night” by Ambrose Bierce (Can Such Things Be?)
“Luella Miller” by Mary Wilkins-Freeman (The Wind in the Rose-Bush)
“They That Wait” by H.S.W. Chibbett
“The Repairer of Reputations” by Robert W. Chambers (The King in Yellow)

Magazine of Horror #2

“The Space-Eaters” by Frank Belknap Long (Weird Tales July 1928)
“The Faceless Thing” by Edward D. Hoch
“The Red Room” by H.G. Wells
“Hungary’s Female Vampire” by Dean Lipton
“A Tough Tussle” by Ambrose Bierce (Can Such Things Be?)
“Doorslammer” by Donald A. Wollheim
“The Electric Chair” by George Waight (Weird Tales Jan. 1925)
“The Other One” by Jerryl L. Keane
“The Charmer” by Archie Binns
“Clarissa” by Robert A. W. Lowndes (expanded version of “Gourmet” from Renascence 1946)
“The Strange Ride of Morrowbie Jukes” by Rudyard Kipling (Under the Deodars)

Magazine of Horror #1

“The Man with a Thousand Legs” by Frank Belknap Long (Weird Tales Aug. 1927)
”A Thing of Beauty” by Wallace West
“The Yellow Sign” by Robert W. Chambers (The King in Yellow)
”The Maze and the Monster” by Edward D. Hoch
“The Death of Halpin Frayser”by Ambrose Bierce (Can Such Things Be?)
”Babylon 70 M.” by Donald A. Wollheim
“The Inexperienced Ghost” by H.G. Wells (Twelve Stories and a Dream)
”The Unbeliever” by Robert Silverberg
“Fidel Bassin” by W. J. Stamper (Weird Tales July 1925)
“The Last Dawn” by Frank Lillie Pollock (Argosy June 1906)
“The Undying Head” by Mark Twain (Life on the Mississippi)

Exploring the Unknown #30

Exploring the Unknown #30 July 1965

Exploring the Unknown #30 July 1965

I’ve been sampling several Fortean digests as follow-ons to a couple of issues of Fate from 2008. The first was Search #21, edited by Ray Palmer, who along with Curtis Fuller, were the originators of Fate.

Most recently was Exploring the Unknown #30, and next is Beyond #1. Exploring the Unknown (EXTU) was one of several titles edited by Robert A.W. Lowndes (RAWL) for Health Knowledge, Inc. during the 1960s.

Religion and belief are often foreground or background in these Fortean titles. Sections like “My Proof of Survival,” a regular in Fate feature readers’ accounts of their ghostly or near-death experiences offering “proof” of the afterlife and divinity.

From reading EXTU it seems RAWL was a religious man, at the very least one who spent considerable time and effort exploring theology and the BIG questions. EXTU #30 features the second of his three-part essay on Frank Robinson who brought the world “the new psychological religion: ‘Psychiana’.” He also wrote an extended review of Leave Your Nets by Joel S. Goldsmith. “[It] is a relatively small book—150 pages—with a tremendously big opportunity within its small compass for understanding Who and What God is and where God can be found. You read it at the risk of being changed if you respond to it.”

If the series follows suit with this issue, EXTU delves into the unexplained with a more serious, studious approach than other Fortean titles I’ve read. Articles like Edward D. Hoch’s “The Secret of Stonehenge” and the cover story “You Are an Esper” by Jerryl L. Keane, Ph.D. and “The Time Element of Dreams” by G.D. Kaye are heavy on research and lighter on speculation than your average other worldly reports, of which Beyond occupies the other extreme.

But it also includes articles skewed toward the unbelievable like Harry Walters’ “Mystery of the Fake Spirit Phone” and cosmic pontifications like Paul Brock’s “The Coming Mass Exodus to Other Worlds;” so there’s something for a variety of interests.

The digest magazine EXTU ran for over a decade and published nearly 60 issues, so it must have been doing something right. I’d certainly like to read more issues after sampling this one.