People of the Pit, The

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people_of_the_pit_website"In general . . . the Munsey publications did more to publish weird fiction than any other magazine enterprise of the early 20th century."
H.P. Lovecraft to Richard F. Seawright, March 31, 1932

Long before the stories in Weird Tales sent shivers down the spine, far in advance of the groundbreaking Dracula, Frankenstein and similar Universal horror films of the 1930s, Frank A. Munsey's pulp magazines were thrilling their millions of readers with edge-of-your-seat tales of terror by fledgling authors who would go on to dominate American popular literature.

Collected within these pages are 15 thrillers by A. Merritt, Francis Stevens, Sax Rohmer, Tod Robbins, Damon Runyon, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Talbot Mundy, George Allan England and others, many reprinted for the first time since their original magazine appearances as long as a century ago.

Included are:

  • The People of the Pit by A. Merritt
  • Behind the Curtain by Francis Stevens
  • Number Thirteen (excerpt) by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • The Orchid Horror by John Blunt
  • The Tenth Question by George Allan England
  • Disappointment by Achmed Abdullah
  • The Pretty Woman by Owen Oliver
  • The Living Portrait by Tod Robbins
  • An Offer of Two to One by Talbot Mundy
  • Beyond the Violet by J.U. Giesy
  • The Elixir of Life by C. Langton Clarke
  • The Mystery of the Shriveled Hand by Sax Rohmer
  • Fear by Damon Runyon
  • Monsieur de Guise by Perley Poore Sheehan
  • The Ship of Silent Men by Philip M. Fisher, Jr.

With a foreword by Robert Weinberg, (author of Horror of the 20th Century)

Edited and with an introduction by Gene Christie.

Cover art by Harry T. Fiske.


Book Details

Title: People of the Pit
Author: Gene Christie (ed.)
Genre: Horror
ISBN: 978-1-928619-96-3
Price: $19.95 US / Trade paperback / 198 pp.
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