The People of the Pit by Gene Christie (editor)


Early horror stories from the Munsey pulps.

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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 millions of readers with edge-of-your-seat tales of terror by fledging authors who would go on to dominate American popular literature.

This anthology of early horror stories collects 15 rarely reprinted works by Francis Stevens, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Abraham Merritt, Tod Robbins, Sax Rohmer, Talbot Mundy, Damon Runyon, George Allan England and others, many reprinted for the first time since their original magazine appearances as long a century ago.

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

Selected and edited by Gene Christie.


  • Foreword by Robert Weinberg
  • Introduction by Gene Christie
  • 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. Geisy
  • 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
  • About the authors

First book publication.

Trade paperback / 204 pages

Cover design by H.T. Fisk.


Additional information

Weight 12 oz
Dimensions 9 × 6 × 1 in