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Fedogan and Bremer Logo In 1989, Fedogan & Bremer's first release as a specialty publisher was an odd one. They produced Fungi From Yuggoth: A Sonnet Cycle, a reading on cassette of the Lovecraft piece done by John Arthur with music by Mike Olsen. However, Joseph E. Fedogan and Felix Bremer's original plan was to publish the works of Donald Wandrei, an original Arkham House partner, whose estate was willing to let them bring his material back into print. The result was their first book, Colossus, which collected some of Wandrei's best work.

Arkham House had a rival. But such challenges had been beaten back before. This young upstart was just another minnow, nibbling at the big toe of the publisher of H. P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith and August Derleth. Since then, F&B has concentrated on the writers from the pulp era of horror and mystery. Their perseverance has paid off. F&B has managed to publish 26 books thus far with several planned for 2001. An eclectic mix, they have done 17 single author collections (including a new edition of their first book), 4 Lovecraftian anthologies, a supernatural detective anthology and 3 novels, all of which have ranged over old-fashioned SF, fantasy, weird-menace, Gothic, Lovecraftian & modern horror. These include a hard-boiled collection, The Last Pin by Howard Wandrei, and two collections of Sherlock Holmes pastiches by Basil Copper.

It is obvious to anyone who follows classic horror that Fedogan and Bremer have chosen an interesting path to establish themselves as a renowned publisher in this sub-genre. They found a wealth of material in the Wandrei estate, consider seriously titles that have been announced and then abandoned by other publishers, and carefully chose work by new talent. All the while, they have kept in mind their target market: people who love the classic style of horror and mystery.

In 1998, Fedogan and Bremer won the World Fantasy award.

Fedogan & Bremer
Books can be purchased from:
FEDOGAN & BREMER
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Phone (612) 721-8848
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US distributor:
Arkham House Publishers, Inc.
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Phone (608) 643-4500
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UK and Europe distributor:
Cold Tonnage Books
22 Kings Lane
Windlesham
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Forthcoming Titles
Books slated for future release include:
Solar Pons: The Adventure of the Devil's Claw, a mystery novel by Basil Copper.

Collections

The Early Fears The Early Fears (1994)
by Robert Bloch
Done in a 2,400 copy edition (100 were signed & numbered), all but three of the stories in this collection appeared in two other Bloch collections, The Opener of the Way and Pleasant Dreams (both from Arkham House). The book, a Bram Stoker award winner and a World Fantasy Award nominee, includes "That Hell-Bound Train", the sole Bloch story to receive a Hugo award. There, too, is "Enoch", a story that will delight most children and chill most parents. It is a gotta have for any serious fantasy and horror collector.


Bottled in Blond Bottled in Blond (2000)
by Hugh B. Cave
Done in a 1,100 copy edition (100 were signed & numbered), this collection of stories, originally published between 1934-1942 in Dime Detective Magazine, was released in honour of Hugh B. Cave's 90th birthday. As did many of the other Weird Tales's authors (Donald & Howard Wandrei, Carl Jacobi, E. Hoffmann Price) Hugh B. Cave also wrote mysteries. Here, the author gives us nine gin-soaked tales with a twist. Peter Kane was one of the first hard drinking, hard-boiled private eyes -- a pattern many writers who came later tried to emulate but could never quite match.


The Door Below The Door Below (1997)
by Hugh B. Cave
Done in a 1,100 copy edition (100 were signed & numbered), this collection was put together by Hugh Cave as a retrospective of nearly 70 years of writing. He chose 25 stories that span his rather prdigious career. (His biographer says there are almost 1,600 entries in his Hugh Cave bibliography). This book made its debut at the World Fantasy Convention in London where Hugh Cave was a Special Guest and received the Convention Award.


Death Stalks the Night Death Stalks the Night (1995)
by Hugh B. Cave
Done in a 2,000 copy edition (100 were signed & numbered), this collection of gothic and grisly fiction was originally intended to be published by Karl Edward Wagner's Carcosa imprint. It contains a fine selection of horror best described as classic grue, best remembered from the weird-menace line of pulp magazines. A quote from the introduction says it all: "No pretensions of art -- just go for the throat." The volume contains some of the last work of Lee Brown Coye, known to many as the artist and illustrator for the other four Carcosa collections. The book was nominated for a World Fantasy Award.


The Exploits of Solar Pons The Vampire Stories of R. Chetwynd-Hayes (1997)
edited by Stephen Jones
Done in a 1,000 copy edition (100 were signed & numbered), this collection of 15 stories by Ronald Chetwynd-Hayes shows off the author's masterful blend of horror and humour. Rare is the author who can bring to the page such a subtle mix without it appearing forced. Chetwynd-Hayes can and does with tales bearing such titles as the "My Mother Married a Vampire", "Looking for Something to Suck" and "The Fundemental Elemental". The book also includes an introduction by Brian Lumley and an author interview. This book made its debut at the World Fantasy Convention in London where Ronald Chetwynd-Hayes was a Special Guest.


Whispers in the Night Whispers in the Night: Stories of the Mysterious & Macabre (1999)
by Basil Copper
Done in a 1,100 copy edition (100 were signed & numbered), this collection contains 11 stories of supernatural, suspense and gothic horror by this British fantasist and mystery writer. Three of the stories have been published in British anthologies while the rest appear first in this volume. Steven Jones introduces the book with a lyrical and touching tribute to the writer and Stephen E. Fabian, the artist who did such marvellous work for Coppers' Necropolis, And Afterward, the Dark and The House of the Wolf, drew the cover and interior illustrations.


The Black Death The Recollections of Solar Pons (1995)
by Basil Copper
Done in a 2,000 copy edition (100 were signed & numbered), this is a collection of another four Solar Pons stories. All but one of them are published here for the first time. August Derleth did a bunch of Pons stories, started in 1928, some of which were published in paperback and later collected in a two volume set by Arkham House. Originally, the idea was to do the stories as actual Holmes adventures but the Doyle estate demurred.


The Exploits of Solar Pons The Exploits of Solar Pons (1993)
by Basil Copper
Done in a 2,000 copy edition (100 were signed & numbered), this collection of four Sherlock Holmes pastiches continues to enhance Copper's remarkable mystery writing talents. (He's published better than 50 novels on Mike Faraday, an LA detective.) Here, you'll find Pons, a pipe smoker, living at 7B Praed Street, with his friend Dr. Parker. Mrs. Johnson, his landlady, feeds them and, oft-times, Pons collides with the police in the form of Inspector Jamison. Sound familiar?


Smoke of the Snake Smoke of the Snake (1994)
by Carl Jacobi
Done in a 1,100 copy edition, this collection, at one time, was on the Arkham House schedule. It lingered for some 20 years, with varying titles and contents. Jacobi and co-editor R. Dixon Smith gathered together some 15 previously uncollected works. It is made up of a good cross-section of his work including some stories from the 1980s, some really early stories and one he wrote with Clifford Simak. Included as well is a bio-bibliographical introduction of the author.


Before... 12:01... and After Before... 12:01... and After (1996)
by Richard A. Lupoff
Done in a 2,100 copy edition (100 were signed & numbered), this collection was selected by Lupoff. He regards it as a cross between a best of and an author's favourites. The book covers his work in SF, Lovecraftian horror, parody & satire and crime. David Nee has contributed a Lupoff bibliography for the completists in the audience.


A Coven of Vampires A Coven of Vampires (1998)
by Brian Lumley
Done in a 1,100 copy edition (100 were signed & numbered), this collection of 13 vampire stories (all are reprints from various sources) covers the gamut of neck-biter types. You'll meet blood-drainers in the guise of teenagers, gods, ecologists, erotics and even those with tentacles (this story is a must-read for Cthulhu Mythos fans). But don't forget old buddy, Dracula. Even he shows his weary fangs for those of us enamoured with this sub-genre.


Exorcisms and Ecstasies Exorcisms and Ecstasies (1997)
by Karl Edward Wagner
Done in a 2,000 copy edition, this collection was put together by Wagner and finished by Stephen Jones. It includes some uncollected Kane stories (Wagner's alternative hero to Conan), some recent short fiction, all his uncollected work including 2 unpublished stories plus reminiscences by friends and colleagues such as Brian Lumley, Ramsey Campbell, David J. Schow and Peter Straub. One of the more interesting aspects is a small photo gallery. Rounding out this loving tribute is an extensive bibliography of Wagner's fiction.


Time Burial Colossus (2nd edition -- 1999)
by Donald Wandrei
Done in a 1,000 copy edition , Wandrei's best science fiction is reprinted in this 2nd edition of the first Fedogan and Bremer volume redone to coincide with the publisher's 10th anniversary. It is an expansion of the previous version and includes 2 previously unpublished stories, an update of the biographical introduction by Richard L. Tierney and a collection of photographs in the back of the book.

Frost Frost (2000)
by Donald Wandrei
Done in a 1,450 copy edition (100 were signed & numbered), this collection follows the adventures of I.V. Frost assisted by his beautiful and tough female assistant, Jean Moray. A scientist and inventor, Frost has his own approach to solving mysteries. Rather than following the usual hard-drinking trench-coated style of many of his contemporaries, his choice was a mix of the logic of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes and the technology of Lester Dent's Doc Savage. D.H. Olson edited this first collection of eight stories (of a total of eighteen) of Donald Wandrei's ratiocinative detective I.V. Frost.


Don't Dream Don't Dream (1997)
by Donald Wandrei
Done in a 2,000 copy edition, this collection is a companion volume to Colossus. F&B has brought together the collected fantasy and horror of Donald Wandrei. Stories from such diverse sources as Weird Tales and Esquire magazine comprise this interesting mix of fiction and poetry. Recommended samples in this mix are the shivery tale, "Uneasy Lies the Drowned", the quintessential pulp work, "The Destroying Hoarde" and the haunting fantasy, "The Woman at the Window". A couple of unpublished items are in here too. Plus, you'll find some essays, a batch of illustrations and what the editor calls prose poems which read like excerpts from as-yet-unwritten stories.

Anthologies
Weird Shadows Over Innsmouth Weird Shadows Over Innsmouth (2005)
edited by Stephen Jones
Done in a 2,100 copy edition (100 were signed & numbered), this anthology is a sequel to the World Fantasy Award nominated anthology Shadows Over Innsmouth (1994), it includes twelve stories, nine of them original to this collection, including a new novella by Brian Lumley. Weird Shadows Over Innsmouth is profusely illustrated with art by Bob Eggleton, Les Edwards, Randy Broecker, and Allan Servoss. The authors include H.P. Lovecraft, Ramsey Campbell, Kim Newman, Michael Marshall Smith, John Glasby, Paul McAuley, Steve Rasnic Tem, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Basil Copper, Hugh B. Cave, and Richard Lupoff, among others. The introduction and notes are by the editor, Stephen Jones. The cover art is by Bob Eggleton.


Dark Detectives Dark Detectives (1999)
edited by Stephen Jones
Done in a 2,100 copy edition (100 were signed & numbered), this collection of stories follows the exploits of those who fight evil and save the world from all manner of dark and dread. We meet (or get reacquainted with) John Thunstone (from Manly Wade Wellman), Marty Burns (from Jay Russell), Harry D'Amour (from Clive Barker), Solar Pons (from Basil Copper), Lawrence Talbot (from Neil Gaiman) and many other sleuths. The true delight is a multi-part novel from Kim Newman who reunites us with a number of his memorable characters including Dr. Shade, Sally Rhodes and the vampire, Geneviève Dieudonné. They battle ancient evils and solve supernatural mysteries via their unique insights and other tools which help them combat the dark forces out to inflict their desires on the rest of us. Lurid and compelling, it's a true adventure-fest.


Shadows Over Innsmouth Shadows Over Innsmouth (1994)
edited by Stephen Jones
Originally done in a 2,100 copy edition (100 were signed & numbered) and now in its second printing, this anthology came about when several British authors were asked to read Lovecraft's "The Shadow Over Innsmouth" (included here) and to write their own story on the Innsmouth theme and the changes that time has wrought on the dreary Massachusetts seaport since the 20s. The book's debut was at the World Fantasy Convention in New Orleans, however the party turned into a wake for Karl Edward Wagner who had died a few days earlier. It includes stories by Neil Gaiman, Brian Lumley, Michael Marshall Smith, Dave Langford, Nicholas Royle, Brian Stableford, David Sutton, Ramsey Campbell and Basil Copper. The book garnered two World Fantasy Award nominations.


Acolytes of Cthulhu Acolytes of Cthulhu (2001)
edited by Robert M. Price
Done in a 2,000 copy edition, this anthology pulls together 25 mythos stories from the years between the 30s through to the 90s. Starting with the Gahan Wilson dust jacket, any fan of unseen horror will quiver at the contents. It includes stories by Earl Pierce, Joseph Payne Brennan (one stunning writer), Clifford M. Eddy, Manly Wade Wellman, Henry Hasse, Charles A. Tanner, Edmund Hamilton, James Causey, C. Hall Thompson, David H. Keller, Arthur Pendragon, Steffan B. Aletti, John S. Glasby, Jorges Luis Borges, Randall Garrett, S. T. Joshi, Dirk W. Mosig, Donald R. Burleson, Peter H. Cannon, David Kaufman, Gustav Meyrink, Richard F. and Frank Searight and Neil Gaiman.


The New Lovecraft Circle The New Lovecraft Circle (1996)
edited by Robert M. Price
Done in a 2,000 copy edition, this companion anthology to Tales of the Lovecraft Mythos, fiction of Lovecraft's contemporaries, displays the talents of more recent writers who are fans of the Lovecraft Mythos. The anthology is meant to spark a new era of Mythos fiction and to expose a clutch of seldom seen but important works to a new group of Lovecraftian readers. It includes stories by Ramsey Campbell, Lin Carter, Alan Dean Foster (yup!), Thomas Ligotti (the heir apparent these days), Brian Lumley, J. Vernon Shea, Richard A. Lupoff, Richard L. Tierney, David Sutton and Karl Edward Wagner.

Tales of the Lovecraft Mythos Tales of the Lovecraft Mythos (1992)
edited by Robert M. Price
Done in a 3,500 copy edition, most of the material appearing here has been published elsewhere. The book is a tribute to the anthology done by August Derleth, Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos (Arkham, 1969). Here, Price has assembled stories in which first mention is made of important Mythos names or notions. However, it is apparent that F&B wanted to do the proper thing by publishing stories as each author intended since a number of the stories are longer or quite different from their previous appearances. Any Lovecraft fan should love this collection of stories including ones by Robert E. Howard, Clark Ashton Smith, Robert Bloch, Henry Kuttner (I love his stuff), August Derleth, E. Hoffmann Price, Bertram Russell (yep, that Russell), Henry Hasse, Carl Jacobi, Donald A. Wollheim and Fritz Leiber.

Novels

The Black Death The Black Death (1991)
by Basil Copper
Done in a 2,600 copy edition (100 were signed & numbered), this novel reaffirms the remarkable atmosphere Basil Copper, former journalist and newspaper editor, can bring to his work, so evident in the some 80 books he's written. Set in the Victorian era, this gothic, macabre novel continues the gracious and eerie stylings Copper shows in Necropolis and The House of the Wolf. Here a young London architect, John Carter, moves to the country to start a career but falls into a deadly mystery of terror and murder that lies behind the village of Thornton Bassett's languid face. Rumour has it that the novel was originally sold to Arkham House, but their decision to slow down releases caused Copper to withdraw it and offer it to F & B.


The Sand Dwellers The Sand Dwellers (1998)
by Adam Niswander
Done in a 1,000 copy edition (100 were signed & numbered), this novel is set in the Superstition Mountains of Arizona. That area has long been a magnet for hermit-types looking for solitude and treasure hunters seeking the riches mythically associated with the Lost Dutchman Mine. Disappearances have been making news lately. There is the soldier working in a top-secret military mountain installation and then there is that university professor from back east who goes away without a trace. The sucide rate climbs and others are driven to the brink of madness. One could posit that the Ancient Ones are hiding in them thar hills. Shades of Cthulhu Mythos...


The House of the Toad The House of the Toad (1993)
by Richard L. Tierney
Done in a 1,150 copy edition (100 were signed & numbered), this novel by the well-known Lovecraft scholar and Robert E. Howard aficionado (he edited two Howard books for Donald M. Grant) seems to make more of a passing nod to the work of August Derleth than that of HPL. James Kerrick, a black marketeer in archeological artifacts, sells some treasures from a lost city in Mexico to an Iowan millionaire. He soon finds himself the focus of a conspiracy of ancient cults and intrigue on an international scale.


Collections

Time Burial Colossus (1989 -- Out of Print)
by Donald Wandrei
Done in a 1,000 copy edition, Wandrei's best science fiction is collected into this first Fedogan and Bremer volume. While about two-thirds of the fiction in this attractive book has been collected previously, the purpose was to ensure the preservation of the author's fiction in one place and pay tribute to one of the colleagues of H.P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, Clark Ashton Smith and others. It took less than a year for it to go out of print, making it quite collectible.

The Last Pin The Last Pin (1997)
by Howard Wandrei
Done in a 1,600 copy edition (100 were signed & numbered), this collection inaugurates a new Fedogan & Bremer imprint, F&B Mystery, which is dedicated to pulp and cross-over mystery writers like Wandrei, I. V. Frost and Hugh B. Cave. Here are some of Wandrei's long out-of print titles such as "Smot Guy" (great title, eh?), "The Man With the Molten Face" and its sequel, "League of Bald Men", which features Ferris Gerrard. He's a man, facially disfigured but rebuilt with resins, who can reshape his face. A perfect device for a detective fighting crime and seeking vengence.

Time Burial Time Burial (1995)
by Howard Wandrei
Done in a 1,500 copy edition, this collection of the work of Donald Wandrei's younger brother includes all sorts of styles. Readers won't be disappointed after roaring through "In the Triangle" with its odd, dreamy imagery, "The Hexer", a droll little mystery number, "The Hand of the O'Mecca", a chilling supernatural tale, "The Monocle" a disquieting lost race story or "Macklin's Little Friend", a yuchhy item of classical pulp. It appears this may be but the first of several volumes of Wandrei's fiction for the editor has subtitled it "Vol I of the Collected Fantasies of Howard Wandrei." Let's hope so.

The Eerie Mr. Murphy The Eerie Mr. Murphy (2003)
by Howard Wandrei
Done in a 1,600 copy edition (100 were signed & numbered), this collection, a companion volume to Time Burial (1995), continues the publication of the work of Donald Wandrei's younger brother. In the first part, the book contains previously uncollected published stories, rarely reprinted. The second section is made up of unplaced stories and several experimental pieces written after Howard Wandrei had retired from publishing. Also here is a gallery of artwork.


Copyright © 1999-2001 Rodger Turner

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