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Brian Lumley
Art: Bob Eggleton
Titus Crow (The Collected Titus Crow, Volume 1)
Tor (reprint, trade paperback, 347 pages, $14.95 US)
Publication date: February 18, 1999 (First Edition: January 1997)

Brian Lumley, author of the famed Necroscope series, began his career with a number of Lovecraft-inspired pulp adventure tales pitting his hero investigator Titus Crow against the dark god Cthulhu and his many-tentacled poker buddies. Frankly, it was an odd mix, and Lumley's early pulp style was a substantial departure from Lovecraft's more polished prose. Still, the series had its fans, and, starting in 1997, Tor began to collect the hard-to-find Titus Crow novels in handsome hardcover editions. This is the first volume of the paperback reprints. "In the first two of six stories never before published in the United States, Titus Crow and his companion fight the forces of evil and darkness, as they battle the Elder Gods. Patterned after the famous Cthulhu mythos by H.P. Lovecraft, these adventure/horror novels feature Titus Crow and his faithful companion and chronicler, who travel to exotic locations and alternate planes of existence to fight the forces of darkness. These two stories recount Titus's legendary stand against the evil Cthulhu and his dark minions." Contains The Burrowers Beneath (1974) and The Transition of Titus Crow (1975).
Titus Crow, Book 2 Review by Stephen Davis
[Cover] The House of Doors
Tor (reprint, paperback, 474 pages, $6.99 US/$8.99 Canada)
Publication date: June 1998

Lumley is probably best known for his epic and bloody tales of The Necroscope, kind of a James Bond of vampire killers. But he also has produced Lovecraftian horror, including short stories and novels (such as the recently-reprinted Titus Crow books), and some science fiction, including this volume of horrific alien invasion and its recent sequel, Maze of Worlds. "The alien Thone have planted a monstrous device on Earth's surface. Trapped inside is a group of human scientists, spies, and innocent bystanders. Part maze, part torture chamber, part laboratory, the House of Doors is a test. If its inhabitants survive, the Thone will withdraw from Earth. Survival seems impossible -- at every turn the prisoners encounter alien worlds and terrifying monsters. But if they do not, then the horrors will spread across the world as the Thone re-make the Earth to suit their incomprehensible scheme."
[Cover] Titus Crow, Vol. 3: In the Moons of Borea & Elysia
Tor hard cover
Third and final omnibus volume in Tor's Titus Crow reprint series, containing the two volumes "In the Moons of Borea" and "Elysia." Crow, his companion de Marigny, and other heroes crossing over from other Lumley series unite to face to face the greatest of all evils: Cthulhu himself, risen from his ancient slumber. "Best known for his gigantic and still-growing Harry Keogh Necroscope vampire cycle, Lumley's youthful occult detective Titus Crow series is more Edgar Rice Burroughs-styled heroic fantasy than Lovecraftian horror." -- Kirkus Reviews.
Peter Bollinger
Maze of Worlds
Tor (reprint, paperback, 504 pages, $6.99/$8.99 Can)
Publication date: May 1, 1999 (First Edition: June 1998)

The sequel to Lumley's novel of alien invasion and horror, The House of Doors. "A renegade group of aliens has returned to Earth, intent on transforming it into a breeding ground. Mankind's only hope is to reunite the adventurers who first solved the puzzle of the House of Doors. Led by Spencer Gill, whose understanding of machines verges on the supernatural, these intrepid heroes must battle their way through the House's deadly four-dimensional maze. They will be their own worst enemies, for the darkest secret of the House of Doors is that its monstrous creations are inspired by the worst nightmares of those trapped inside."
The House of Doors review by Stephen M. Davis
Necroscope: Resurgence (The Lost Years Vol 2)
There are vampire books, and there are Vampire books. If you expect your vampires to be cloak-shrouded gentlemen with impeccable manners who daintily shirk sunlight, look elsewhere. The Necroscope saga features undead lords and ancient villains with undiluted demonic fury. Harry Keogh, Earth's greatest vampire hunter and the man who can talk to the dead, takes a sabbatical from his crusade to search for his wife and infant son, leaving him open to subtle influence by the ancient vampire, Radu. Entombed in amber for six centuries, Radu plots his resurrection and the destruction all who might challenge his supremacy -- especially all those damned scientists looking for dinosaur blood.
Titus Crow II
Volume II in the collected Titus Crow series from the author of the Necroscope series, this one containing the novels The Clock of Dreams and Spawn of the Winds. Based on the Cthulhu mythos of H.P. Lovecraft, these pulp-style adventure novels follow Titus Crow and his faithful chronicler as the ancient relic the Clock of Dreams transports them from world to world to continue their seemingly hopeless battle against the dread Elder Gods and their foul minions. But the secret of controlling the clock has been lost, and they soon find themselves lost in undreamed of dimensions. Cross Sherlock Holmes with Lovecraft and you have Crow, an occult detective who crosses paths with Cthulhu and his minions and comes out swinging. I'd opt for the witness protection program myself. I mean, c'mon.
Feature Review
[Cover] Necroscope: The Lost Years
It's the story of Harry Keogh's search on Earth for his wife and child during the Vampire Wars.
[Cover] Bloodwars
The conclusion to the Vampire World trilogy.

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