Springfield, PA; Gauntlet/Edge, 2001. Richard Mathesonís previously unpublished novel for Young Adults, ABU AND THE 7 MARVELS. Like Y/A novels by Stephen King and Dean Koontz this is actually a book for Matheson fans of ALL ages. The novel revolves around the quest for the 7 marvels of the world, which Abu must find to win the hand of the princess he loves. Heís thwarted every step of the way by the evil Vicar, but has the help of one of Mathesonís most memorable characters, an ancient genie whose best days are far behind him. A crotchety old codger, the genie nevertheless meets Abuís needs, though the accommodations are not first class (a magic rug that unravels and a swaybacked horse just to name a couple). Matheson's fertile imagination really shines in this wonderful tale that is bound to become a timeless classic. ABU is lavishly illustrated by acclaimed artist William Stout. Not only did Stout create a wonderful full-color cover for ABU, but there are also 8 full-color interior illustrations and 19 half-page black and white drawings illustrating every chapter. First edition hardcover issued by Gauntlet Press. Fine in fine dj.