THE FEAR PLANET & OTHER UNUSUAL DESTINATIONS THE READER'S BLOCH volume 1 by Robert Bloch. Burton, MI; Subterranean Press; 2005. 1st edition hardcover. It's no secret that a hefty helping of Robert Bloch's fiction remains unreprinted or uncollected since its original publication in pulp magazines, digests and anthologies of original stories. What many readers don't know is how good much of this fiction is. These stories run the full gamut of genres for which Bloch wrote--fantasy, horror, science fiction, mystery--and all showcase Bloch's inimitable style. We can't presume to know why Bloch never collected them in his lifetime, even though he sanctioned the reprinting of some in anthologies. Possibly, he felt they didn't fit the scheme of specific books. Regardless, the stories provide interesting snapshots of Bloch's career at the time they were written, and the evolution of story markets where they appeared.

Subterranean Press's The Reader's Bloch series was conceived to give these stories a well-deserved nesting place. It is currently planned to run to two, possibly three volumes, containing approximately fifty stories spanning Bloch's career from the late 1930s to the early 1990s. The series will stand independent of The Lost Bloch series, which concentrated primarily on novella and short-novel length works, but readers who enjoyed those volumes will find the same fun and thrills in these books.


Introduction by Stefan Dziemianowicz; Beep No More, My Lady, The Old Switcheroo, Have Tux--Will Travel, Alternate Universe, The End of Science Fiction, Last Laugh, The Tempter, A Lesson for the Teacher, Let's Do It for Love, The Machine That Changed History, The Man Who Walked Through Mirrors, Red Moon Rising, The Black Brain, Murder from the Moon, Secret of the Observatory, Phantom from the Film, The Fear Planet, Grandma Goes to Mars, Queen of the Metal Men, The Tin You Love to Touch.

Limited: 750 numbered hardcover copies SIGNED BY THE EDITOR. Fine in pictoral boards without dj as issued. OUT OF PRINT FROM THE PUBLISHER.