PASSING OF A GOD AND OTHER STORIES: THE COMPLETE SHORT FICTION OF HENRY S. WHITEHEAD,VOLUME 1. Ashcroft, BC; Canada; Ash-Tree Press; 2007. 1st edition hardcover.
ISBN: 978-1-55310-098-0; xx + 234pp.
PUBLISHED OCTOBER 2007.
Jacket art by Jason Van Hollander.
Limited to five hundred copies.
ALTHOUGH HE WAS a prolific contributor to the pages of Weird Tales in the 1920s, Henry S. Whitehead is less well known today than his Weird Tales contemporaries. In part, this is due to Whitehead's premature death in 1932, just at the point where he had hit his stride as a writer. Almost fifteen years would elapse before any of his fiction was collected in book form, and this would prove just enough time for him to be forgotten by, or unknown to, the generation of readers and writers nurtured on the 'golden age' of Weird Tales in the 1930s.
Whitehead lived in the West Indies for almost a decade, and would frequently make use of a West Indian background for stories that are masterpieces of their kind. Weaving the rich history and exotic folklore of their island settings into a colourful tapestry reinforced with a solid thread of the supernatural, his tales evoke a respectful sense of awe and mystery about the island natives and their unusual beliefs and superstitions.
Passing of a God and Other Stories, the first of three volumes that will reprint all of Whitehead's known published short fiction, will introduce a new generation of readers of the supernatural to Whitehead's work, and do much to right the neglect of a writer with a very individual voice.
Introduction by Stefan Dziemianowicz;
Weird Tales: Tea Leaves; The Door; The Fireplace; Sea Change; The Wonderful Thing; Across the Gulf; Jumbee; The Left Eye.
Non-Weird Tales: Not To the Swift; Christabel; The Wonder-Phone; The Intarsia Box.
The Adventures of Gerald Canevin: The Projection of Armand Dubois; West India Lights; The People of Pan; Black Tancrède; The Tree-Man; The Shut Room; Passing of a God.
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