PREFACE ~ RICHARD MATHESON
INTRODUCTION ~ GARYN G. ROBERTS, PH.D.
ILLUSTRATIONS ~ HARRY V. PARKHURST
Terror In The House: The Early Kuttner, Volume One is off to the printer and it's a race against the clock to make a debut at World Fantasy 36 in Columbus, OH on October 28th.
Before his marriage to (and subsequent collaborations with) Catherine L. Moore, Henry Kuttner was a frequent contributor to the pulp magazines that specialized in the weird, supernatural, horror, and science fiction genre.
Beginning in 1936, with the minor classic "The Graveyard Rats," Kuttner launched a steady stream of short stories aimed at Weird Tales, Mystery Tales, Thrilling Wonder Stories, and others.
Writing for Weird Tales brought Kuttner into direct correspondence with that magazine's premier contributor. H. P. Lovecraft. Kuttner set several stories in Lovecraft's "Cthulhu Mythos" and several are presented in TERROR IN THE HOUSE including: "The Secret of Kralitz," "The Eater of Souls," "The Salem Horror," The Jest of Droom-Avista," "The Frog," "The Invaders," and "The Bells of Horror."
Given the short lengths of Kuttner's stories, he had to be prolific and he contributed reams of copy to the weird-menace (a sub-genre of horror where a seemingly supernatural plot is resolved with a pedestrian ending) pulps, Thrilling Mystery and Spice Mystery.
It was his specialization for spicy or sexed-up stories that led Kuttner to write most (two stories and one novelette) of the first issue of Marvel Science Stories, arguably the first spicy science fiction pulp.
Terror In The House is the first volume in a set collecting many of Kuttner's earliest stories, most of which have never been reprinted.