If you are looking for an informative and insightful publication about the writers whose stories made Weird Tales the unique magazine it was, then I would strongly suggest that you avoid 'Conversations with the Weird Tales Circle' by all means. Advertised as 'an important look at a group of people that defined an era.' this book features useless trivia galore, but hardly any valuable, helpful information.
The spare, really insightful and helpful sections to be found in 'Conversations with...' were taken either from E. Hoffman Price's 'Book of the Dead' or Robert Weinberg's 'Weird Tales Story'. Other essays featured seem to have been culled from obscure fanzines or forewords of short story collections (like the section about Robert E. Howard) .
'Conversations with the Weird Tales Circle' had an interesting and promising concept, which with some competent work could have made this publication a classic in the field of pop culture studies. Unfortunately the people behind this were happy with serving only superficial trivia.
To add insult to injury, text formatting and proof reading seem to be concepts unknown to publisher Centipede Press: Besides some very clumsy layout of the texts, the book is also filled with annoying typos, something that certainly should not be, especially in case of a product with a price tag of nearly $300.
It is a shame that such a promising concept failed so abysmally on every level. Hopefully in the future a more competent author and publisher will again approach the interesting topic of Weird Tales and its writers.
As to the book's publisher Centipede Press: High product quality should come as natural if one offers publications in such a price range as 'Conversations with...'. This is obviously not the case with Centipede Publishing's books: Every self respecting publishing house would doubtlessly be ashamed of the sloppy editing and text formatting displayed in 'Conversations with ...' . Having checked reviews of other Centipede Press' publications it has become obvious to me that incompetent/lackluster editing is a frequent issue of this company's overpriced products. In spite of the company's admittedly very attractive catalogue of titles I will from now on never again buy any books published by Centipede Press.