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  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Alchemy Press (2 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957348908
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957348905
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 1.7 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,542,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. A. Sutton on 22 Oct. 2013
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The publisher is to be congratulated on issuing Mike Barrett's series of essays on horror and fantasy in book form. The author has a very readable style, that explores and reviews the work of some of the seminal writers in the genre. The likes of Fritz Leiber, F. Marion Crawford, Henry S. Whitehead, Theodore Sturgeon, M. P. Shiel, Edward Lucas White, Marjorie Bowen and a number of others are covered, reprinting the original articles from various sources, including the prestigious "New York Review of Science Fiction". Barrett includes one additional fascinating essay, not on a single author, but on a revered genre publisher, in "Arkham House: Sundry Observations". Many of the writers dealt with in this book have had their work published by Arkham House over the years, and also in the pages of the legendary "Weird Tales" magazine. A fine collection, which includes and introduction by Ramsey Campbell and a selection black and white cover illustrations.
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A Thumbnail Review of DOORS TO ELSEWHERE, by Mike Barrett 30 April 2015
By John D Haefele - Published on Amazon.com
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Barrett begins with a concise history of Arkham House and related imprints (all except Hawk & Whippoorwill), including a compendium of interesting facts about the company. Those familiar with the subject will appreciate his balanced views regarding August Derleth’s efforts as editor and publisher.

The remainder (most) of the book collects Barrett’s essays about 16 authors epitomizing the field of supernatural literature during the heyday of Arkham House, which include many useful bibliographies and illustrations—in each case just enough info to satisfy curious readers.

Ramsey Campbell provides a thought-provoking introduction.

I find especially interesting: Barrett’s analysis of C. Hall Thompson, including the teapot tempest vis-a-vis Derleth; Barrett’s critical surveys on post-Derleth-era Arkham House collections (issued with only short author prefaces), including Marjorie Bowen, Mary Elizabeth Counselman, and M. P. Shiel; and Barrett’s related essays on Ted Sturgeon, C. L. Moore, and G. G. Pendarves.

Despite the perceived success of post-Derleth Arkham House in the 1980s, Barrett admits the imprint “lost much of its charisma since its founder’s death, and it no longer has the appeal it once possessed.” That’s because during those classic years Derleth had been creating and perfecting a genuine “brand,” bringing to readers a complete experience, rising above all other competition, something no other editor or publisher in the field could ever duplicate.
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