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.