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This review is from: Weird Tales (Hardcover)
Durie's book was perhaps intended as an unofficial companion to Robert Weinberg's excellent volume, The Weird Tales Story. Whereas Weinberg goes thoroughly into the history of the mother of all fantasy/horror pulps, but features only tiny, very poorly reproduced greyscale images of the magazine's covers, Durie's book is almost wholly given over to the covers. Unfortunately, although the covers are reproduced at a much better size (frequently one to a page, at most three), only a few of them are in colour. Even more unfortunately, some of the covers are reproduced not in black and white, but in a purple or red tint, which has the result of reducing the contrast and leaving some of the more subtle covers (not that Weird Tales had many of those!) little more than murky blobs on the page. To be fair, there are only one or two which really suffer from the purple/red tinting, but it's a shame all the same. Durie provides a brief comment for each cover, listing the notable contents of the issue in question, and changes in cover artist. Overall, not a bad volume - it's nice to have such a treasury of lurid weirdness to lose yourself in, but leaves you longing for a better, full-colour volume, too!