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Title:
The Brian Lumley companion
Author:
Lumley, Brian.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Tor, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
397 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
General Note:
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780312856700
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Book

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Summary

Edited by Brian Lumley and multiple Bram Stoker Award winner Stanley Wiater, The Brian Lumley Companion is an indispensable guide to the life and works of Brian Lumley. The Companion is illustrated with photographs from the author's private collection and full-color reproductions of Hugo Award-winning artist Bob Eggleton's eye-catching cover art for Lumley's works.Contributors to The Brian Lumley Companion include some of today's most noted experts on horror fiction, including W. Paul Ganley, founder of Weirdbook Press and two-time winner of the World Fantasy Award; Stephen Jones, coeditor of Horror: 100 Best Books and winner of multiple World Fantasy, British Fantasy, and Bram Stoker Awards; Robert M. Price, author of H. P. Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Mythos and one of the most respected analysts of Lovecraftian fiction; Robert G. Weinberg, an acknowledged specialist in weird fiction, and Stanley Wiater, host of the TV series "Dark Dreamers."In The Brian Lumley Companion , Lumley aficionados will find an overview of Lumley's career, from his first short fiction up to the present day; essays comparing Lumley and H. P. Lovecraft, a lengthy interview with the author that delves into the heart of Lumley's relationship with the writers and editors who inspired him and the fans who support him, and analyses of Lumley's short fiction and novels. An interview with Bob Eggleton gives insight into the development of his striking covers for the Necroscope series and other Lumley works.This companion also includes complete listings of the first publications of each of Lumley's novels, short fiction, and poetry. Major attractions are the detailed concordances that focus on individual novels and series, including the three Psychomech titles, the Dreamlands and Primal Lands series, and each volume in the Necroscope series.As a special treat, The Brian Lumley Companion includes three short short stories by Brian Lumley, works that have never before appeared in book form.


Author Notes

Brian Lumley was born on England's North Coast on December 2, 1937. He joined the British Army in his teens and remained a soldier for twenty-two years. He first started writing while stationed in Berlin.

Lumley's first book was published in the early 1970's. He retired from the Army in 1981 and took up writing full time. He is the author of over 40 books, and is most well known for his "Necroscope Series" which consists of 13 titles. He won the 1989 British Fantasy Award for his Novelette "Fruiting Bodies" as well as the 1990 Fear Magazine Award for "Necroscope III: The Source."

In 1998, Lumley won the Grand Master of Horror Award at the World Horror Convention in Phoenix, Arizona. On 28 March 2010 Lumley received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Horror Writers Association. He also received a World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2010.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Prolific British horror writer Lumley collaborates with an American scholar of his work on this informative volume. Contents include extensive biographical material, an interview, essays on major themes in his work (especially the influence of H. P. Lovecraft and Lumley's own Lovecraft pastiches), detailed bibliographies, and dictionaries (mislabeled "concordances") of the major concepts and characters in his major works. Clearly confirmed by this mass of largely new information are two things faithful Lumley readers are already aware of: his growing sense of the ridiculous and his burgeoning folkloric and mythological expertise. It is also made clear that much of his published work has never crossed the Atlantic or, if it did, dropped out of print rather quickly. Lumley hasn't reached the heights of either originality or critical acclaim, but his consistent provision of honest entertainment for nearly 40 years makes him deserving of a volume like this. --Roland Green


Publisher's Weekly Review

The Brian Lumley Companion, edited by Brian Lumley and Stanley Wiator, is an indispensable guide to the Necroscope novels and other works by this successful British horror author. Contributors include such Lumley admirers and authorities as Stephen Jones, Robert M. Price and W. Paul Ganley. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Excerpts

Excerpts

John Wayne Meets the Pink Panther (aka Brian Lumley) BY ROBERT WEINBERG     CONSIDER this writing exercise: Describe a unique individual, in a manner other than listing the usual facts and figures associated with his work or his career. Paint an honest word-picture of him as seen through your eyes. Do it in a way to inform and entertain an audience of writers and editors, people who are not easily impressed. Sound challenging? Like most assignments, it depends entirely on the person in question. In the fantasy field, few individuals are both colorful and talented enough to make it easy. Brian Lumley leads that list. Let me tell you a little about him. Done strictly from a first-person viewpoint and colored somewhat by years of friendship. First and foremost, there's Brian's appearance. Most authors just don't look tough. We are by and large a very plain lot. Decadent and Goth are terms used to describe a small enclave of our community, but a vast majority of us blend in with the crowds at the supermarket. Despite the hundreds of skulls we've crushed beneath our jeweled sandals, the scores of arms we've ripped from their sockets, the dozens of bellies we've sliced open with one slash of our scimitar, we do not fair well dealing with used car salesmen. With one notable exception: Brian Lumley. Brian does more than walk the walk and talk the talk. When you shake his hand, all of the clichés from those old detective pulp magazines pop into your head. This guy's got the goods. There's no need for him to mention his military background. You sense it right away. Meeting Brian Lumley, you suddenly realize here's Harry Keogh and Titus Crow and a bunch of other Lumley heroes rolled into one. Brian's a walking advertisement for his books, he's the real McCoy, the genuine article. When he casually states he knows seventeen ways to kill you with the rolled-up newspaper you are holding in your hand, you believe him. Though Brian is always the perfect gentleman, there's that certain glint in his eye that informs you that if you're going to a book signing in Iran, this is the writer you want at your side. Brian favors Western string ties--the kind with black straps and silver and turquoise slides. One possible explanation for this fondness is that they can easily double as a strangler's noose. However, the more probable reason is that they are the type of neckwear favored by John Wayne. And Brian Lumley is the world's greatest John Wayne fan. Wonder what's the most memorable line spoken by Wayne in the movie version of True Grit ? Can't recall the best fight scene in Wayne's many westerns? Need a reminder of the Duke's big break in Stagecoach ? Ask Brian. But be prepared to be overwhelmed. Not only does Brian Lumley know everything about Wayne's roles, his dialogue, and his characters, but he can imitate the Duke's voice with the skill of a trained impersonator. Brian does his impression with such verve and good humor that you'd swear he's John Wayne's long-lost brother who was raised in England. Which would probably be worth investigating if it wasn't for his other favorites. For Brian isn't just a John Wayne fan. His tastes in films are broad and varied. He has an astonishing memory for film history and dialogue. And what he likes, he can mimic with astonishing skill. Brian does a great Humphrey Bogart. In fact, he does pretty good impressions of all of the male leads in Casablanca ! But writers, even ones who lovingly describe unholy vampiric monsters from another dimension, don't thrive on action alone. Along with the Duke, Brian's other favorite actor is Peter Sellers, the sillier the better. In other words, in the Pink Panther films. Brian doesn't imitate Sellers. No one can. But he does know the Pink Panther movies inside out. He remembers every gag, every joke, every pratfall. And, if you let him, he will describe them to you with boundless enthusiasm while pouring you glass after glass of his special punch. That punch deserves a paragraph in itself. The elixir, as concocted by Brian from an ancient secret recipe (handed down from Bran Mak Morn, I suspect, or perhaps even Cthulhu itself), is right out of the films. It's the stuff that Bob Hope drank and then passed out. Miners used it to numb the cold, and race car drivers poured into their fuel tanks to get an extra kick in their engines. It's the stuff that turned Casper into a ghost. Might I mention Brian's fiction? Over the past few years, he's gained world-wide fame for his Necroscope series, which blends vampires and fast action in a wild brew that is incredibly addictive. But the Necroscope novels, while among Brian's very finest work, aren't his only claim to literary fame. His H. P. Lovecraft pastiches are highly entertaining and definitely not the same old stuff. His tales of Titus Crow feature a psychic investigator who is pleasingly competent and quite dangerous when the necessity arises. And in those stories it always does. Plus Brian also writes contemporary horror belonging to no particular series. Remember "Big C?" Or the award-winning, and particularly frightening, "Fruiting Bodies?" Brian Lumley is an author of astonishing skills. And he is a gentleman of equally amazing talents. I've known him for more than a decade and I'm proud to be numbered among his friends. Remember what I said about some assignments being easier than others, depending on the subject? Writing this one was a pleasure. Class dismissed.   Copyright (c) 2002 by ShadoWind, Inc., and Brian Lumley Excerpted from The Brian Lumley Companion by Brian Lumley, Stanley Wiater All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.