Saturday, February 9, 2008

Lorelei of the Red Mist: Planetary Romances by Leigh Brackett (2008)

Thanks to Locus Magazine, we learned that a new collection of classic short stories, Lorelei of the Red Mist: Planetary Romances, by Leigh Brackett (2008), was published recently by Haffner Press. Here’s a description taken from Haffner’s website:

Picking up where Martian Quest: The Early Brackett left off, this volume collects 12 more tales of strange adventures on other worlds from the undisputed Queen of Space Opera. Drawn from Planet Stories and Thrilling Wonder Stories pulp magazines, this tome revels in the 1946 titular collaboration with Ray Bradbury -- who also contributes an original poem about Leigh Brackett as well as an essay about meeting & working with Brackett. Harry Turtledove, the modern master of ‘alternate history,’ provides the introduction and the book is adorned with Frank Kelly Freas' vintage illustrations from the 1953 reprint of Lorelei of the Red Mist.”

While we have not had an opportunity to read the stories in Lorelei of the Red Mist: Planetary Romances, we believe at least three of them are related to Mars. Here's the full table of contents:

The Blue Behemoth,” Planet Stories (May 1943)

Thralls of the Endless Night,” Planet Stories (Autumn 1943)

The Jewel of Bas,” Planet Stories (Spring 1944)

The Veil of Astellar,” Thrilling Wonder Stories (Spring 1944)

Terror Out of Space,” Planet Stories (Summer 1944)

The Vanishing Venusians,” Planet Stories (Spring 1945)

Lorelei of the Red Mist,” Planet Stories (Summer 1946)

The Moon That Vanished,” Thrilling Wonder Stories (October 1948)

The Beast-Jewel of Mars,” Planet Stories (Winter 1948)

Quest of the Starhope,” Thrilling Wonder Stories (April 1949)

The Lake of the Gone Forever,” Thrilling Wonder Stories (October 1949)

The Dancing Girl of Ganymede,” Thrilling Wonder Stories (February 1950)

For a beautiful gallery of pulp magazine cover art that displays the issues in which Brackett’s stories originally appeared, see G. W. Thomas' website Leigh Brackett: Queen of Space.

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