Monday, August 9, 2010

"The Magazine of Fantasy", Vol 1 No 1 (Fall 1949) (eds Anthony Boucher & J Francis McComas) (magazine, free): Annotated table of contents

Cover image titled Codachrome by Bill Stone of the inaugural issue Fall 1949 of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
This is the inaugural issue of F&SF, subtitled "An Anthology of the Best Fantasy Stories, Old and New", & the only issue that carries this title. Next issue will be named "The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction".

Scans of the magazine in the form of a CBR file are available online as part of a larger package.

Publisher, Lawrence E Spivak, in his introduction tells us of the magazine's focus: "whatever our senses may reject, but our imagination logically accepts." His invitation to authors solicits material "sufficiently out of this world to contradict the laws of man's logic -- while adhering firmly to a freshly created logic of their own."

Note that this is not all-original; it includes reprints, in addition to original fiction.

In the past, I've read at least two of the stories - "Private--Keep Out!" & "The Hurkle is a Happy Beast" - but don't remember much of the either. Later, I think, is widely anthologized.

Table of contents (11 stories).

Where I'm aware of alternate download links for individual stories, I include that too. Links on author, publisher, or year fetch more matching fiction.
  1. [original] Cleve Cartmill's "Bells on His Toes": "broad farce-fantasy".
  2. [reprint] Perceval Landon's "Thurnley Abbey"; download; Raw Edges (collection), 1908: "plausible cold terror". "merely one of the three most terrifying stories in the English language." "in the supernatural field, things are not always what they seem ... or even what they seem not to be."
  3. [original] Philip MacDonald's "Private--Keep Out!".
  4. [reprint] Fitz-James O'Brian's "The Lost Room"; download; Harper's Magazine, September 1858.
  5. [original] Theodore Sturgeon's "The Hurkle is a Happy Beast".
  6. [original] Anthony Boucher' "Review Copy" (as by H H Holmes): "supernatural vengeance".
  7. [reprint] Guy Endore's "Men of Iron"; 1940 (where?): "social irony". "the implications of the machine age".
  8. [reprint] Stuart Palmer's "A Bride for the Devil"; 1940 (where?): "horrible hilarity".
  9. [reprint] Oliver Onions' "Rooum"; download; The Fortnightly Review, December 1910: "the story of the craneman Rooum, the lone wolf of the construction world who was never quite alone."
  10. [reprint] Richard Sale's "Perseus Had a Helmet"; Argosy, 5 February 1938: "border-line humor". "somewhere on the borderline between logical crime & a world gone mad."
  11. [original] Winona McClintic's "In the Days of Our Fathers": First published story of the author.
Related: Fiction from F&SF/1940s.