Department of Literature
Robert W. Chambers


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Year, Publisher, Cover Description Previous Printings
Later Printings
Sporting Blood: 
The Great Sports Detective Stories
(short story)
1942, Little, Brown, Boston 

edited by Ellery Queen. This octavo sized hardback book is bound in red cloth. Introduction by Grantland Rice
with stories by
A.Conan Doyle
E.C. Bentley
Gilbert K. Chesterton
Ellery Queen
Arthur Morrison
Dashiell Hammett
Agatha Christie
Dorothy L. Sayers,
Robert W. Chambers 
and more. 
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  contains the story Butterfly Collecting by Robert W. Chambers
Sleep No More 
(short story)
1944, Rinehart August Derleth, Editor, Illustrated by Lee Brown Coye.  Includes classic horror stories by Clark Ashton Smith, Howard Wandrei, Robert Bloch, Robert E. Howard, Frank Belknap Long, H. P. Lovecraft, M.R. James, Algernon Blackwood, H.R. Wakefield, John Collier, M.P. Shiel, Robert W. Chambers, Thomas Burke, Carl Jacobi. Derleth, August. (Editor). SLEEP NO MORE - TWENTY HORROR STORIES. Editions for the Armed Services, Inc. New York, 1944. First edition thus: Armed Services Edition R-33. Illustrated stiff wrappers. Rectangular, 384pp, good plus copy. Pages have browned due to poor quality of paper. Former owner name on verso of cover. Contains twenty stories by the masters of the genre, incluluding Algernon Blackwood, Clark Ashton Smith, Robert Bloch, Robert W. Chambers, Robert E. Howard, and H.P. Lovecraft. Difficult to find collectible copies in any edition, and this one is particularly so because they were distributed immediately and more often than not discarded afer being read and re-read by the soldiers and sailors who received them while on duty. A tough title to locate for those who collect the series.

picture available

  A modern version by W. Butler-Bowdon, with an introduction by R. W. Chambers; very funny vignette on title page of Margery; the frontispiece is a reproduction of a page of the original manual; being the earliest known autobiography in English.
Ppublished by Devin-Adair Company, 1944, 243 pages, indexed
Gay Nineties Cookbook
1945, Dietz Press, Richmond, Virginia
Compiled, Written and Done into this book by F. Meredith and August Dietz, Jr.
pp. 318 
The high tide of luxurious living swept America in the decade known as the Gay Nineties, the Gilded Age, or more fittingly, the Naughty Nineties when Victorian prudery was a pretty screen behind which every delightful sin cavorted, and frequently escaped via such headline-makers as
The American Beauty, Lil?lian Russell, Diamond Jim Brady and their satellites.  The get-rich-quick American was on a spending spree. European chefs hurried over to strike it rich by tickling palates. In wake of the sumptuous foods came actresses, opera singers and  impoverished dukes from the Old World to dig the gold in them thar pockets.
Includes Robert W. Chambers.  Probaby some game dish, since RWC was most noted outside literature as a sportsman whose columns on fishing and game shooting appeared regularly in magazines.  Friend and oft-illustrator of RWC's work, Charles Dana Gibson is also cited.
The Maker of Moons
1954, Shroud, Buffalo, N.Y. 

Horror story. . ..
PERTURBED SPIRITS ed by R.C. Bull 1954 1954 rare collection of ghost and horror stories, published by arthur Barker and edited by R.C. Bull with an introductory note by Herbert Van Thal. The book contains 16 stories by the following authors. Robert W. chambers, Grant Allen, Ralph Adams Cram, Dick Donavan, Mrs H.D. Everett, Mn. Erkmann-chatrian, rhoda Broughton, Pamela Hansford Johnson, W. Hope Hodgson, Villiers de l`Isle-Adam, H.B Marriot-Whatson, F.M.Mayor, John Metcalfe, Hume Nesbet, Fitz James O`brian and Henry S. whitehead. The book has yellow cloth boards    
Films in Review
1956, Films in Review

Films in Review - October, 1956. Robert W. Chambers's involvement with films mentioned. .
The King in Yellow
1969, Books for Libraries Press, Freeport, N. Y. 

Horror story collection. 316 p. front. 21 cm. 

Short Story Reprint Index series.

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The Maker of Moons
1969, Books for Libraries Press, Freeport, N. Y. 

Horror story collection. 401 p. front. 21 cm. 

Binding: Book, 401 pages 
Publisher: Books for Libraries Press 
Published Date: 1969 
ISBN: 0836931394

.Short Story Reprint Index series. [Contents: The Maker of Moons, The Silent Land, The Black Water, In the Name of the Most High, The Boy's Sister, The Crime, A Pleasant Evening and The Man at the Next Table. .
The Mystery of Choice
1969, Books for Libraries Press, Freeport, N. Y. 

Horror story collection. ix, 288 p. 21 cm. 

* Hardcover: ; 288 pages. Dimensions (in inches): 1.00 x 8.25 x 5.50  * Publisher: Ayer Co Pub; (June 1997)  * ISBN: 0836930894 - Weight: 0.85 pounds - 
ISBN: 0836930894 

Short Story Reprint Index series. [Contents: The Purple Emperor, Pompe funèbre, The Messenger, The White Shadow, Passeur, A Matter of Interest and Envoi.]


A Young Man in a Hurry, and Other Short Stories
1969, Books for Libraries Press, Freeport, N. Y. 

Romantic story collection. vii, 283 p. illus. 21 cm.* Hardcover: 283 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.00 x 8.25 x 5.50 * Publisher: Ayer Co Pub; Reprint edition (June 2004)  * ISBN: 0836932463 - Weight: 0.95 pounds  Short Story Index Reprint series. [Contents: A Young Man in a Hurry, A Pilgrim, The Shining Band, One Man in a Million, The Fire-warden, The Market-hunter, The Path-master, In Nauvoo, Marlitt's Shoes and Pasque Florida.]


The Haunts of Men
1969, Books for Libraries Press, Freeport, N. Y. 

Romantic story collection. 302 p. 21 cm. 

* Hardcover: ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.25 x 8.00 x 5.00  * Publisher: Ayer Co Pub; (June 1988)  * ISBN: 0836932455 


Short Story Index Reprint series. [Contents: The God of Battles, Pickets, An International Affair, Smith's Battery, Ambassador Extraordinary, Yo espero, Collector of the Port, The Whisper, The Little Misery, Enter the Queen, Another Good Man and Envoi.  
The King in Yellow and other Horror Stories

1970, Dover Publications, New York.  Paperback.

Horror story collection. 

Edited by E.F. Bleiler.

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The Better Man

1971, Books for Libraries Press, Freeport, N. Y. 

Romantic story collection. 343 p. illus. 21 cm. 

Short Story Index Reprint series 
343 pages 
Published Date: 1971 
ISBN: 0836938852

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The Space Magicians
1971, January, Pyramid Books, Paperback, #T239

* Title, The Space Magicians
* This is a book of stories "from science fiction's most dazzling talents".
* Authors and stories are:
* "The Venus Adventure", John Wyndham
* "The Black Sun Rises", Henry Kuttner
* "Half-Breed", by Isaac Asimov
* "The Call From Beyond", by Clifford D. Simak
* "Bitter End", by Eric Frank Russell
* "Constant Reader", by Robert Bloch
* and "In Search Of The Unknown", by Robert W. Chambers.

The Necessity for Beauty: Robert W. Chambers and the Romantic Tradition
1974, T-K Graphics, Baltimore. 

Chapbook, essay. 

By Marion Zimmer Bradley.

Marion Zimmer Bradley.  THE NECESSITY FOR BEAUTY: ROBERT W. CHAMBERS & THE ROMANTIC TRADITION.  Baltimore, MD: T-K Graphics, (1974). First edition with no additional printings listed. 8.5 x 5.5 inches; 45 pages. Stiff paper binding.

An extended essay on one of Bradley's important precursors, a fantasy author who greatly influenced her own writing. Chambers is most famous for his dark fantasy masterpiece, THE KING IN YELLOW.

Gay Rebellion
Binding: Hardcover 
Publisher: Ayer Co Pub 
Published Date: 1975 
Weight: 0.95 pounds 
ISBN: 0685513378
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Dying of Fright 
(short story)
1976, Charles Scribner's Sons Large octavo, illustrations by Lee Brown Coye, cloth.  Anthology providing a historical overview of nineteenth and twentieth century American and British horror fiction with introduction and notes by Daniels and twenty-five stories by Washington Irving, Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, J. Sheridan Le Fanu, M. R. James, Arthur Machen, Robert W. Chambers, H. G. Wells, Ambrose Bierce, William Hope Hodgson, H. P. Lovecraft, Frank Belknap Long, Henry Kuttner, Anthony Boucher, Ray Bradbury, John Collier, Richard Matheson, and others. .
R. W. Chambers and the King in Yellow
Autumn 1976, Starwind, Vol. II, No. 1, pp. 24-30 

Article on Chambers. 

By Lee Weinstein. Reprint, The Romantist, No. 3, pp. 51-57.

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For Love of Country:
The Development of an American Identity
in the Popular Novel 1893-1913

Revisionist Press, 1976. For Love of Country
The Development of an American Identity
in the Popular Novel 1893-1913

Edward Ifkovic

Revisionist Press, 1976. First edition. Fine unused hardback in red cloth with gilt lettering. Published without a jacket. 346 pages.


For love of country: the theme in its time: romance revives; hurrah for America; a new-created world; the midlander in America; God in His world; the chains of roses; the title-mongers; anglo-saxon superiority; the rival camps; emergence of theme: for love of country
The development of an American identity: the historical romance: Mary Johnston; the frontier romance: The Virginian and after; the society romance: Robert W Chambers; the domestic romance: Harold Bell Wright.

The Eerie Book, Tales of the Macabre and Supernatural 1981   The Story of Major Weir by Robert W. Chambers  
Der Gelbe Tod Bastei Lubbe 1982 Der Gelbe Tod by Robert W Chambers. Bastei Lubbe 1982 paperback. Book has 190 pages and features wonderful illustrations by Kenneth Smith.  
Robert W. Chambers 1865-1933
1985, Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. 

Supernatural Fiction Writers: Fantasy and Horror, volume 2, edited by E.F. Bleiler, pages 739-745. 

By Lee Weinstein. 

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Faded Banners:
Memorable Writings of 
the Civil War
(short story)
1986, Promontory Press. 

Faded Banners, Memorable Writings of the Civil War" edited by Eric Solomon.  7 1/2" X 9 1/2" - 336 pages. 

Writers include Louisa May Alcott, Joseph Altsheler, Ambrose Bierce, Robert W. Chambers, John Esten Cooke, Stephen Crane, John William De Forest, George Cary Eggleston, Hamlin Garland, Sarah Orne Jewett, Joseph Kirkland, Sidney Lanier, Charles Ledyard Norton, Thomas Nelson Page, Marshall Putnam Thompson, Mark Twain

From the liner jacket: "This collection contains pieces of nineteenth-century writings about the war found hidden in journals and literary magazines and in forgotten novels long out of print - all as powerful and exciting as some of the more famous stories of Crane or Bierce. Most of the works included have not, until now, been generally available to the public.

This volume attempts to balance Northern and Southern views of the Civil War. The criteria of selection has been artistic value: The Faded Banners covers the war in depth,, and includes stories that capture the excitement and emotional impact in the struggle."


Gaslit Nightmares, Victorian Tales of Terror Macdonald Uk 1988 edited by Hugh Lamb.

This anthology collects together some of the best and most famous Victorian ghost and horror stories mostly gleaned from long forgotten collections of short stories, both English and American.

Stories included here are:

The Undying Thing, by Barry Pain; The Serpent's Head, by Lady Dilke; The Phantom Model, by Hugh Nisbet; The Black Reaper, by Bernard Capes; The Accursed Cordonnier, by Bernard Capes; The Vengeance of the Dead, by Robert Barr; The Beckside Boggle, by Alice Rea; Maw-Sayah, by Charles J. Mansford; In the Court of the Dragon, by Robert W. Chambers; The Old House in Vauxhall Walk, by Mrs. J.H. Riddell; The Drunkard's Death, by Charles Dickens; Luella Miller, by Mary E. Wilkins-Freeman; A Psychological Experiment, by Richard Marsh; the Mystic Spell, by Dick Donovan; The Late Mr. Watkins of Georgia, by Joel Chandler Harris (author of Uncle Remus and The Tar Baby); The Ghost in the Mill, by Harriet Beecher Stowe; A Derelict, by J.A. Barry; The Haunted Mill, by Jerome K. Jerome; An Unexpected Journey, by J.H. Pearce; The Pride of the Corbyns, by Mrs. G. Linnaeus Banks; The Page Boy's Ghost by The Countess of Munster; and Mysterious Maisie by Wirt Gerrare.

The Dark Descent 3: A Fabulous Formless Darkness Harper Collins, London,1991.

Grafton Books, NY, 157 x 240mm, 422pp

David G. Hartwell ( Editor )
An anthology of Seventeen Stories : Fritz Leiber – Smoke Ghost / Gene Wolfe – Seven American Nights / Charles Dickens – The Signal-Man / Stephen King – Crouch End / Joyce Carol Oates – Night-Side / Walter de la Mare – Seaton’s Aunt / Ivan Turgenev – Clara Militch / Robert W Chambers – The Repairer of Reputations / Oliver Onions – The Beckoning Fair One / Fitz-James O’Brien – What Was It? / Shirley Jackson – The Beautiful Stranger / Ambrose Bierce – The Damned Thing / Edith Wharton – Afterward / Algernon Blackwood – The Willows / Thomas M Disch – The Asian Shore / Robert Aickman – The Hospice / Philip K Dick – A Little Something For Us Tempunauts This book won the World Fantasy Award for Best Anthology.
Famous Fantastic Mysteries

Gramercy Books, 1991


Edited By: Stefan Dziemianowicz, Robert Weinberg & Martin Greenburg

Number of pages: 449

Photos or illustrations: Virgil Finlay illustrations

ISBN: 0517055775

Book size: 6 x 9.25 inches

Format type: Hardbound

Dust jacket: Color. NMint condition in Mylar cover.

Book condition: As new. Clean, flat and white. Autographed by the three editors on front endpaper.

Synopsis and comments: Step into the weird and unpredictable world of classic fantasy and horror in this spine-tingling anthology of stories and novellas from the incomparable pulp magazines Famous Fantastic Mysteries and Fantastic Novels.

A mysterious, man-eating fungus mixes with deadly games played at the fringes of the universe, humanity is a stigma, and a little knowledge can mean the survival-or the end-of all mankind. These are, indeed, stories to freeze your blood and turn your pillow to stone.

In Francis Stevens' "Behind the Curtain," an antiquarian's greatest treasures are his ancient Egyptian coffin-and a lovely, faithless wife. Phillip M. Fisher's "Fungus Isle" is a place where creeping, menacing destruction slowly closes in, and unwary men become something less than human. Robert Chambers' "The Yellow Sign" is pure, distilled terror; and in Arthur Machen's "The Novel of the White Powder," young Leicester is unable to open his door for mysterious and disturbing reasons.

Lord Dunsany's "The Highwayman" proves that while a man's sins can be weighed in earthly scale, you cannot weigh his soul; Bram Stoker's "The Burial of the Rats" presents a unique look at the darker side of Paris. A ghastly presence lurks in the Cimmerian darkness of August Derleth's "The Lonesome Place"; while the hero of Theodore Sturgeon's "That Low" fights his spectral battle alone. In Todd Robbins' "The Toys of Fate," destruction is practiced for sheer pleasure; and Arthur C. Clarke's "Guardian Angel" tells of silent, grim guardians from outer space.

Collectors should note that A. Merritt's "The Face in the Abyss" is reprinted here in the rare original version-as it was first written in the October 1940 issue of Famous Fantastic Mysteries, before extensive revisions and republication.

This superb anthology offers a selection of the very best tales published in Famous Fantastic Mysteries and Fantastic Novels-and an opportunity for a new generation to experience the enchantment of the "famous fantastic mystery."

The Hastur Cycle
October 1993, Chaosium Inc. 

304 p., horror story collection. 

Ed. Robert M. Price.

"THE HASTUR CYCLE" Tales of the supernatural & horror, Robert M. Price, editor. This is in very good solid condition with no marks or writing. Publisher : Chaosium, 1993, softcover. The stories are :

"Haita the Shepherd" Ambrose Bierce
"An Inhabitant of Carcosa" Ambrose Bierce
"The Repairer of Reputations" Robert W. Chambers
"The Yellow Sign" Robert W. Chambers
"The River of Night's Dreaming" Karl Edward Wagner
"More Light" James Blish
"The Novel of the Black Seal" Arthur Machen
"The Whisperer in Darkness" H.P. Lovecraft
"Documents in the Case of Elizabeth Akeley" Richard A. Lupoff
"The Mine on Yuggoth" Ramsey Campbell
"Planetfall on Yuggoth" James Wade
"The Return of Hastur" August Derleth
"Tatters of the King" Lin Carter

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