In this weeks episode I’m going to be discussing, The Bat Is My Brother by Robert Bloch. It first appeared in the November 1944 issue of Weird Tales. It’s been reprinted in a handful of vampire and weird fiction anthologies over the years, but I read it on unz.org. They have the original Weird Tales scan up for you to download and read. If you’re new to the pulps, but recognize the name, it’s most likely due to Robert Bloch being the writer of Psycho, the book that inspired the Alfred Hitchcock film of the same name.
The story is most likely not in the public domain as Bloch passed away in 1994, but it’s there on unz.org if you’re interested. I’ll put a link to it and also a link to the isfdb bibliography in the show notes, in case you want to read the story online or purchase a used copy of one of the anthologies it appeared it. From what I saw I don’t believe this tale is currently in print, so the secondary anthology market is probably your best bet other than unz.org. The original issue of Weird Tales is probably a bit pricey, as most Weird Tales issues are.
As you can probably guess from the title, and the image I chose for the episode title card, this is a vampire story. It’s about a guy named Graham Keene who wakes up in a paupers grave and busts through the cheap casket to emerge up out of the soil. After emerging he meets a vampire who informs Graham that he’s a vampire now too.
In this weeks episode I’ll be discussing a unique and cool item that’s been recently published. I just got it in the mail this week, as a matter of fact. The Weird Tales Collection Magazine published by Adventure House. I’m a big fan of Weird Tales, it’s my favorite pulp magazine by far, and when I saw this item listed on Pulp Coming Attractions, I was immediately drawn to it.
The magazine is 40 pages and packed with full color images of Weird Tales covers. The magazine doesn’t offer a complete assortment of Weird Tales covers, as that’s not the purpose of the publication, but it’s full of covers of landmark and key issues.
The magazine is really an auction program book, printed to coincide with a complete collection of Weird Tales being auctioned off on May 1st 2015 with Adventure House Auctions. Besides being a publisher, Adventure House also conducts auctions. It was a great idea for them to put out this magazine.
Something tells me a complete collection of Weird Tales is going to go for a pretty penny, but everyone can at least get in on the action with this magazine. I flipped through it for about an hour or so the first night I got it and really enjoyed seeing a ton of covers for the first time. It’s well worth the $10.00 in my opinion.
In this weeks episode I will be discussing The Pale Man by Julius Long. It first appeared in the September 1934 issue of Weird Tales.
I would say the story takes place in the early 1930’s. It features a man who is a university assistant staying at a country hotel during the summer months. He’s the narrator of the story and is apparently ill enough that his superiors at the university made him take this vacation. During his stay at the hotel he comes across an unusual individual he dubs The Pale Man.