Weird Tales/Volume 36/Issue 1/The Eyrie

From Wikisource
Jump to: navigation, search
"The Eyrie" banner title, showing a bird of prey landing at a nest beside the title lettering with mountains in the background


Fantasy Versus Philosophy


Recently Mr. Howard Brenton MacDonald, M.A., of Yonkers, N.Y., wrote us a very interesting letter about Reincarnation and its rather involved by-paths, pointing out that Robert Bloch—in his story Beauty's Beast (May issue)—had, in his opinion, got his philosophy rather mixed up; so we sent his letter on for Mr. Bloch's answer. First, here is the philosopher's side of things:


In Beauty's Beast Robert Bloch has his Hindu philosophy a trifle mixed. He is confusing Transmigration with Reincarnation when he says that the souls of humans go into animals. The pure Doctrine of Reincarnation, which is one of the oldest and greatest of all human teachings, says that the human soul passes through a series of human bodies, in a sort of spiritual evolution until, having learned all there is to know, it merge in with God at the end of its Cycle of Necessity. Transmigration is a degraded perversion of this in that it says that human souls may be born again in animal bodies. This, however, is not accepted by any serious-minded Hindu authority, or student, although it is held by many uneducated people in India. But even granting the idea of Transmigration, Mr. Bloch is at fault in saying that means that a human soul can pass directly into the body of a living animal, us is the case in his story; because no doctrine of the Orient that I know of teaches such. If it goes into an animal at all (and only Transmigration teaches this) the soul does so into the body of a newly born creature, not a living one such a the snake or monkey in his yarn.

Reincarnation likewise is concerned only with the journey of the human soul through the earthly human bodies, and not through the lower kingdoms. In the lower forms of life there is no such thing as an individual, or individualized personality. Cats, dogs, plants, and minerals all have one large soul apiece; but no animal, plant, or mineral has a separate individual soul such as a human being has.

This is a very complicated question, but a most fascinating one. I have enjoyed all of Mr. Bloch's stories in the past, and am now delighted to see that he has become interested in the Hindu philosophies. If Mr. Bloch will continue his studies of Hinduism, Yoga, and Oriental cultism, he will find enough material for a thousand weird tales. So can all writers.

And now, here is—


The Author's Viewpoint


It was with considerable interest that I noted the remarks of Mr. Howard B. MacDonald regarding Beauty's Beast. I am in total accord with his findings, except for the first sentence, in which he declares I have my Hindu philosophy "a trifle mixed."

I choose to resent that. My Hindu philosophy was not a trifle mixed, but completely mixed. More than a mere confusion of Transmigration with Reincarnation, but an almost complete hash of both concepts. Reader MacDonald is to be congratulated upon his astuteness in this matter.

However, I plead guilty on counts of willful premeditation. I am aware, as Mr. MacDonald points out, that Transmigration is a sort of degraded perversion of the doctrine of Reincarnation—and for the sake of the yarn I perverted it further. The tale dealt, you may remember, with a priest of Yama—the equivalent of an Occidental devil-worshipper. Devil-worship certainly is a religious perversion. Its doctrines are definitely at odds with recognized Christian theology. Yet in a weird tale, we accept the tenets of the devil-worshippers for the sake of the story, and do not demand that their beliefs accord with established religion. So my Hindu devil-worshipper has his own concept of the Reincarnation-Transmigration principle, and carries out his rites accordingly.

As an author I took the liberty to construct my own supernatural background to serve the plot—but I certainly don't disagree with Mr. MacDonald's lucid exposition of the actual facts.

Similarly, in this month's story, A Sorcerer Runs for Sheriff, I've again played fast and loose with medieval goety. The methods employed by the puppet-maker are enough to make any orthodox witch blush in horror—and I know, because several orthodox witches of my acquaintance did. "You can't kill a man that way," they protested. "It's sacrilege!"

"Oh, can't I?" I sneered "As long as there's paper in this typewriter, I'll kill people any way I please."

They put a curse on me and went away, grumbling. But I stuck to my guns—maintaining that in the disputed field of fantasy any variation on a known legend, myth-pattern, or psychological concept is permissible, provided that it does not strain the reader's credulity. Nothing in any yarn should be at all fantastic or unbelievable. Everything must be factal. Realism, that's what it is. Plain, unvarnished truth. Never tell any whoppers.

I'm sure the readers of my yarns know what I mean. I'm content to write plain, simple, homey, every-day little stories. About things that could happen to you, to anybody. Nothing wild—heaven forbid!

In that spirit, A Sorcerer Runs for Sheriff is offered. If any reader disbelieves the tenets therein, I ask him merely to go out, buy himself a pound of wax, and start modelling. If his enemy doesn't die in three days he might just a well demand his money back. Me, I've killed hundreds that way. Literally hundreds. I intend to kill hundreds more, if my typewriter paper holds out. And the patience of the readers.

Robert Bloch


Vote of Thanks From Down Under


David R. Evans writes from New South Wales, Australia:

Will you please grant me the privilege of using the Eyrie to thank Seabury Quinn for so many enjoyable hours spent with him per medium of WEIRD TALES?

If I can encroach on your leniency further I would consisder it a personal favor if you allowed me to convey similar appreciation to Robert Bloch. Will you consider me presumptuous if I begged further space to thank all your artists for their excellent illustrations of the stories I have enjoyed reading in WEIRD TALES?

Irrespective of the ban here on American magazines, I find that I able to procure copies of WEIRD TALES through the combined kindness of Australian and American fans; the contents whose mail is sometimes confiscated by the authorities here. However, our love for WEIRD TALES does find a way.

In closing, I would also like to offer you my most sincere thanks for your keen sense of editorship as evidenced by recent issues of WEIRD TALES.

Thank you.


On Borrowed Time


From Decatur, Alabama, R. Cornelius Jones writes:

I am pausing long enough my reading of Lovecraft's novel, The Case of Charles Dexter Ward to tell you that it is absolutely the most enthralling weird novel I have seen in some time and that I can guarantee to anyone, weird fan or not, that they would enjoy it to the fullest.

And now back to my reading.


"Madam Zombi"


Annetta Richardson writes from Gary, Indiana:

May I tell you about my Inner Sanctum musing:

Ghastly figures danced across the wall, long eerie shadows, headlss forms that wound themselves around mysterious pinnacles of thin air like coiled snakes, things that whirled and leaped—all shadows from the paling light that was flickering out.

I felt fiendishly happy and lit another tall candle, picked up my copy of WEIRD TALES from the mirror-top table beside me and began another story adventure.

Ever since that night I've been involved in this devilish delight at the solemn stroke of 11—on Thursday nights—demons and devils come groping boldly out of the pages of the book and live in my agile imagination for an hour or two.

"MADAM ZOMBI" 

Advert for Perry-Field Tire & Rubber Company.
Advert for a stomach ulcer treatment from the Philadelphia Von COmpnay.
Advert for a Radio Technician course from the National Radio Institute.
Weird Tales Club

9 Rockefeller Plaza
New York,
N. Y.






Write to MARTIN WARE, SECRETARY

  • This is your club—a medium to help you and other fantasy and science-fiction fans get together. Readers wanted it—they wrote in telling us how much they would enjoy meeting others of similar tastes.
  • Membership is very simple: just drop us a line, so that we can enroll you on the club roster, and publish your name and address in the magazine.
  • A membership card carrying the above design—personal token of your fellowship with the weird and the fantastic—will be sent on request. (A stamped, addressed envelope should be enclosed.)




"Ghoulish" Anticipation

A couple of issues back we posted a little announcement. Naturally we were happy to receive our cards, the two of us fans. Mighty happy indeed were we to find a couple of interested fans in this locale. However, who would have anticipated a club with twenty members in the short space of two months!

We are very reluctant to stop at such a number, though, and believe that this is just a hint of what is to come.

We cater to zombies, black sheep, the mentally unbalaced, and even normal fans. Come on—rip our library to pieces, get a membership card, lick our stickers, read our club publication, meet authors, artists, top fans, and amateur editors.

The Golden Gate Futurians welcome you to have more fun than ever before, and to mix with fans that talk your kind of fan shop-talk (remarkable for the lowest club dues on record—two-third cents a day)!

Jangle my nerves at ANdover 2559.

 Ghoulisly awaitin',

Joe J. Fortier,

Director G. G. Futurians.

1836 39th Avenue
Oakland, California.

Illustration of an automatic pistol with the price $11.95.

Last Call—Only a Few Left
German Automatics
25 Cal. Only
Finest blued steel, accurate, hard shooting safety: brand new: made with usual German thoroughness and finely finished—equal to American.
ZEHNA: 7-shot, vest-pocket size: wt. 13 oz. 4½" overall (Regular $18.) Special Price $11.95.
SCHMEISSER (Haenel—German) Same as above, but finer quality (Regular $20.) Special Price $12.95.
Cartridges 75c per box 25; Holsters 75c; Shoulder $1.75: Bargain Catalog: Badges, Belts, Police Goods, Binoculars, Telescopes, Firearms, Air Guns, etc. Stamp—please
LEE SALES Co., (Dept. FN8), 35 West 32nd Street, New York City

RUPTURED?

Get Relief This Proven Way

Why try to worry along with trusses that gouge your flesh—press heavily on hips and spine—enlarge opening—fail to hold rupture? You need the Cluthe. No leg-straps or cuttng belts. Automatic adjustable pad holds at real opening—follows every body movement with instant increased support in case of strain. Cannot slip whether at work or play. Light. Waterproof. Can he worn in bath. Send for amazing FREE book. "Advice To Ruptured" and details of liberal truthful 60-day trial offer. Also emdorsements from grateful users in your neighborhood. Write:
CLUTHE SONS, Dept. 39, Bloomfield, New Jersey.

STOP the ITCH of Insect Bites—Heat Rash

For quick relief from itching of insect bites, heat rash, athlete's foot, hives, eczema and other externally caused skin troubles, use world-famous, cooling, antiseptic, liquid, D. D. D. Prescription. Greaselss, stainless. Soothes irritation and quickly stops the most intense itching. 35c trial bottle proves it, or money back. Ask your druggist today for D. D. D. Prescription

Nowell Pharmal Company advertisement: Do You Want to Stop Tobacco?

WEIRD BOOKS RENTED

Books by Lovecraft, Merrill, Quinn, etc. rental by mail. 9c a day plus postage. Write for free list. WEREWOLF LENDING LIBRARY, 227-W. 8a. Atlantic Avenue. Pittaburgh, Pa.

SPECIAL OFFER!


THE MOON TERROR


By A. G. Birch

Here is a stupendous weird scientific novel of Oriental intrigue... A super sinister blueprint to gain control of the world!

And this smashing full length novel is not all; In addition there are three shorter stories, all by well known science fantasy authors.

Write now—Enclosing Fifty Cents—To:

WEIRD TALES Book Dept.,
9 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, N.Y., U. S. A.
For Your Cloth Bound Copy Of The Moon Terror


Announcement by Los Angeles Fantasy Society


As secretary of the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society I am writing this letter to announce that the L. A. S. F. S. wishes to affiliate with the WEIRD TALES CLUB and would appreciate your acknowledgment.

Due to our notice several issues ago in your magazine we have been in receipt of three inquiries and six visitors. In view of this it was deemed advisable to affiliate with the WEIRD TALES CLUB.

Our Society, known to followers of this department as "The Insiders," has among its prominent members Forrest J. Ackerman, Walter J. Daugherty, Arthur Joquel, Morojo, and Paul Freehafer, who are already members of your club.

We would like to remind all local fans that they are welcome to attend each and every meeting. The meetings are held every Thursday evening from 7 o'clock on at Clifton's Cafeteria. 648 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, Cal.

Edwin N. Chamberlain.

Secretary, L. A. S. F. S.

1151 W. 107th Street,
Los Angeles, California.


World Science Fiction Convention


And as we go to press, word comes in from the Colorado Fantasy Society that the World's Science Fiction Convention—sponsored by them—is being held in Denver, Colorado, on July 4th, 5th and 6th. We would like to extend, on behalf of all the members of the WEIRD TALES CLUB, our best wishes for the convention's success.


Free Horoscopes


I am a non-professional student of astrology. If any of your readers are interested in this subject I should be glad to cast and delineate the horoscopes of the first five people who write to me. In return, I want only that the people whose horoscopes are cast write and give me their opinion of my interpretation. The necessary data are the day and hour of birth and the birthplace.

George Patrick.

61 Terrace Place.
Schenectady, New York.


Hogs—and Weird Books


Please enroll me on the club roster. I am twenty-one years of age, live on a farm and raise hogs—but I am no "hick." My pet hobby is book-collecting, especially books of weird and occult character and am sincerely interested in the beliefs and opinions of other addicts.

Bob Carson,

Route 1, Rich Hill, Missouri.

Post Tire & Rubber Co. advertisement: Lowest Tire Prices

BARGAINS!!!

Used Home Study Courses

BOUGHT—SOLD—RENTED

72-PAGE ILLUSTRATED CATALOG FREE

Write today for a big FREE illustrated catalog explaining this amazing service. Used correspondence courses and educational books on every subject. 100% satisfaction guaranteed. We buy for cash—we offer unbelievable bargains. Send your name on penny postcard at once! No obligation.

Nelson Co., 300 Sherman Dept H-226. Chicago

THE TRUTH ABOUT


Stomach Ulcers


Caused By Gastric Hyperacidity

FREE Booklet on simple home treatment. Hundreds report they were saved from expensive operations. Learn all about this amazing inexpensive home treatment. feel relived from the start. No rigid or liquid diet. This valuable booklet setn FREE with information as to guaranteed trial offer. TWIN CITY VON CO., Dept. 203, 2938 Pillsbury Ave., Minneapolis, Minnesota.

HOW GAMBLERS WIN

Twelve ways Professionals win with fair dice. No switching. No practice. One hundred keys and codes on twenty-four different backs. 50 cents. BEAT THE CHEAT, 23 pages of exposes. $1.00. The great OPEN BOOK, written in words of fire. 155 pages of exposes, $3.50. Free catalog included.

Box 2482-A
Kansas City, Mo.
SPECIALTY EXPOSE
Midwest Radio Corporation advertisement: Home Recorder FREE!


NEW MEMBERS


Anthony V. Anser, 7 Granite Ave, Staten Island, N. Y.
Charles McDowell, Jr., 143 South Washington Ave., Pulaski, Va.
Karl D. Rist, 4 Forest St., Baldwinsville, Mass.
Virginia Allen, Box 149, pelzer, South Carolina.
R. E. Stark, 385 Golf St., Sarasota, Fla.
Wm. M. Nelson, 1316 Summit St., Kansas City, Mo.
A. Rand, 526 S. El Paso St., El Paso, Texas
Robert W. Pickworth, 18 Akron St., Rochester, N.Y.
Eleanot Teklinski, 93 Oak St., Natrona, Pa.
Walter G. Curtis, 68 George St., Roxbury, Mass.
Allan Gifford Keniston, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine.
Marion Alessandro, 301 Channel St, Stockton, Calif.
Prynce Wheeler, 203{HALF} 1st Avenue South, Great Falls, Montana
E. Britten Chambless, Route 1, Box 9K, Texarkana, Texas
Mrs. Lois Sandbeck, Box 652, Seward, Alaska
Gordon E. Wykes, U. S. Naval Home, 24th St. and Grays Ferry Rd., Phila., Pa.
Avis K. White, Center Ossipee, R. F. D. No. 2, N. H.
Peter Slusarki, 358 Fourth Ave., Stevens Point. Wisconsin
Alojo, 1426 West 38th St., Los Angeles, Calif.
Annette Lunsford, 812 Fourth St., Oakmont, Pa.
Ola Cyrus, P. O. Box 67, Marion, Indiana
Roger D. Burnham, 19 South St. Agawam, Mass.
Laurie M. Bonnoitt, Box 713, Summerville, S. C.
John Woodward, 35 Catherine St., St. Albans, Vt.
Dolly Fronk, 1215 Eckert Rd., Monacam Pa.
George S. Krasnov, 15 Latham Park, Montgomery Co. Penna.
Herbert H. Hillier, Box 100, Cooperstown, Pa.
Kate Glaser, 452 Williams Ave., Brooklyn, N. Y.
Tessie Glaser, 452 Williams Ave., Brooklyn, N. Y.
Marie Yohn, 204, Third St., Savanna, Ill.
Anthony Saumsevage, Jr., 59 N. Railroad Avenue, Frackville, Pa.
Katherine Baum, 1243 Juniata St., N. S. Pittsburgh, Penna.
Marx F. Kuntz, 643 Wales Ave., Bronx, N. Y. C.
Elmer Brown 1126 South 10th Ave., Arcadia, Calif.
Emery Bucher, Veterans Home, Napa, Co., Calif.
Robert J. Delaney, 86 Washington St., Newburgh, New York
Melvin Lawrence, 537 Unruh St., Phila., Pa.
Henry Kramp, 1028 Prague St., San Francisco, Cal.
Peggy Johannsen, 21 South 16th St., New Hyde Park, L. I., N. Y.
Annetta Richardson, 545 Adams St., Gary, Ind.
Ralph C. Eisleben, 382 Madison St., Brooklyn, N. Y.
Harry R. Stout, Jr., Headquarters 2nd Cav. Division, Camp Funston, Fort Riley, Kansas.
Lilith Lorraine, Route 8, Box 83-F, San Antonio, Texas.
John Jefferies, 715 So. Hope St., Los Angeles, Calif.
W. O. Williamson, National Military Home, W. Los Angeles, Calif. Box 246
Mark Cathal, 1930 E. 79th St., Cleveland, Ohio.
Edward S. May, 3019 Budloong Ave., Los Angeles, Calif.
Al Scott, 3838 LaSalle Ave. South, Los Angeles Calif.
I. Fisher, 744 Park Ave., Brooklyn, N. Y.
Getty E. Cash, Gaffney, S. C.
mae De Laney, R. R., Johannesburg, Mich.
Immanuel H. Boes, Route 1, Box 494, Napa Road, Vallejo, Calif.
Sgt. Charles E. MacDonald, O.D. ^ R.D., Co. E, Ft. Moultire, S. C.
Myron H. Levenson, 5637 Hobart St., Pittsburgh, Pa.
Alexander MacDowell, 256 53rd St., Brooklyn, N. Y.
Bob Middleton, 1220 W. 37th St., Los Angeles, Calif.
Mrs. Herlon Hughes, 1407 Arlington Ave., Lawton, Okla.
J. Shapiro, 270 center St., Ne York, N. Y.
Robert Spencer, 1005 Ashman St. Midland, Mich.


We're sorry that lack of space prevents the inclusion of the names of all New Members. The rest will appear next time.

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was legally published within the United States (or the United Nations Headquarters in New York subject to Section 7 of the United States Headquarters Agreement) before 1964, and copyright was not renewed.
For Class A renewals records (books only) published between 1923 and 1963, check the Stanford Copyright Renewal Database and the Rutgers copyright renewal records.
For other renewal records of publications between 1922 - 1950 see the Pennsylvania copyright records scans.
For all records since 1978, search the U.S. Copyright Office records.

Works published in 1936 would have had to renew their copyright in either 1963 or 1964, i.e. at least 27 years after it was first published / registered but not later than 31 December(31 December) in the 28th year. As it was not renewed, it entered the public domain on 1 January 1965(1 January 1965).