Weird Tales/Volume 36/Issue 1

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Weird Tales  (1941) 
September-October 1941 (Volume 36, Issue 1)
NB: The copyrights for "Beyond the Threshold" (by August Derleth) and "A Sorcerer Runs For Sheriff" (by Robert Bloch) were renewed separately by the authors. They have therefore been redacted from this version of the magazine.
Front cover of Weird Tales volume 36 number 1, dated September 1941, featuring a ginat blue figure with stars for eyes holding a chain of people.


"Weird Tales" banner title.

ALL STORIES NEW—NO REPRINTS

september 1941

Cover by Margaret Brundage

novelettes
BEYOND THE THRESHOLD August W. Derleth

6

The Forces of Ancient Evil Are Always Breaking Forth—Becoming Manifest Briefly, Horribly to the World of Men!
BIRTHMARK Seabury Quinn

44

A Strange, Dreadful Drama of Pre-Natal Influence…
short stories
WHERE ARE YOU, MR. BIGGS? Nelson S. Bond

24

A Spaceways Tragi-Comedy of the Inimitable Mr. Biggs.
THE MAN WHO LIVED Raymond F. O'Kelley

34

He Had the Whole of London to Do With as He Pleased.
UNHALLOWED HOLIDAY O. M. Cabral

59

"Either He's a Myth—or There Really Is Such a Kid; and in That Case…"
A SORCERER RUNS FOR SHERIFF Robert Bloch

69

Needles Sharp and Shining—Tiny Daggers for the Death of a Doll… How Could These Be Used in a Modern-Day Political Campaign?
THE HALF-HAUNTED Gans T. Field

83

Judge Pursuivant Routs a Murderous, Hunchbacked Hulk of a Phantom!
THE MUSIC FROM INFINITY Thorp McClusky

93

Sparkling Showers of Notes, Furious Triumphal Piano Playing… Jazz… but What Jazz!
THE LOST GODS Dorothy Quick

106

"Gods Are as Real as Their Worshipers!"
verse
REINCARNATION Gerald Chan Sieg

82

WITCH DANCE Clark Ashton Smith

104

SUPERSTITIONS AND TABOOS Irwin J. Weill

42

THE EYRIE AND WEIRD TALES CLUB

122

Except for personal experiences the content of this magazine is fiction. Any use of the name of a living person or reference to actual events is purely coincidental.


Published bi-monthly by Weird Tales. 9 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, N. Y. Reentered as second-class matter January 26, 1940, at the Post Office of New York, N. Y., under the act of March 8, 1879. Single copies, 15 cents. Subscription rates: One year in the United States and possessions, 90c. Foreign and Canadian postage extra. English Office: Charles Lavell, Limited, 4 Clements Inn, Strand, London, W.C.2, England. The publishers are not responsible for the loss of unsolicited manuscripts although every care will be taken of such material while in their possession.

Copyright, 1941, by Weird Tales. Copyrighted in Great Britain.

Title registered in U. S. Patent Office.

printed in the u. s. a.

Vol. 36, No. 1


D. McILWRAITH, Editor.

HENRY AVELINE PERKINS, Associate Editor.


  WeirdTalesv36n1pg025 Weird Tales Witch's Hour.png  
   
Ffrom the witch's tale—the highly popular, ultra-shivery broadcast which chilled radio listeners from coast to coast—to WEIRD TALES, the Unique Magazine…comes a story specially adapted for our pages by that famous program's author and director, Alonzo Dean Cole. It's in your next issue. This story, a prime favorite with the radio audience,

is titled—

THE SPIRITS OF THE LAKE

—you may remember it. Set against the background of a sultry Indian Summer—the Moon of Falling Leaves, of dying things—is the drama of two ruthless murderers who defy the terrible Neebanawbaigs…ancient Indian gods of the Holy lake. Was it at the bidding of these Old Ones that slime—loathsome, hideously green—rose from the lake's dreadiul depths to exact monstrous vengeance…?
 

"TUNE IN" ON YOUR NOVEMBER ISSUE—OUT SEPTEMBER 1st!



Woman staring into a crystal ball held by a strange creature.

THE SHAPE OF THRILLS TO COME

Peer into the future with us for a few minutes—and take a look at what is coming in the next

WEIRD TALES

ARE YOUR DREAMS REAL—VIVIDLY REAL?

Do you come alive at night, in your dreams? If your "night life" is as realistic, as true to life, as your everyday existence—then watch out! For dreams may well be dangerous....

Listen to the story of Henry Stevens, insurance salesman of Midland City, Illinois. He had two lives—two

DREAMER'S WORLDS

  —and never knew which was real! This tremendous novelette by Edmond Hamilton, scheduled for your next issue of WEIRD TALES, is the absorbing, dramatic study of an ordinary man.... and his extraordinary dreams. At night—every night since earliest childhood—he became Khal Kan, prince of Jotan on the fantastic world of Thar; day by day, the dream carried forward the prince's life. As Henry Stevens goes to school, gets a job, gets married—so Khal Kan learns to ride and fence, patrols the mountains, does battle with his father's enemies. "Waking" each night into the life of the prince, it seems that Henry Stevens is a dream. And every morning, when Henry Stevens wakes... surely the world of Thar—its strange cities and enormous mountains, its turquoise seas, twin moons and crimson sun—are nothing but a dream? And yet...
The answer, and the terrible climax to Henry Stevens' dream, are vaiting for you in the November issue!
 

From Frank Gruber comes a very enthralling tale of scientists who nose into secrets far better left alone—secrets buried deep in the dusty pages of...THE BOOK OF THE DEAD! You'll find thrills galore in this story of the Egyptian Ramahadin—last of the great high-priests—whom a long dead formula has raised from the silence of the centuries!

Also due in the next issue is WEIRD TALES Witch's Hour

See page 23 for full details.

Six other stunning stories—fantasy, science fiction and plain, unvarnished horror—guarantee you an issue that is outstandingly weird and a real reading treat.

Your NOVEMBER Number of WEIRD TALES Goes on Sale September 1st