Donald Wandrei was an American science fiction, fantasy and weird fiction writer, poet and editor. He was the older brother of science fiction writer and artist. The updated 2nd edition of St. Paul author Donald Wandrei’s science fiction. A friend of H.P. Lovecraft, Wandrei wrote both “weird fiction” and early science. of 89 results for Books: “Donald Wandrei” Don’t Dream: The Collected Horror and Fantasy of Donald Wandrei. Jun 15, by Donald Wandrei.

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Wandrei was born in Saint PaulMinnesota.

In addition to some unremarkable verse, gathered in Ecstasy and Other Poems coll chapDark Odyssey coll chap and Poems for Midnight collhe published a collection of fantasy, The Eye and the Finger colla Lovecraftian Cthulhu Mythos tale, The Web of Easter Island — probably his finest single fiction, making, as usual his work, opportunistic use of sf devices in this case travel between the Dimensions to colour the horror — and Strange Harvest coll He also broke into the ‘slicks’ with stories published in Esquire.

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As a writer he was justifiably best known for his Fantasy and weird stories, beginning with “The Red Brain” October Weird Talesa tale that incorporates a bungled sf premise about the nature of matter into a narrative whose deepest effect is one of chill horror at the cosmos or vastation see Horror in SF. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Lovecraft liked the idea so much, he embarked on his own series, ” Fungi From Yuggoth “.

Three years after Wandrei’s death inRahman and his mostly silent partner Dennis Weiler founded the publishing firm of Fedogan and Bremer to issue work by Donald and Howard Wandrei as well as other classic pulp writers.

His story “Colossus” was the first “thought variant” story stories based on some new or not-yet-overworked idea such as other dimensions or the timetravel paradoxand helped revive the fortunes of Astounding under the editorship of his editorial mentor, F. The Collected Horror and Fantasy of Donald Wandrei coll share the sense of the grotesqueness of the world espoused in that first story. The complete sonnet sequence “Sonnets of the Midnight Hours” is included, along with many other poems dating back as far as and including several reprints from both his earlier volumes of verse.


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Track the short fiction you read in 24 Oct 15, The volume includes Wandrei’s mainstream novel “Invisible Sun”. He contributed two stories to the Cthulhu Mythos: At this period Wandrei also broke into the crime pulps with stories of his detective I. That thought itself is a blow at our beliefs and comprehension. This volume, like his earlier Dark Odysseywas supplemented with four pen-and-ink illustrations by his brother Howard Wandrei.

Track the short fiction you read in The Web odnald Easter Island 3. During the s Wandrei wrote two more non-fantastic novels and several plays, one a collaboration with his brother Howard but none were published although they were submitted to various publishers and agents. Rate this book Clear rating 1 of 5 stars 2 of 5 stars 3 of 5 stars 4 of 5 stars 5 of 5 stars.

Donald Wandrei

In late he hitchhiked from Minnesota to Rhode Island to visit H. InWandrei and August Derleth later co-founded the publishing house Arkham House to keep Lovecraft’s legacy alive, an action for which Wandrei is perhaps better remembered than for his own fiction.

Wandrei wrote some outlines for Gang Busters and other comic books in the s, and also attempted writing song lyrics in Hollywood. Wandrei occupied his time editing Lovecraft’s Selected Letterswhose first two volumes appeared successively in and A sampling of rare fiction, non-fiction, verse, humour and satire.

Wandrei personally made the case for Weird Tales to publish Lovecraft’s ” The Call of Cthulhu ” telling Farnsworth Wright that unless he published the tale, Lovecraft would look for other magazines to submit stories to.

In he began work part-time as a “page-boy” in the Circulation Room of the Saint Paul Public Libraryfilling reader’s requests for books from the storage stacks; this expanded his access to, and reading of, a wide variety of literature. Some of his tales have originated in the form of dreams, of which he says he has a hair-raising variety, and have been written with few changes.


Wandrei’s interest in Arkham House centred primarily on seeing the Lovecraft writings into print; it was Derleth who brought a wider program to the press when Wandrei entered the army in In Philip Rahman had met Wandrei at a convention and the two became friends. Some of the early poems were revised radically for their appearance in Poems for Midnight.

Donald Wandrei – Wikipedia

The collected science fiction of Donald Wandrei. Wandrei by Donald WandreiS. It was finally published by Centipede Press in a limited edition of copies in March There was wanfrei an excursion to Warren, Rhode Islandlater made famous by Wandrei’s reminiscences in the Arkham House volume Marginalia during which Wandrei, Lovecraft and James Ferdinand Morton each sampled twenty-eight different flavors of ice cream at Maxfield’s ice-cream parlour.

He attended the University of Minnesota. Wandrei circulated iconoclastic letter-essays that denounced many of the organized forces behind the modern fantasy movement — a movement he, as a founder of Arkham House, was instrumental in setting motion.

His time with the army aandrei left him little time to write, and although he worked on several novels and plays, none of these was published.

Sign in with Facebook Sign in options. The jacket drawing was by the author’s brother Howard Wandrei, who had died in Wandrei served almost four years with the U. Quotes by Donald Wandrei. He was the older brother donalv science fiction writer and artist Howard Wandrei. World Fantasy Award — Life Achievement.