A Look Back: Deuce's Books of 2018


I hope that all the Gentle Readers of the DMR Blog survived New Year's Eve and are now glorying in the dawn of a new year. My New Year's Eve was more chaotic than planned. I spent the day mechanicking metal beasts and shepherding trees here in the frosty wilds of Essi-Keh. I also had to field numerous phone calls from friends and family. All in all, it was rather exhausting.

Thus, this post wasn't written yesterday. Dave, our Most Fearsome and Dread Editor here at DMR, had posted his 2018 book list and I resolved to post one of my own. I had been very remiss in getting several book reviews up in 2018 and I felt that, at least, I should mention those worthy tomes in a post here at the DMR blog. I may be a day late, but I will not be a shout-out short.

The list below is comprised of all the books I remember reading or rereading in 2018. I had no idea that I might write this list until a couple of weeks ago, so I wasn't keeping score. There is certainly the possibility that I've forgotten some worthy books I read earlier in the year. Some reread books, like The Mind Spider and Other Stories, I hadn't read in a decade, maybe two. Others are ones I just read in the last week. Rest assured that all of the books listed are ones I actually liked. In general, I have tried to embed a link in each book title to the exact edition I read. That may not be so in some cases. Also, I'm not listing the books in any particular order, alphabetical or otherwise. Too much hassle; I wanted to get this post up and out there. Enjoy!

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Mysteries of the Worm by Robert Bloch

Going For Infinity by Poul Anderson

Memnon by Scott Oden

Swords Against the Moon Men by Christopher Paul Carey

The Story Behind the Story by A. Merritt

Into the Mummy's Tomb edited by John Richard Stephens

Brutal by James Alderdice

The Mighty Warriors edited by Robert M. Price

The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe

The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym by Edgar Allan Poe

Tales From the Magician's Skull #1 edited by Howard Andrew Jones

Scout's Honor by Henry Vogel

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Wolf in Shadows by Robert C. Poyton 

The Fantastic Worlds of Robert E. Howard edited by James Van Hise

Bard by Keith Taylor

Outlaws of the Legion by David Hardy

Weirdbook #36 edited by Douglas Draa

StoryHack #0 edited by Bryce Beattie

The Miscellaneous Writings of Clark Ashton Smith by Clark Ashton Smith

Follow the Free Wind by Leigh Brackett

Cirsova #5 edited by P. Alexander

Multiverse: Exploring Poul Anderson's Worlds edited by Greg Bear and Gardner Dozois

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More Weird Tales edited by Peter Haining

Under a Dim Blue Sun/Lands of the Earthquake by Howie Bentley and Henry Kuttner

Weirdbook #38 edited by Douglas Draa

Roads by Seabury Quinn

A Night in the Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny

The Malice of Fortune by Michael Ennis

Conan the Conqueror/The Sword of Rhiannon by Robert E. Howard and Leigh Brackett *

Kull: Exile of Atlantis by Robert E. Howard

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Burn, Witch, Burn!/Creep, Shadow, Creep! by A. Merritt

Weird Tales edited by Stefan R. Dziemianowicz, Robert Weinberg and Martin H. Greenberg

Pulp Era Writing Tips edited by Bryce Beattie

A Taste For Blood edited by Martin H. Greenberg

Vengeance Is My Lord's by Jason M. Waltz

The Leiber Chronicles edited by Martin H. Greenberg

The Moon Pool & The Conquest of the Moon Pool by A. Merritt

A. Merritt: Reflections in the Moon Pool edited by Sam Moskowitz


Fantasy: The 100 Best Books by James Cawthorn and Michael Moorcock

The Mind Spider and Other Stories by Fritz Leiber

Dictator by Robert Harris

Worse Things Waiting by Manly Wade Wellman

Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story by Rick Bragg

Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Caliphate by Tom Kratman

The Bull and the Spear by Michael Moorcock

The Spell of Conan edited by L. Sprague de Camp

The Dyson Chronicles by Arthur Machen

Niall of the Far Travels Collected by Gardner F. Fox

Imperator by Jason Anspach and Nick Cole

Well, that wraps that up. I hope I didn't forget anybody. Here's also hoping for a great 2019 for all our Gentle Readers and all of us here at the DMR blog. I swear that I'm going to post many more book reviews this year than I did in 2018. Kaor!

* Many thanks to Daniel J. Davis for sending me a copy to replace the one I lost in the Flood of 2012