Monday, May 9, 2011

The Complete Contents of The Big Book of Adventure Stories

Otto Penzler's Big Book of Adventure Stories will be available for sale on May 31.

The blurb on Amazon says:

"Everyone loves adventure, and Otto Penzler has collected the best adventure stories of all time into one mammoth volume. With stories by Jack London, O. Henry, H. Rider Haggard, Alastair MacLean, Talbot Mundy, Cornell Woolrich, and many others, this wide-reaching and fascinating volume contains some of the best characters from the most thrilling adventure tales, including The Cisco Kid; Sheena, Queen of the Jungle; Bulldog Drummond; Tarzan; The Scarlet Pimpernel; Conan the Barbarian; Hopalong Cassidy; King Kong; Zorro; and The Spider. Divided into sections that embody the greatest themes of the genre—Sword & Sorcery, Megalomania Rules, Man vs. Nature, Island Paradise, Sand and Sun, Something Feels Funny, Go West Young Man, Future Shock, I Spy, Yellow Peril, In Darkest Africa—it is destined to be the greatest collection of adventure stories ever compiled."

Here is the list of stories, pulled from the Random House web site:

The Golden Snare Farnham Bishop and Arthur Gilchrist Brodeur
The Devil in Iron Robert E. Howard
The Mighty Manslayer Harold Lamb
The Seven Black Priests Fritz Leiber

The Master Magician Loring Brent
The Most Dangerous Game Richard Connell
The Man Who Would be King Rudyard Kipling
The Wings of Kali Grant Stockbridge

The White Silence Jack London
Sredni Vashtar Saki
The Seed from the Sepulcher Clark Ashton Smith
Leiningen versus the Ants Carl Stephenson
The Sea Raiders H. G. Wells

Hell Cay Lester Dent
Off the Mangrove Coast Louis L’Amour
The Golden Anaconda Elmer Brown Mason
Shanghai Jim Frank L. Packard
The Python Pit George F. Worts

The Soul of a Turk Achmed Abdullah
Peace Waits at Marokee H. Bedford-Jones
Nor Idolatry Blind the Eye Gabriel Hunt
The Soul of a Regiment Talbot Mundy
Snake-Head Theodore Roscoe
Suicide Patrol Georges Surdez
A Gentleman of Color P. C. Wren

After King Kong Fell Philip Jose Farmer
Moonlight Sonata Alexander Woollcott

The Caballero’s Way O. Henry
Zorro Deals with Treason Johnston McCulley
Hopalong’s Hop Clarence E. Mulford

The Girl in the Golden Atom Ray Cummings
To Serve Man Damon Knight
Armageddon—2419 A. D. Philip Francis Nowlan

Woman in Love Geoffrey Household
MacHinery and the Cauliflowers Alistair MacLean
Wheels Within Wheels H. C. McNeile
A Question of Passports Baroness Orczy
Intelligence Rafael Sabatini

The Copper Bowl George Fielding Eliot
The Hand of the Mandarin Quong Sax Rohmer

The Green Wildebeest John Buchan
The Slave Brand of Slegman Bin Ali James Anson Buck
Fire L. Patrick Greene
Hunter Quatermain’s Story H. Rider Haggard
Bosambo of Monrovia Edgar Wallace
Black Cargo Cornell Woolrich
Tarzan the Terrible Edgar Rice Burroughs

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Chris said...

Can't wait to get ahold of this one!

Deka Black said...

The Devil in Iron. Good choice!

Barry Traylor said...

I'm afraid I have to be the voice of dissent regading this book. When I first saw the cover from a Men's "Sweat" mag I was less than thrilled and now that I see the TOC I am even less so. I realize they are looking for a broader market than people like myself. But my goodness, "The Girl In the Golden Atom" by Ray Cummings? If they had to include SF then why not "Shambleau" by C.L. Moore. On her worst day she was a much better writer than Cummings. And why include "The Devil In Iron". it's not as though you can't find that yarn by Robert E. Howard in many other places.
This is not the book I was hoping for after the fine job they did with The Big Book of Pulps and the Black mask one.

Elisabeth said...

Saki's "Sredni Vashtar" an adventure story? I can't quite figure that one out. :)

BISH said...

Despiste the controversial choices, I'm quite looking forward to this collection. In some ways it's like the original pulps -- the cover is worth the purchase price..

Richard R. said...

I've already read about half of these, chosen not to read another handful. So I don't know. I agree with some of what Barry says about the choices, though I wouldn't have picked "Shambleau" either. I think these days there are so many pulp reprint collections becoming available plus the decision to include a few "classics", that it was probably a hard thing to come up with a good mix. I suppose the timing on this one makes it perfect for summer reading.

Walker Martin said...

Concerning the cover of this anthology, I like it. True it is not a pulp cover but one thing, and just about the only thing, that the men's adventure magazines got right, was the cover and interior art.

Plus at least 25 of the 47 stories are from the pulps and many of them are of high quality. Even if you only figure on liking half the contents, that's still a great bargain. is selling it at a big discount, only $16.50.

Barry Traylor said...

I mentioned "Shambleau" by C.L. Moore because I was so taken back by them including a story by Ray Cummings. Personally even though I love Science Fiction (it is what drew to me the pulps to start with) I would not have included any SF stories at all. I was thinking more along the lines of what was published in magazines like Adventure, Short Stories and Top Notch.

Richard Prosch said...

Some of the offerings do feel like padding. "Leiningen versus the Ants" or "To Serve Man" are classics, but available all over. Still, really looking forward to it!