None But Lucifer

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None But Lucifer
None But Lucifer-orig.jpg
Cover of Unknown, September 1939, illustrating "None But Lucifer."
Author Horace L. Gold and L. Sprague de Camp
Country United States
Language English
Genre Fantasy novel
Publisher Gateways Retro Science Fiction
Publication date
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 218 pp
ISBN ISBN 0-89556-128-X
OCLC 49618893
813/.54 21
LC Class PR9199.3.G5975 N66 2002

None But Lucifer is a fantasy novel written by Horace L. Gold and L. Sprague de Camp. It was first published in the fantasy magazine Unknown in September 1939. Despite its good reception by the readership and the prominence of its authors (Gold was the founding editor of Galaxy Science Fiction magazine, and de Camp quickly became a leading light of science fiction and fantasy during those genres' so-called "golden age"), the book remained unpublished in book form for over sixty years, until finally issued as a trade paperback by Gateways Retro Science Fiction in 2002. It is also available as an electronic publication.

Cover of first book publication of None But Lucifer by Horace L. Gold and L. Sprague de Camp, Gateways Retro Science Fiction, 2002

Plot summary[edit]

The book is a dark fantasy, a version of the Faust legend set in New York City during the Great Depression. A man named Hale makes a deal with the devil and then attempts to cheat his fate of eternal damnation. Ironically, his very success in defeating Lucifer ensures his own undoing.


  • Laughlin, Charlotte; Daniel J. H. Levack (1983). De Camp: An L. Sprague de Camp Bibliography. San Francisco: Underwood/Miller. p. 218. 

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