The Eye and the Finger

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The Eye and the Finger
Eye and the finger.jpg
Dust-jacket illustration by Howard Wandrei for The Eye and the Finger
Author Donald Wandrei
Cover artist Howard Wandrei
Country United States
Language English
Genre Fantasy, Horror, Science fiction short stories
Publisher Arkham House
Publication date
1944
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages xiii, 344 pp
ISBN NA

The Eye and the Finger is a collection of Fantasy, Horror and Science fiction short stories by author Donald Wandrei. It was released in 1944 and was his first book published by Arkham House. 1,617 copies were printed.

The stories had appeared previously in Weird Tales, Esquire, Argosy, Astounding Stories and other magazines. They were selected by the author and were the ones he considered to be his best at the time. The dust jacket illustration is by the author's brother, Howard Wandrei.

Don Herron quotes bookseller/publisher Roy A. Squires as saying that The Eye and the Finger is "one of the most difficult to find of Arkham House fiction titles - it was out of print in 1946." [1] The collection has never been reprinted in its original form, although all the stories are included in the Fedogan & Bremer omnibus collections Don't Dream: The Collected Fantasy and Horror of Donald Wandrei and Colossus: The Collected Science Fiction of Donald Wandrei.[2]

Contents[edit]

The Eye and the Finger contains the following short stories:

  1. "Introduction"
  2. "The Lady in Gray"
  3. "The Eye and the Finger"
  4. "The Painted Mirror"
  5. "It Will Grow on You"
  6. "The Tree-Men of M'Bwa"
  7. "The Lives of Alfred Kramer"
  8. "The Monster from Nowhere"
  9. "The Witch-Makers"
  10. "The Neverless Man"
  11. "Black Fog"
  12. "The Blinding Shadows"
  13. "The Scientist Divides"
  14. "Earth Minus"
  15. "Finality Unlimited"
  16. "The Crystal Bullet"
  17. "A Fragment of a Dream"
  18. "The Woman at the Window"
  19. "The Messengers"
  20. "The Pursuers"
  21. "The Red Brain"
  22. "On the Threshold of Eternity"

Reception[edit]

New York Times reviewer Marjorie Farber gave the collection a mixed review, saying "If the sole function of a horror story is to horrify, this volume can be safely recommended to all addicts of clear conscience and strong stomach", but that [w]hile conceding genuine effectiveness to most of Mr. Wandrei's scientific and supernatural horrors, . . . I still feel that the effect he produces is sometimes too direct" -- "effective at the time, but not lasting".[3]

References[edit]

  • Jaffery, Sheldon (1989). The Arkham House Companion. Mercer Island, WA: Starmont House, Inc. pp. 1–2. ISBN 1-55742-005-X. 
  • Chalker, Jack L.; Mark Owings (1998). The Science-Fantasy Publishers: A Bibliographic History, 1923-1998. Westminster, MD and Baltimore: Mirage Press, Ltd. p. 26. 
  • Joshi, S.T. (1999). Sixty Years of Arkham House: A History and Bibliography. Sauk City, WI: Arkham House. pp. 25–26. ISBN 0-87054-176-5. 
  • Nielsen, Leon (2004). Arkham House Books: A Collector's Guide. Jefferson, NC and London: McFarland & Company, Inc. pp. 46–47. ISBN 0-7864-1785-4. 
  1. ^ Quoted in Don Herron, ""The Red Brain": A Study in Absolute Doom", Studies in Weird Fiction 2 (Summer 1987), p. 32, note 4.
  2. ^ *Joshi, S.T. (1999). Sixty Years of Arkham House: A History and Bibliography. Sauk City, WI: Arkham House. pp. 25–26. ISBN 0-87054-176-5. 
  3. ^ "All Kinds of Gooseflesh", The New York Times Book Review, September 10, 1944, p.12