Demons and Dinosaurs

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Demons and Dinosaurs
Demons and dinosaurs.jpg
Dust-jacket illustration by Frank Utpatel for Demons and Dinosaurs
Author L. Sprague de Camp
Cover artist Frank Utpatel
Country United States
Language English
Genre poetry
Publisher Arkham House
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 72

Demons and Dinosaurs is a 1970 collection of poetry by American writer L. Sprague de Camp, published by Arkham House in an edition of 500 copies.[1] It was de Camp's first book published by Arkham House.

In addition to de Camp's poems, the book contains an introductory piece about the author by fellow writer Lin Carter.[1]

Most of the poems in the collection were incorporated into de Camp's later poetry collections, Phantoms and Fancies and Heroes and Hobgoblins, though the arrangement was different in each instance.

The poems "Avebury," "Daydreams," "First Lake at Midnight," "Kaziranga, Assam," "Myself," and "The End of the Lost Race Story" are unique to this collection.

"Acrophobia," "Heroes," "Night," "Time," and "To R.E.H." are shared with Phantoms and Fancies only.

"The Ogre" is shared with Heroes and Hobgoblins only.

The remaining poems appear in all three collections.

The "Bessas the Bactrian" to whom the last seven poems are attributed is a character and occasional poet in de Camp's 1961 historical novel The Dragon of the Ishtar Gate, in which most of them were originally published. The attribution was subsequently dropped from those carried over into de Camp's later poetry collections.


Demons and Dinosaurs contains the following:


  1. ^ a b Laughlin, Charlotte; Daniel J. H. Levack (1983). De Camp: An L. Sprague de Camp Bibliography. San Francisco: Underwood/Miller. p. 49. 


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