Kinsmen of the Dragon

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Kinsmen of the Dragon
Kinsmen of the dragon.jpg
Dust-jacket from the first edition
Author Stanley Mullen
Cover artist Hannes Bok
Country United States
Language English
Genre Fantasy novel
Publisher Shasta Publishers
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 336 pp
OCLC 6293444

Kinsmen of the Dragon is a fantasy novel by author Stanley Mullen. It was published in 1951 by Shasta Publishers in an edition of 3,500 copies. The book had originally been announced by Mullen's own Gorgon Press. The superb jacket art was by Hannes Bok.

Plot introduction[edit]

The novel concerns an empire of invisible wizards and adventure in the realm of Annwyn.


Writing in The New York Times, J. Francis McComas declared that "Practically every theme of fantasy and science fiction has been mistreated in this silly melodrama."[1] Damon Knight described it as the paradigm of the idiot-plotted story, "a plot that is kept in motion solely by the fact that everyone involved is an idiot."[2] James Blish characterized it as "an incredibly bad novel from any point of view," suggesting that other genre reviewers had been "gentle" with Mullen because he was a popular member of the fan community.[3]

However, Astounding reviewer Forrest J Ackerman pseudonymously found Kinsmen to be "a first-class first novel, blending astounding science with unknown wizardry."[4]


  1. ^ "Spaceman's Bookshelf", The New York Times, February 10, 1952
  2. ^ Damon Knight, In Search of Wonder, Advent:Publishers, p.17
  3. ^ James Blish, The Issue at Hand, Advent:Publishers, p.22.
  4. ^ "Book Reviews", Astounding Science Fiction, August 1951, pp.141-42