Polyphemus (book)

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Dust-jacket illustration by Harry O. Morris for Polyphemus
Author Michael Shea
Illustrator John Stewart
Cover artist Harry O. Morris
Country United States
Language English
Genre Science fiction, Fantasy, Horror short stories
Publisher Arkham House
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages x, 245 pp
ISBN 0-87054-155-2
OCLC 15792325
813/.54 19
LC Class PS3569.H39117 P65 1987

Polyphemus is a collection of Science fiction, fantasy and horror stories by author Michael Shea. It was released in 1987 by Arkham House . It was published in an edition of 3,528 copies and was the author's first hardcover book. Most of the stories originally appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.


Polyphemus contains the following stories:

  1. "Foreword", by Algis Budrys
  2. "Polyphemus"
  3. "The Angel of Death"
  4. "Uncle Tuggs"
  5. "The Pearls of the Vampire Queen"
  6. "The Horror on the #33"
  7. "The Extra"
  8. "The Autopsy"


  • London: Grafton, 1990.


Chris Gilmore suggested readers unfamiliar with Shea's work "will do best to approach him through the showcase collection Polyphemus".[1]

David Pringle described Polyphemus as "colourful SF stories, mostly latter-day bug-eyed monster tales and all with a fantastic or horrific tinge" and compared Shea's work to that of Clark Ashton Smith and Jack Vance. Pringle rated Polyphemus two stars out of four.[2]


  1. ^ Chris Gilmore, "Shea, Michael", in David Pringle, St. James Guide to Fantasy Writers. New York, St. James Press. ISBN 1558622055 (p. 521-22).
  2. ^ David Pringle,The Ultimate Guide To Science Fiction.New York: Pharos Books: St.Martins Press, 1990.ISBN 0886875374 (p.269).
  • Jaffery, Sheldon (1989). The Arkham House Companion. Mercer Island, WA: Starmont House, Inc. p. 141. 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. 56. 
  • Joshi, S.T. (1999). Sixty Years of Arkham House: A History and Bibliography. Sauk City, WI: Arkham House. p. 157. ISBN 0-87054-176-5. 
  • Nielsen, Leon (2004). Arkham House Books: A Collector's Guide. Jefferson, NC and London: McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 134. ISBN 0-7864-1785-4.