Russell Kirk bibliography

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Fiction[edit]

This is a complete list of fictional works by Russell Kirk (1918–94). These comprise only a small portion of Kirk's published writings.

See the "Fiction" subsection of the article on Kirk for a descriptive overview of his fiction.

Novels[edit]

Kirk wrote three book-length novels. Two of them underwent a revised edition. Listed below, by sequence of publication, are both the original texts and the revisions, with some bibliographic notes.

Old House of Fear[edit]

A Creature of the Twilight[edit]

  • A Creature of the Twilight: His Memorials (New York, NY: Fleet Publishing Corporation, 1966):
    • Pre-ISBN
    • Hardback, 320 pp.
    • Never reprinted by any other publisher

Lord of the Hollow Dark[edit]

  • Lord of the Hollow Dark, original text (New York, NY: St. Martin’s Press, 1979):
  • Lord of the Hollow Dark, revised text (Front Royal, VA: Christendom Press, 1989):
    • ISBN 0-931888-35-2
    • Trade paperback, 384 pp.
    • Never reprinted by any other publisher
    • This text differs from the original in these respects:
      • Kirk’s 1967 short story “Balgrummo’s Hell” is added as a prologue (under the heading “Prolegomenon: Balgrummo’s Hell”) to the rest of the novel
      • An "Acknowledgements" section, written respecting this revised edition, is added following the novel's text

Short stories[edit]

Individual stories[edit]

Each of Kirk's 22 stories—along with variant titles—are listed below alphabetically, with first-printing citations and supplementary notes.

  • "Balgrummo's Hell"
  • "Behind the Stumps"
  • "The Cellar of Little Egypt"
  • "An Encounter by Mortstone Pond"
  • "Ex Tenebris"
    • Queen’s Quarterly #64 (Summer/1957)
  • "Fate's Purse"
  • "The Invasion of the Church of the Holy Ghost"
  • "The Last God's Dream"
  • "Lex Talionis"
  • "Lost Lake"
  • "Off the Sand Road"
    • World Review #37 (3/1952)
  • "Old Place of Sorworth"
    • The London Mystery Magazine #14 (2/1952–3/1952)
    • Called "Sorworth Place" in reprints, including in Kirk's 1962 story collection The Surly Sullen Bell and 1979 story collection The Princess of All Lands, its only appearances editorially overseen by Kirk himself:
      • The title change might have been motivated by the original's similarity to that of Kirk's 1961 novel Old House of Fear
  • "The Peculiar Demesne"
  • ”The Peculiar Demesne of Archvicar Gerontion”
    • Reprint name of 1980 story “The Peculiar Demesne”, including in Kirk's 1984 story collection Watchers at the Strait Gate, its only appearance editorially overseen by Kirk himself
  • "The Princess of All Lands"
    • Kirk, Russell, The Princess of All Lands, Sauk City, WI: Arkham House Publishers, 1979, ISBN 0-87054-084-X
  • "The Reflex-Man in Whinnymuir Close"
    • Kirk, Russell, Watchers at the Strait Gate, Sauk City, WI: Arkham House Publishers, 1984, ISBN 0-87054-098-X
  • "Saviourgate"
    • The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Volume 51 #5 (11/1976)
  • "Skyberia"
    • Queen’s Quarterly #59 (Summer/1952)
  • "Sorworth Place"
    • Reprint name of 1952 story "Old Place of Sorworth", including in Kirk's 1962 story collection The Surly Sullen Bell and 1979 story collection The Princess of All Lands, its only appearances editorially overseen by Kirk himself:
      • The title change might have been motivated by the original's similarity to that of Kirk's 1961 novel Old House of Fear
  • "The Surly Sullen Bell"
    • The London Mystery Magazine #7 (12/1950–1/1951)
  • "There's a Long, Long Trail A-Winding"
    • McCauley, Kirby (editor), Frights: New Stories of Suspense and Supernatural Terror, New York, NY: St. Martin’s Press, 1976, ISBN 0-312-30625-3
    • Winner, 1977 World Fantasy Award for Best Short Fiction
    • Published under the slightly different title “There’s a Long, Long Trail a-Winding” in Kirk's 1979 story collection The Princess of All Lands, its only appearance editorially overseen by Kirk himself:
      • Kirk also names the story that way in his preface to that collection
  • "There's a Long, Long Trail a-Winding"
    • Slightly different reprint name of "There's a Long, Long Trail A-Winding" in Kirk's 1979 story collection The Princess of All Lands, its only appearance editorially overseen by Kirk himself:
      • Kirk also names the story this way in his preface to that collection
  • "Uncle Isaiah"
    • The London Mystery Magazine #10 (8/1951–9/1951)
  • "Watchers at the Strait Gate"
  • "What Shadows We Pursue"
    • The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, 1/1953

Story collections[edit]

Listed below, by sequence of publication, are the six different books which feature Kirk's own stories exclusively, with contents and some notes. (Not listed here are the multi-author anthologies in which many of his stories first appeared or were reprinted.)

Author-overseen collections[edit]

These three collections were published with Kirk's active involvement and include all his stories. (Six of the stories here appear in two of the books.)

  • The Surly Sullen Bell: Ten stories and sketches, uncanny or uncomfortable. With a note on the ghostly tale. (New York, NY: Fleet Publishing Corporation, 1962):
  • The Princess of All Lands (Sauk City, WI: Arkham House Publishers, 1979):
    • ISBN 0-87054-084-X
    • Hardback, x + 238 pp.
    • A single, limited edition
    • Illustrated by Joe Wehrle, Jr.
    • Contents:
      • Preface (“Prologue”)
      • Nine stories:
        • “Sorworth Place”
        • “Behind the Stumps”
        • “The Princess of All Lands”
        • “The Last God’s Dream”
        • “The Cellar of Little Egypt”
        • “Ex Tenebris”
        • “Balgrummo’s Hell
        • There’s a Long, Long Trail a-Winding
        • “Saviourgate”
  • Watchers at the Strait Gate (Sauk City, WI: Arkham House Publishers, 1984):
    • ISBN 0-87054-098-X
    • Hardback, xiv + 258 pp.
    • A single, limited edition
    • Illustrated by Andrew Smith
    • Contents:
      • Preface ("A Cautionary Note on the Ghostly Tale"):
        • Specially written for this collection
        • This is not the essay of the same name reprinted as an afterword in Kirk’s 1962 story collection The Surly Sullen Bell
      • Ten stories:
Posthumous collections[edit]

These last three collections were prepared, by their respective editors and publishers, years after Kirk's death. The first two are uniform editions which, taken together, systematically collect all Kirk's stories. The third book gathers all but three of his stories in a single volume.

  • Off the Sand Road: Ghost Stories, Volume One (Ashcroft, BC: Ash-Tree Press, 2002):
    • ISBN 1-55310-043-3
    • Hardback, xviii + 206 pp.
    • A single, limited edition
    • Published in Canada, Kirk's texts here have been edited to conform with Canadian spelling and punctuation
    • Edited by John Pelan
    • Illustrated by Russell Kirk (adapted from his 1962 collection, The Surly Sullen Bell)
    • Contents:
      • Foreword by the editor (“Introduction: The Ghosts of Piety Hill”)
      • Eleven stories:
        • “The Surly Sullen Bell”
        • “Behind the Stumps”
        • "Sorworth Place”
        • “Balgrummo’s Hell”
        • “There’s a Long, Long Trail A-Winding”
        • “Saviourgate”
        • “Off the Sand Road”
        • “Fate’s Purse”:
          • A passage of this story is omitted here due to production error
          • That omission was later remedied in the subsequent companion volume by its reprinting the story in its entirety as an appendix
        • “The Princess of All Lands”
        • “An Encounter by Mortstone Pond”
        • “Lex Talionis”
      • Afterword by Russell Kirk (“A Cautionary Note on the Ghostly Tale”):
        • Reprinted from the preface with the same title in his 1984 story collection Watchers at the Strait Gate
        • This is not the essay of the same name reprinted as an afterword in Kirk's 1962 story collection The Surly Sullen Bell
  • What Shadows We Pursue: Ghost Stories, Volume Two (Ashcroft, BC: Ash-Tree Press, 2003):
    • ISBN 1-55310-051-4
    • Hardback, xiv + 254 pp.
    • A single, limited edition
    • Published in Canada, Kirk's texts here have been edited to conform with Canadian spelling and punctuation
    • Edited by John Pelan
    • Illustrated by Russell Kirk (adapted from his 1962 collection, The Surly Sullen Bell)
    • Contents:
      • Foreword by the editor ("Introduction: The Wizard of Mecosta")
      • Twelve stories:
        • "The Invasion of the Church of the Holy Ghost"
        • "What Shadows We Pursue"
        • "The Peculiar Demesne of Archvicar Gerontion"
        • "Uncle Isaiah"
        • "The Reflex-Man in Whinnymuir Close"
        • "The Cellar of Little Egypt"
        • "Skyberia"
        • “Lost Lake”
        • “The Last God’s Dream”
        • “Ex Tenebris”
        • “Watchers at the Strait Gate”
        • “Fate’s Purse”
          • Corrected reprinting of the entire story misprinted in the earlier companion volume
          • Placed here as an appendix
  • Ancestral Shadows: An Anthology of Ghostly Tales (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2004):
    • ISBN 0-8028-3938-X:
    • Hardback, xviii + 406 pp.
    • Contains 19 of Kirk's 22 stories (those not included being “Off the Sand Road”, “Lost Lake” and ”Skyberia”)
    • Despite its U.S. publisher, the texts here have been editorially adapted to conform with Canadian spelling and punctuation:
      • These texts were drawn from Canadian publisher Ash-Tree Press's two-volume Ghost Stories (noted above) by Kirk
    • Edited by Vigen Guroian
    • Contents:
      • Foreword by the editor (“Introduction”)
      • Nineteen stories:
        • “Ex Tenebris”
        • “Behind the Stumps”
        • “Uncle Isaiah”
        • “The Surly Sullen Bell”
        • “Balgrummo’s Hell”
        • “Lex Talionis”
        • “What Shadows We Pursue”
        • “The Cellar of Little Egypt”
        • “Fate’s Purse”
        • “The Princess of All Lands”
        • “Sorworth Place”
        • “Saviourgate”
        • “The Last God’s Dream”
        • “The Peculiar Demesne of Archvicar Gerontion”
        • "There’s a Long, Long Trail A-Winding”
        • “Watchers at the Strait Gate”
        • “The Reflex-Man in Whinnymuir Close”
        • “The Invasion of the Church of the Holy Ghost”
        • “An Encounter at Mortstone Pond”
      • Afterword by Russell Kirk (“A Cautionary Note on the Ghostly Tale”):
        • From the preface of the same title in his 1984 story collection Watchers at the Strait Gate
        • This is not the essay of the same name reprinted in his 1962 story collection The Surly Sullen Bell

Nonfiction[edit]

Further references[edit]