Thursday, January 05, 2012
Into Whose Hands
Yesterday I received a copy of Whispers IV, a horror anthology from 1983 edited by Stuart David Schiff. This is my first volume of the series and I know little about Schiff, other than he published a small press magazine called Whispers and presumably many of the stories in this book originally appeared in the magazine. (A quick look at the indicia shows this to be the case, though a few of the stories came from other sources and some are original to the book.)
What makes this copy of particular interest to me though is that this book was the property of Karl Edward Wagner. This was his personal copy and there's a letter from Schiff and some Xeroxed reviews of the book that Schiff enclosed included with the book. I got the book from a bookshop in Wagner's home town of Chapel Hill NC. The shop has several items from the estates of Wagner and Manly Wade Wellman.
It's a little odd to think that the book used to sit in Wagner's home and now it's in mine. The letter from Schiff is addressed to Karl and his then wife Barbara and it's a chatty missive discussing conventions and such. Schiff mentions he hopes Wagner will appear in Whispers V.
Fittingly enough,Wagner's contribution to Whispers IV is the story 'Into Whose Hands'.
Anyway, the book has gone from Wagner's library to mine. I'll take good care of it.