The Opener of the Way

BLOCH, Robert. The Opener of the Way.

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BLOCH, Robert. The Opener of the Way. Sauk City: Arkham House, 1945.

8vo. Original black cloth, titled gilt to spine, with illustrated sepia dust wrapper depicting what could charitably be described as a hobgoblin languishing by a gravestone; a good copy of a fragile book, some minor edge wear to jacket and a little fading to spine, one or two small discreet tears and marks from someone who evidently thought it was a good idea to leave a paperclip inside the book for a few years.
First edition.
The first book by Robert Bloch (Hugo award winning author of Psycho and American Gothic) and one of the most important books in the Arkham House portfolio. The stories are strange and weird fiction after the style of Lovecraft (an early patron and mentor), a genre from which Bloch would slowly slide away into urban horror. Many were published in the magazine Weird Tales in the 1930s and 1940s. This book was never reprinted in the USA, and this edition was printed in a run of 2,065 copies, making it a hard book to lay hands on at the best of times. This anthology contains tales such as The Faceless God and The Shambler from the Stars, a mythos story which Lovecraft liked so much he wrote Haunter in the Dark as a sequel to it, dedicating it to Bloch.