"Dungeons and Werewolves"
COPPER, Basil. The House of the Wolf. Arkham House, 1983.
8vo. Original black cloth, gilt title to spine, with illustrated dust wrapper depicting two unlucky travelers being attacked by a wolf in a snowy forest at night; pp. viii. 298; a very good copy with some very light foxing along the fore edge, clean internally, dust wrapper retaining full colour saturation to upper panel, but with an abrasion to rear panel, with an inscription by the author to the front free endpaper, and his signature to title page.
First edition, signed by the author. A gothic thriller centered around the sinister Castle Homolky, where the guests are attacked by a supernatural wolflike creature. There are many balconies referenced throughout, lots of misty moments, and many worried glances exchanged. The artist for the dust wrapper and the eerie internal illustrations was Stephen E Fabian, a horror artist who later worked extensively on the Ravenloft product line for the Dungeons and Dragons roleplaying game, the first product for which (I6: Ravenloft) would debut the same year. Strangely, the book also received a review in issue 80 of Dragon magazine (a periodical devoted solely the aforementioned roleplaying game), calling it a "new, almost fresh, werewolf story". This copy is signed on the title page, and also dedicated to a "Winnifred" on the front endpaper, dated Christmas 1983.