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Joseph Payne Brennan (December 20, 1918 – January 28, 1990) was an American writer of fantasy and horror fiction, and also a poet. Brennan's first professional sale came in December 1940 with the publication of the poem, "When Snow Is Hung", which appeared in the Christian Science Monitor Home Forum, and he continued writing poetry up until the time of his death.

As a horror writer, Brennan started out writing stories for Weird Tales in 1952 and then began publishing his own magazine Macabre, which ran from 1957 to 1976. Several of his short stories concern an occult detective named Lucius Leffing. His 1958 collection Nine Horrors and a Dream, with classic stories like "Slime" and "Canavan's Back Yard", is celebrated in an essay by Stephen Gallagher in the book Horror: 100 Best Books, edited by Stephen Jones and Kim Newman.

Brennan has stated in numerous autobiographical snippets that a chance encounter with the collected works of Edgar Allan Poe is what sparked his interest and ambition to engage in writing himself. Prior to his first professional sale, it is unknown how much time and effort was invested in honing his skills, however most of the poetry that Brennan was writing in the late 1930s and late Forties (apart from the intervening World War) was certainly compressed and polished, which has been the Brennan hallmark throughout his writing career. Little is known about how Brennan went about soliciting the early manuscripts, although he did work with several agencies and independent agents, including the Scott Meredith Literary Agency, and much later, agent Kirby McCauley. Recognized editors of his work include Dorothy McIlwraith, Frank Belknap Long, Charles L. Grant, Peter Haining, Helen Hoke, Robert Arthur, Les Daniels, August Derleth, Ruth Iodice, Lilith Lorraine, Gustav Davidson, F. E. S. Finn, Stuart David Schiff, Gerald W. Page, George Abbe, and Loring Williams.

Brennan's first professional sale of fiction came along in the late Forties with the western yarn "Endurance", which appeared in the February 1950 issue of Masked Rider Western. Brennan's debut pulp western appearance came along in December 1948 with the yarn "Fast Gun Freedom", within the pages of WESTERN SHORT STORIES. A total of 26 western yarns can be found in 25 pulp titles. Brennan elatedly "broke into" the pages of WEIRD TALES with the short-short "The Green Parrot" in the July 1952 issue of that unique magazine. In fairly quick succession this tale was followed up by his fame-tag novelette, "Slime", the dark whimsy "On The Elevator", and the classic "The Calamander Chest". Much later in the cavalcade of attempted resurrections, Brennan was also collected in the Zebra Books WEIRD TALES #2, with the Leffing case, "The Nursing Home Horror", retitled "Fear". After the pulps died out Brennan brought out the first issue of the lean and legendary, MACABRE, and continued with his near and dear, ESSENCE, a bi-annual poetry soapbox which ran from 1950 to 1977. August Derleth had been an early correspondent and so, a few years later, Brennan went knocking on the door of Arkham House with a few friends---Henry Hossing, The Hypnotist and Frank, Ernest Maax, Henderson & Larrifer, Miss Meerchum, Canavan, Mr. Massington, Mr. Oricto, and Ed Hyerson with his Model-T and the mail for Juniper Hill. August Derleth assembled Brennan's first collection of Horror fiction, NINE HORRORS AND A DREAM, from these.

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Total Books: 16
Horror Gems Volume Thirteen Clark Ashton Smith and Others
2017 - Horror Gems Volume Thirteen Clark Ashton Smith and Others (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781612873725
ISBN-10: 1612873723
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Horror Gems Volume Two Joseph Payne Brennan and others
2011 - Horror Gems Volume Two Joseph Payne Brennan and Others (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781612870618
ISBN-10: 1612870619
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The Ithaqua Cycle The Wind-Walker of the Icy Wastes
1999 - The Ithaqua Cycle the Wind-walker of the Icy Wastes [Call of Cthulhu] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781568821245
ISBN-10: 1568821247
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

Ghor Kin-Slayer The Saga of Genseric's Fifth-Born Son
1997 - Ghor Kin-slayer the Saga of Genseric's Fifth-born Son (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780940884915
ISBN-10: 0940884917

Night Visions Dead Image
1987 - Night VIsions Dead Image [Night Visions 2] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780425101827
ISBN-10: 0425101827
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror

Night Visions 2
1985 - Night VIsions 2 (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780913165072
ISBN-10: 0913165077
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror

The Shapes of Midnight
1980 - The Shapes of Midnight (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780425045671
ISBN-10: 0425045676
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.

Edges of night
1974 - Edges of Night [poems] (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780883240380
ISBN-10: 0883240386

Sixty Selected Poems
Sixty Selected Poems (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780932445100
ISBN-10: 0932445101

Creep to Death
Creep to Death (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780937986479
ISBN-10: 093798647X

Evil Always Ends
Evil Always Ends (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780937986530
ISBN-10: 0937986534

The Borders Just Beyond
The Borders Just Beyond (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780937986806
ISBN-10: 0937986801
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Adventures of Lucius Leffing
Adventures of Lucius Leffing (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780937986950
ISBN-10: 093798695X

The Feaster from Afar The Selected Weird Tales Volume I
The Feaster From Afar the Selected Weird Tales Volume I (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780978784614
ISBN-10: 0978784618

Nine Horrors and a Dream
Nine Horrors and a Dream (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9789997538628
ISBN-10: 9997538625
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Nightmare Need
Nightmare Need (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9789997545602
ISBN-10: 9997545605
Genre: Literature & Fiction