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Mive and Others: The Best Weird Stories of Carl Jacobi, Volume 1

Mive and Others: The Best Weird Stories of Carl Jacobi, Volume 1

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One of the great Weird Tales writers!

In 1932, the young Carl Jacobi (1908–1997) created a sensation with the haunting story “Mive,” published in the January issue of Weird Tales. One of the most prolific weird fiction writers of the 20th century, Jacobi was an early member of the Minneapolis Fantasy Society. He went on to write dozens of stories for pulp magazines in the weird, fantasy, and science fiction genres. August Derleth was a fan, and three volumes of Jacobi stories were published by Arkham House, but many others remain uncollected or unpublished.

This first volume of Jacobi’s best weird stories includes “Mive,” along with “Revelations in Black,” a mesmerizing vampire tale; “The Satanic Piano,” one of several stories that seek to embody weirdness in music; “Smoke of the Snake,” evoking the opium dens of China; “The Tomb from Beyond,” which takes us to the ancient civilization of Dras; and twelve other chilling tales of supernatural horror.

Jacobi’s tales cover an immense creative range, from bizarre artifacts to supernatural manifestations to mythological horrors, set in locales ranging from the mundane to the far-away and exotic. But his protagonists are frequently just ordinary folk, unwittingly stalked by terror.

The volume has been assembled by S. T. Joshi, a leading authority on weird fiction, who has added an illuminating introduction and a bibliography. trauma wrapped up in a chilling mixture of creature feature and psychological horror.


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  • Color Cover
  • Page Count: 252 pages
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Author: Carl Jacobi
Editor: S. T. Joshi
Cover Art: M. Wayne Miller


“[‘Mive’] has the pervasive, insidious atmosphere so discouragingly lacking in almost all cheap weird fiction.”
— H. P. Lovecraft

“[‘Revelations in Black’] is a simple story, economically told, that made good use of traditional weird fiction props, which was very much Jacobi’s style.”
— Stefan Dziemianowicz

“Unlike the majority of his colleagues, [Jacobi] has never sought the limelight or courted favor with the media to obtain the degree of recognition he so deeply and definitely deserves.”
— Robert Bloch

“For over a half century [Jacobi] has been publishing first-rate tales, some in the weird-horror tradition, some science fiction, and a fair number in other fields as well. . . . Carl’s style is clear and sharp–never ornate or flamboyant. He is a dependable writer whose work wears well.”
— Joseph Payne Brennan

“I liked ‘Mive’ very much, and thought it an almost perfect gem of strange and malign fantasy.”
— Clark Ashton Smith

“Jacobi really has phenomenal talent, and ought to be well worth watching during the years to come.”
— H. P. Lovecraft

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