Tuesday 13 July 2010

Harlequin Authors Part VI

Here are three more of the 186 (of 258) authors that had one book published by Harlequin Books. Two are science fiction authors (of a total of four published by Harlequin) and one romance.

It's a guess, but I imagine the first author is today one of the two or three least read recognizable SF authors. The House That Stood Still by Canadian born A. E. van Vogt (1912 - 2000) was published in 1950 (New York: Greenberg). The Harlequin edition has one of their most misleading covers, but at least Harlequin kept the title unlike Galaxy Publishing Corporation with their The Mating Cry in 1960. It has even been seen in a pulp - Detective Book Magazine of all places.

Harlequin 177 - June 1952

Harlequin 177 back

Beacon 298 (Galaxy Novel 44)

The second science fiction author is Stanley G. Weinbaum (1902 - 1935) with his The Black Flame (Reading, Penn: Fantasy Press, 1948).

Harlequin 205 - January 1953

Harlequin 205 back

The last author is Anneke de Lange with Anna. The author's real name was Esther Chase (? - ?) and the book was published as Anna Luhanna (New York: Greenberg, 1946). The Harlequin edition is "January" in the 60th anniversary Harlequin calendar for 2009.

Harlequin 173 - June 1952

Harlequin 173 back


  1. Though I've not read The House that Stood Still, I'm willing to bet that a good number of readers were disappointed.

    I'm reminded that Anna was one of the two titles that were considered, but rejected, for the Harlequin Vintage Collection.

    Going by editor Marsha Zinberg's description, I would have bought the novel... but then it would have been bowdlerized.

  2. I had forgotten about "Anna" being considered for the Vintage Collection.

    I haven't read "The House that Stood Still" either - I wonder what scene in the book is the inspiration for the covers on these editions?

  3. I have a photocopy of the hardbound version of Anna Luhanna published in the UK in 1946. The story appears to be set in the Crane Lake, Minnesota region, part of which is now in Voyageur National Park and the Boundary Waters/Quetico wilderness of the Minnesota/Ontario Border Lakes canoe area. The writer may have been a summer employee at Nelson's Resort which is still operating on Crane Lake. The Indian and Metis components would have been based on Ojibways of Lac La Croix Band in Ontario and Bois Forte Band in Minnesota.

  4. Thanks. Very intersting background for an obscure novel.