The Black Castle
Necon Classic Horror #2
Cover design & illustration by Duncan Eagleson
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©2010 The Estate of Les Daniels
Cover design & illustration ©2014 Duncan Eagleson
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Appropriately, I first met Les Daniels on a tour of Lovecraft’s Providence. Harry Beckwith had just published a book called Lovecraft’s Providence which was a guidebook to all of the significant spots in both HPL’s life and fiction. We were both being trained by Harry to conduct bus tours at the upcoming First World Fantasy Convention. That was thirty-five years ago (1975) and we have remained friends ever since.
The first thing I learned about Les was how knowledgeable he is about all things weird and fantastic. A graduate of Brown University, his thesis was on Frankenstein. He wrote the first serious study of comic books (Comix); the official histories of both Marvel and DC (sort of like the Red Sox and Yankees picking the same sportscaster); and standalone studies of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. He wrote the first study of mass-media horror (Living in Fear) and was once flown to London by Dino DeLaurentis to do a treatment for a disco horror movie which unfortunately was never filmed. He has garnered World Fantasy Award nominations for Best Novel, Best Short Fiction, and Best Non-Fiction. He has edited two anthologies and redefined the vampire genre with his five (so far) novels about Sebastian de Villanueva. He holds the record for the most wins at the Necon Game Show, a horror-trivia contest run annually at Necon by Doug Winter and Craig Gardner. He lives across the street from “The Shunned House.”