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“Stardrift and Other Fantastic Flotsam” by Emil Petaja. Alhambra: Fantasy Publishing Co., (1971).  Cover Art by Hannes Bok (1939) | by lhboudreau
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“Stardrift and Other Fantastic Flotsam” by Emil Petaja. Alhambra: Fantasy Publishing Co., (1971). Cover Art by Hannes Bok (1939)

From the blurb on the dustjacket:

 

The stories in STARDRIFT represent the finest that Emil Petaja has written in the genre over a period of thirty years. They were selected by the author, after three years of meticulous consideration as prime examples of his lifetime of studying, absorbing and digesting all the great fantastic literature of the world. Emil Petaja is an ardent student of world mythology. Those who enjoyed his KALEVALA novels, based on the Finnish epic, LAND OF HEROES, will be pleased to find on Otava story herein.

 

There is a touch of Saki or John Collier in such stories as FOUND OBJECTS and DARK BALCONY. ONLY GONE BEFORE (the title was taken right off an old Welsh tombstone) and DARK HOLLOW are pure Lovecraftian horror. A DOG’S BEST FRIEND makes a grim social comment. MOON FEVER and PEACEMONGER are science-fiction with a twist. DODECAGON GARDEN examines what a hip planet might be, if . . .

 

We are proud to present his mixed grill of wolfbane and wonder by Emil Petaja in this fine limited hardcover edition, illustrated with newly discovered drawings by the master fantasy artist, Hannes Bok. Forest J. Ackerman’s penetrating introduction adds the final touch. . .

 

Hannes Bok was perhaps the most truly original and imaginative illustrator of his time. His superb technique and his boundless magical flights put his work far beyond the purely commercial. Bok died in 1964, yet occasionally unpublished wonders turn up, as those presented here by arrangement with BOKANALIA MEMORIAL FOUNDATION.

 

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