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Mike Ashley Books In Order

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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Enchantresses (With: Vera Chapman) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fantasy Reader's Guide to Ramsey Campbell (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Illustrated Book of Science Fiction Lists (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Weird Fiction Magazines (With: Marshall Tymn) (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Barrington J. Bayley (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Algernon Blackwood (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Work of Robert A.W. Lowndes (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Work of David H. Keller (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Work of William F. Temple (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Supernatural Index (With: William G. Contento) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Gernsback Days (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of British Kings & Queensof Britain and Ireland (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
British Monarchs (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Time Machines (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Starlight Man (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Brief History of British Kings & Queens (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Transformations (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Age of the Storytellers (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gateways to Forever (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Brief History of King Arthur (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Out of This World (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Yesterday's Tomorrows (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Tales of the Weird Books

From the Depths and Other Strange Tales of the Sea (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Glimpses of the Unknown (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Doorway to Dilemma (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of British Library Science Fiction Classics Books

Moonrise (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Platform Edge (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Menace of the Machine (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The End of the World (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Spaceworlds: Stories of Life in the Void (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fear in the Blood (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Best of British SF 2(1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best of British SF 1(1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sf Choice 77(1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Weird Legacies(1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Souls in Metal(1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gaslight & Ghosts(1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Pendragon Chronicles: Heroic Fantasy from the Time of King Arthur(1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Camelot Chronicles(1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Historical Whodunits(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Return To Derleth: Selected Essays(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
100 Vicious Little Vampire Stories(1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
100 Wicked Little Witch Stories(1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Merlin Chronicles(1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Giant Book Of Myths And Legends(1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Classical Whodunnits(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
The collected Classical stories and Classical whodunnits(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fantasy Stories(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Space Stories(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Chronicles Of The Holy Grail(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of New Sherlock Holmes Adventures(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shakespearean Whodunnits(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Random House Book of Fantasy Stories(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shakespearean Detectives(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of Comic Fantasy(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Heroic Adventures(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Men O'War(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Chronicles of the Round Table(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Royal Whodunnits(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Phantom Perfumes And Other Shades(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The World's Greatest Master and Commander Stories(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of Awesome Comic Fantasy(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of Egyptian Whodunnits(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Encyclopedia of Modern Crime Fiction(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book Of Science Fiction(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of Roman Whodunnits(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of Extreme Science Fiction(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of Extreme Fantasy(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Great American Ghost Stories(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Unforgettable Ghost Stories by Women Writers(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Darker Sex(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of Mindblowing SF(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dreaming Sex(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of Apocalyptic SF(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Steampunk Prime(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dreams and Wonders(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Vampires(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Duel of Shadows(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sisters in Crime(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
[Insert Coin Here](2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of Time Travel SF(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of Classical Whodunnits(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Feminine Future(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Toward the Golden Age(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lost Mars(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Menace of the Monster(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fighters of Fear(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Born of the Sun: Adventures in Our Solar System(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nature's Warnings: Classic Stories of Eco-Science Fiction(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Queens of the Abyss(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Weird Tales Story: Expanded and Enhanced(2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Future Crimes(2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ghost Slayers(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Editor Mike Ashley also works as a compiler of anthologies, researcher. There are times, when he finds certain works of fiction, that he is able to get some out of print work back in print. He points out that some authors have some output that no one notices, because people have forgotten about it or were not widely published for everyone to read. This is why he writes bibliographies and anthologies, and show that there are more great authors from a hundred or so years ago than just what people have always thought.

He won an Edgar for “The Mammoth Encyclopedia of Modern Crime Fiction.

As someone who has looked through a lot of science fiction from about 1920, he will tell you that it is impossible to view the work from modern day eyes. It has to be viewed through the mind of someone living at that time. He also points out that the writers from back then were not really professional. They were typically not from this country and wrote like English was a second language or were scientists and everything was an academic paper. This makes the writing from back then pretty bad.

He also feels that an ongoing fascination with certain literary characters causes things like imitation and less original in the devotees. More and more stories about classic characters is something that does more to stifle than it does to liberate the imagination. Imagination, he says, is something there needs to be more of in fiction; that and less imitation.

Mike Ashley views the internet as a poor way to access short stories, but it is the greatest research tool that will ever be invented. He does not want to read short stories on a screen, or print it out because this makes it seem like any other manuscript. He would rather see it printed up, in books and magazines.

When it comes to humor, he likes Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear and Terry Pratchett, for fiction. The Goons, Monty Python, and the Marx Brothers (especially Harpo, who he says is one of the best comic geniuses ever born) for film. He believes that fantasy is a great place for surreal comedy, something he likes, he also likes humor that is cleverly worded.

He has compiled for “Best of British Science Fiction” and “The Mammoth Book of…” series.

“Algernon Blackwood” is a non fiction book by Ashley and was released in the year 1987. Algernon Blackwood was big time writer of such hit novels as “The Willows” and “The Wendigo”. Besides being a very inventive writer, Algernon Blackwood traveled a lot. He also was a very popular storyteller on both television and the radio (appearing on the very first British television program). He was also a secret agent during the great war. He was also the reason, not Andrew Lloyd Webber, who started “The Starlight Express”. Some thought of him as an ancient child, other people, as an accomplished athlete.

He was able to spend time with members of the literary establishment: like H. G. Wells, P. G. Wodehouse, Hilaire Belloc, and Compton Mackenzie. He even was able to inspire such writers as Carlos Casteneda and Henry Miller.

No one, before this book, had ever told the story of this elusive, fascinating, charming, and enigmatic man. It took twenty years of researching and a lot of interviews of the different colleagues and friends of Blackwood’s.

It took Ashley a few stories before he actually got into Blackwood’s work. Because the first couple did nothing to impress him. He had to read “The Willows” and “The Wendigo” and some of the stories with John Silence before he really saw how great he was with atmosphere. You see, feel, and smell the work, not to mention his command of the English language. Now, he sees the man as being a unique writer, even to this day. Blackwood was someone that was able to explore the nature mysticism and supernatural in fiction.

“The Time Machines” is a non fiction book by Ashley and was released in the year 2000. Part one of a three volume series of his that shows the history of a science fiction magazine, from the very beginning to present day. This one shows the interesting times of the pulp magazines. You see the development, starting with Hugo Gernsback launched the first issue of “Amazing Stories”, which was in the year 1926. It moves through to the birth of the atomic age, later the death of the pulp magazine, which occurred in the fifties.

This is the time when science fiction was young; a time period when it was raw, exciting, and brash. Magazines, for four decades, were the center of science fiction. This book thinks about how magazines, their authors and editors and publishers were able to influence the growth and how people think about this interesting genre.

“Transformations” is a non fiction book by Ashley and was released in the year 2005. Despite the fact that most people think about television shows and movies, when they think of science fiction, the actual place science fiction rose to prominence was in pulp magazines.

Mike Ashley brings his extensive knowledge to this book. It starts at the beginning of the Cold War and ends at the end of the sixties. A tremendous change occurred by the end of this period, both in the writing and marketplace for science fiction.

Science fiction got more respectable, once the pulp magazines went away and were replaced by digest sized and glossy magazines. This was right around the same time of a golden age for the genre at the start of the fifties. Isaac Asimov, Frank Herbert, Philip K. Dick, and Harlan Ellison were just some of the giants that were being published in a bunch of different magazines at the time.

That being said, by the end of the fifties, it was a different story. Sales started to slump and only six science fiction magazines were left. It made the future for the genre looked bleak. Then, a surprising rebirth happened, propelled by J. G. Ballard and Michael Moorcock, who are both British writers. Ashley also considers how “Star Trek” and “2001: A Space Odyssey” helped shape the future of science fiction magazines.

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