THE LOST CAVERN AND OTHER TALES OF THE FANTASTIC. New York: The Vanguard Press, Inc., . Octavo, pp. [1-8] [1-2] 3-262 [263-264: blank] [note: first and last leaves are blanks], original gray boards, front and spine panels stamped in green, top edge stained yellow green, fore-edge untrimmed. First edition. Collects four novellas, including "The Cup," perhaps the best of Heard's fantasies. In "The Lost Cavern" a speleologist exploring a vast cavern in Mexico encounters a lost race, half bat, half man, but intellectually and physically superior to both. "The Thaw Plan" is a tale of the future set on a ruined Earth. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 3-83. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 785. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature III, pp. 1544-46. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#128661).
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