DEMONS BY DAYLIGHT. Sauk City, Wisconsin: Arkham House: Publishers, 1973. Octavo, cloth. First edition. 3472 copies printed. Signed inscription on the front free endpaper from Campbell calling the story collection "some of my experiments." "A collection of 14 enigmatic, densely atmospheric stories whose events are colored by the anxieties and paranoid fears of their characters ... A landmark collection of contemporary horror fiction." - Barron (ed), Fantasy and Horror (1999) 6-68. "This landmark volume could be said to have almost single-handedly ushered in the modern age in horror fiction, and its 14 stories -- in their focus on human relationships, their evocation of the squalor of urban decay, their oblique narration, and their nebulous, indirect and nearly incomprehensible horrific climaxes -- are encapsulations of nearly all Campbell's later work." - Pringle (ed), St. James Guide to Horror, Ghost & Gothic Writers, pp. 120-3. "... one of the most important volumes Arkham House ever published ... Conceived as a unity, these tales definitively established Campbell as the leading voice in the field and the vanguard of the dominant trend in modern weird writing, with its emphasis on subtlety of diction and execution, its daring treatment of political, social, and sexual themes, and its mingling of horror, pathos, and fantasy." - Joshi, Arkham 124. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 4-64. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 4-57. A fine copy in fine dust jacket with hint of tanning along rear flap fold. First issue jacket with $5.00 price printed on the front flap and no sticker raising the price. (#162677).
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