THE THRONE OF BONES. Black River, New York: Terminal Fright Publications, 1997. Octavo, illustrations by Jamie Oberschlake, cloth. First edition. Collects fifteen ghoulish tales. With an introduction by Alan Rodgers and afterword by S. T. Joshi. "Published when the author was 62, THE THRONE OF BONES was hailed by aficionados and scholars of genre fiction as a major contribution to fantastic literature, drawing comparisons to the work of Lord Dunsany, E. R. Eddison, H. P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, and Jack Vance, all of which must have delighted Brian McNaughton who up until that time was mostly known for a slew of paperback pornographic horror novels written decades earlier, including SATAN'S LOVE CHILD (1977) and SATAN'S MISTRESS (1980). A collection of 9 stories and 1 novella, THE THRONE OF BONES is set in Seelura, a sprawling land of decaying kingdoms populated by ghouls, necromancers, pornographers, whores, artists, and thieves. McNaugthon's sophisticated prose style is characterized by erudite diction and a fondness for invented words and names. His stories are by turns hysterical and harrowing, filled with dark humor, explicit sex and violence, rich characterizations, and keen psychological premises. Winner of the 1998 World Fantasy Award for Best Collection."- Boyd White. "It is not often a writer bursts upon the horror/fantasy scene with work that is not only excellent as genre fiction, but successful as literature as well … The result reads a bit as though Philip K. Dick decided to work with the sort of materials Clark Ashton Smith used, perhaps with a dash of William Burroughs through in as well." - Dan Clore, Necrofile: The Review of Horror Literature #28 (1998), p. 22. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. Copies of the book club edition of this book (hard to distinguish from this first edition) are common enough, but nice copies of the first are not. (#159716).
"First Edition" on title page. (See note below regarding the book club edition, which has same title page.)