Weird Tales (1934) edited by Farnsworth Wright
September 1934 (Volume 24, Issue 3)
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Painted cover of Weird Tales. Featuring a man in a black cloak seated on a throne holding a struggling, kneeling woman in oriential-styled clothing. Caption reads "The People of the Black Circle; a smashing weird novel of eery black magic; By Robert E. Howard" with the additional author names "Seabury Quinn" and "Greye La Spina".
Painted cover of Weird Tales. Featuring a man in a black cloak seated on a throne holding a struggling, kneeling woman in oriential-styled clothing. Caption reads "The People of the Black Circle; a smashing weird novel of eery black magic; By Robert E. Howard" with the additional author names "Seabury Quinn" and "Greye La Spina".

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Volume 24 CONTENTS FOR SEPTEMBER, 1934 Number 3
Cover Design M. Brundage
Illustrating a scene in "The People of the Black Circle"
The People of the Black Circle Robert E. Howard 274
A weird novel featuring Conan the Barbarian
The Jest of Warburg Tantavul Seabury Quinn 296
A ghost story of vivid power and gripping human appeal—a story of Jules de Grandin
Naked Lady Mindret Lord 317
A tale of voodoo and a millionaire's strange scheme for vengeance on his wife
The Sinister Painting Greye La Spina 325
An eery story of a fiendish murder and a midget psychic investigator
The Return Julia Boynton Green 334
Vine Terror Howard Wandrei 335
A weird-scientific tale, about vegetable vampires that lusted for animal and human food
Sable Revery Robert Nelson 351
The Trail of the Cloven Hoof (part 3) Arlton Eadie 352
An astounding weird mystery novel by a British master of eery fiction
The Pale Man Julius Long 373
A queer little tale, about the eccentric behavior of a strange guest in a country hotel
Weird Story Reprint:
The Coming of Abel Behenna
Bram Stoker 377
A weird tale of the sea
A Cloak from Messer Lando August Derleth 389
A short story about Cesare Borgia and the magic of a mediaeval sorcerer
The Eyrie 394
An informal chat with the readers

Published monthly by the Popular Fiction Publishing Company, 2457 E. Washington Street, Indianapolis, Ind. Entered as second-class matter March 20, 1923, at the post office at Indianapolis, Ind,, under the act of March 3, 1879. Single copies, 25 cents. Subscription, $3.00 a year in the United States, $4.00 a year in Canada. English office: Charles Lavell, 13, Serjeants' Inn. Fleet Street, E. C. 4, London. The publishers are not responsible for the loss of unsolicited manuscripts, although every care will be taken of such material while in their possession. The contents of this magazine are fully protected by copyright and must not be reproduced either wholly or in part Without permission from the publishers.

NOTE—All manuscripts and communications should be addressed to the publishers' Chicago office at 840 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Ill.


Copyright, 1934, by the Popular Fiction Publishing Company,



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Coming Next Month

AN OLD man, withered and disreputable-looking, in a robe that appeared no less antique and unsavory than himself, was standing near to the fire. He was not engaged in any visible culinary operations; and, in view of the torrid sun, it hardly seemed that he required the warmth given by the queer-colored blaze. Aside from this individual, Ralibar Vooz looked in vain for the participants of the muttered conversation he had just overheard. He thought there was an evanescent fluttering of dim, grotesque shadows around the obsidian block; but the shadows faded and vanished in an instant; and, since there were no objects or beings that could have cast them, Ralibar Vooz deemed that he had been victimized by another of those highly disagreeable optic illusions in which that part of the mountain seemed to abound.

The old man eyed the hunter with a fiery gaze and began to curse him in fluent but somewhat archaic diction as he descended into the hollow. At the same time, a lizard-tailed and sooty-feathered bird, which seemed to belong to some night-flying species of archaeopteryx, began to snap its toothed beak and flap its digited wings on the objectionably shapen stela that served it for a perch. This stela, standing on the lee side of the fire and very close to it, had not been perceived by Ralibar Vooz at first glance.

"May the ordure of demons bemire you from heel to crown!" cried the venomous ancient. "O lumbering, bawling idiot! you have ruined a most promising and important evocation. How you came here I can not imagine. I have surrounded this place with twelve circles of illusion, whose effect is multiplied by their myriad intersections; and the chance that any intruder would ever find his way to my abode was mathematically small and insignificant. Ill was that chance which brought you here: for They that you have frightened away will not return until the high stars repeat a certain rare and quickly passing conjunction; and much wisdom is lost to me in the interim." . . .

The astounding adventures of Ralibar Vooz, which followed his affront to the old man, make a saga as unusual as it is interest-gripping. You can not afford to miss this strange tale, which will be published complete in Weird Tales for October:



By C. L. Moore

A gripping story of a warrior maid who went down into a land of unthinkable evil in search of a strange weapon.

By Paul Ernst

A strange piece of science-fiction—the story of an eccentric inventor who foretold the future by means of a weird machine.

By H. Bedford-Jones

Ranjit Singh, the East Indian necromancer and stage magician, was dead and buried, so they said—but what was that thing in the mummy-case?

By S. Gordon Gurwit

An appealing story of a love so strong that it broke through the barriers of Death.

Also a thrilling installment of Robert E. Howard's vivid novel, The People of the Black Circle.

Oct. WEIRD TALES Out Oct. 1



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Because of the many requests for back issues of Weird Tales, the publishers do their best to keep a sufficient supply on hand to meet all demands. This magazine was established in early 1923 and there has been a steady drain on the supply of back copies ever since. At present, we have the following back numbers on hand for sale:

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These back numbers contain many fascinating stories. If you are interested in obtaining any of the back copies on this list please hurry your order because we can not guarantee that the list will be as complete as it now is within the next 30 days. The price on all back issues is 25c per copy. Mail all orders to:


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