“The Atrocity Archives” contains two stories by Charles Stross. The novel “The Atrocity Archive” has been published for the first time in the magazine “Spectrum SF” between November 2001 and November 2002. The novella “The Concrete Jungle” was published for the first time in 2004. In 2005 it received the Hugo Award as the Best Novella of the year.
“The Atrocity Archive” introduces Bob Howard in his first active-duty assignments on behalf of the Laundry, a secret British government agency with a unique specialization, the occult. The first task is tedious and at the end Howard is soaking wet but the next assignment, which is supposed to be routine, becomes a deadly battle fought in two universes with a creature conjured by the Nazis decades earlier.
In “The Concrete Jungle” the power of the Gorgons was implemented in surveillance cameras. Bob Howard begins to investigate a concrete cow and eventually discovers that behind it there’s a conspiracy that will endanger the Laundry itself.
Vincent Leonard Price Jr. was born on May 27, 1911 in St. Louis, Missouri. He died on October 25, 1993 due to lung cancer. He’s particularly famous for starring in many horror movies, often low budget.
James Benjamin Blish was born on May 23, 1921 in East Orange, New Jersey, USA. In 1968 he moved to Oxford, England, where he worked until his death in 1975 from lung cancer. He’s famous for writing the Cities in Flight saga, the novel “A Case of Conscience” and many other space travel and colonization stories. He also wrote many Star Trek novels and anthologies.
“Conjure Wife” was the first novel written by Fritz Leiber. Published for the first time in in the April 1943 issue of the magazine “Unknown” it was published in a revised and expanded edition as a book for the first time in 1953.
Fritz Leiber was an extraordinalily eclectic writer, able to produce stories of various kinds with originality and sensitivity reinterpreting classic plots in new ways offering his readers stories always different from each other.