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Robert Aickman, commemorated at the 2014 World Fantasy Convention.

Robert Aickman

Robert Fordyce Aickman (1914-1981) was a distinguished British author of stories of the supernatural.  He published a number of books including The Late Breakfasters, Cold Hand in Mine, Intrusions, and an acclaimed autobiography entitled The Attempted Rescue.  The grandson of the noted Victorian novelist Richard Marsh, Aickman won the World Fantasy Award in 1975.

Tartarus Press New Aickman Edition

Tartarus Press has published a new edition of Robert Aickman's autobiographical The River Runs Uphill – A Story of Success and Failure, with a reinstated chapter and other passages not present in the first edition.  An extensive press release and a pdf of the novel's Foreword are available.

BBC Aickman Program

In this 30 minute program, The Unsettled Dust: The Strange Stories of Robert Aickman, screenwriter Jeremy Dyson praises the supernatural stories of British author and conservationist Robert Aickman and argues they should receive greater recognition for their contribution to literature.

Faber Publishing – Four Aickman Collections

Faber Publishing has recently released four of Robert Aickman's story collections, including "Cold Hand in Mine" and "The Wine Dark Sea."  They have posted a video of a reading of Aickman by Reece Shearsmith and Jeremy Dyson that was held at the Freud Museum.

Revenant Aickman?

The Independent's Boyd Tonkin lightly reviews both Robert Aickman and several of his 'strange stories.'

London Aickman Exhibition

This June, Printroom Gallery in London had an exhibition of Aickman related prints by seven artists.  The exhibition was accompanied by a series of talks, readings, performances, and events.  Their press release has the details.

Aickman Swords

Aickman Art Prints

Spineless Classics takes entire novels and prints them on a single sheet.

We've arranged to have poster-sized, framable art prints of Aickman's "Swords" and "The Inner Room" for sale at $ 10 apiece, including the mailing tube.  Put something to read on your own inner walls.


Virgil Finlay, commemorated at the 2014 World Fantasy Convention.

Virgil Finlay

Virgil Finlay, commemorated at the 2014 World Fantasy Convention.

Virgil Warden Finlay (1914-1971) was a science fiction and horror illustrator.  He became famous for his beautifully detailed pen-and-ink and scratchboard techniques.  He created more than 2600 drawings using everything from pen-and-ink to scratchboard to gouache to oils.  He was known especially for his cross-hatching and abundant stippling, which were very labor-intensive and time-consuming.  During World War II he saw extensive combat in the South Pacific theatre.

Our masthead image is Finlay's "Golden Atlantis."  Most of the other spot illustrations around this web site are small sections of Finlay images, enlarged to show the precise detail and power of his work.

The Collectors Book of Virgil Finlay

We will be hosting the premier of "The Collectors Book of Virgil Finlay" by Robert T. Garcia, a new hardcover from five extensive collections of Finlay art, featuring some of the finest reproductions of his B&W work to date.  The launch will be during the Art Show Reception, Saturday, 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the Regency Ballroom Foyer.

Lail Finlay Remembers Her Father

Lail Finlay Hernandez wrote a 'Foreword' to "Virgil Finlay's Women of the Ages," and we reprint it here with her permission.  It provides a daughter's loving glimpse of a man who was as great a dad as he was an artist.


The 2014 World Fantasy Convention remembering WWI.

The Great War

While J R R Tolkien and Robert Graves survived, William Hope Hodgson and Saki were lost in the war.  In addition, Ambrose Bierce vanished into the Mexican Revolution that year.

Hugo Award winning author Edward James is gathering material on Science Fiction and Fantasy writers' participation in WWI, and we plan to have a display of his work at the convention.

~ 1914 ~

Dec 25-Jan 18, 1915Battle of Ardahan.
Dec 24-Dec 25In some sectors of the Western Front, an unofficial Christmas truce is observed between German and British forces.  Details
Dec 22-Jan 2, 1915The Russians win the Battle of Sarikamis, Caucasia.  Details
Dec 22Fighting begins at Noyon.
Dec 20-17 March 1915First Battle of Champagne.  Details
Dec 20Fighting begins at Perthes.  Details
Dec 18-Dec 22Battle of Givenchy.
Dec 16The German fleet shells Scarborough and Hartlepool, England.  Details
Dec 10Hill 60 captured by the Germans.  Details
Dec 8Battle of the Falklands. Von Spee's German cruiser squadron is defeated by the Royal Navy.  Details
Dec 3-Dec 9Battle of Qurna.
Dec 1-Dec 13Battle of Limanowa.
Dec-Jan, 1915First Battle of Artois.
Nov 16-Dec 15Battle of Kolubara, Austro-Hungarians leave Serbia.
Nov 11-Dec 6Battle of Lódz (aka Silesian Offensive).  Details
Nov 11-Nov 21Battle of Basra.  Details
Nov 11Sultan Mehmed V declares Jihad on the Allies.  Details
Nov 9Battle of Cocos, northeast Indian Ocean. The Australian cruiser Sydney destroys the German cruiser Emden.  Details
Nov 6Fao Landing, British and Indians besiege the fortress at Fao.
Nov 5France and the United Kingdom declare war on the Ottoman Empire.
Nov 3-Nov 5Von Lettow-Vorbeck's German colonial forces defeat the British at the Battle of Tanga, German East Africa.  Details
Nov 3Montenegro declares war on the Ottoman Empire.
Battle of Kilimanjaro.
Nov 2-Nov 16Bergmann Offensive, first military engagement in the Caucuses of the First World War.
Nov 2The United Kingdom begins the naval blockade of Germany.  Details
Nov 1Russia declares war on the Ottoman Empire.
Battle of Coronel. Von Spee's German cruiser squadron defeats a Royal Navy squadron under Christopher Cradock.  Details
Oct 19-Nov 22The First Battle of Ypres ends the Race to the Sea. The Germans are prevented from reaching Calais and Dunkirk.  Details
Oct 16-Oct 31Battle of the Yser. French and Belgian forces secure the coastline of Belgium.  Details
Oct 13-Nov 2Battle of Armentieres.
Oct 12-Nov 2First Battle of Messines.  Details
Oct 10-Nov 2Battle of La Bassee.
Oct 9-Nov 1Central powers control Belgrade.  Details
Oct 1-Oct 4First Battle of Arras.  Details
Oct 1914-July 11, 1915Battle of Rufiji Delta, German cruiser Königsberg destroyed.
Sept 29-Oct 31Battle of the Vistula River, aka Battle of Warsaw.  Details
Sept 28-Oct 10The Germans besiege and capture Antwerp, Belgium.  Details
Sept 25-Sept 29First Battle of Albert Details
Sept 24The Siege of Przemysl begins Details
Sept 22-Sept 26First Battle of Picardy.
Sept 20Battle of Zanzibar, German naval victory.
Sept 19-Oct 11Battle of Flirey
Sept 14Erich von Falkenhayn replaces Helmuth von Moltke the Younger as German Chief of Staff.  Details
Sept 13-Sept 28The First Battle of the Aisne ends in a substantial draw. The Race to the Sea begins.  Details
Sept 13Troops from South Africa begin invading German South-West Africa.  Details
Sept 11Australian forces occupy German New Guinea.  Details
Sept 9Theobald von Bethmann Hollweg lays out Germany's war aims.  Details
Sept 7-Sept 14First Battle of the Masurian Lakes: The Russian Army of the Neman withdraws from East Prussia with heavy casualties.  Details
Sept 6-Oct 4Battle of Drina.
Sept 6-Sept 12Battle of the Marshes of Saint-Gond, a phase of the First Battle of the Marne.
Battle of Vitry, a phase of the First Battle of the Marne.
Battle of Revigny, a phase of the First Battle of the Marne.
Sept 5-Sept 12First Battle of the Marne. The German advance on Paris is halted, marking the failure of the Schlieffen Plan.  Details
Battle of the Ourcq, a phase of the First Battle of the Marne.
Battle of the Two Morins.
Sept 4-Sept 13Battle of Grand Couronne, a phase of the Battle of the Frontiers.
Sept 2-Sept 11Austro-Hungarian defeat at the Battle of Rava Russka, a phase of the Battle of Lemberg.  Details
Sept 1Action at Nery Details
Aug 30New Zealand occupies German Samoa (later Western Samoa).  Details
Aug 29-Aug 30Battle of Saint Quentin, aka Battle of Guise. Orderly Allied retreat.  Details
Aug 28The Royal Navy wins the First Battle of Heligoland Bight, North Sea.  Details
Aug 27-Nov 7Battle of Tsingtao: British and Japanese forces capture the German-controlled port of Tsingtao in China.  Details
Aug 27Battle of Étreux.  Details
Aug 26-Sept 2Battle of Komarow, part of the Battle of Lemberg.  Details
Aug 26-Aug 30Battle of Gnila Lipa, a phase of the Battle of Lemberg.
Aug 26-Aug 27Battle of Le Cateau. Allied retreat.  Details
Aug 26British and French forces conquer Togoland, a German protectorate in West Africa.  Details
Battle of Le Grand Fayt.
Aug 25Japan declares war on Austria-Hungary.
Aug 24-Sept 28The Allied Great Retreat to the River Marne.
Aug 24-Sept 7The Germans besiege and capture the Maubeuge Fortress.  Details
Aug 24Action of Elouges.
Battle of the Mortagne, a phase of the Battle of Lorraine.
Aug 23-Aug 25Battle of Krasnik, a phase of the Battle of Lemberg. The Austro-Hungarian First Army defeats the Russian Fourth Army.  Details
Aug 23-Sept 11Battle of Lemberg. The Russians capture Lviv.  Details
Aug 23-Aug 30Battle of Tannenberg: the Russian army undergoes a heavy defeat by the Germans.  Details
Aug 23Japan declares war on Germany.  Details
Battle of Mons, a phase of the Battle of the Frontiers.
Aug 22Austria-Hungary declares war on Belgium.
Aug 21-Aug 23Battle of the Ardennes, a phase of the Battle of the Frontiers.
Aug 21Battle of Charleroi, a phase of the Battle of the Frontiers.
Aug 20The Germans attack the Russians in East Prussia, the Battle of Gumbinnen. The attack is a failure in addition to being a deviation from the Schlieffen Plan.  Details
The Germans occupy Brussels.
Battle of Morhange, a phase of the Battle of Lorraine.
Battle of Sarrebourg, a phase of the Battle of Lorraine.
Aug 17The Russian army enters East Prussia. Battle of Stalluponen.  Details
Aug 16-Aug 19The Serbs defeat the Austro-Hungarians at the Battle of Cer.  Details
Aug 14-Aug 25Battle of Lorraine, a phase of the Battle of the Frontiers.
Aug 12The United Kingdom declares war on Austria-Hungary.
Battle of Haelen, a phase of the Battle of the Frontiers.
Aug 11France declares war on Austria-Hungary.
Aug 9Montenegro declares war on Germany.
The Togoland Campaign begins.
Aug 7-Aug 10Battle of Mulhouse, a phase of the Battle of the Frontiers.
Aug 7-Sept 13Battle of the Frontiers. The Germans obtain a victory against the British Expeditionary Force and France's Fifth Army.
Aug 7The British Expeditionary Force arrives in France.  Details
Aug 6Austria-Hungary declares war on Russia.
Serbia declares war on Germany.
Aug 5Montenegro declares war on Austria-Hungary.
The Ottoman Empire closes the Dardanelles.
Aug 4–16The Germans besiege and then capture the fortresses of Liège, Belgium.  Details
Aug 4Germany invades Belgium to outflank the French army.  Details
Britain protests the violation of Belgian neutrality, guaranteed by a treaty;
German Chancellor replies that the treaty is just a chiffon de papier (a scrap of paper).
The United Kingdom declares war on Germany.  Details
The United States declares neutrality.
Aug 3Germany declares war on France. Belgium does not allow German arms through to the French border.
Aug 2-26Germany sieges and captures fortified Longwy "the iron gate to Paris" near the Luxembourg border, opening France to mass German invasion
Aug 2Germany invades Luxembourg.  Details
Skirmish at Joncherey, first military action on the Western Front
Aug 1Germany declares war on Russia.
Italy declares its neutrality.
Germany and the Ottoman Empire sign a secret alliance treaty.  Details
July 31Germany warns Russia to stop mobilizing. Russia says mobilization is against Austria-Hungary only.
July 28Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia. Russia mobilizes.
July 23Austria-Hungary sends an ultimatum to Serbia. The Serbian response is seen as unsatisfactory.  Details
July 5Austria-Hungary seeks German support for a war against Serbia in case of Russian reaction. Germany gives assurances of support.
June 28Assassination of Austro-Hungarian Empire Heir Archduke Francis Ferdinand and his wife heightens existing tensions between Austro-Hungary and Serbian protector Russia.  Details
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