Colonel Markesan and Less Pleasant People

Colonel Markesan and Less Pleasant People is a collection of stories by American authors August Derleth and Mark Schorer writing in collaboration. It was released in 1966 by Arkham House in an edition of 2,405 copies. The stories were written while the two authors shared a cabin on the Wisconsin River in Sauk City during the summer of 1931. Most of the stories were published in the magazine Weird Tales. Two of the stories, "Colonel Markesan" and "The Return of Andrew Bentley", were adapted for the Thriller television series.

Colonel Markesan and Less Pleasant People
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Dust jacket illustration by Frank Utpatel.
AuthorAugust Derleth and Mark Schorer
Cover artistFrank Utpatel
CountryUnited States
GenreFantasy, horror
PublisherArkham House
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardback)


Colonel Markesan and Less Pleasant People contains the following tales:

  • "In the Left Wing"
  • "Spawn of the Maelstrom"
  • "The Carven Image"
  • "The Pacer"
  • "The Lair of the Star-Spawn"
  • "Colonel Markesan"
  • "The Return of Andrew Bentley"
  • "The Woman at Loon Point"
  • "Death Holds the Post"
  • "Laughter in the Night"
  • "The Vengeance of Aï"
  • "Red Hands"
  • "They Shall Rise"
  • "Eyes of the Serpent"
  • "The Horror from the Depths"
  • "The Occupant of the Crypt"
  • "The House in the Magnolias"


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