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Jim Turner (March 19, 1945 – March 28, 1999) was a United States editor and publisher. Turner was editor for Arkham House after the death of August Derleth. After leaving Arkham House, he founded Golden Gryphon Press.

Jim Turner
Born(1945-03-19)March 19, 1945
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
DiedMarch 28, 1999(1999-03-28) (aged 54)
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Occupationeditor, publisher


James Allen Turner was born on March 19, 1945 in St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated from Collinsville High School in 1963. He received a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and began graduate school but became the editor at Arkham House in 1973 before he received his degree. As well as overseeing editorial operations at Arkham House generally, Turner himself edited an anthology of Lovecraftian horror for them - Cthulhu 2000: A Lovecraftian Anthology (1995; reprinted by Del Rey Books).

In 1996 he left Arkham House over creative differences with Arkham co-owner April Derleth. He immediately started his own company, Golden Gryphon Press, and continued to publish similar books as he had at Arkham House. Here he edited a second Lovecraftian anthology, Eternal Lovecraft: the Persistence of HPL in Popular Culture (Golden Gryphon Press, 1998).

Turner won the 1999 World Fantasy Award for his work with Golden Gryphon Press.


  • "Obituaries: Jim Turner". Locus: The Newspaper of the Science Fiction Field, Issue 460, Vol. 42, No. 5. Charles N. Brown. 1999-05-00. ISSN 0047-4959. Check date values in: |date= (help)

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