The Caller of the Black

The Caller of the Black is a collection of stories by British writer Brian Lumley. It was released in 1971 and was the author's first collection of stories published by Arkham House. It was published in an edition of 3,606 copies. Many of the stories are of the Cthulhu Mythos.

The Caller of the Black
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Dust-jacket illustration by Herb Arnold.
AuthorBrian Lumley
Cover artistHerb Arnold
CountryUnited States
GenreFantasy, horror
PublisherArkham House
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardback)


The Caller of the Black contains the following stories:

  • "A Thing About Cars!"
  • "The Cyprus Shell"
  • "Billy's Oak"
  • "The Writer in the Garret"
  • "The Caller of the Black"
  • "The Mirror of Nitocris"
  • "The Night Sea Maid Went Down"
  • "The Thing from the Blasted Heath"
  • "An Item of Supporting Evidence"
  • "Dylath-Leen"
  • "De Marigny's Clock"
  • "Ambler's Inspiration"
  • "In the Vaults Beneath"
  • "The Pearl"


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  • Chalker, Jack L.; Mark Owings (1998). The Science-Fantasy Publishers: A Bibliographic History, 1923-1998. Westminster, MD and Baltimore: Mirage Press, Ltd. p. 46.
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  • Nielsen, Leon (2004). Arkham House Books: A Collector's Guide. Jefferson, NC and London: McFarland & Company, Inc. pp. 115–116. ISBN 0-7864-1785-4.