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The Essence of the Poison
Genre Mainstream
Type Short story
Series -
Written in 1941 —the earliest known story written by Philip José Farmer— but only published after its rediscovery in Phil's archives.
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A story about prejudice and anti-Semitism, and where this might lead to.
From the introduction: "Be forewarned: this story of a man tortured and obsessed by his anti-Semitic hallucinations is not a pleasant read; but it raises issues that, unfortunately, must still be addressed today. While Phil's writings indicate that he is a realist —that he knows well human nature has long carried with it a predilection for prejudice it still has yet to abandon— his stories also cry forth a great shout of hope, an undying optimism that humankind can exercise its little used free will and change for the better."
 
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5 Publications
 
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FIRST PUBLICATION
in Farmerphile
Christopher Paul Carey & Paul Spiteri
-, GA: Michael Croteau
Issue No. 4
fanzine (21,5×14cm)
April 2006
52
$ 10.00
Jason Robert Bell
With an introduction by uncredited [= Christopher Paul Carey]. The story is illustrated by Charles Berlin.


Jason Robert Bell
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in Up from the Bottomless Pit and Other Stories
Christopher Paul Carey
Burton, MI: Subterranean Press
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ISBN 978-1-59606-128-6
hardcover (23,5×16cm)
07/2007
373
$ 125.00 [Numbered, signed, slipcased edition]
Keith Howell and Charles Berlin
With an introduction by the editor. The story is illustrated by Charles Berlin.

Keith Howell &
Charles Berlin
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in Up from the Bottomless Pit and Other Stories
Christopher Paul Carey
Burton, MI: Subterranean Press
-
ISBN 978-1-59606-128-6
hardcover (23,5×16cm)
10/2007
385
$ 300.00 [Lettered, signed, traycased edition]
Keith Howell and Charles Berlin
With an introduction by the editor. The story is illustrated by Charles Berlin.

Keith Howell &
Charles Berlin
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in The Best of Farmerphile
Michael Croteau
(Lilburn, GA): Meteor House
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ISBN 978-1-945427-08-4
hardcover (22,5×15cm)
07/2017
567
$ 40.00
Keith Howell
Limited edition of 175 copies. With an introduction by uncredited [= Christopher Paul Carey].

Keith Howell
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in The Best of Farmerphile
Michael Croteau
(Lilburn, GA): Meteor House
-
ISBN 978-1-945427-07-7
trade paperback (21,5×14cm)
07/2017
567
$ 29.00
Keith Howell
First trade paperback edition. With an introduction by uncredited [= Christopher Paul Carey].

Keith Howell

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