Lord Dunsany has gained a cult following for his influence on modern fantasy literature, including such authors as J. R. R. Tolkien and H. P. Lovecraft. This unique collection of short stories ranges over five decades, including the entire Gods of Pegana and such notable works as Idle Days on the Yann as well as several about the garrulous traveler Joseph Jorkens and the outrageous murder tale The Two Bottles of Relish. Throughout, the stories are united by Dunsany's cosmic vision, his impeccable and mellifluous prose, and his distinctively Irish sense of whimsy.
Author Biography: Lord Dunsany (1878 1957) was the author of numerous short stories, plays, and novels, most notably The Gods of Pegana, A Dreamer's Tales, and The Book of Wonder.
S. T. Joshi is a freelance writer and editor who has edited three Penguin Classics titles and is the author of biographical studies of Lord Dunsany and H. P. Lovecraft. He is currently compiling a three-volume encyclopedia of supernatural literature.