There’s a slim book, The Other Side of the Mountain by Michel Bernanos, recently newly translated for the VanderMeer’s Weird anthology for Corvus. It’s trippy and way strange and somewhat brutal, but I first came upon it in the Scholastic Book Club. A million thanks to them for getting that book to me when I was a kid.
Now that’s interesting. Michael Dirda, former book review editor of the Washington Post, has just had a book on Arthur Conan Doyle published by Princeton Univeristy Press. In it, he relates how the Scholastic Book Club introduced him to Conan Doyle via a paperback of The Hound of the Baskervilles (thereby touching off a lifelong interest). Another title he recalls getting through Scholastic was The Mystery of the Spanish Cave.
Gary K. Wolfe
Wow, Jeff, that Bernanos book seems a weird choice for a kids’ reading program; I came across it in a mass market paperback years later, and it was pretty disturbing. He was the son of Georges Bernanos of Diary of a Country Priest fame, and I think he committed suicide shortly after finishing the manuscript.
Yeah, I couldn’t believe it either, even back then. It was a formative reading experience.