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Title: Evening Primrose Title Record # 43716
Author: John Collier
Date: 1940-00-00
Type: SHORTFICTION
Length: short story
Language: English
Note: According to Contento, this story first appeared in 1940, but the copyright page of ''Out of This World'', ed. Julius Fast, gives 1931 as the copyright year. An inventory of Collier's papers at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center (at one point available on the internet on this site) lists a first draft as a "1937(?)" document, which suggests that 1931 is an error.
Synopsis: A poet leaves society and moves into as department store, sneaking around at night. It turns out there's a whole society of people doing that, and they have some not-very-nice social customs.
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Translations
Year Language Title
1967Spanish translation by Luisa Ripoll and Salvador Bordoy Luque.
Spanish El extraño almacén
1967Unknown French translator.
French Primevère du soir
1969Translated by Else Hoog
Dutch Nachtbloem

Publications

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Title Date Author/Editor Publisher/Pub. Series ISBN/Catalog ID Price Pages Format Type Cover Artist Verif
Presenting Moonshine 1941-01-00 John Collier The Viking Press   $2.50 327
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll  
Presenting Moonshine 1941-01-00 John Collier Macmillan of Canada   C$3.00 327
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll  
Presenting Moonshine 1941-01-00 John Collier Macmillan and Co.   8/6 351
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll  
The Touch of Nutmeg and More Unlikely Stories 1943-00-00 John Collier Press of the Readers Club   $2.00 viii+
247
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll  
Out of This World 1944-05-00 ed. Julius Fast Penguin Books (US) 537 $0.25 viii+
245
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth  
Out of This World 1944-08-00 ed. Julius Fast Penguin Books (US) 537 $0.25 viii+
245
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Checkmark
Green Thoughts and Other Strange Tales 1945-00-00 John Collier Armed Services Edition 871 $0.00 287
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll  
Out of This World 1945-04-00 ed. Julius Fast Penguin Books (US) 537 $0.25 245
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth  
Out of This World 1946-03-00 ed. Julius Fast Penguin Books (US) 537 $0.25 232
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Checkmark
Avon Fantasy Reader, No. 3, 1947 1947-07-00 ed. Donald A. Wollheim Avon Book Co.   $0.35 132
digest?Digest-size magazine, including both standard digest size, at about 7" by 4.5", and also large digest, such as recent issues of Asimov's, which are about 8.25" by 5.125".
mag Checkmark
Fancies and Goodnights 1951-11-00 John Collier Doubleday   $4.00 364
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll Margot Tomes Checkmark
Fancies and Goodnights 1953-04-00 John Collier Bantam Books A1106 $0.35 506
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Charles Binger Checkmark
Fancies and Goodnights 1956-00-00 John Collier Bantam Books F1703 $0.50 375
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll  
Presenting Moonshine 1957-00-00 John Collier Hart-Davis   13/6 192
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll  
Alfred Hitchcock Presents Stories for Late at Night 1961-00-00 ed. Alfred Hitchcock Random House   $5.95 469
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth  
Alfred Hitchcock Presents Stories for Late at Night 1962-00-00 ed. Alfred Hitchcock Max Reinhardt   20/- 500
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Bernard Blatch Checkmark
Alfred Hitchcock Presents: 12 Stories for Late at Night 1962-07-00 ed. Alfred Hitchcock Dell 9178 $0.50 223
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth  
Fancies and Goodnights 1963-00-00 John Collier Bantam Books (Bantam Classic) SC91 $0.75 418
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll  
The Worlds of Science Fiction 1963-06-00 ed. Robert P. Mills The Dial Press   $4.95 349
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Ronald Clyne Checkmark
Alfred Hitchcock Presents Stories for Late at Night: Part One 1964-00-00 ed. Alfred Hitchcock Pan Books X344 3/6 285
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Glenn Steward  
The Worlds of Science Fiction 1964-00-00 ed. Robert P. Mills Gollancz   21/- 349
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Checkmark
Best Horror Stories 2 1965-00-00 ed. John Keir Cross Faber and Faber   18/- 270
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth  
Shock! 1965-00-00 ed. M. C. Allen Popular Library SP375 $0.50 144
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Checkmark
Fancies and Goodnights (selections) 1965-00-00 John Collier Time-Life Books (Time Reading Program)   $ xix+
328
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll Seymour Chwast Checkmark
Of Demons and Darkness 1965-00-00 John Collier Corgi Books / Transworld Publishers FS7126 5/- xii+
303
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll  
Alfred Hitchcock Presents Stories for Late at Night: Part One 1965-00-00 ed. Alfred Hitchcock Pan Books X344 3/6 285
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Glenn Steward Checkmark
The Worlds of Science Fiction 1965-07-00 ed. Robert P. Mills Paperback Library 54-819 $0.75 287
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Checkmark
The Worlds of Science Fiction 1965-07-00 ed. Robert P. Mills Paperback Library 54-819 C$0.75 287
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Checkmark
The Worlds of Science Fiction 1966-00-00 ed. Robert P. Mills Panther 2124 5/- 288
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Checkmark
Alfred Hitchcock Presents: 12 Stories for Late at Night 1966-06-00 ed. Alfred Hitchcock Dell 9178 $0.50 223
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Hoot von Zitzwitz  
Cuentos para la madrugada 1967-00-00 ed. Alfred Hitchcock Aguilar (El Lince Astuto)     867
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth  
Les chefs-d'œuvre du fantastique?Les chefs-d'oeuvre du fantastique
1967-00-00 ed. Alex Grall, Jacques Sternberg, Jacques Bergier Planète (Anthologie Planète)     480
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Christian Broutin  
The Worlds of Science Fiction 1967-10-00 ed. Robert P. Mills Paperback Library 54-577 $0.75 287
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Checkmark
Fancies and Goodnights 1969-00-00 John Collier Bantam Books N4614 $0.95 xii+
418
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll  
De Dame op de Schimmel 1969-00-00 John Collier De Arbeiderspers (Grote ABC #127)     255
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll Ferenc Gögös Checkmark
The Worlds of Science Fiction 1970-07-00 ed. Robert P. Mills Paperback Library 64-374 $0.75 287
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Checkmark
The Worlds of Science Fiction 1970-07-00 ed. Robert P. Mills Paperback Library 64-374 C$0.75 287
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Checkmark
The John Collier Reader 1972-11-00 John Collier Alfred A. Knopf 0-394-46186-X $10.00 xv+
571
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll Checkmark
Fantasy: The Literature of the Marvelous 1973-00-00 ed. Leo P. Kelley McGraw-Hill (Patterns in Literary Art) 0-07-033502-8 $3.96 vi+
305
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth  
Cuentos para la madrugada 1973-00-00 ed. Alfred Hitchcock Aguilar (El Lince Astuto) 84-03-68080-5   914
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth  
The Best Horror Stories 1977-09-00 ed. uncredited Hamlyn 0-600-38244-3 £2.95 751
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth  
Thrillers, Chillers and Killers 1979-00-00 ed. Helen Hoke Elsevier / Nelson Books 0-525-66633-8 $6.95 192
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth  
Fancies and Goodnights (selections) 1980-00-00 John Collier Time-Life Books (Time Reading Program)   $ xix+
328
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll Seymour Chwast Checkmark
Fancies and Goodnights 1981-03-00 John Collier Doubleday / SFBC 5749 $5.50 396
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll Tony Fiyalko Checkmark
Space Mail, Volume II 1982-01-00 ed. Charles G. Waugh, Martin Harry Greenberg, Isaac Asimov Fawcett Crest 0-449-24481-4 $2.50 380
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Paul Alexander Checkmark
The Dark Descent 1987-10-00 ed. David G. Hartwell Tor 0-312-93035-6 $29.95 1011
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Doug Fornuff Checkmark
The Dark Descent 1988-08-00 ed. David G. Hartwell Tor / BOMC   $12.95 1011
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth Checkmark
The Dark Descent 1: The Colour of Evil 1990-00-00 ed. David G. Hartwell Grafton 0-246-13667-7 £12.95 292
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Checkmark
The Best Horror Stories (abridged) 1990-04-00 ed. uncredited Mallard Press 0-7924-5250-X $7.98 397
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth  
The Dark Descent 1: The Colour of Evil 1990-06-00 ed. David G. Hartwell Grafton 0-246-13668-5 £7.99 292
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth  
The Best Horror Stories 1990-09-00 ed. uncredited Ivy Leaf 0-86363-002-2 £3.99 398
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth  
The Dark Descent 1: The Colour of Evil 1991-06-00 ed. David G. Hartwell Grafton 0-586-20681-7 £4.99 491
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Ian Miller  
The Color of Evil 1991-09-00 ed. David G. Hartwell Tor 0-812-51898-5 $4.99 438
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth  
The Dark Descent 1997-02-00 ed. David G. Hartwell Tor 0-312-86217-2 $27.95 1011
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth  
Fancies and Goodnights 2003-05-00 John Collier New York Review of Books 1-59017-051-2 $14.95 xi+
418
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll Neo Rauch  
American Fantastic Tales: Terror and the Uncanny from the 1940s to Now 2009-00-00 ed. Peter Straub The Library of America (The Library of America #197) 978-1-59853-048-3 $35.00 xv+
713
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Fredrik Broden , Renee Rhyner Checkmark
The Century's Best Horror Fiction 1901-1950 2012-01-31 ed. John Pelan Cemetery Dance Publications 978-1-58767-080-0 $75.00 706
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Alan M. Clark Checkmark
The Color of Evil 2016-10-04 ed. David G. Hartwell Tor 978-0-7653-9113-1 $8.99 438
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth  
Alfred Hitchcock Presents: 12 Stories for Late at Night date unknown ed. Alfred Hitchcock Dell 9178 $0.75 223
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Hoot von Zitzwitz  
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