Public Relations Man, Author, Realtor, Businessman
Born January 2, 1902, Galesburg, Illinois
Died December 16, 1963, Laguna Beach, California
H.F. Arnold was the author of the short story "The Night Wire," one of the most popular to appear in the pages of Weird Tales between 1924 and 1938. It was voted second-most popular in the issue in which it appeared and was in the top 50 in popularity of all stories published during that period. The subject of Arnold's story is a real-time report of a creeping, malevolent fog that overtakes a city called Xebico, located in some unknown place in the world, out beyond the walls of a lonely night wire office. "The Night Wire" is an unusual, inventive, and very memorable story. Readers loved it at its first printing and still do. It was reprinted in Weird Tales years after its original appearance and has been anthologized nearly a dozen times since. It has also been translated into German and French. The 1980 film The Fog bears some similarity to H.F. Arnold's story.
H.F. Arnold wrote just three published genre stories, two for Weird Tales, the third for Amazing Stories:
- "The Night Wire" in Weird Tales (Sept. 1926; reprinted Jan. 1933)
- "The City of Iron Cubes" (two-part serial) in Weird Tales (Mar.-Apr. 1929)
- "'When Atlantis Was'" (two-part serial) in Amazing Stories (Oct., Dec. 1937)
The FictionMags Index lists three more pieces by a Henry Arnold and a Henry F. Arnold:
- "The Cowgirl" (article) in Western Novel Magazine (Dec. 1929)
- "Loco Weed: The Cowman's Foe" (article) in Western Novel Magazine (Jan. 1930)
- "Out of Bounds" (short story) in Wings (Spring 1949)
I don't know whether this is our man or not.
H.F. Arnold's Stories in Weird Tales
"The Night Wire" in Weird Tales (Sept. 1926; reprinted Jan. 1933)
"The City of Iron Cubes" in Weird Tales (Mar 1929)
|"The Night Wire" by H.F. Arnold was the cover story of the June 1965 issue of Magazine of Horror, edited by Robert A.W. Lowndes. The cover artist was Fred Wolters.|
Update (April 23, 2021): I'm not sure that I have the right H.F. Arnold, and so I have stricken the biographical information above while leaving the information on Arnold's writing career. I'm on the case again and will let you know what I find.
Text copyright 2018, 2021 Terence E. Hanley