James Turner

(1945–1999)

James Allen Turner was an editor and publisher. He was editor for Arkham House after the death of founder August Derleth. After leaving Arkham House, Turner founded Golden Gryphon Press.

Turner was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and received a B.A. degree from Washington University in that city. He began graduate school but left before getting a degree to become the editor at Arkham House in 1973. As well as overseeing editorial operations at Arkham House, Turner himself edited an anthology of Lovecraftian horror stories for them: Cthulhu 2000: A Lovecraftian Anthology (1995).

In 1996 he left Arkham House over creative differences with Arkham House co-owner April Derleth. Turner then started his own company, Golden Gryphon Press, but continued to publish books similar to the ones he had published while at Arkham House. For example, at Golden Gryphon he edited a second Lovecraftian anthology, Eternal Lovecraft: the Persistence of HPL in Popular Culture (1998).

Turner won a 1999 World Fantasy Award for his work with Golden Gryphon Press.