Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Controversy Over Lovecraft's Copyright

Here is an Original handwritten letter on Airmail envelope to the editor of Dagon, Carl T Ford regarding an enquiry concerning the possible publication of a story "Satan's Servants"

This is one of three letters that a recent ebay seller (Ford) received from Robert Bloch while editing the Lovecraftian journal Dagon back in the 1980s.

It reads as follows:-

August 28/87

"Dear Mr Ford:

Thanks for yours of the 13th - but it's not proving to be a lucky number! I've already promised use of SATAN'S SERVANTS to someone else, and it will be appearing soon, I believe. Of course certain changes in the text - i.e. elimination of HPL's comments - will be made, since Arkham House claims ownership of his literary estate and the original SOMETHING ABOUT CATS is copyrighted by Derleth, which further complicates matters. Sorry the timing of your request dodn't work out - that all goes well with you!

Robert Bloch"

The seller states: Robert Bloch is the author of Psycho (made into the film by Alfred Hitchcock and based on the life of Ed Gein) and one of the Lovecraft circle whose Cthulhu Mythos and horror tales have delighted millions. Here is a rare chance to obtain a piece of unique correspondence from him - written and verified by Ford - the letter's recipient.

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