Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Finds At the Used Book Store: 13 February 2007

Always fascinating, used book stores are realms of imagination, history and wonder. For the sum of $2.00, I found a rare copy of the 1969 (October) paperback [This is the 3rd Printing November 1970] Great Untold Stories of Fantasy and Horror. Were paperbacks ever 75 cents?

Moskowitz muct have done a number of these anthologies over the years, mainly eeked out of Weird Tales back issues, it seems.

This one is chock full of side notes. Not to tease, but over the next few days I will discuss these. This is two-fold: so that I am scholarly and include these to advance our work here at the HPLblog, and I really, really do try not to just copy ad hoc or is that en masse? :)

Besides placing little points that you might not otherwise come across in your research, and they are tucked away for my plans of doing future research and essays on HPL.

OK, enough of that. The first thing is right on the copyright page. AS some know, there has been decades of squabbling about Loevcraft's copyrights. In general, it is pretty much understood that Lovecraft has virtually no personal copyrights - that he had signed them all over to family members or the magazines. Since most fan magazines of the 20's and 30's have went to public domain those copies are pretty much up for grabs.

However, Arkham House retains many copyrights on Lovecraft stories becuase of the venue in which they have published, and the work done to clean up the copy of the texts and manuscripts means they indeed have rights. If one publishes the Dead Sea scrolls, they are not copyrighted, but the scholar's work is, and so is the book.

On the page it states, "The Dreams of the WitchHouse by H. P. Lovecraft, copyright 1933 by the Popular Ficion Publishing Company. Copyright renewed 1961 by August Derleth for Arkham. Reprintedby permission of the copyright owners."

There is no doubt that this was a mandatory blurb forced by the controversy over the copyright issue.

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