Thursday, December 06, 2007

Lovecraft's Legacy: 1944 (W Paul Cook)

Item just noted. These items come and go in and out of collector's hands, so it's nice to see glimpses of them. They make great history. Despite these brilliant and creative people having lives of their own, it's still fascinating that HPL plays a tangential part of their careers. He seems to flit ina nd out of people's lives like a ghostly character in one of his stories.

This one is interesting becasue of Hoffman's article on Farnsworth Wright, who by now was probably really sufering from his illness.


GHOST, THE. July 1944 (number 2). Edited by W. Paul Cook.
Bookseller: Currey, L.W. Inc. ABAA/ILAB(Elizabethtown, NY, U.S.A.) Bookseller Rating:
Price: US$ 350.00 [Convert Currency] Quantity: 1
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Book Description: [North Montpelier, Vermont: W. Paul Cook], July 1944 (number 2), 1944. Large octavo, single issue, printed wrappers. W. Paul Cook, an important member of the Lovecraft inner circle, and an ardent member of the amateur press movement, issued five numbers of this periodical between Spring 1943 and July 1947 (making it a defacto annual). The fifth number was not distributed, and none of the numbers were offered for sale. The magazine was devoted to weird literature and featured fiction, poetry, essays and, in one number, a short play. Most of this issue comprises "Book of the Dead Chapter 1: Farnsworth Wright" (pp. [5]- 17), a long article by E. Hoffman Price on Farnsworth Wright and WEIRD TALES, and "The Sphinx" (pp. [19]-41), a play by Samuel Loveman, "Cook's final major publishing effort was THE GHOST. Five issues appeared from 1943 to 1947, each containing fifty pages that emphasized Lovecraft and collectors. It contained almost every type of verse, fiction, biography, and literary reminiscing, turning it into one of the rarest, most sought- after bits of Lovecraftiana." - Warner, All Our Yesterdays, p. 16. Quite a valuable source of information. Pavlat and Evans, Fanzine Index (1965), p. 49. Clute and Grant (eds), The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997), p. 804. A bit of light wear to spine panel, still a fine copy. Quite scarce. (#102133). Bookseller Inventory # 102133

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