Saturday, September 20, 2008

Lovecraft Fondly Remembered in Great Britain (October 19378)

This historical note is interesting. In England, HPL was obviously well known only since only weeks after his death he's prominetly mentioned in the pages of Terrae Novae. He wasn't a household name, but he was fondly cherished by fantasy fans - even SF fans. I'm uncertain who Claire Beck was.
"NOVAE TERRAE " - October, 1937
Edited by Maurice K. Hanson, Associate editors Edward J. Carnell and Arthur C. Clarke

The singular honor of the 1st British Fanzine goes to "Novae Terrae" founded in 1936.
"N. T." would publish the young Arthur C. Clarke, and William F. Temple - not forgetting to mentioning such British notables as Ted Carnell, D. R. Smith, Eric C. Williams, S. Youd, and young American Claire Beck brings news from back home that the Science Fiction tales of the late Howard Phillips Lovecraft (HPL had died in March of 1937) published in "Astounding" "...were shortened by more than two-thousand words"...with an additional page of commentary on Lovecraft and Clark Ashton Smith.A very good copy with a small moisture stain in upper right-hand corner.

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