Thursday, January 08, 2009

Derleth Memorandum Surfaces

Recently seen for auction, a memorandum by DerlethNEW HORROR ANTHOLOGY proposal. It's said to include a Lovecraft story. (No images available).

The details: TYPED MANUSCRIPT (TMs). Single sheet of standard letter-size paper, written on recto only. Undated, circa 1955. Rough draft with pencil additions and amendments.

LW Currey editors write: Contents of proposed but never published untitled "new horror anthology." Derleth edited some twenty anthologies of supernatural horror, but this one does not seem to have made it off the drafting table. The contents do not correspond exactly, or even very closely, with any known anthology. Some titles are starred with asterisks, some crossed out in pencil, some checked off, some accompanied by word counts. The authors include usual suspects such as Lovecraft, M. R. James, Margery Lawrence, Shiel, Whitehead, Buchan, and others. Lesser lights include Elizabeth Enright and Hazel Heald. Not signed, but authorship known from provenance and from comparison to other documents known to have been typed on Derleth's typewriter. A curiosity and, yes, suitable for framing. Short edge nicks and tears mostly along right side, otherwise very good.

Provenance: The Derleth Papers.

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