Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Beware Autographed Lovecraft's

Martin recently commented and it reminds us that just because we see it on ebay it may not be authentic. However, I do try to collect as many Lovecraftian items as possible to show here. It all his legacy - for good and bad.

Martin wrote:

"The dealer had purchased the book from long time fan-collector Virginia "Nanek" Coombs, who purchased the book from Robert Barlow early in the 1950's."Hmmm... Must have been VERY early in the 1950s, since Barlow committed suicide on January 2, 1951. At the time he was living in Mexico, and had been living there for some years. Yrs Martin

Previous post: Here.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Marvel Tales: Mythos Writers Well Represented

The seller states:
All 5 issues – a complete set - of the rare pro-zine MARVEL TALES from 1934-1935, including:

MAY 1934, Volume 1 Number 1 The Man with the Hour Glass (L.A. ESHBACH), Antares (poem, Natalie H. WOOLEY), The Cossacks Ride Hard (August W. DERLETH), Celephais (H.P. LOVECRAFT), Binding Deluxe (David H. KELLER, M.D.), Tales Ahead. * NEAR FINE, minor wear/small chips to overhang, pages clean and bright. 40 pages. Cover price: 10 cents.

JULY-AUGUST 1934, Volume 1 Number 2 Editorial Scribblings, The Dark Beasts (Frank B. LONG, JR.), The Garden of Fear (Robert E. HOWARD), Synthetic (Harl VINCENT), From the Log of the Space-Ship Flammarian (poem, Manly Wade WELLMAN), Antidote (Robert M. HYATT), Conquest (poem, H. Donald SPATZ), The Torch of Life (Joe W. SKIDMORE), A Horror in Profile (Wilfred Blanch TALMAN). * NEAR FINE, light tanning to pages (publishing error: pp.13-16 from The Garden of Fear were printed as pp.33-36 from Synthetic, so pages from former story are missing). 60 pages. Cover price: 15 cents.

WINTER 1934, Volume 1 Number 3 Editorial Scribblings, The Second Step (Orris M. KELLAR), The Ferryman (poem, Timothy H. LOFT), Lilies (Robert BLOCH, his 1st published story), The Ship (poem, Duane W. RIMEL), On Board the Space Ship Terra (L.A. ESHBACH), The Golden Bough (David H. KELLER), The Titan (part 1 of 4, P. Schuyler MILLER). * NF-FINE. 68 pages. Cover price: 15 cents.

MARCH-APRIL 1935, Volume 1 Number 4 The Creator (complete novelet, Clifford D. SIMAK), Serial: The Titan (part 2, P. Schuyler MILLER), Serial Reprint: The Nebulae of Death (part 1, George Allen ENGLAND), The Doom that Came to Sarnath (short story, H.P. LOVECRAFT), The Cathedral Crypt (short story, John Beynon HARRIS, pseudo. John WYNDHAM), Masters of Matter (short story, Amelia Reynolds LONG). * VG+, very shallow chipping to bottom corners of first and last few pages and back, light tanning to pages. 108 pages. Cover price: 15 cents.

SUMMER 1935, Volume 1 Number 5 Mars Colonies (Miles J. BREUER), Man from Makassar (Carl JACOBI), The Titan (part 3, P. Schuyler MILLER), Annabel Reeves (Ralph Milne FARLEY), The Elfin Lights (Anders W. DRAKE), The Nebula of Death (part 2, George Allen ENGLAND), Witch’s Bereuse (poem, Emil PETAJA), Editorial Scribblings. * G+/VG-, covers held together by yellow tape (splitting at spine), light wear to overhang, chipping to bottom corners of early pages. 58 pages. Cover price: 15 cents.

Editor, William L. CRAWFORD Consulting Editors, Raymond A. PALMER (credited in #1), Walter L. DENNIS (credited in #1, as Assoc. Ed. in #3, 4 & 5) Associate Editor and Art Director, L.A. ESHBACH (credited in #1, 2 & 3) Art Editor, Clay FERGUSON (credited in #4 & 5) Southern Representative (advertising & circulation), Alvin M. GAINES (credited in #1)
Published by Fantasy Publications (Everett, PA.)

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Home Brew Vol. 1 # 1: Very, Very Rare

Here is what the ebay seller (and collector) says:

Lovecraft collector's cornerstone ! I've been an HPL/Weird Tales/Arkham House collector since 1974 and I've never seen this offered. I have seen a few other scattered issues but not this one.This one is Vol. 1 # 1. It features the first part of "Herbert West, Reanimator", here called by it's original published title of "Grewsome Tales". The condition is fine (!).

You will notice that Morton is mentioned on the cover, but not Lovecraft. His story is cleverly alluded to by saying, "A Doctor's Experiences: Do The Dead Come To Life?".
Initial offering price is $1125.00.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Lovecraft 1930 Census Actual Document

The listing is for 10 Barnes Street

Lovecraft Census Data 1930

First we learn that his name is corrupted somewhat by the folks at Ancestry.com records:

1930 United States Federal Census about "Howard P S??Ft "
Name: "Howard P S??Ft"

His home in 1930: Providence, Providence, Rhode Island
Age: 39
Estimated birth year: abt 1891
Birthplace: Rhode Island

Then we get some interesting information.

Relation to Head of House: Roomer
Race: White

Thius information was omitted: Occupation; Education; Military Service; Rent/home value; Age at first marriage; Parents' birthplace; Neighbors

Household Members are listed next

Florence S Raynolds 53 <[Listed as Head of Household]
.................................................[Her nationality is listed as Australian]
Amy H Rud 69
Howard P S??Ft 39 <[HPL]
Tryphena B Hodgdon 57 (State of Birth Mass)
Rebecca A Stafford 48
Nellie R Bates 72 (State of Birth Mass)
Lillie I Clark 73 <[His Aunt, Lillian D Clark]

HPL Census Data 1910

This denotes Lovecraft with a profession as a chemist.
This shows Sarah (at 598 Angell) as 52, and Howard as 19.

At 600 Angell was a family with a servant. The best I can decipher, there was Jennie Metcalf (56), Henry K (30) & Houghton (28) with servant Nelma (23) at 600.

Lovecraft's Draft Card !

It's quite eerie to finally see these documents.

At www. ancestry.com here is the information included.
His occupation is listed as: Writer
His age is listed as 26.

World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 about Howard Phillips Lovecraft
Name: Howard Phillips Lovecraft
City: Providence
County: Providence
State: Rhode Island
Birthplace: Rhode Island;United States of America
Birth Date: 20 Aug 1890
Race: Caucasian (White)
Roll: 1852402
DraftBoard: 2

Thursday, May 24, 2007

1900 Census Data for Lovecraft !

It took me a long time to get this, but here are the interesting facts of the 1900 census data.

First, there was a tennant. Maggie Corcoran age 23. I have never seen that note anywhere before. Lovecraft would have been 9 (see the images I will include). It appears to read Ireland, England.
Note that Lillian (44) and Sarah (42) were home, but his grandmother was deceased by ths time.

Now, I hope you can see the images I will post. Usually if you click the image in blogger it will expand out full screen - but not always.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

More on Lovecraft's Copy of The Life and Times of Edgar Allan Poe

A little ebay research shows that HPL had the original edition, and that in 1934 a new one volume edition came out with corrections. Here are images of the 2 volume set and the one volume edition of 1934.

Another Signed Book From Lovecraft's Library

2 vols. (H.P. Lovecraft.) Allen, Hervey. Israfel:

The Life and Times of Edgar Allan Poe. New York: G.H. Doran, 1927. Second edition. Lg. 8vo, orig. gilt-lettered maroon cloth; light wear, d/j's (chipping to edges - no loss of lettering, occasional dust soiling). Frontis. portraits, plates.

Signed & dated, Providence, RI, Oct. 1929," by H.P. Lovecraft on both front free endpaper rectos, also with H.P. Lovecraft's bookplates on front paste-downs."
Don't forget to check "autograph" on links (below) for many more referenced Lovecraft signed items. I do try to keep up with these offerings and keep the images on Blogger for YOU dear readers.
As always, thank YOU for reading my blog.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Charles Dexter Ward Prospect Terrace Location

Here is a place (Prospect Terrace) that is mentioned by HPL. It is from 1883 but would have been not much different in the 1920's, other than Providence being so much more built up. However, Lovecraft probably recalled it as a child at the turn of the century.

Lovecrfat Source & Autographed Too (Mu & Churchward)

Ebay Text:

Col. James Churchward (
1851-January 4, 1936) was best known as a British born occult writer, however, he was also a patented inventor, engineer, and expert fisherman. He was the elder brother of the Masonic author, Albert Churchward (1852-1925.) He was a Tea Planter in Sri Lanka before coming to the US in the 1890s. In James' biography entitled "My Friend Churchey and His Sunken Continent," he discussed Mu with Augustus LePlongeon and his wife in the 1890s. He patented NCV Steel, armor plating to protect ships during WWI, and other steel alloys. After a patent-infringement settlement in 1914, James retired to his 7+ acre estate on Lake Wononskopomuc in Lakeville, Connecticut to answer the questions from his Pacific travels. In 1926, at the age of 75, he published The Lost Continent of Mu, which claimed to prove the existence of a lost continent, called Mu, in the Pacific Ocean.

We are offering a rare signed copy of The Lost Continent of Mu, the Motherland of Man. By Col. James Churchward, Illustrated, published in New York by William Edwin Rudge, 1926. The second endpaper is inscribed thusly, "Geo. L. Reed, Cordially Yours, Churchward. With the compliments of Dr. G.H. Tauzer." We're not sure what the last part means, but the writing is the same as that of Churchward's facsimile signature on the frontispiece.

316 pages, 9 and a half by 6 pages, black cloth at the spine with blue paper covered boards with bright gilt titles and an occult symbol in gilt. The book is filled with occult symbols, photographs, prints, etc. A great copy.

Churchward was a true character.

Claims and hypothesis

According to Churchward, Mu "extended from somewhere north of Hawaii to the south as far as the Fijis and Easter Island." He claimed Mu was the site of the
Garden of Eden and the home of 64,000,000 inhabitants - known as the Naacals. Its civilization, which flourished 50,000 years before Churchward's day, was technologically more advanced than his own, and the ancient civilizations of India, Babylon, Persia, Egypt and the Mayas were merely the decayed remnants of its colonies.

Geologically, the existence of Mu, as described by Churchward, is extremely unlikely, since the Andesite Line would run through the western parts of the continent.

Churchward claimed to have gained his knowledge of this lost land after befriending an Indian priest, who taught him to read an ancient dead language (spoken by only three people in all of India). The priest disclosed the existence of several ancient tablets, written by the Naacals, and Churchward gained access to these records after overcoming the priest's initial reluctance. His knowledge remained incomplete, as the available tablets were mere fragments of a larger text, but Churchward claimed to have found verification and further information in the records of other ancient peoples.

His writings attempt to describe the civilization of Mu, its history, inhabitants, and influence on subsequent history and civilization.

Churchward claimed that the ancient Egyptian sun-god
Ra originated with the Mu; he claimed that Rah was the word which the Naacals used for "sun" as well as for their god and rulers.

Authors of the name

The name
Mu, as applied to a lost continent, was made popular earlier by the French physician Augustus Le Plongeon, as an alternative name for Atlantis, a lost land supposedly located in the Atlantic Ocean, though it goes back to Charles √Čtienne Brasseur de Bourbourg in 1870.

Popular culture

Churchward is mentioned in fiction in the short story
Through the Gates of the Silver Key by H. P. Lovecraft. Churchward's writings are a key influence for the plot of the anime series RahXephon. He is also a source of information for Acharya S, in her two books, "The Christ Conspiracy: The Greatest story ever Sold" and "Suns of God: Krishna, Buddha, and Christ Unveiled."

Providence Church Autographed Copy 9 / Clark Ashton Smith

Providence was definitely on HPL's mind in 1924 !

Letter to Clark Ashton Smith
From H. P. Lovecraft
598 Angell St.Jany. 25, 1924

My dear Smith:—

. . . . . Like you, I don't know anyone who is at all congenial here; & I believe I shall migrate to New York in the end—perhaps, when Loveman does. But fortunately, all this sterility doesn't disturb me much, for I have never had much inclination to depend on people for amusement. To me all mankind seems too local & transitory an incident in the cosmos to take at all seriously. I am more interested in scenes—landscapes & architecture—I have a very real affection for the old town with its ancient steeples & belfries, hills & corners, courts & lanes, all reminding me of that 18th century & that Old England which I love so well.

. . . . . Providence—founded in 1636—is perhaps the most Colonial & English of American cities, since the solid & generous nature of its early structures has discouraged replacement. Before 1750 it was a prosperous village built along a street where the foot of a precipitous hill dipped into the waters at the head of Narragansett Bay, & sending out offshots up the hill & on the marshy peninsula across the water, whither led a series of three wooden bridges. Then came a great wave of building & expansion, expressive of the town's rivalry with Newport, theretofore the metropolis. Bricks—locally baked—were given their first trial in place of timber, in the construction of two houses both of which are still standing. Land was filled in on the opposite west shore, & a bridge of enormous width & strength was thrown across. New streets were laid out both up hill & on the added "west side" across the Great Bridge, & by 1762 the town was a bustling little metropolis of its region—as such things were then and there reckoned. I speak of this odd date because I have a picture of Providence at that especial juncture—a picture shewing many buildings even now recognisable. The brick Court & Colony House was finished in 1762, the brick school in Gaol-Lane (opposite Mr. Carter's printing office at the Sign of Shakespeare's Head—building still standing—where was each Wednesday publisht The Providence Gazette & Country-Journal, Containing the Freshest Advices both Foreign & Domestick, with the Royal Arms over the heading) in 1769, the brick college building in 1770, the brick Market House in 1773, the great white Baptist Church (our family church, with finest Georgian spire in America—designed by Gibbs, who designed the London churches of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, St. Mary le Strand, etc.) in 1775, the brick Clarendon Tavern in 1775, the Golden Ball Inn (where Washington & Lafayette stopped in 1790, & where under its present name of "Mansion House" Edgar Allan Poe stopped repeatedly in 1846-49) in 1783 . . . & so on; these buildings all remaining today in prime condition & active use. And meanwhile prodigious rows of brick & wooden houses & shops had arisen, all so solidly built that a large proportion are with us yet. Even in busy Westminster St., now our main thoroughfare, it is still possible to recognise at least twenty of the buildings shewn in a panoramic view of 1785. The Georgian tradition lingered very late with us, no architectural change coming till 1825 or 1830, when the pure-Grecian fashion brought us a wealth of Doric & Ionic facades. And the odd things, how much of the old material yet abides. We have our domed Congregational church of 1808, our St. John's tower of 1810, our Unitarian steeple of 1816, & endless miles of streets, waterfront warehouses, courts, & alleys just as they were. I do not think a Londoner could feel very strange or ill-at-ease here, & I am sure I should feel very much at home in London, allowing for the differences between a provincial metropolis & a world-metropolis. The renewed use of Georgian architecture is emphasising the similarity; & visitors tell me that they do not wonder at my 18th century taste after seeing my 18th century milieu.

Yet Providence's own realisation of its Georgian quaintness is relatively recent. I was a pioneer in a kind of exultation that the bulk of my solidly commercial fellow-townsmen are just beginning to share. . .

With every good wish, most sincerely yrsH P L

Providence Church Autographed Copy 8

Ebay Text:

We are continuing the listing tonight of a large collection of miniature books ( 3" or less ) ,vest pocket books and purse books ( 5" or less ) , including examples of miniature almanacs , pocket guides , thumb bibles and dictionaries , tokens of love and friendship ,William Shakespeare and leatherbound books of poetry , Ernest Nister and Raphael Tuck , and a few oddball miniature artifacts and souvenires . Probably over 200 items . We will continue each night probably for the next several weeks , maybe longer .

When we ran the first batch last summer , some bidders asked where they all came from .
Well , I can't be too specific about the source , not only for my own interests , but for the interests also of the seller , who is bringing them to me in small batches . But I have realised from certain clues in a few volumes that they were probably collected by a lady who had a used and rare bookstore just outside of Providence RI , who started her business in the 1950s (and if you were a dealer or collector in New England in the 1970s and 1980s , you may have bought at her famous back yard outdoor Labor Day weekend sale which she held each year) .
This lady had "connections" with many Southern New England Historical Societies , which accounts for the many 19th Century volumes in the lot . She has probably passed on now , And I am not sure if the seller got them directly from her estate , or if they passed through other outlets before they came here . I am buying everything that is presented to me , and listing them here on eBay , but I am holding back volumes which were offered to me as single volumes of 2, or 3, or 4 volume sets , until I see if I eventualy will have all of the volumes complete . The seller may bring all of the remaining volumes by early spring . Also I have a number of poor condition or volumes with missing pages which I will group together in "clean up" lots at very low token opening bids , probably in late Spring .

Bacon, Dolores.OLD NEW ENGLAND CHURCHES. And Their Children. : Doubleday, Page & Co. 1906. Hard Cover. 442 pp. 4to 7 by 10" tall. 442 pages, illustrated with thirty-three illustrations in photograuvre and half-tone, from photographs. Good copy with minor ex-library marks. The gilt pictorial cover is clean and bright. This copy belonged to Howard Phillips Lovecraft , the famous horror / fantasy author , and has his handwritten inscription and bookplate at the front .

Providence Church Autographed Copy 7

Providence Church Autographed Copy 6

Providence Church Autographed Copy 5

Providence Church Autographed Copy 4

Providence Church Autographed Copy 3

Providence Church Autographed Copy 2

Providence Church Autographed Copy 1

Oh how Chrispy would love to have this. I love church history, and to have an autograph at this low rate would be wonderful. However, there are others who have a better venue to show this item. I'd just keep it safe on a bookcase, and that would be a shame.

However, here it is on the HPL blog for all to see and hopefully help someone down the road on aresearch project - as long as blogspot remains in business and a viable venue for everyone to use. :)

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Could Lovecraft had been a Clyde Tombaugh?

If only HPL's grnadpa had lived, gotten him math tutors, and Lovecraft had not been so sickly, he might have discovered Yuggoth!

Here are anecdotes of Tombaugh from a recent article.

Posted Online: 2007-05-17

Area residents reflect on connection to Tombaugh

STEPHANIE SZUDA, stephanies@mywebtimes.com, 815-431-4087

Robert Bonebrake, of Streator, jokes about how he traveled all the way to El Paso, Texas, to meet a famous Streatorite. In the 1950s, Bonebrake, then in his 20s, was enrolled in the Army and stationed in Fort Bliss, Texas. He always had an interest in science and technology, citing astronomy as a pertinent interest.

When he heard Clyde Tombaugh was giving a presentation in El Paso, he and a friend made arrangements to attend. After Tombaugh's speech, Bonebrake and his friend were able to speak with Tombaugh one-on-one. While answering the men's questions, Tombaugh mentioned his Streator roots and Bonebrake told him he also was from Streator. The two spent several minutes reminiscing about Streator, but Bonebrake couldn't remember the specifics of the conversation while speaking with The Times recently.

Bonebrake described Tombaugh as personable and dedicated to his work. Before hearing the speech, Bonebrake had never heard of Tombaugh and was unaware he was from Streator.

Dorothy Grubb, on the other hand, heard about him all time. "I got a little bored with it at the beginning," laughed Grubb, of Streator.

Grubb, 94, married Leon Grubb, Tombaugh's cousin, in 1935, when the family was still abuzz with Tombaugh's accomplishments after he discovered Pluto in 1930. "I soon learned it was a fact and was very pleased to be associated with him," Grubb said.

In 1959, Grubb and her husband traveled to Las Cruces, N.M., to visit Tombaugh and recalled one incident when Tombaugh wanted to show his guests his office at New Mexico State University, but was denied access to the building.

Nikita Khrushchev, first secretary of the communist party of the Soviet Union, was visiting the U.S. and security was, therefore, tightened.

"Clyde was quite embarrassed, but he said, 'Well, rules are rules.'"

Grubb has a large collection of memoirs from Tombaugh's discovery, including clippings from newspapers and books he published. "You wouldn't know he was anyone famous," Grubb said. "He was just a common, everyday, farm boy."

Scott Swanson, of Ottawa, echoed those sentiments. Swanson had a keen interest in astronomy as a child and wrote letters to Tombaugh, probing him on his discoveries.

Tombaugh corresponded with Swanson a few times through letters. Swanson was impressed such a busy man would take the time to write a third-grader, he said. Swanson, who grew up east of Streator near Ransom, still has the letters today.

Sandy Tombaugh is a fairly new addition to the Tombaugh family, so she
doesn't have many memories of Clyde. However, she does have some interesting facts to share.
"He ground the lens himself," Sandy said of Tombaugh's telescope in an e-mail to The Times. "The Smithsonian asked if he would donate it to them for their museum, since he was well into his 80s. He declined, saying that he was still using it!"

Her 8-year-old son, Tyler Tombaugh, was quite distraught at the news of Pluto's demotion in August,she said.

"He said, 'How can they take away 'our' planet, Mom? It just isn't fair!'"

Tyler's connection to Clyde and Pluto are a rarity in the Elk Grove area where he lives, so he has acheived celebrity status in the suburb, Sandy said.

The family plans to make the trip to Streator for the Planet Pluto Expo.

According to an autobiography a reader mailed to The Times, Tombaugh's family farmed near Heenanville until 1922, when they moved to Kansas, Heenanville School was built in about 1882 and originally was known as the West Mackey School.

Many students who attended the school wrote an autobiography in the late 1960s, said George Lukach, of Streator, who also has a copy of Tombaugh's autobiography. Heenanville was a mining town northwest of Streator, he said.

The autobiography gave a timeline of Tombaugh's progressing interest and study in astronomy, dating all the way back to the third grade.

One Heenanville School publication recalled the drawings of solar systems even back in his early education.

The reader highlighted this selection from Tombaugh's writing: "Many times my thoughts have turned to recollections of the Heenanville School. I am happy that the Pluto story has been inspirational to my schoolmates and the younger generation of the community. It was a thrilling adventure to probe the depths of space."

In 1962, a petition to annex the Heenanville School District was granted and the 113 students attended Grand Ridge School the following fall.

The school would have closed regardless of the petition because of decreased enrollment. It was the last public one-room school in La Salle County to go out of existence.

Eerie Ocean Life: Lovecraftian Implications?

New discoveriens in the South Pacific near Antarctica have profound Lovecraftian implications. He obviously considered seafood anathema, and things such as these as vermin. Wouldn't he have a shuddering and had delectable horror over these denizens?

(May 17) - Carnivorous sponges, blind creepy-crawlies adorned with hairy antennae and ribbed worms are just some of the new characters recently found to inhabit the dark abysses of the Southern Ocean, an abode once thought devoid of such life.
Recent expeditions have uncloaked this polar region, finding nearly 600 organisms never described before and challenging some assumptions that deep-sea biodiversity is depressed. The findings also suggest that all of Earth's marine life originated in Antarctic waters. Scientists had assumed that the deep sea of the South Pole would follow similar trends in biodiversity documented for the Arctic. "There are less species in the Arctic than around the equator," said one of the study scientists, Brigitte Ebbe, a taxonomist at the German Center for Marine Biodiversity Research. "People assumed that it would be the same if you went from the equator south, but it didn't prove to be true at all." The findings, reported this week in the journal Nature, provide a more accurate picture of creatures in the southern deep sea and shed light on the evolution of biodiversity in the deep ocean, including ancient colonization dating back 65 million years.

Dwellers On the Threshhold: A Lovecraftian Allusion?

A new book (clickhere) discusses OBE's with a very Lovecraft (The Thing on the Doorstep?)sounding name.

Dweller on the Threshold (artist rendering pictured)

Sometimes new out-of-body experiencers encounter an unpleasant manifestation known as the "Dweller on the Threshold," Robert Bruce writes in Astral Dynamics. The dweller can appear as a "shadowy, menacing humanoid shape" and may call a person by name, warning them to back off from their astral projection. Bruce advises ignoring these "dwellers" which may be illusory formations generated by "low-level astral wildlife" attracted by the emotion of fear.

The last phrase seems to derive from HPL's Supernatural Horror in Literature:
The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown. These facts few psychologists will dispute, and their admitted truth must establish for all time the genuineness and dignity of the weirdly horrible tale as a literary form.

Monday, May 14, 2007

New Book Filled with Lovecraftian Art

This is one of 2000 slipcased limited edition cloth copies.

Publisher: Millipede PressPublisher

description:400 pages, four color, sewn with cloth covers, enclosed in a cloth covered slipcase. Front cover image, black embossing, two ribbon markers, fold-outs, detail views.

This huge tome features over forty artists including JK Potter, HR Giger, Raymond Bayless, Ian Miller, Virgil Finlay, Lee Brown Coye, Rowena Morrill, Bob Eggleton, Allen Koszowski, Mike Mignola, Howard V. Brown, Michael Whelan, Tim White, John Coulthart, John Holmes, Harry O. Morris, Murray Tinkelman, Gabriel, Don Punchatz, Helmut Wenske, John Stewart, and dozens of others.
The field has never seen an art book like this -- indeed, it is an art anthology unlike anything ever published before. Many of these works have never before seen publication. Many are printed as special multi-page fold-outs, and several have detail views. The book is filled with four color artwork throughout, all of it printed full page on rich black backgrounds.

A special thumbnail gallery allows you to overview the entire contents of this 400-page book at a glance, with notations on artist, work title, publication information, size, and location, when known.

H.P. Lovecraft fans will simply have to have this book. Because of its sheer size and scope, this book will never be reprinted and will sell out very quickly. Twenty years down the road people will be paying huge prices for this book because of its scope and the quality of reproductions. This is the H.P. Lovecraft fan's dream come true. Don't miss it!
Regular price: $395.00Sale price: $369.00

Sunday, May 13, 2007

A Posthumous Collaboration: The Shadow Out of Space

Derleth would often take a note, parallel idea, or unfinished text and fill it out into a new Mythos story.

This is an image of the rare 1962 February issue of Fantastic. Cover art by Leo Summers and interior art by Dan Adkins. It features stories by Fritz Leiber - A Bit of the Dark World, Daniel F.Galouye - A Silence of Wings, H.P.Lovecraft & August Derleth - The Shadow Out of Space & more.

Arabian Nights & Lovecraft

It's well known that Lovecraft adored the Andrew Lang version of The Arabian Nights. But in all place, I ofund in an obscure book (1) on Bram Stoker's Dracula - the movie - this interesting historical anecdote.

"The incident where Mina and Lucy excitedly peruse a volume of the Arabian Nights, we are immediately reminded of ... Stoker's novel. ... Bram Stoker met {Richard} Burton (translater of the Arabian Nights, not the movie star of the mid-20th century} in the 1880's and wrote how impressed he was ... The Arabian Nights comtains a vampire tale. Johnathan Harker comments ... "This diary seems horribly like the beginning of the 'Arabian Nights' for everything has to break off at cockcorw."

Burton scandalized Victorian England, but still the Victorians on both sides of the Atlantic were entranced by the Tales and settings.

Lovecraft was a product of his times - or at least his grandfather's times - and one wonders if he was swept up in the fad for the Arabian Nights and guided there by family members. Hence, Abdul Alhazrad?

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Kalem Club, 2007?

While Chrispy is still getting his new stories ready, and taking care of other +Horror Library+ matters, here is something to ponder.

Lovecraft had an informal Kalem club with Loveman, Long, Lovecraft, Moe, Kleiner, and many others.

Have you checked the local book shelves lately?

Lumley, Ketchum, Keene, Koonz, King, Lansdale, Matheson ... and so forth.

I wonder? Does the Kalem Club still live?

(Rest assured, more Lovecraft letters and posts are coming. Thanks for staying faithful!)

A Modern Parallel to Colour Out of Space

Previously we shared a blog about a mystery meteor from space that crashed into a NJ home. It turns out that this object was not a primordial fragment but a piece of space junk. Hmm, maybe that's what fell by old Ammi's house?

The entire story is inserted into comments.

The previous blogs are here. (1) (2) (3)

Saturday, May 05, 2007

North Burial Ground

Lovecraft sometimes wrote of the Providence North Burial Ground. Here is a vintage image from around 1915.


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