Revenge of the Respondent (for Mailing 134, May Eve 2006)

     Fred: Your mention of the Smith carving on the cover of The Abominations of Yondo reminds me that Smith stonework also appeared on Beyond the Wall of Sleep. I don’t know if his carvings appeared on the covers of any other Arkham Houses.

     Sean: It is curious that the publication of the Houellebecq work in the English language has incurred so much comment, whereas I have no idea if there has been any comparable flurry when the edition was published or re-published in the Francophone world. It is as though the French edition doesn’t exist.

     Ken: Concerning your issue on Wilson Shepherd and The Rebel Press, I’m afraid I’m at least one reader who lost the thread of your argument in the forest of details. Thanks for the reprint of The Rebel and its kin.

     Ben: I have no way of knowing that Lin Carter was a “loudmouth,” but based on your experience with him mis-quoting you and rather brushing you aside, I might say he was ethically challenged and rude. *** Perhaps unlike you, I feel that some Cthulhu stories by writers other than HPL could be very good–for example, by Robert Bloch or, especially, Fritz Leiber. The idea is to make the story your own. As both Bram Stoker and Richard Matheson could write exceptionally on the same subject of vampires, so too could writers of Cthulhu. But it would be fatal to imitate Lovecraft.*** The videotape pictured on your cover was shown at the Lovecraft Centennial in Providence in 1990 (and I don’t mean that particular tape, but a similar one). 

     Wilum: I note that you write about a place called Sesqua Valley. Is their one-hundred year celebration a Sesqua Centennial (and is the 150th a Sesqua Sesqui-Centennial)? And if man-like creatures are seen in the vicinity are they Sesquatches? *** When I first visited Copenhagen and saw its roofs, I thought of its antique quaintness and of Hans Christian Andersen’s stories. As a setting for weirdness, there might be a hybridization between Andersen and HPL–say “The Outsider” treated as the ugly duckling. *** You could have e-mail, if you wished. There is no cost to open an account with such providers as Yahoo, and you already go to the public library for internet access. Also, there is a social life beyond local Lovecraftians. Where I live you could launch a guided missile and not hit two.

     Martin: In a recent mailing there was a history of Lovecraft publishing in Denmark; and now your account of that in Sweden. Now if somebody would do Norway the Scandinavian countries will have been taken care of (I don’t count Finland as Scandinavian). *** A small press publisher may release “old, neglected horror writers,” but Edgar Allan Poe is not neglected, unless this is a quirk of Swedish taste.

     John G.: Re your review of H.P. Lovecraft in Popular Culture: its music section has probably been eclipsed by The Strange Sound of Cthulhu: Music Inspired by the Writings of H.P. Lovecraft (2006) by Gary Hill. Reflecting on your opinion, I’d say that the book appears an example of marketing trumping quality. *** You compared The Lovecraft Lexicon with The H.P. Lovecraft Encyclopedia, but what about The H.P. Lovecraft Companion, which has a section with similar entries?

     Bruce: It is curious how relatively harmless phrases have taken on a sociological significance, i.e., “Cthulhu Mythos,” concerning which you have taken umbrage. CM can now suggest someone who is muddle-headed about HPL’s fiction, and like the word “sci fi” implies ignorance, and possibly disrespect, of its subject. On the other hand, as a matter of convenience I’m willing to use the label “Cthulhu Mythos,” despite knowing its somewhat disreputable (Derlethian) origin attributed to it by some aficionados. *** Curious that in the comic strip you reprint, the name “Abdul Alhazred” is dubbed “the Mad Monk” rather than “the mad Arab.” This could be an example of a politically correct replacement.

     John H.: You’re not the “unidentified fan” on the cover, are you? *** You have too high a regard for “mea culpa.” None of us is that perfect or bad in our fanzines. *** Were the Arkham ads (that you quote in your register) located at the end of Weird Tales stories, in a classified section, part of the Eyrie, or at some other place? *** Your evaluation comments for your own bibliography should’ve been in a darker type face, for its light gray has too little contrast, and makes it a challenge to distinguish.

     Henrik: That thumbnail of a traditional HPL portrait at the end of your article is reproduced in such a way that it appears he is wearing sunglasses. *** For the Knox competition that’s a funny riff (using cookery) on the “That is not dead” lines.

     Derrick: I envy your energy. You do all of Hippocampus Press activities, plus hold down a job. Your title should be Lord of Everything Else, after The Mikado character.

     S.T.: What you consider “cosmicism” and what I consider it–or perhaps more appropriately “cosmic horror”–have points of similarity and difference. Whereas you might interpret the outlook as the insignificance of man and all that mankind values, I see it as an awareness of earth as an island that is only slightly more known than the surrounding unknown cosmos; and the concept of  unknowableness may have wonder mixed into it.



     Shown at the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival, this film was an appropriate choice, especially the first third, which I will briefly describe from the rented DVD that I watched. The story concerns a film maker, interested in fear and its causes, who goes into tunnels underneath Tokyo. Here he meets a cicerone who discusses the hollow earth theory. Richard Shaver, the Shaver Mystery, and “deros” (“detrimental robots”) are thrown into the discussion. Then the film maker leaves this companion and comes out of a cave into a blue-litten world of peaks–an excellent atmospheric special effect–which immediately reminded me of the cover of The Annotated Lovecraft, where there is a bluish tinged painting by Nicholas Roerich, the artist whose show influenced At the Mountains of Madness. My impression was immediately confirmed by the protagonist labeling what he viewed as “The Mountains of Madness.” The audience is told that here are the ruins of a civilization built by older races. In a alcove in the rocks he discovers a naked woman chained by the foot. The reason for her appearance and being bound is never suitably explained.

     After this the Lovecraft elements are in abeyance. With the next scene the woman is in the man’s apartment, where she is kept as a kind of insane pet. The plot becomes at times conventional, though there is a pleasing revelation.

     At the risk of perpetrating a spoiler, I must observe this may be the only movie I’ve seen that identifies with a madman’s perspective. Cleverly, at times the physical medium of film itself is used, and one has a view as through the artifacts and scratches that one finds on stock footage.

     There are a number of fascinating ideas that get thrown out in Marebito, but are not dramatically integrated. For examples, cause-and-effect are reversed from the proposition that people saw something and so had great fear into the stated premise that people had to be in great fear in order to see something fearful. Also, it is claimed that our ancestors had senses modern people lack, so once it was possible for them to see life from other dimensions. But the suggestions are tantalizing throw-aways that lay on the surface of the story, and their removal would not have changed the film.



     My re-reading of the Bram Stoker classic leads to these observations. *** In the novel the town of Exeter is alluded to. The prefix “Exe” is acknowledged in “The Rats in the Walls” under Exham Priory, and Exeter, R.I. is mentioned in “The Shunned House” as the scene of what may be interpreted as vampire-killing. Since citizens of Exeter apparently did burn the heart of a suspected vampire, one wonders if Stoker opportunistically used the name of Exeter. This incident happened in 1892, while Dracula was published in 1897.

     While the character of Van Helsing doesn’t have an equivalent in Lovecraft, he appears a direct ancestor, by way of Sherlock Holmes, to Jules de Grandin. Both are non-native English speakers who are occult savant/detectives. Taking charge, they’re the ones who know how to deflect and defeat evil.

     A curiosity of Dracula, not in adaptations, is that the title character actually grows young, being rejuvenated by the blood he drinks. Several of Lovecraft’s characters don’t grow younger, though they do prolong life. A poetic theme on the subject is Fritz Leiber’s “The Man Who Never Grew Young.” *** As a who-done-it, the novel fails in the same way as “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” where from the get-go one knows the identity of Mr. Hyde. Nor is there a mystery that the female vampire is Lucy Westenra, however much Stoker strains for this end. The success of some works means that spoilers are inevitable; or in examples like these the perpetration of mystery-making is so unskillful that the reader is ahead of the author.

     One of Dracula’s powers is his ability to control minds at a distance–that of Renfield, say, who is bribed or intimidated to do what the Count wishes. The sinister character of Asenath Waite is the most obvious example of this, even if (s)he doesn’t exercise mind control so much as mind swapping.

     At the end of Dracula Mina Harker and Van Helsing are on the hillside below Dracula’s castle in Transylvania. Using his field glasses, Van Helsing watches in the distance the pursuit of Dracula, and narrates to her what occurs. The glasses pass betwixt the two, each relating what is happening as the good guys near the Count. Correspondingly, in “The Dunwich Horror”the dispatch of the monstrosity is described by several onlookers to a group as a result of watching events through a telescope, passed among them. This business is longer and more important than in Dracula. Wilbur Whateley was described objectively, but the twin’s description comes to us at second-hand in the dialect of rustics who are seeing events at a distance. In this way the description of the monster and the drama is removed and blurred, which adds the verisimilitude of uncertainty, allowing gaps for the reader’s imagination; and putting reality closer to subjective perceptivity. What a third person sees and what a character sees are a gulf apart.





     Williamette Radio Workshop and Ollin Productions brought an adaptation (as an MP3 file) of “The Outsider” with sound effects that appeared on a Portland, Oregon radio station.  *** In 1987 an audio book featured the late Swedish actor Ernst-Hugo Järegård reading "Den lurande skräcken" (“The Lurking Fear,” 1922), "Den namnlösa staden" (“The Nameless City,” 1921), "Hunden" (“The Hound,” 1922), "I gravkammaren" (“In the Vault,” 1925), "Pickmans modell" (“Pickman's Model,” 1926), and "Råttorna i muren" (“The Rats in the Walls,” 1923). *** “The Call of Cthulhu” is available for download. Years ago I bought this reading as a cassette (Landfall Productions, 1989). Garrick Hagon gives a good rendition. *** Thanks to the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society and Dark Adventure Radio Theatre, At the Mountains of Madness has received an audio adaptation. *** “The Whisperer in Darkness” is available as a computer-generated audiobook that uses text-to-speech human voice synthesis, to paraphrase the website. This sounds as though it would be just right for the counterfeit Akeley’s conversation in the story. From the same source, “The Beast in the Cave” is part of a “Ghost Story Collection, vol. 2," while “The Cats of Ulthar”and “The Music of Erich Zann” are in “Short Story Collection, vol. 7." *** Wildside Press has brought out four volumes, so far, of MP3 CD’s called The Dark Worlds of H.P. Lovecraft, which are read by Wayne June. I particularly liked the covers of the first two volumes, available on the Amazon site.



     To encourage beginning authors, there’s a contest online (NaNoWriMo2006) that requires participants to write a 50,000 word novel in a month’s time. One of these, Lovecraft and James Investigate, appears to center on HPL and MRJ. 



     How is this for a blog name?: “The Blogonomicon.” 



     In New and Used (a work concerning books and other media) Jonathan Lethem apparently has recounted how he was stopped from exploring a bookstore basement where there was supposedly an estate collection of Lovecraft’s. 



     There Will Come Soft Rains” by Ray Bradbury is dramatized (in Russian) on YouTube. 


Character Based on Lovecraft

     Gilgamesh in the Outback” by Robert Silverberg features HPL and Robert E. Howard as some of the characters. It is available as an e-book download. 



     Boom! Studios is bringing out the series Fall of Cthulhu. Its author, Michael Alan Nelson, is interviewed.  *** Here’s your chance to see “Sweet Ermengarde” illustrated. Graphic Classics has added it to a 2nd ed. of H.P. Lovecraft.



     “Black Cats and Rats: A Comparison of Poe and Lovecraft” was presented by John Darowski at the 2006 Popular Culture Association conference. The 2005 program had “Horrific Correspondence: Anachronic Eruptions of Human/Nonhuman Hybridity in H.P. Lovecraft’s ‘The Call of Cthulhu’” by Niles Tomlinson, and “What Screams Are Made Of: Representing Cosmic Fear in H.P. Lovecraft’s ‘Pickman’s Model’” by Carl Sederholm. *** At the 2007 Popular Culture Association conference I will be presenting my paper on the influence of Lovecraft on Bradbury. The conference will host 17 horror panels, with typically four presentations on each panel. HPL is very much in presence, perhaps because the venue is Boston. One of the panels is entitled “H. P. Lovecraft and His Eldritch Influence,” but I’m on the one entitled “The Vertigo of Influence in Horror Literature,” and there is also another Lovecraft presentation on another panel, “Horror Literature and Cinema,” which ties Poe and HPL with slavery.



     See a photo of a license plate with the word “Cthlhu,” under which is the phrase “kids first”; it is accompanied by the red handprints of children, which leads to humorous speculations.  (I once had a license plate spelled “Cthulu,” since seven letters were the limit.)



     Sauk City honors a favorite son with an August Derleth room in its public library and an August Derleth Park



     Michael Dirda is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reviewer of the Washington Post who appreciates HPL, Dunsany, and their ilk. When he gave a talk about reading on C-Span national television I had hope that Lovecraft might be mentioned, and was not disappointed. Dirda noted that one (teenage?) son, who has a talent for mathematics, was currently reading both HPL and Sherlock Holmes stories, which shows astute taste.



     To be released in three parts in 2007 and designed for the PC, the Lovecraft-inspired “Penumbra” is a horror adventure game. *** “Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened” is an adventure game whose premise is another case of putting SH in the world of HPL. *** The live-action, role-playing game “Cthulhu Lives” is the subject of an M.A. thesis, Cthulhu Lives!: A Descriptive Study of the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society, by J. Michael Bestul; read all 174 pages online



     Thanks to I’ve found the following Lovecrafts. Sonia Lovecraft was on a passenger list, stamped 27 August 1932. She sailed on the SS Bremen from Cherbourg, France (on 22 August) to the port of New York. Her age is given as 49, and under the column that has married or single is “wd”—widowed. I dare say she could have declared herself “d”—for divorced. Interesting that she kept the Lovecraft surname, but called herself widowed, which must be a reference to her first husband. Her address is given as 25 West 57 Street, New York, N.Y., and her birth is given as about 1883. *** Another passenger list has F.A. Lovecraft (age given as 36), who boarded at Bermuda to go to New York, arriving 21 Feb 1887. *** In 1850 Rochester, N.Y. Aaron Lovecraft was a foreman; John F. Lovecraft was a joiner; William Lovecraft was a cooper. *** Winfield S. Lovecraft is listed in the New York Emigrant Savings Bank, 1850-1883.

     In Life, Stories, and Poems of John Brougham (p. 140) presumably the “Mr. Lovecraft” mentioned is F.A., who was a member of the Brougham Benefit Committee (circa 1878) founded to aid the actor John Brougham. *** “Willelmus Lovecraft” is listed in The Register of Edmund Lacy, Bishop of Exeter, 1420-1455, Registrum Commune, vol. iv (Canterbury and York Society) under the heading “Ordinations” for the range of years 27 April to 21 May 1433. His is one of the names preceded by the Latin “Item secundo die Maii apud Modbury” (p. 145). I will note that here is more evidence for Lovecraft choosing “Exham Priory” as a name.



      In Geneva, NY the theme for a haunted house (a three-car garage) was “Herbert West—Reanimator,” in which zombies jumped out from the dark.


Inventions has a list of inventions by sf authors, a few of whom are Ambrose Bierce, Ray Bradbury, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Nictzin Dyalhis, David H. Keller, Frank Belknap Long, “Lewis Padgett,” and Jack Vance. 



     Lairs of the Hidden Gods (Kurodahan Press Book, 2006?) was published in Japanese in 2002 as Hishinkais, a 2 volume set with original articles and stories concerning the Cthulhu Mythos. This title is a translation with introductions by Robert Price.  



     In Genentech Legal Counsel and Vice President, 1976-1988, and Entrepreneur, by Thomas D. Kiley, the author states in the course of a law case, “The whole exercise reminded me of the grim novella by H.P. Lovecraft, At the Mountains of Madness” (p. 205).


Library of America

     The not-free-from-typos Library of America is bringing out a collection of Philip K. Dick novels. In part Dick was chosen because of the “positive response” to the 2005 Lovecraft volume. According to publisher Max Rudin “There were a lot of people who felt their reading tastes were validated by including Lovecraft in the library¼We had been thinking for a long time about Philip K. Dick and other genre writers, and because of the success of the Lovecraft book, and because of ‘Blade Runner’ coming out, it seemed like a good time to go ahead with this” (CNN, 29 Nov 06). Other prospective writers are Ray Bradbury and the Howard-winning, HPL-hater, Ursula K. Le Guin. 


     James Gunn, director of Slither, reports that “Lovecraft was very influential to me during the making of this film.” *** Pan’s Labyrinth, the fantasy directed by Guillermo del Toro, is Mexico’s official candidate for Best Foreign Language Film category at the Academy Awards (it lost), is a Golden Globe nominee in the same category (it again lost), and is an Independent Spirit Award nominee for the best feature. There's a list of wins and nominations. These nominations won’t hurt prospects for del Toro’s plan to film At the Mountains of Madness. *** In the same vein, a blogger has a review of what he claims is a draft screen treatment of ATMOM, by del Toro and Matthew Robbins. *** Winner of the Best Animated Horror Film (Dragon*Con Film Festival 2006) and of the Brown Jenkin Award (H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival 2006), From Beyond has an interesting trailer. *** Federico Fellini talks about his “loves and enthusiasms: Poe, Dickens, Lovecraft, the occult, the spectral, mythological adventures, science fiction” (quoted from Contemporary Literary Criticism, vol. 85, p. 51). *** The 1974 Alain Resnais film Stavisky had Lovecraft’s work as one source of inspiration, according to the film’s screenwriter Jorge Semprun. *** The director Elias Ganster talks about his film LovecraCked! The Movie, an anthology that includes shorts from other filmmakers. *** According to New Hampshire Public Radio, Stephen Bisset is a cartoonist, writer, and instructor at the Center for Cartoon Studies, and “is highly regarded as an expert in Lovecraft film adaptations.” *** Lovecraft wrote a review of the movie he called The Image Maker of Thebes (officially The Image Maker). In H.P. Lovecraft: A Life (Necronomicon Press, 1996) S.T. states “no copy appears to survive” (p. 149), but according to “Silent Era” the 1917 film exists today in a private collection.*** The 2006 independent film festival It Came from Lake Michigan (Racine, Wisconsin) had rooms named after Lovecraft, August Derleth, and Robert Bloch.



     Hear and see the Xmasy “The Carol of the Bells” as inspired by Lovecraft. Very well done. *** The Finnish group Dawn of Relic has the 2003 album Lovecraftian Dark.



     A Lovecraftian Name Generator creates names that purportedly resemble gods or entities, not protagonists. *** Poetic lines from “Lucy” by Champion Bissell: “But plain to him, who not excels/ In love-craft, you can have no part¼” (in The Panic, As Seen from Parnassus (1860)). *** “Jamie Lovecraft” is the name of the main character, an English soldier of World War II, in Lawrence Osborne’s 1987 Ania Malina.



     In Google’s patent search I used the term “lovecraft”.These are the results, except I have omitted one patent by Joseph Lovecraft, since it was mentioned in a previous ‘aster. Note that the year I have given with the patent is the date of issue, not of filing.

     Joseph is a witness for an 1859 patent that covers “chamfering barrel-heads.”

     Frederick A. Lovecraft has an 1892 patent for improving “registry-stamps.” He writes “My invention has for its object to avoid the trouble and loss connected with the ordinary method of registering letters.” How apt for someone who is related to an outstanding epistolarian.

     Frederick is also a witness to an 1890 and 1894 patent.

     An 1971 patent for a paddle wheel boat is by Dale E. Love, assignor to Lovecraft Boat Company, Holland, Mich.

     One of the two founders of Google, Sergey Brin, has a 2004 patent about information extraction, and titles by HPL are among those in a sample list of books.



     According to The New Yorker, Adam Gadahn—the first American to be charged with treason in fifty years—has repeatedly read all of HPL’s work. 



     In late 2003 The Modern Word interviewed Derrick about Hippocampus Press, where he also worthily talks of the EOD, the origin of the name “Hippocampus,” and other interesting things. (The Modern Word also has a 2004 article about Lovecraft movies.)



     BBC Radio 3 was scheduled to broadcast on Sunday (3 Dec 2006) “Weird Tales - The Strange Life Of H P Lovecraft,” an approximately 45 minute documentary. “Geoff Ward examines the strange life and terrifying world of the man hailed as America's greatest horror writer since Poe. During his life Lovecraft's work was confined to lurid pulp magazines and he died in penury in 1937. Today, however, his writings are considered modern classics and published in prestigious editions. Among the writers considering his legacy are Neil Gaiman, S.T. Joshi, Kelly Link, Peter Straub and China Mieville.” I later listened to the program and was pleased to note comments from several unlisted EODers. *** BBC7’s The Seventh Dimension re-broadcast a reading of “The Tomb” in December.



     “H.P. Lovecraft and the Occult” consists of four lectures by Dr. Justin Woodman (University of London) that are to be given at Treadwell’s Bookshop, London in January and February, 2007. 



     According to Matt Cardin, an excerpt at his site is from his essay about Lovecraft and Thomas Ligotti that is to be published in Studies in Weird Fiction. In the meantime you can read about beauty and “sehnsucht.”  

“The Shadow Out of Time”

     According to The Eagle-Tribune “Lovecraft borrowed the name of Nathaneal Peaslee for his narrator in the short story ‘Dreams of the Witch House’ [sic] after visiting the city [Haverhill, Mass.] and the old Pentucket Burial Ground at the corner of Water and Mill streets, a half-mile away from the house.” The house, at 89 Groveland Street, was purported to have been used as a story setting, while the Peaslee name came from an eighteenth-century gravestone in the cemetery. 



     In May 2008 the spacecraft Phoenix is to land on Mars. It contains a mini-dvd that includes 80 stories and articles, including “The Martian Artifact” by August Derleth, “Mars on the Ether” by Lord Dunsany, and “A Martian Odyssey” by Stanley G. Weinbaum. How nice if an additional story had been Robert Bloch’s “One Way to Mars.” 



      According to an e-mail I received, a club named "Dimos, the  Hellenic Lovecraft's Society” has engaged in several activities. This Greek group has a male beach handball team called “Cthulhu” (listed with the European Handball Federation). They noted, “We also have a huge Lovecraftian library, a large VHS and DVD collection and we have just published our magazine.” They plan on setting up a website, and their e-mail is



     Doctor Who appears to draw upon HPL in “The Impossible Planet” scenario, according to a commentator at this website *** The British television quiz program Mastermind (which has been youtubed) had a graduate student as a contestant whose area of expertise was the fiction of H.P. Lovecraft. Taking the quiz, I missed one question. *** According to a blogger, on his 1970’s talk show Dick Cavett praised HPL



     For Hallowe’en “An Evening of Weird Tales” was produced by the Box Theatre of Fort Worth, Texas. It consisted of Poe’s “The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether,” a recitation of “Nyarlathotep,” a play by Michael Johnson (founder of the theatre) entitled “Possessions,” and Ray Bradbury’s “Pillar of Fire,” which was based by its author on the story of the same name. *** 2006 is the fourth year of annual Lovecraft stage adaptations by Open Circle Theater (mentioned last issue) *** The full-text of Night Gaunts: An Entertainment Based on the Life and Writings of H.P. Lovecraft (Grim Reaper Books, 2005) by Brett Rutherford was available as a pdf, but the link no longer works. 



     Congratulations to EODer Massimo Berutti for his translation of the Randolph Carter cycle, which he noted on his fitfully produced blog


Weird Tales

     From Jack Kerouac’s Dr. Sax (Grove Press, 1988; p. 207): “In Blezan’s store ... some are scanning thru the Shadows and Operator Fives and Masked Detectives and Weird Tales–(Weird Tales were such a wig, there were moss invasions of the earth, lava rivers of moss were coming to engulf us).” Could be this is a reference to Joseph Payne Brennan’s “Slime,” which appeared in WT in 1952, the same year that Kerouac wrote Dr. Sax.



     In November 2006 Clifford D. Simak received mention on National Public Radio for his City series; the books under review featured dogs. *** John W. Campbell’s “Who Goes There?” is available online. *** With HPL having been in The Wall Street Journal, can REH be far behind? Read about Conan the Barbarian in “Opinion Journal, from The Wall Street Journal Editorial Page,” where there is an article “From Pen to Sword” by John J. Miller, who also did a review of Lovecraft’s Tales in 2005. *** There’s a reminiscence of the late Nelson S. Bond. It includes his pleasing and perceptive poem "Nyarlathotep is Petohtalrayn Spelled Backwards," which is quoted.



     Neil Gaiman’s “A Study in Emerald” is a cross betwixt the worlds of Arthur Conan Doyle and Lovecraft. It is available in a recent collection, Fragile Things, and online as a free pdf file, where it appears in the format of an old newspaper story. Likewise, Gaiman’s 1986 “I, Cthulhu” is at the same site. His1987 follow-up letter at the end of the story suggests he has evidence that HPL and P.G. Wodehouse corresponded and collaborated, the novel from which Gaiman promises to publish. This literary charlatanry anticipates Peter Cannon’s 1994 Scream for Jeeves, though apparently Gaiman never published the result (somebody found a story in Gaiman’s Fragile Things bringing the two writers together, but I can’t verify this). *** James Buchanan writes gay romance novels as well as various types of genre fiction. Lovecraft and Bradbury are among his inspirations. *** Call it a prior version of Lovecraft’s Book (Arkham House, 1985), but under the title of Marblehead, the Richard A. Lupoff work has been published by Ramble House, which also publishes Joel Townsley Rogers and Anthony Boucher. 




Thanks for reading the 51st issue of The Criticaster (February 2007, mailing 137) by  Mr. Walker. Eventually published on the Net as

The Limbonaut (no 22).