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  65. See Robert M. Price, “The Humor at Red Hook,” CoC No. 28 (Yuletide 1984): 9.

  66. Davis, Private Life, 11.

  67. Ibid., 20.

  68. Ibid., 26–27.

  69. Sonia H. Davis to Winfield Townley Scott, 24 September 1948 (ms., JHL).

  70. HPL to LDC, 6 July 1925; Letters from New York, 148.

  71. HPL to LDC, 11 January 1926; Letters from New York, 269.

  72. HPL to LDC, 27 March 1926 (ms., JHL).

  73. Long, Dreamer on the Nightside, 227.

  74. See note 71 (Letters from New York, 271).

  75. HPL to JVS, 19 November 1931 (AHT).

  76. Long, 228–29.

  77. HPL to LDC, 13 August 1925; Letters from New York, 171–72.

  78. HPL to LDC, 29–30 September 1924; Letters from New York, 68.

  79. “Little Sketches About Town,” New York Evening Press (29 August 1924): 9; rpt. in HPL’s From the Pest Zone: Stories from New York (New York: Hippocampus Press, 2003), 106.

  80. See Elaine Schechter, Perry Street—Then and Now (New York, 1972).

  81. HPL to LDC, 20 August 1924; Letters from New York, 60–61.

  82. See further my article, “Lovecraft and Dunsany’s Chronicles of Rodriguez” (CoC, Hallowmass 1992), in Primal Sources, 177–81.

  83. HPL to LDC, 23–24 September 1925; Letters from New York, 197.

  84. HPL to LDC, 12–13 September 1925; Letters from New York, 191.

  85. HPL to LDC, 13 August 1925; Letters from New York, 172.

  86. HPL to LDC, 8 August 1925 (ms., JHL).

  87. HPL to CAS, 20 September 1925 (SL 2.26).

  88. CAS to HPL, 11 March 1930 (ms., JHL).

  89. HPL to LDC, 2 December 1925; Letters from New York, 251.

  90. HPL to LDC, 13 December 1925; Letters from New York, 252.

  91. HPL to LDC, 2 October 1925 (ms., JHL).

  92. HPL to LDC, 27 August 1925; Letters from New York, 187.

  93. The date is derived from Bernard Hubertus Maria Vlekke and Henry Beets, Hollanders Who Helped Build America (New York: American Biographical Company, 2nd ed. 1942), 223, which contains a biography of Talman whose information was presumably provided by Talman himself.

  94. Ibid. (Letters from New York, 186–87).

  95. HPL to LDC, 22–23 December 1925; Letters from New York, 158.

  96. HPL to LDC, 19–23 August 1925 (ms., JHL).

  97. HPL to LDC, 1 September 1925 (ms., JHL).

  98. HPL to LDC, 8 September 1925 (ms., JHL).

  99. HPL to LDC, 12–13 September 1925; Letters from New York, 190.

  100. HPL to LDC, 28–30 September 1925; Letters from New York, 204.

  101. Ibid. (Letters from New York, 209).

  102. Ibid. (Letters from New York, 210).

  103. HPL to FBL, 21 March 1924 (SL 1.332).

  104. HPL to LDC, 22 October 1925; Letters from New York, 227.

  105. HPL to LDC, 14–19 November 1925; Letters from New York, 247.

  106. Ibid. (Letters from New York, 249).

  107. HPL to JFM, 5 January 1926 (SL 2.36).

  108. Lovecraft to LDC, 5 March 1926 and 6 March 1926 (mss., JHL).

  109. Lovecraft to LDC, 12–13 April 1926 (ms., JHL).

  110. SL 2.36 (note 107).

  111. HPL to the Gallomo, [April 1920]; Letters to Alfred Galpin, 73.

  112. HPL to LDC, 29–30 September 1924; Letters from New York, 63.

  113. HPL to Vincent Starrett, 6 December 1927 (SL 2.211).

  114. HPL to LDC, 13 December 1925; Letters from New York, 253.

  115. HPL to LDC, 26 January 1926; Letters from New York, 275.

  116. HPL to JVS, 5 February 1932 (SL 4.15).

  117. See AD, “Introduction,” Supernatural Horror in Literature (New York: Ben Abramson, 1945), 9–11.

  118. Review of Supernatural Horror in Literature (Ben Abramson, 1945), American Literature 18 (1946): 175.

  119. See The Supernatural in Fiction (1952); portions reprinted in my H. P. Lovecraft: Four Decades of Criticism (1980), 63f. (but cf. my note ad loc.).

  120. See Elegant Nightmares: The English Ghost Story from LeFanu to Blackwood (Athens: Ohio University Press, 1978), 32.

  121. Lovecraft to CAS, [16 January 1932] (ms., JHL).

  122. HPL to LDC, 6 January 1926 (postcard); Letters from New York, 266.

  123. HPL to LDC, 11 January 1926; Letters from New York, 272.

  124. HPL to Henry Kuttner, 29 July 1936; Letters to Henry Kuttner (West Warwick, RI: Necronomicon Press, 1990), 21.

  125. Arthur Machen, “Novel of the White Powder,” in Tales Horror and the Supernatural (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1948), 55.

  126. Poe, Collected Works, 3.1243.

  127. Hart, “Walkers in the City,” 11–16.

  128. HPL to LDC, 19–23 August 1925; Letters from New York, 182.

  129. HPL to LDC, 7 August 1925 (ms., JHL).

  130. HPL to LDC, 12 February 1926 (ms., JHL).

  131. HPL to LDC, 6 March 1926; Letters from New York, 281–82.

  132. “When Sonia Sizzled,” 29.

  133. HPL to LDC, 27 March 1926; Letters from New York, 282–83.

  Chapter 17: Paradise Regain’d

  1. HPL to Arthur Harris, 22 July 1924 (ms., JHL).

  2. HPL to LDC, 2 April 1925; Letters from New York, 116.

  3. HPL to CAS, 15 October 1927 (SL 2.176).

  4. HPL to LDC, 14–19 November 1925 (ms., JHL).

  5. HPL to LDC, 27 July 1925 (ms., JHL).

  6. HPL to LDC, 8 August 1925; Letters from New York, 168.

  7. Scott, “His Own Most Fantastic Creation,” in Lovecraft Remembered, 18. In his copy of Marginalia (where Scott’s essay first appeared), now owned by Kenneth W. Faig, Jr, Benjamin Crocker Clough, a reviewer for the Providence Journal, has written: “So he [Loveman] told me, and I told WTS. ‘Phial’ I’m not sure of.”

  8. Hart, “Walkers in the City,” 10.

  9. HPL to MWM, 15 June 1925; Letters from New York, 144.

  10. HPL to LDC, 22–23 December 1925; Letters from New York, 254.

  11. Scott, “His Own Most Fantastic Creation,” in Lovecraft Remembered, 18–19.

  12. Koki, 159.

  13. Long, Dreamer on the Nightside, 167.

  14. HPL to LDC, 29 March 1926; Letters from New York, 288–89.

  15. HPL to LDC, 1 April 1926; Letters from New York, 290–91.

  16. HPL to LDC, 6 April 1926; Letters from New York, 293.

  17. HPL to LDC, 12–13 April 1926; Letters from New York, 299–300.

  18. Davis, Private Life, 14.

  19. Ibid., 20.

  20. Ibid., 27.

  21. Ibid., 23.

  22. George Gissing, The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft (1903; rpt. New York: E. P. Dutton, 1907), 54.

  23. Gissing, 47; Davis, Private Life, 23.

  24. Gissing, 56.

  25. Gissing, 166.

  26. Gissing, 280–81.

  27. HPL to AD, 16 January 1931 (SL 3.262).

  28. HPL to MWM, [2 July] 1929 (SL 3.5, 8).

  29. Davis, Private Life, 27.

  30. Sonia H. Davis to Samuel Loveman, 4 January 1948 (ms., JHL).

  31. HPL to DW, 10 February 1927; Mysteries of Time and Spirit, 35.

  32. HPL to Bernard Austin Dwyer, 26 March 1927 (SL 2.117).

  33. See note 31.

  34. HPL to DW, 27 March 1927; Mysteries of Time and Spirit, 63.

  35. HPL to DW, 12 April 1927; Mysteries of Time and Spirit, 74.

  36. Davis, Private Life, 11.

  37. HPL to LDC, 12–13 April 1926; Letters from New York, 301.

  38. HPL to FBL, 1 May 1926 (SL 2.46–47).

  39. Lévy, Lovecraft: A Study in the Fantastic, 23.

  40. Cook, In Memoriam, in Lovecraft Remembered, 116.

  41. de Camp (Lovecraft: A Biography, 259) maintains that Sonia was delayed by an “appointment to discuss a prospective new job.” I do not know what the source of this statement is; perhaps it comes
from de Camp’s interview with Sonia.

  42. Cook, In Memoriam, in Lovecraft Remembered, 116–17.

  43. HPL to FBL, 1 May 1926 (ms., JHL [this portion not in SL]).

  44. HPL to JFM, 16 May 1926 (SL 2.50).

  45. HPL to the Gallomo, [April 1920] (Letters to Alfred Galpin, 87–88); HPL to RK, 21 May 1920 (SL 1.114–15).

  46. Guy de Maupassant, “The Horla,” Tales of Supernatural Terror, ed. and tr. Arnold Kellett (London: Pan, 1972), 114–17.

  47. Robert M. Price, “HPL and HPB: Lovecraft’s Use of Theosophy” (CoC, Roodmas 1982), in Price’s H. P. Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Mythos (Mercer Island, WA: Starmont House, 1990), 12–19.

  48. HPL to CAS, 17 June 1926 (SL 2.58).

  49. See HPL to AD, 5 June 1936 (SL 5.263).

  50. HPL’s first letter to de Castro (ms., JHL) is dated November 15, 1925; but this appears to be a stenographic error on HPL’s part. In what appears to be de Castro’s first extant letter to HPL (20 November 1927; ms., JHL) he writes: “My friend, Mr. Samuel Loveman, was kind enough to mention that you might be inclined to aid me in bringing out one or the other of my labors which sadly need revision.”

  51. Steven J. Mariconda, “On the Emergence of ‘Cthulhu’” (LS, Fall 1987), in On the Emergence of “Cthulhu,” 59 (citing the New York Times, 1 March 1925).

  52. HPL to LDC, 14–19 November 1925; Letters from New York, 247.

  53. HPL to Bernard Austin Dwyer, [January 1928] (SL 2.217).

  54. HPL to AD, 16 May 1931; Essential Solitude, 336.

  55. HPL to FBL, 22 February 1931 (SL 3.293).

  56. HPL to Farnsworth Wright, 5 July 1927 (SL 2.150).

  57. See David E. Schultz, “The Origin of Lovecraft’s ‘Black Magic’ Quote,” CoC No. 48 (St John’s Eve 1987): 9–13. For more on this, and on the whole subject of the Cthulhu Mythos as elaborated by HPL and others, see my The Rise and Fall of the Cthulhu Mythos (Poplar Bluff, MO: Mythos Books, 2008).

  58. See David E. Schultz, “From Microcosm to Macrocosm: The Growth of Lovecraft’s Cosmic Vision,” in Schultz and Joshi, An Epicure in the Terrible, 212.

  59. John Milton, Paradise Lost 1.26.

  60. HPL to Duane W. Rimel, 23 July 1934 (SL 5.10–11).

  61. DW, “Lovecraft in Providence,” in Lovecraft Remembered, 313.

  62. RHB, “[Memories of Lovecraft (1934)],” On Lovecraft and Life, 14.

  63. For an exhaustive discussion of the topography of the story and other elements, see Robert D. Marten, “The Pickman Models,” LS No. 44 (2004): 42–80.

  64. HPL to AD, 25 October 1926; Essential Solitude, 1.44.

  65. HPL to AD, 26 August 1926, 27 September 1926; Essential Solitude, 1.33, 37.

  66. HPL to AD, 8 September 1926; Essential Solitude, 1.36.

  67. HPL to AD, 2 September 1926; Essential Solitude, 1.34.

  68. HPL to Wilfred B. Talman, 21 July 1926 (SL 2.61).

  69. Talman, The Normal Lovecraft, 8.

  70. HPL to FBL, 26 October 1926 (SL 2.79).

  71. Davis, Private Life, 20.

  72. HPL to LDC, [15 September 1926] (ms., JHL).

  73. Ibid.

  74. HPL to FBL, 26 October 1926 (SL 2.87).

  75. HPL to Fritz Leiber, 15 November 1936 (SL 5.354).

  76. HPL to the Gallomo, [April 1920] (SL 1.106).

  77. Kenneth W. Faig, Jr, “‘The Silver Key’ and Lovecraft’s Childhood” (CoC, St John’s Eve 1992), in The Unknown Lovecraft, 148–82.

  78. HPL to AD, 26 November 1926; Essential Solitude, 1.52.

  79. HPL to AD, 26 July 1927; Essential Solitude, 1.100.

  80. HPL to AD, 4 August 1928; Essential Solitude, 1.150–51.

  81. HPL to AD, [2 August 1929]; Essential Solitude, 1.206.

  82. HPL to FBL, 6 September 1927 (SL 2.164).

  83. HPL to AD, 6 November 1931 (SL 3.433).

  84. See my article, “Lovecraft and Dunsany’s Chronicles of Rodriguez” (CoC, Hallowmass 1992), in Primal Sources, 177–81.

  85. HPL to AD, [early December 1926] (SL 2.94).

  Chapter 18: Cosmic Outsideness

  1. HPL to CAS, 21–22 January 1927 (SL 2.99).

  2. HPL to AD, [early December 1926] (SL 2.94).

  3. HPL to Wilfred B. Talman, 19 December 1926 (SL 2.95).

  4. de Camp, Lovecraft: A Biography, 280.

  5. See Peter Cannon, “The Influence of Vathek on H. Lovecraft’s The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath,” in Joshi, Four Decades.

  6. See my article “The Dream World and the Real World in Lovecraft” (CoC, Lammas 1983), in Primal Sources, p 90–103. Giuseppe Lippi has attempted to defend HPL on this point; see “Lovecraft’s Dreamworld Revisited.” LS No. 26 (Spring 1992): 23–25.

  7. HPL to CAS, 7 November 1930 (SL 3.212).

  8. HPL to Alfred Galpin, 26 January 1918 (SL 1.54–55).

  9. HPL to FBL, [February 1927] (SL 2.100).

  10. HPL to DW, 29 January 1927; Mysteries of Time and Spirit, 21.

  11. HPL to AD, 9 February 1927; Essential Solitude, 1.68.

  12. HPL to AD, 20 February 1927; Essential Solitude, 1.71.

  13. HPL to CAS, 21 January 1927 (SL 2.99).

  14. HPL to LDC, 24 August 1925; Letters from New York, 185.

  15. Rhode Island: A Guide to the Smallest State (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1937), 290.

  16. HPL to LDC, 15 September 1925; Letters from New York, 193.

  17. HPL to FBL, 11 June 1926 (SL 2.57).

  18. See Richard Ward, “In Search of the Dread Ancestor: M. R. James’ ‘Count Magnus’ and Lovecraft’s the Case of Charles Dexter Ward,” LS No. 36 (Spring 1997): 14–18.

  19. HPL to LDC, 4 October and 25 November 1925 (mss., JHL).

  20. See M. Eileen McNamara and S. T. Joshi, “Who Was the Real Charles Dexter Ward?” LS Nos. 19/20 (Fall 1989): 40–41, 48. Most of the information in this article is derived from discussions with Mauran’s widow, Grace Mauran.

  21. “Facts in the Case of H. Lovecraft” (1972), in Joshi, Four Decades, 178.

  22. HPL to RHB, [19 March 1934]; O Fortunate Floridian, 120.

  23. HPL to CAS, 24 March 1927 (SL 2.114).

  24. HPL to Richard Ely Morse, 13 October 1935 (ms., JHL).

  25. HPL to FBL, 26 October 1926 (SL 2.81).

  26. HPL to LDC, 1 September 1925 (ms., JHL).

  27. HPL to JVS, [30 October 1931] (SL 3.429).

  28. “A Literary Copernicus” (1949), in Joshi, Four Decades, 50.

  29. Sam Moskowitz, “The Lore of H. Lovecraft,” Explorers of the Infinite: Shapers of Science Fiction (Cleveland: World Publishing Co., 1963), 255.

  30. Sam Moskowitz to S. T. Joshi, 11 June 1994. Moskowitz maintained, however, that he believed he read of the submission of “The Colour out of Space” to Weird Tales in a Lovecraft letter prior to writing his article.

  31. “You’re undoubtedly correct in predicting that Wright will have little use for ‘The Colour Out of Space’. I shall probably try it on him as a matter of routine, but do not expect the thing to achieve the dignity of fully professional print.” HPL to AD, 29 April [1927]; Essential Solitude, 1.85.

  32. HPL to Farnsworth Wright, 5 July 1927 (SL 2.151).

  33. HPL to CAS, 17 October 1930 (AHT).

  34. HPL to Wilfred B. Talman, 29 April 1927 (ms., JHL).

  35. HPL to AD, 16 May 1927; Essential Solitude, 1.88.

  36. HPL to AD, [21 October 1927]; Essential Solitude 1.111. See also HPL to DW, 19 May 1927 (Mysteries of Time and Spirit, 106), where HPL refers to the magazine as Mystery Magazine.

  37. HPL to DW, 1 July 1927; Mysteries of Time and Spirit, 130.

  38. HPL to AD, [15 April 1927]; Essential Solitude, 1.83.

  39. HPL to DW, 27 March 1927; Mysteries of Time and Spirit, 61.

  40. HPL to AD, 2 September 1926; Essential Solitude, 1.34.

  41. HPL to AD, 13 August 1926 and 31 October 1926; Essential Solitude, 1.30, 46–47.

  42. HPL to DW, 13 March 1927; Mysteries of Time and Spirit, 54.

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p; 43. HPL to JFM, 1 April 1927 (SL 2.123).

  44. HPL to DW, 21 April 1927; Mysteries of Time and Spirit, 92–93.

  45. HPL to CAS, 12 May 1927 (SL 2.127).

  46. HPL to CAS, 24 June 1927 (SL 2.148). Chambers’s weird work (excluding The Slayer of Souls) has now been gathered in The Yellow Sign and Other Stories (Oakland, CA: Chaosium, 2000).

  47. M. R. James, “An M. R. James Letter” [to Nicholas Llewelyn Davies, 12 January 1928], Ghosts & Scholars 8 (1986): 28–33.

  48. DW to HPL, 27 September 1928; Mysteries of Time and Spirit, 227.

  49. HPL to JFM, 1 April 1927 (SL 2.122).

  50. HPL to DW, 2 November 1930; Mysteries of Time and Spirit, 261.

  51. DW, Sanctity and Sin: The Collected Poems and Prose Poems of Donald Wandrei (New York: Hippocampus Press, 2008), 74.

  52. HPL to FBL, 10 February 1928 (SL 2.223).

  53. HPL to DW, 21 April 1927; Mysteries of Time and Spirit, 85.

  54. HPL to AD, 19 October 1926; Essential Solitude, 1.43.

  55. DW to HPL, 22 June 1927; Mysteries of Time and Spirit, 118.

  56. DW to HPL, 20 June 1927; Mysteries of Time and Spirit, 117.

  57. DW, “Lovecraft in Providence,” in Lovecraft Remembered, 315.

  58. HPL to DW, [2 August 1927]; Mysteries of Time and Spirit, 138.

  59. HPL to AD, 20 July 1929; Essential Solitude, 1.201–2.

  60. DW to HPL, 30 June 1927; Mysteries of Time and Spirit, 119.

  61. Wandrei, “Lovecraft in Providence,” in Lovecraft Remembered, 304–5.

  62. HPL to LDC, [17 July 1927] (ms., JHL).

  63. HPL to MWM, 30 July 1927 (SL 2.157).

  64. Ibid.

  65. Ibid.

  66. HPL to CAS, 17 October 1930 (SL 3.192).

  67. DW to HPL, [11 August 1927]; Mysteries of Time and Spirit, 147.

  68. HPL to DW, 23 August 1927; Mysteries of Time and Spirit, 152.

  69. Cook, In Memoriam, in Lovecraft Remembered, 109.

  70. “The Trip of Theobald,” Tryout (September 1927).

  71. HPL to LDC, [1 September 1927] (postcard) (ms., JHL).

  72. HPL to FBL, [November 1927] (SL 2.181–84).

  73. HPL to Wilfred B. Talman, 28 December 1927 (SL 2.214).

  74. Paul Fatout, Ambrose Bierce: The Devil’s Lexicographer (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1951), 8.

  75. HPL to FBL, 20 May 1926 (SL 2.53).

  76. HPL to AD, 7 November 1926; Essential Solitude, 1.48.

  77. HPL to Farnsworth Wright, 22 December 1927 (AHT).

 
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