As of today, Buzz Bookstore has acquired a handwritten letter from “the father of modern horror”, HP Lovecraft, to his friend and collaborator CM Eddy Jr. In looking through my collection of Arkham House “Selected Letters of Lovecraft” books, I was unable to locate a existing transcription of this particular piece. With the help of a few fellow reddit users, I have made my best attempt to copy down his words so that you can read them. Below the transcription, I have also provided some notes on a few things he references within the text.
Notes on References:
DD&B refers to the story “Deaf, Dumb and Blind” that Lovecraft and Eddy co-wrote. It was written during the year 1924, which is how we are able to place the exact date of this letter. It was published in Weird Tales Volume V, Number 4 in April of 1925. While it seems that Eddy actually did the majority of the writing, with Lovecraft primarily acting as editor, Lovecraft received top billing for the story.
“Wright” in this case refers to Farnsworth Wright, the editor of Weird Tales from November 1924 to March 1940, editing 179 issues in all. He and Lovecraft did not always see eye-to-eye as is evident here.
The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen is often noted as having influenced the writing of HP Lovecraft. This clearly corroborates that theory.
The Three Imposters is another work by Machen. Hancock seems to refer to Ernest La Touche Hancock, a friend of Lovecraft.
Andrew Brosnatch created much artwork specifically for Weird Tales, including fifteen cover pieces.
If you have any questions about the letter or believe that I may have incorrectly transcribed any particular words, feel free to comment below. Pictures of the actual letter can be view on the listing page (link below).
A handwritten letter from HP Lovecraft to his collaborator, CM Eddy Jr. Measures 5.5 inches by 8.5 inches, written in ink on hotel stationary. While he was a prolific letter writer, the majority of his actual letters are held in institutions or private collections so this is a rare offering indeed.
Topics range from personal life, to writing, to music. Based on the reference to their jointly-written short story, Deaf, Dumb and Blind (“DD&B”), this letter must date from 1924. For the full text transcription and notations on the references, please read here.
Overall, the letter is in very good condition. It will ship securely-packed to any US location. For international shipping options, please contact me before ordering.