Sauk City, Wisconsin: Arkham House, 1957. First Edition. Very Good / Very Good. Item #66
pp. 161. $3.00. 2096 copies. Jacket by Ronald Clyne. Published twelve years after Derleth’s first “collaboration” with Lovecraft (The Lurker at the Threshold) Arkham House published a scraped together collection of Derleth-Lovecraft stories in a light volume of only 161 pages. By this point the customer base for Arkham House and Lovecraft in particular snatched up the 2,096 copies. Derleth used Lovecraft’s own notes as the basis for the stories. With some spit and bubble-gum he produced what he interpreted the story nuggets were about. Whether one falls on the side of Derleth for keeping the Mythos alive or the Lovecraft fundamentalist view that his stories ended with the last stoke of his Riverman pen, the importance of this limited edition to the Mythos pantheon is indisputable.
Volume has some rubbing to the bottom edges of the boards.
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