Supernatural Horror in Literature

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This lengthy historical essay on weird fiction by H. P. Lovecraft (1890-1937) was originally written in the late 1920s in response to a request from his friend W. Paul Cook for publication in the magazine, The Recluse.

A revised version of the essay was serialized in the 1930s in the fanzine, The Fantasy Fan.

Lovecraft continued to revise the essay, and his final version was published in The Outsider and Others, a Lovecraft memorial volume, edited by August Derleth and Donald Wandrei in 1939, two years after Lovecraft's death. The version of the essay that appeared there became the official text of the essay, and it has been reprinted several times since then.

It's a fine piece of work, but many fans regret that Lovecraft spent so much of his short writing career on ordinary scholarship when he could have spent it on his extraordinary fiction.

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