Saturday, October 4th, 2014 | Posted by John ONeill
Saturday, August 16th, 2014 | Posted by John ONeill
I’m not going to try and explain the particular psychosis of collecting here (not sure I could). But there is a process of rationalization that goes along with every purchase, a method of explaining to yourself why you need that particular book. It won’t explain the collecting impulse to you, but it may help you understand what it’s like to live with a collector.
Of course you do. So let’s look at our other options.
But if you’re looking for a more comprehensive library of Lovecraft in paperback, I highly recommend the Ballantine paperbacks edited by August Derleth and published by arrangement with Arkham House in the early 70s.
Comment by Joe H. - August 17, 2014
I admit I haven’t read much Derleth, so perhaps I’m doing him a disservice, but it’s obvious he rarely (if ever) achieved the level of horror of the master. Of course, the same could be said of most 20th Century horror writers.
Comment by Major Wootton - October 4, 2014
> As always, the nostalgia factor predominates. Those Ballentine paperbacks with the Holmes covers were my first HPL’s and they might
> be my favorite covers of all time – they ARE Lovecraft to me.
Comment by smitty59 - August 17, 2014
That’s disappointing, but I guess not too surprising. I can imagine how the story came about… Derleth found a line in Lovecraft’s notes that read “Couple moves into a house, insane girl in the attic,” and he spun the story from that.
Comment by Thomas Parker - October 4, 2014
> Technically I’m not sure if Survivor and Fungi were BAF titles — they were definitely associational, at least
> (like Peake and Eddison), but they don’t have the Unicorn Head.