Black Gate 15 - The last print issue

John — That’s it! I try to keep my copy free from exposure to the elements. Looks like I misspelled “Colour” and got the title a little wrong. I did eventually replace the damaged book, and found a rather expensive copy of the 3rd Arkham House collection.

Saturday, October 4th, 2014 | Posted by John ONeill

Black Gate 15 - The last print issue

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.

See all of our Vintage Treasure posts .

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.

Here’s a capture of the complete wrap-around cover, probably the best of the lot:

The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath –

> Joe is correct that there were some associational Lovecraft collections that never had the unicorn head
> colophon and as a result aren’t considered part of the BAF series itself. I’m not sure why that is

Good timing on your post, John. I’ve been in the mood to read some Lovecraft lately.

And yes, I will include those in the BAF series.

Freakish is right. I’m glad I never ran across these when I was a wee lad; they would have given me nightmare. I still find them a little disconcerting, and much prefer Murray Tinkelman moody pencilwork on the later Ballantine editions, but I have to admit — they certainly are distinctive!

Love those covers! That was my first edition of Kadath (before it was lost in the flood; sigh).

Fabulous… and I never doubted you!

These pages provide alphabetical and chronological lists of Lovecraft’s writings, links to purchase collections of them, and also electronic texts of many of those writings.