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H.P. Lovecraft:
Letters to Robert Bloch and Others

By H.P. Lovecraft
Edited by David E. Schultz and S.T. Joshi

Back Cover Text

H.P. Lovecraft’s generous tutelage of younger literary colleagues earned him their lifelong devotion and admiration. Few profited more by his assistance than Robert Bloch, who went on to become the celebrated author of Psycho and other classic works of horror and suspense. Establishing a correspondence with Lovecraft when he was sixteen, Bloch learned so much about the craft of writing—and about other matters—that he later stated: “Lovecraft was my university.”

This volume brings together Lovecraft’s complete extant correspondence with Bloch as well as with such other young writers, editors, and fans of the 1930s as Kenneth Sterling (who collaborated with Lovecraft on “In the Walls of Eryx”), Donald A. Wollheim (editor of the Phantagraph and a leading figure in science fiction in the decades that followed), Willis Conover (whose Lovecraft at Last is one of the most poignant books ever written about the Providence writer), and others.

As in all previous volumes in the Collected Letters series, these letters have been meticulously edited by David E. Schultz and S.T. Joshi, two of the leading authorities on Lovecraft. Also included are many rare and pertinent writings by the various correspondents, which shed light on their relationship to Lovecraft. An exhaustive bibliography and a comprehensive index conclude the volume.


  • Introduction (12 pages)
  • Letters
    • To Robert Bloch (167 pages)
    • To Natalie H. Wooley (28 pages)
    • To Robert and Mrs. Elmer Nelson (8 pages)
    • To William F. Anger (24 pages)
    • To Kenneth Sterling (55 pages)
    • To Donald A. Wollheim (41 pages)
    • To Wilson Shepherd (29 pages)
    • To Willis Conover, Jr. (48 pages)
  • Appendix (96 pages)
    • Robert Bloch
      • A Visit with H.P. Lovecraft
      • Lilies
      • The Black Lotus
      • How I Get My Inspiration
      • Milwaukee Youth Writes Horror Tales, Sells ’Em
    • Natalie H. Wooley
      • Admonition
      • Dream Fantasy
      • Antares
      • Avatar
      • The Alien
      • Flight
      • A Heavenly Tragedy
      • Lines to Cleopatra
      • Coward
      • Sailor’s Child
      • Western Night
      • Mountain Trail
      • End of the Trail
      • Mountain Pool
      • Sanctuary
      • Dream Tryst
      • The Adventure Story
      • Is Criticism Necessary?
      • Have You a Hobby?
      • “Tillicum”
      • The Dance
      • Reminiscense [sic]
      • Spurs of Death
    • Robert Nelson
      • Night of Unrest
      • Fragment
      • The Unremembered Realm
      • Below the Phosphor
      • Dream-Stair
      • Jorgas
      • Sable Revelry
      • Under the Tomb
      • Lost Excerpts
      • Trilogy of Death
      • The Weird Tale (A Dialogue)
    • William F. Anger
      • Fantastic Bread & Butter; or, the Mystery of the Missing Authors
      • An Interview with E. Hoffmann Price
    • Donald A. Wollheim
      • Review of THE NECRONOMICON
      • Allalieor
      • Umbriel
      • Pure Fantasy
      • Howard Phillips Lovecraft
      • Editor’s Preface [to “The Shadow out of Time”]
      • The Future of Publishing
    • Kenneth Sterling
      • The Horror Element in Poe
    • Wilson Shepherd
      • Death
    • Willis Conover, Jr.
      • Observations and Otherwise
      • The Lost Chord
      • The Spirits Mourn
  • Chronology (5 pages)
  • Glossary of Frequently Mentioned Names (6 pages)
  • Bibliography (31 pages)
  • Index (18 pages)

Bibliographic Information

H.P. Lovecraft: Letters to Robert Bloch and Others.. By H.P. Lovecraft, Edited by David E. Schultz and S.T. Joshi. New York, NY: Hippocampus Press; 2015; ISBN 978-1-61498-137-4; paperback, 550 pages.

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