Review: The Spirit of Revision: Lovecraft’s Letters to Zealia Brown Reed Bishop (2015)


By Bobby Derie


Branney, Sean and Leman, Andrew (eds.). The Spirit of Revision: Lovecraft’s Letters to Zealia Brown Reed Bishop. The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society (2015). Softcover: 190 pages. ISBN-13: 978-0-692-49524-7.


The name of H.P. Lovecraft is not normally associated with Oklahoma and Missouri, westward-bound pioneers and gold-seeking Spanish conquistadors, plantations with African slaves and lover’s triangles, the ancient precursors of Aztec gods and the legends of modern Native Americans … much less domestic stories with titles like “When …

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Review: Helen’s Story (2013)


By Bobby Derie


Rabinowitz, Rosanne. Helen’s Story. PS Publishing (2013). Hardcover: 146 pages. ISBN-13:1-848635-80-7 (unsigned); ISBN-13:1-848635-79-1 (signed, 100 copies).


Helen Vaughan is the silent antihero of Arthur Machen’s weird classic “The Great God Pan,” a distant cousin of Algernon Blackwood’s Julius LeVallon and Aleister Crowley’s moonchild, the inspiration for H.P. Lovecraft’s Whateley twins and Clark Ashton Smith’s nameless offspring. For a hundred years, she has stood half-way to modern myth as an unwanted demigod and Victorian nightmare. It’s about …

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