Miskatonic Missives (Vol. 1) - Book 3

Miskatonic Missives (Vol. 1) - Book 3

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A Letter to Robert E. Howard

Each issue of Miskatonic Missives contains a reprint of one of H.P. Lovecraft's most interesting letters, presented alongside related archival material such as contemporary short stories, art, and maps, as well as original art and new scholarship.

Each volume is also packaged with a set of exclusive extras—replicas of related historical documents and ephemera such as photos, maps, ticket stubs, postcards, news clippings, and diary pages.

This issue of Miskatonic Missives explores a letter sent from H.P. Lovecraft to Robert E. Howard in June 1932. The book is printed in full colour on premium quality paper, Smythe sewn, and bound with a hardcover.

Vol. I, No. 3 includes the following facsimile items:

  • A period postcard showing a view of a riverboat in New Orleans;
  • A newspaper clipping relating to the 'Massie Affair';
  • The first page of the handwritten manuscript for The Diary of Alonzo Typer, by William Lumley; and
  • A delightful photo of a young Robert E. Howard in costume.

Title: Miskatonic Missives
Editors: Sean Branney & Andrew Leman
Authors: Various
Date of publication: 2022
Format: Hardcover, 6 × 9 inches (152 × 229 mm)
Pages: 136
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-911683-04-9


Customer Reviews

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Of the three books in this inaugural “Miskatonic Missives” set, I found this the least comfortable to read, centred around a letter from mid 1932 from Lovecraft to one of his modernly better-known correspondents, Robert E Howard. Physically, the book and its additions are as beautifully-produced as the other “Missives”. It is some of the letter’s content, and the necessary exploration of issues raised in regard to Howard and Lovecraft’s views on race, that made this so problematic for me. However, these matters are handled well by the modern editors, without shying from the realities involved. Much of the material beyond this is as eclectic and period-interesting as that in Nos. 1 & 2, covering one of Lovecraft’s longest road-trips (the letter was written in New Orleans), as well as literary and historical matters. Two longer pieces form a major part of the text. One is Lovecraft’s complete ‘collaboration’ with William Lumley, “The Diary of Alonzo Typer”, fascinatingly constructed here to illustrate how little of this tale derived from Lumley. The second is Howard’s “The Sowers of the Thunder”, reprinted from the Winter 1932 issue of “Oriental Stories”. As the sole Howard tale referred to in the letter, its use is understandable, although it is essentially a pseudo-historical Conanesque romp without Conan, any fantasy or supernatural elements, which was a little disappointing. There is though plenty more here to explore. With slight reservations, definitely still recommended.