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Old 09-05-2014   #10
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Re: Octavia E. Butler against Lovecraft (World Fantasy Award).

The Providence Titan--I like that. He is indeed a titan, a classic of American Literature. I have been rereading "Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family," and enjoying it as never before. What an amazing writer. His prose is near-perfection, and his stories flow beautifully. Yet they are also filled with exquisite ingots of slight reference, hints, allusions, and it sometimes takes many re-readings before I notice moft of them. I am nigh on page 351 of S. T.'s magnificent LOVECRAFT AND A WORLD IN TRANSITION, and this outstanding compilation of all of S. T.'s essays on Lovecraft is as entertaining as it is elucidating. The fiction takes on more meaning for me as I study intelligent and original studies of the Work, where intuitive scholars who understand good writing discuss the genius of H. P. Lovecraft and shew the workings of that brilliant mind. And now--next month!--we will have the stunning new hardcover edition of THE NEW ANNOTATED H. P. LOVECRAFT. I was sent the ARC of this book and read half of it--but I wanted to wait and read ye other half in the actual hardcover edition. Some bloke shew'd photos of ye hardcover edition (his friend works for Norton and got him a review copy of the publish'd book) on Facebook, and it looks absolutely gorgeous! Oh, what an excellent era for Lovecraftians!!!!

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