Title: Science-Fantasy Correspondent [March-April ...
Publisher: Science-Fantasy Correspondent, Belleville, NJ
Publication Date: 1937
Binding: Pictorial Wrappers
Illustrator: Finlay, Virgil [cover]
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: First Edition / First Issue
Belleville, NJ: Science-Fantasy Correspondent, 1937. First Issue. Bimonthly Periodical, Vol. One, No. Three (March-April, 1937). 6x4¼, 42 pp. including ads. Original pictorial wrappers with Virgil Finlay design, stapled. First issue with wrappers soiled, worn a bit at spine; else very good or better. Scarce little vehicle for the science fiction and fantasy community, with contributions in this issue by H.P. Lovecraft, R.H. Barlow, Oliver Saari, Jack E. Fry, Robert A. Madle, John C. Sidenius and Philip Sutter. "Edgar Allan Poe" is a unique entry involving two poems, written by Lovecraft and Barlow. Those two, with friend Adolphe de Castro, had been sitting near a tomb in a country churchyard outside Providence, R.I., discussing the history of that churchyard - it abutted the former home of poetess Sarah Helen Whitman, the one-time object of an unsuccessful courtship by Edgar Allan Poe. Barlow challenged his friends to a contest: each was to write a fantasy-mood poem, the stipulation being that the poems must be in acrostic form, secretly honoring Edgar Allan Poe. De Castro submitted his first, to Weird Tales, and was published; but this precluded the publishing of the other two, which had thus been made not an original publishing idea. Other entries include Madle's "Black Adventure", Saari's "Size", and Sutter's "Princess of the Stars". Interesting issue as well for its presumably temporary listing of Corwin F. Stickney as editor, rather than Willis Conover. Small, short, un-ostentatious, and a rare morsel from science fiction history. L-25. Bookseller Inventory # 000536
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