H. P. Lovecraft: Letters to C. L. Moore and Others


  • Edited by David E. Schultz and S. T. Joshi
  • Spring 2017
  • ~400 pages
  • Paper
  • ISBN 978-1-61498-196-1




Letters of H. P. Lovecraft and C. L. Moore
Letters to Henry Kuttner
Letters to Fritz and Jonquil Leiber
Letters to Harry O. Fischer
Letters to Frederic Jay Pabody

C[atherine] L[ucile] Moore (1911–1987) was an author of weird and science fiction tales living in Indianapolis, and another late correspondent of HPL, who had enjoyed her early tales, especially “Shambleau” and “Black Thirst”. Lovecraft came in touch with her in 1934 when R. H. Barlow wished to publish some of her tales and asked HPL to write to her about it. In his letters HPL keenly discusses the current political and economic situation and the interplay of economics and artistic creation; he repeatedly advised Moore not to buckle down to hackwork for the pulps. HPL’s letters to her survive only in fragments, but he kept hers, doubtless because they seemed to him of enduring interest. The letters of C. L. Moore to Lovecraft are presented here for the first time, forming a literary conversation.

Science fiction writer Henry Kuttner (1915–1958) came in touch with HPL late in Lovecraft's live and their correspondence lasted from February 1936 to February 1937 During this time HPL assisted on the topographical background for Kuttner's “The Salem Horror”, a story clearly influenced by “The Dreams in the Witch House.” In May 1936 HPL asked Kuttner to pass on some photographs to C. L. Moore, thereby introducing the two authors to each other. They married in 1940 and collaboratively wrote some of the most imaginative work in the “Golden Age” of science fiction.

Fritz Leiber (1910–1992) wrote some of the most distinguished science fiction, fantasy, and horror literature of the century and is perhaps the only one of HPL’s colleagues who can rival him in literary substance. He and his wife Jonquil corresponded with HPL during the last six months of his life, during which time HPL read a draft of Leiber’s “Adept’s Gambit” (the first Fafhrd and Gray Mouser story), and in a lengthy letter of December 19, 1936, suggested numerous alterations.

{Harry O. Fischer}

{Frederic Jay Pabody}

Exhaustively annotated by leading Lovecraft scholars David E. Schultz and S. T. Joshi, this volume illuminates one of the great literary personalities of his time—and in his own words. The letters are presented with detailed notes and commentary.