GHOST, THE. Spring 1943 (number 1). Edited by W. Paul Cook.
[North Montpelier, Vermont: W. Paul Cook], Spring 1943 (number 1). Large octavo, single issue, printed wrappers. W. Paul Cook, an important member of the Lovecraft inner circle, and an ardent member of the amateur press movement, issued five numbers of this periodical between Spring 1943 and July 1947 (making it a defacto annual). The fifth number was not distributed, and none of the numbers were offered for sale. The magazine was devoted to weird literature and featured fiction, poetry, essays and, in one number, a short play. This issue includes the first printing of "Lovecraft and Benefit Street" by Dorothy C. Walter, a fine essay written shortly after Lovecraft's death. "Cook's final major publishing effort was THE GHOST. Five issues appeared from 1943 to 1947, each containing fifty pages that emphasized Lovecraft and collectors. It contained almost every type of verse, fiction, biography, and literary reminiscing, turning it into one of the rarest, most sought-after bits of Lovecraftiana." - Warner, All Our Yesterdays, p. 16. Quite a valuable source of information. See Joshi, H. P. Lovecraft: A Life, pp. 549-50. Pavlat and Evans, Fanzine Index (1965), p. 49. Clute and Grant (eds), The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997), p. 804. Joshi III-D-626. Light wear to top and bottom overlapping edges, several small chips from spine panel, a very good copy. Quite scarce. (#131547).