AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED (ALS). 3 pages, dated 25 September 1933, to "Dear Bho-Blok" [i.e., Robert Bloch], signed "Yr. ancient grandsire - E'ch-Pi-El." On two sheets of plain 8 1/2 x 11-inch paper, with address "66 College Street, Providence, R.I." written at the top right corner of the recto of first sheet. Responds to Bloch's report of his trip to New York. "Glad you also had a look-in on Satrap Pharnabazus [Farnsworth Wright, editor of Weird Tales] of 840 Nuth-Wishaw with his evil archives & sinister entourage." Mentions an enclosed manuscript and gives instructions about its next stop on the postal underground railroad that circulated HPL manuscripts around the country. "As I think I mentioned, I am profoundly dissatisfied with my fiction, & am now following a sedulous course of re-reading the weird classics to see if I can pick up any hints regarding the best ways of handling the basic situations of strangeness & horror." Gives Bloch a very detailed critique (about 800 words) of a story he had sent for HPL to read. At the end offers several suggestions for a title. The first of these is the one Bloch took for his breakthrough at Weird Tales, in the January 1935 issue: "The Feast in the Abbey." As for his rigorous criticism, HPL reassures the neophyte author that listening to it is the only way to learn one's craft and that he approaches his own material with the same strict standards. An important letter for Bloch collectors and scholars. Unpublished? Faint creases where folded for mailing, else fine. (#108089).

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