THE. September 1933 – February 1935 . FANTASY FAN: THE FANS' OWN MAGAZINE, Charles D. Hornig, number 1 – volume 2 volume 1, number 6 [whole numbers.

N.p. Lance Thingmaker, n.d. [2010]. Octavo, cloth-backed boards. First book edition. Reportedly limited to 200 copies, this being part of the first issue, one of 100 numbered copies (this is copy number 64). A facsimile of the eighteen issues of this important amateur magazine, among the most desirable of the fanzines of the thirties, along with the full text of H. P. Lovecraft's extended essay, "Supernatural Horror in Literature." Stories first published in THE FANTASY FAN include H. P. Lovecraft's "The Other Gods" and "From Beyond," Clark Ashton Smith's "The Epiphany of Death," "The Ghoul," "The Kingdom of the Worm," and "The Primal City," as well as tales by Robert Bloch, August Derleth, Robert E. Howard, David H. Keller and others. THE FANTASY FAN was "an interesting mix of news, articles, stories, poems, and miscellany. Hornig however, made an error in initiating a column of controversy entitled 'The Boiling Point,' which quickly led to acrimonious letter exchanges between Lovecraft, Forrest J. Ackerman, Clark Ashton Smith, and numerous others; the column was terminated with the February 1934 issue. Perhaps Hornig's greatest accomplishment was the serialization of the revised version of Lovecraft's 'Supernatural Horror in Literature' (October 1933-February 1935). However, the serialization proceeded at such a slow pace that it had reached only the middle of Chapter VIII before the magazine folded. THE FANTASY FAN also saw the first publication of Lovecraft's stories. 'The Other Gods' (November 1933) and 'From Beyond' (June 1934) as well as reprints (from amateur papers) of 'Polaris' (February 1934) and 'Beyond the Wall of Sleep' (October 1934); it also published 'The Book' (October 1934), 'Pursuit' (October 1934), 'The Key' (January 1935), and 'Homecoming' (January 1935) from 'Fungi from Yuggoth.' Brief excerpts of Lovecraft's letters to Hornig appeared regularly in the magazine's letter column. The October 1934 issue was dedicated to Lovecraft. After the demise of THE FANTASY FAN, numerous attempts were made to revive or succeed it, but no magazine truly filled its place as a news organ, a forum for the expression of fan's views, and a venue for work by distinguished writers in the field." - Joshi and Schultz, An H. P. Lovecraft Encyclopedia, pp. 90-1. "As a real help to the lover of weird and fantasy fiction Hornig's magazine reigned supreme in the field at that time ... Almost every weirdist of importance in fandom was at one time or another represented in its pages. And as a love-feast for such fans it has never again been equaled." - Moskowitz, The Immortal Storm, pp. 18-20. "... one of the legendary magazines of the 1930s ... an extremely consistent and reliable magazine ..." - Tymn and Ashley (eds), Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Weird Fiction Magazines, pp. 822-23. A fine copy in paper slipcase without dust jacket as issued. (#167812).

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