(#173494) THE: THE FANS' OWN MAGAZINE FANTASY FAN, THE. September 1933 – February 1935 ., Charles D. Hornig, number 1 – volume 2 volume 1, number 6 [whole numbers.
FANTASY FAN, THE: THE FANS' OWN MAGAZINE, THE. September 1933 – February 1935 (volume 1, number 1 – volume 2, number 6 [whole numbers 1-18]). Edited by Charles D. Hornig.
FANTASY FAN, THE: THE FANS' OWN MAGAZINE, THE. September 1933 – February 1935 (volume 1, number 1 – volume 2, number 6 [whole numbers 1-18]). Edited by Charles D. Hornig.
FANTASY FAN, THE: THE FANS' OWN MAGAZINE, THE. September 1933 – February 1935 (volume 1, number 1 – volume 2, number 6 [whole numbers 1-18]). Edited by Charles D. Hornig.

Elizabeth, New Jersey: Charles D. Hornig, September 1933 - February 1935 (volume 1, number 1 - volume 2, number 6 [whole numbers 1 - 18]). Octavo, 18 issues, printed or self wrappers. A contributor's complete set of this amateur magazine, the first important weird fiction fanzine, and one of the most desirable of the fanzines of the thirties. This set belonged to F. Lee Baldwin whose name is stamped in gold on the upper cover of the binding. "Franklin Lee Baldwin (1913-1987) corresponded with H. P. Lovecraft 1933-1936. "Baldwin first wrote HPL in the fall of 1933 proposing to issue 'The Colour Out of Space' as a booklet. HPL revised the tale slightly for the prospective publication, but the plan never materialized. In early 1934 HPL put Baldwin in touch with Duane W. Rimel, who by coincidence lived in the same small town (Asotin, Washington). The two took turns reading HPL's letters to each of them. Baldwin wrote two columns of news notes for the FANTASY FAN: 'Side Glances' (April, May, September 1934) and 'Within the Circle' (June, July, August, October, November 1934, January, February 1935), much of the information for which was derived from HPL's letters to him, as was the significant early article, 'H. P. Lovecraft: A Biographical Sketch,' originally scheduled to appear in the FANTASY FAN but, following the magazine's demise, published in FANTASY MAGAZINE (April 1935). Baldwin later revised the article as 'Some Lovecraft Sidelights' (FANTASY COMMENTATOR, Spring 1948)" (Joshi and Schultz, An H. P. Lovecraft Encyclopedia, pp. [14]-15). In 1989 Baldwin's copy was presented to early fantastic fiction fan and publisher Gerry de la Ree by Charles D. Hornig, the editor of THE FANTASY FAN. 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. 90-91). "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). According to Hornig (writing in 1988) "THE FANTASY FAN was printed by Conrad Ruppett of Jamaica, New York, hand set. Julius Schwartz and I helped him collate and staple each copy every month for eighteen months. Except for the second issue (500 copies), there were only 250 printed, and the paid circulation never reached over 50. What happened to the residue? Well, I found someone to buy up most of the unsold copies, and that was B. K. Gores of Austin, Texas. I never heard from him before or since, never knew him in fandom, and don't know whatever happened to him. Somewhere, there should be stacks of TFF, unless they're destroyed." See Kenneth W. Faig, Jr., ed., Within the Circle: In Memoriam F. Lee Baldwin (Moshassuck Press, 1988). Pavlat and Evans, Fanzine Index (1965), p. 37. Bound in brown buckram, titled in gold on the front and spine panels with "F. Lee Baldwin" stamped on the upper cover, retaining the original wrappers where so issued. A unique set of this uncommon and important publication. Complete sets are rare. (#173494).

Price: $7,500.00

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