eLetter from America

Andrew Porter has supplied the following news items:

John Teehan has produced a book edition of EarlKemp’s Who Killed Science Fiction, the fanzine publication of which won Earl the Hugo in 1961. John’s 230-page book is published under his Merry Blacksmith Press imprint, and includes updates and corrections and for the first time an index, and is available through his website. Overseas shipping is a very reasonable $3 to anywhere in the world.

For a 90 minute Rog Ebert interview, in which you “Find out about Rog’s love for sci-fi when he waxes nerdy on the fanzine scene he wrote oodles of stuff for alongside people like Harlan Ellison”… click here

‘JR.R. Tolkien once described ‘Beowulf’ ‘ and by extension much of Anglo-Saxon, or Old English, poetry ‘ as ‘a drink dark and bitter: a solemn funeral-ale with the taste of death.’ He further emphasized ‘ in his scholarly essay ‘The Monsters and the Critics’ ‘ what he called the ‘unrecapturable magic’ of ancient English verse. In poems like ‘The Seafarer’, ‘The Wanderer’ and ‘The Battle of Maldon’, ‘profound feeling, and poignant vision, filled with the beauty and mortality of the world, are aroused by brief phrases, light touches, short words resounding like harpstrings, sharply plucked.'” To read more click  here.

In 1939, two successful authors, August Derleth and Donald Wandrei, decided to publish a hardcover collection of short stories by their late friend and mentor, H P Lovecraft. Since the author’s death in 1937, he was considered by many to be the finest horror writer of the 20th century, yet no mainstream publisher was willing to publish a volume of his short fiction. Derleth and Wandrei named their new press Arkham House. Click here for news of 2011-2014 projects.

David F Friedman, horror film pioneer, dies at 87. More here.

Margaret K. McElderry, children’s book editor and publisher, dies at 98. More information here.

Andrew Porter has supplied the following news items:

John Teehan has produced a book edition of EarlKemp’s Who Killed Science Fiction, the fanzine publication of which won Earl the Hugo in 1961. John’s 230-page book is published under his Merry Blacksmith Press imprint, and includes updates and corrections and for the first time an index, and is available through his website. Overseas shipping is a very reasonable $3 to anywhere in the world.

For a 90 minute Rog Ebert interview, in which you “Find out about Rog’s love for sci-fi when he waxes nerdy on the fanzine scene he wrote oodles of stuff for alongside people like Harlan Ellison”… click here

‘JR.R. Tolkien once described ‘Beowulf’ ‘ and by extension much of Anglo-Saxon, or Old English, poetry ‘ as ‘a drink dark and bitter: a solemn funeral-ale with the taste of death.’ He further emphasized ‘ in his scholarly essay ‘The Monsters and the Critics’ ‘ what he called the ‘unrecapturable magic’ of ancient English verse. In poems like ‘The Seafarer’, ‘The Wanderer’ and ‘The Battle of Maldon’, ‘profound feeling, and poignant vision, filled with the beauty and mortality of the world, are aroused by brief phrases, light touches, short words resounding like harpstrings, sharply plucked.'” To read more click  here.

In 1939, two successful authors, August Derleth and Donald Wandrei, decided to publish a hardcover collection of short stories by their late friend and mentor, H P Lovecraft. Since the author’s death in 1937, he was considered by many to be the finest horror writer of the 20th century, yet no mainstream publisher was willing to publish a volume of his short fiction. Derleth and Wandrei named their new press Arkham House. Click here for news of 2011-2014 projects.

David F Friedman, horror film pioneer, dies at 87. More here.

Margaret K. McElderry, children’s book editor and publisher, dies at 98. More information here.