Friday, March 18, 2016

H.P. Lovecraft manuscript updates status from "lost" to "found"

Believe it or not, you have a new H.P. Lovecraft story to look forward to.

Well, new-ish. The recently discovered short story, "The Cancer of Superstition," was written by Lovecraft in 1926 as a commission for magician Harry Houdini. (It was a relationship that also produced the story "Imprisoned with the Pharaohs" in 1924.) So, while it's an exciting prospect that there could be any new Lovecraft story in print sometime in the future, don't be surprised if it's not his purest work.

The story was found among the effects of Houdini's wife and assistant, Bess, and her manager Edward Saint. Potter & Potter Auctions of Chicago will sell the story as part of an auction of Harry Houdini memorabilia on April 9. Hopefully, the manuscript's next owner will have the good taste to have the story published so that fans can spend the next decade bitching about it online enjoy it.

You can read more about "The Cancer of Superstition" at Mental Floss HERE.

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