Lovecraft, H.P. (1890-1937) Autograph Letter Signed, 9 April 1934. Single leaf of paper inscribed densely over one page, with four additional lines on the verso, to Robert Bloch; very good, 9 x 5 1/2 in.
"Dear Bho-Blok, Congratulations on your minstrel success! You certainly appear to have constituted about nine-tenths of the performance... a 12-man cast in yourself! I can imagine the effect of your costume rendition-- plus, no doubt, the widely imitated rubber cigar! I trust that your dramatic appearance of April 2nd proved equally a triumph.
Glad you liked 'The Thing on the Doorstep" --& hope Wright will do the same if I decide to submit it to him. Comte d'Erlette's main criticisms turned out to have a rather amusing basis-- namely, that he read the story so superficially as to fancy the shooting in the asylum preceded the appearance of the Thing in actual order of events as well as order of narration! Since the entire denouement depends on the actual chronological previousness of the doorstep appearance-- it being this which impelled the narrator to do the shooting-- you can see how careless little Augie's reading must have been! However-- it is only natural that so feverishly voluminous a reader should be inclined to skip & skim over any individual work ... particularly one of no especial importance. Yes-- M. le Comte sent me the writeup he got in your local Journal. He is certainly headed for success, & I guess he deserves it. I must try to get hold of his published novel before long.
Enclosed is the F F with "Polaris." You'll also be interested in Klarkash-Ton's excellent article on James. Thanks vastly for the glimpse of that pleasant little vampire head, which I return as per request. You certainly have a vast knack in art, & I trust you'll keep on developing it. Some time soon I'll lend you some photographs of the weird drawings of Wandrei's brother-- I think you'll find them intensely interesting.
Rather a backward spring hereabouts-- I certainly hope I can get to Florida May 1st. Depends on cash.
Robert E. Howard had a bad motor accident Dec. 29-- cut & crushed badly enough to kill an ordinary man. But he's all right now-- nothing can permanently down the iron physique of Conan the Reaver!
The other day I read Machen's new book-- The Green Round. A bit tame, yet full of the old magic & sense of unreal worlds close to our own. Better give it the once-over.
All good wishes-- & hope the spring rush won't get too oppressive.
Yr. obt Grandsire,
P.S. Price's garage venture in Pawhuska didn't pay, so he's taking to the road again. Will visit Two-Gun Bob in Cross Plains & Klarkash-Ton in Auburn. I fancy his next tarrying-place will be his native region of San Francisco.
P.P.S. New W.T. distinctly above the average. Burks reprint & Black Thirst splendid, Conan & C A S yarns excellent. Klarkash-Ton's design has power despite certain stiffness.
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