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February, 1928. Scarce. "The Call of Cthulhu" by H.P. Lovecraft (first appearance of the Cthulhu Mythos). "The Dream Snake" by Robert E. Howard.
Trimmed creamy pages. A 15% BUYER'S PREMIUM WILL BE ADDED TO THIS ITEM AT CONCLUSION OF THE AUCTION
This is the scarce February 1928 issue of Weird Tales. This almost hundred-year-old issue features great horror writers like H.P. Lovecraft, Ray Cummings, and Seabury Quinn. The cover story is "The Ghost Table" by Elliot O'Donnell, and the hilarious cover features a fainting damsel in distress being saved by a noir hero about to shoot the eponymous haunted table.
Despite this cover story, the issue features an extremely famous and influential horror story, "The Call of Cthulhu" by H.P. Lovecraft. This story includes the first mentions of Cthulhu and the Cthulhu mythos, a mythos that would tie together almost all of Lovecraft's great works, as well as stories by other Weird Tales writers like Clark Ashton Smith and Seabury Quinn, and countless horror writers to come. This story of Cthulhu would codify what become known as cosmic horror.
This issue also features a Robert E. Howard story, "The Dream Snake". This is a haunting supernatural story similar to many of Lovecraft's dream stories, and influenced by great fantastical horror writers like Arthur Machen and H. Rider Haggard. The combination of classic Howard and Lovecraft stories in one issue is a rare and marvelous feat. They are two of the gods of pulp fiction, contained together in this issue centering on gods of old like Cthulhu. This is a fine copy of the February 1928 issue of Weird Tales. The sharp red of the border appears so brightly, hardly darkened from what it must have looked like on the newsstand nearly a century ago. There are ticks along the spine and outer edges, and a slight overhang on the right and bottom edges. The logo and subtitle both appear unblemished on this beautiful copy. This is a true collector's item.
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