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Postcard from HPL to CAS

Sometimes, things are too insanely cool not to share. In this case, it's a postcard written by HP Lovecraft to Clark Ashton Smith, and it's written in character. I'm delighted.

The photo and description below are from fleece66, who told me about it. This bookstore seems to specialize in Enochian, Masonic, and other books better left alone...

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REVERSE SIDE, click for closer view:


The postcard was acquired by Austin Sci-fi writer Scott A. Cupp in 1978 from a California dealer. The item itself is one of the so-called 'holographic' postcards that HPL was so fond of and Arkham did a retrospective on a few years back. This one features a lakeside park scene of "A Shady Walk, Roger Williams Park, Providence, R.I." It is addressed to Clark Ashton Smith, Esq, Box 385, Auburn, California and is postmarked August 1, 1933, 10:30am and carries a one cent Franklin Stamp.

The reverse has about half of the card taken up in HPL script in his hand and in brown ink. The really, really incredible text reads:

"Behold a meeting of two cowled heads, representing the Covens of N'yog & Leng-Tcho! We have feasted on the nameless objects & are about to invoke that which breeds in the Abyss. Incidentally, my learned collegue greatly advises "Euvaran(?)" & the rest of the new brochure. Thine in the corpse-grey rite -Ec'l-Pi-El."

There is an odd symbol before the last sentence — perhaps a paragraph symbol, or maybe something more...sinister?

Below is another script in blue ink, presumably his publisher, that reads: "Many thanks for your kind letters. The tales arrived safely and are worth many times _______(over my?) modest price." -J.F.M.

The card is for sale at a bookstore in Austin. If you have to ask, you can't afford it.

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scarlettina
Feb. 20th, 2009 07:04 pm (UTC)
Wow! That is so cool!
mckitterick
Feb. 21st, 2009 05:55 am (UTC)
That's AWESOME.
the_monkey_king
Feb. 24th, 2009 01:53 am (UTC)
Yeah, if I had crazy throwing-around money, IT WOULD BE MINE!

But I do not, so I must share my pain with the Internets.
robheinsoo
Feb. 23rd, 2009 06:16 am (UTC)
Wonderful. And a fine bridge to launch a short story from.
(Anonymous)
Feb. 24th, 2009 01:54 am (UTC)
Yeah, I totally want to read your take on that short story.

Oddly, I adore CAS's work, but know almost nothing about him as a person. I might want to look that up, and start writing...
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