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"H.P. Lovecraft and the Horror of the Unseen" by Jess Nevins, image by Sean Phillips in the backmatter of Fatale #1. I’m a junkie for this kind of letter column-backmatter stuff, and like Casanova the back pages in all of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ independent work has never failed to educate me. Nevins is what I would call a comics (he’d probably correct me and say “pulp”) scholar. Some of the text:
H.P. Lovecraft died when he was 47. He only had one year of primary school and never graduated from high school. He lived in poverty all of his adult life. Of the 48 stories and three novel-length works written when he was an adult, only 26 appeared in professional (rather than amateur) magazines during his lifetime. The most attention he ever received from the literary establishment during his lifetime was when the critic Edward J. O’Brien included “The Colour Out of Space” in O’Brien’s influential Best Short Stories anthology.
And yet Lovecraft is, by critical consensus, the most influential horror writer of the 20th Century.