THE NUTMEG POINT DISTRICT MAIL

the Avram Davidson electronic newsletter

Vol. I No. 3
September 1996
ISSN 1089-764X

Henry Wessells, Editor.
Cooper Wessells, Honorary Secretary.

Published every two months, more or less.
Contents copyright 1996 The Nutmeg Point District Mail and assigned to individual contributors. All rights reserved.

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UNREPORTED DAVIDSON STORY UNCOVERED !

"THE BEASTS OF THE ELYSIAN FIELDS" BY CONRAD AMBER

Your editor has turned up the manuscript of this previously unrecorded tale in the Special Collections of the Library of the
California State University, Fullerton. While it is a minor story, it is notable for being the first mention of a "Jack Limekiller," though this one bears no resemblance to the later vintage ("Bloody Man," etc). It is unquestionably an Avram Davidson story; the sole indication of its original publication a short note in Avram's hand on the first page of typescript: "Pubd in Knight, or Cad or Adam.  Caribbean background Authentic. AD."

Richard Grant, formerly Avram's agent, notes that Avram wrote many pseudonymous stories for men's magazines such as those mentioned--of the second (or third) rank--and that in later years Avram himself did not recall or choose to acknowledge all his pseudonyms.

Anyone who might have access to files of such magazines or knowledge of other pseudonyms is urged to write the editor.

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FAMOUS HISTORICAL FIGURES IN AVRAM'S WORK

H.P. LOVECRAFT

second in an occasional series

Yes, well, HPL is not precisely a "famous" historical figure, but his name will be known to many readers of the Nutmeg Point District Mail.
Avram Davidson wrote a hilarious review of THE SURVIVOR AND OTHERS, a posthumous 'collaboration' between HPL and August Derleth. Originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, January, 1963, the review is quoted at length in L. Sprague de Camp's LOVECRAFT: A BIOGRAPHY:

 
". . . In short, Howard was a twitch, boys and girls, and that's all there is to it.
"Of course, August Derleth feels different. August Derleth is an incredibly active, incredibly prolific writer who lives in Wisconsin and has written somethings like 811 books under his own name; the pseudonyms, who cares? In a way, August Derleth may be said to have invented H.P. Lovecraft, having rescued him from well-deserved obscurity in the Weird Tales files.
". . . We all have our time-bound longings. Horace Gold [former editor of Galaxy magazine] would love to have made love to Nefertiti. I would give lots and lots to have poured tea for Dr. Johnson. And August Derleth, I feel it in my bones, would have sold his soul to an Eldritch Horror to have collaborated with H.P. Lovecraft. And now he has.
". . . As I say, Derleth tries hard, but he doesn't quite turn the trick, because he is as sane as they come and
Lovecraft is as nutty as a five-dollar fruit-cake."
Avram did however make numerous allusions to H.P. Lovecraft in such stories as "Something Rich and Strange" (where