Monthly Archives: March 2011

Whence CRKP?

I am now reading in the medical literature about the super-bug Carbapenem Resistant Klebsiella pneumonia (CRKP) Before I retired, I dealt with more than a few cases of MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphlococcus aureus) and VRE (Nancomycin Reistant Entercoccus). The overuse and in appropriate consumption of antibiotics in general has lead to these kinds of anitbiotic resistant organisms. In addition, I now hear on the news that radioactivity from the nuclear accident in Japan is spreading across world spread by the wind. We collectively are reassured that the quantitative amount is very small. Now we hear that the water off-shore the defective six pack of reactors is highly contaminated. We are reassured that the ocean will dilute the radioactivity. Japan is still subject to further earthquakes in the future; and I can only conclude that the situation is still very unstable. I am reminded of my medical school days of cultures in Petri dishes, how the organism progressed, and the appearance at the end with overgrowth and death.  If we consider the earth one huge Petri dish, will the same process take place on a grand scale? or will Mother Nature bail humans out in the face of an ever increasing population numbers? It seems to me, we are not creating a suitable legacy for our descendents these days.


The Derleth-Trimpey Correspondence

Ephraim Burt Trimpey of Baraboo, Wisconsin was a photographer and a philatelist. He did photographic work for Arkham House and Derleth, and the two exchanged Christmas greetings. The back of the card featuring John and his wife in a sleigh is the inscription “Again old Dobbin and the Trimpeys bring you friendly Christmas greetings.”  Here are three covers which Derleth saved for the stamps and not the envelopes themselves. I have described the Derleth cinderella elsewhere, but you should also not the strip of three 1 cent National Parks issue with a plate number “21247.” This was a common practice for Derleth. He would include a return envelope addressed with postage — many with collectible plate numbers — to his customers when sending book orders out. When Augie received payment he would add the used plate numbers to his collection. Also note the 1 cent George Washington with plate number “21826” and the motto “Portraiture of the Better Kind.” It is interesting to contemplate that what is ephemeral and quite disposable one day becomes a collectible in the following decades — in this case seven decades.

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Posted by on March 18, 2011 in Arkham House, Philately


The Real John Wyndham

In the cupboard at The Place of Hawks there was also a manuscript with accompanying correspondence titled TIME TO REST by John Beynon. I have to admit I didn’t know what I was looking at but after consulting Sixty Years of Arkham House, here’s the scoop: John Beynon Harris of 22 Bedford Place. London, W.C.1– MUSeum 2161 submitted this story to August Derelth on September 3, 1948. It was accepted and was subsequently published in The Arkham Sampler Volume 2, No. 1 Winter 1949. The manuscript was bound in blue card with dark blue ribbon and consisted of 24 typed pages. The manuscript and correspondence is reproduced below. The author — John Beynon Harris (note his signature) is better known in fiction by his pseudonym JOHN WYNDHAM. Interesting historical footnote to The Arkham Sampler!



A Manuscript from William Hope Hodgson

That cupboard at Place of Hawks contained a William Hope Hodgson titled THE VOICE  IN THE DAWN which was published in Deep Waters (Arkham House, 1967) as “The Call in the Dawn” I have reproduced the first of 14 pages below, and it has some interesting features. Dereleth had second thoughts on his proposed title “Son of Men” and he annotated it “Deep Waters” at top right beside the punch clip. The original author’s address “14, Queens Road, Cheadle Hulmes, Cheshire” has been crossed out with “From L.S. Hodgson, Loynton, West Yelland, Instno, N. Devon.” This was undoubtedly one of several Hodgson manuscripts submitted to Arkham by his estate for publication. “L.S.” was likely the author’s wife or child. Interesting does any read have anything to add?


Posted by on March 18, 2011 in Arkham House


A Trio of Manuscripts by Lady Cynthia Asquith

There was a number of interesting items in the pile of comic strips. There were three manuscripts sent to The Place of Hawks by Lady Cynthia Asquith which were subseuwntly published in This Mortal Coil (Arkham House, 1947). The first one is “God Grant that She Lye Stille” 50 typed pages contained in red card cover with green ribbon; the second “The Corner Shop” 24 typed pages contained in a tan card cover with green ribbon;  and third “The First Night” 14 legal sized pages bound by stick pin at upper left. All three manuscript have inked emendations by the author, and pencil annotations by presumably Dereleth in preparing the stories for press. Lady Asquith’s address is given as — Sullington Court, Storrington, Sussex. It would be intereting to note if this address has been retained, rebuilt, destroyed or renovated. The Arkham book itself is quite collectible. Another question — would Arkham House fans today like to see another collection by Asquith? I don’t think so, but what say you?


cardboard what-cha-ma-call-its?

The four items pictured below came from that pile of comic strip ephemera in a cupboard in the home of August Derleth that is, at The Place of Hawks in Sauk City, Wisconsin. They are 5″ x 5″ pink cardboard ads for comic strips to be used as advertisement to be run in the Newspapers before the comic actually appeared in the Sunday section. I am told they are quite collectible and rare, but the name associated with them is so far lost on me. The first three are for Toonerville Folks 11-27, 11-28 and 11-30. They appear to have been created by F. Rox for the McNaught Syndicate, Inc. The fourth (5″ X 7″) appears to be an add for “Cordell Hull” a strip for TRUE COMICS. There appears to be a space left for “name of newspaper” in the bottom right column.


An Electronic Clark Ashton Smith (eCAS)

Now that John D. Haefele and Martin Andersson are putting the finishing touches on The Arkham House e-edition of the writing of H.P. Lovecraft in four volumes with many Arkham Cover illustrations, I am starting to compile an e-edition of the writing of another one of Arkham House classics — Clark Ashton Smith. There are some 44 entries for CAS in the index for 60 Years of Arkham House, spanning prose, short stories and verse. In the comic book pile of ephemera I found this photograph. I didn’t know initially exactly what I was looking at, but on the reverse Augie had noted — “Lost Worlds Jacket front.” and so I think this is the inital photo of some of his CAS stone statuary. Seems like this would make a good cover for one of the e-books. Scott Connors and John D. Haefele will be in charge of compiling and ordering the text.


Posted by on March 17, 2011 in Arkham House