Cover designed by Henrik Sandbeck Harksen, 2012
It is high time for the myths to be corrected, for the facts of biography and the common sense of new perspective to shine a new light on Derleth’s role as an author of Mythos fiction, the genre that he helped to create. As a writer in this tradition, I devour books about the Mythos. The book you now hold in your hand is the finest such book that I have ever read.
-From the preface by W. H. Pugmire
Setting the record straight. For decades critics have portrayed August Derleth as an intractable, foolish and at times even villainous man, tainting his legacy in the history of the modern weird tale.
A Look Behind the Derleth Mythos: Origins of the Cthulhu Mythos contains new, comprehensive scholarship, and with sharp arguments and solid evidence John D. Haefele dismisses the criticism and demonstrates why it is time to re-establish Derleth’s reputation, why it is time to acknowledge him as one of the greatest; a multi-faceted, prodigious and extraordinary writer and bookman.
Ground-zero of the controversy are Derleth’s “posthumous collaborations” with H. P. Lovecraft, involving his pastiches and the debate concerning the Cthulhu Mythos vs. the Derleth Mythos. All this, and much more, John D. Haefele looks at and engagingly analyzes. With surprising, yet convincing, results.
It is time to set the record straight.
A Look Behind the Derleth Mythos: Origins of the Cthulhu Mythos belongs on the shelf between Lin Carter’s A Look Behind the Cthulhu Mythos and S. T. Joshi’s The Rise and Fall of the Cthulhu Mythos.
Close to 400 pages, including illustrations of rare books and publisher’s ephemerae. A must for anyone interested in Lovecraft, Derleth, Arkham House and the history of the modern weird tale. Preface by one of today’s finest Mythos writers, W. H. Pugmire.
John D. Haefele took up his pen in 2005 to write specialized bibliographical articles for fantasy aficionados, which appear in The Cimmerian, Lovecraft Studies, Nameless, Weird Fiction Review and else-where. In 2009, H. Harksen Productions published his monograph: August Derleth Redux: The Weird Tale 1930-1971. John also edited August Derleth on the Subject of H. P. Lovecraft (2009) and Comics in America by August Derleth (2011). Underway is: Derleth Demythologized: H. P. Lovecraft, August Derleth and Arkham House Publishing.
John is a long-time member of the H. P. Lovecraft amateur journalist association Esoteric Order of Dagon. More recently, John accepted the invitation to join Wisconsin’s venerable Allied Authors to explore fiction-writing — his only completed piece of fiction thus far (a short story that takes place in the same “world” as a novel underway) is slated for Dark Fusions: Where Monster Lurk, edited for PS Publishing by Lois Gresh.
John is married and lives in a home visited often by grandchildren and governed by black cat Spooker who tolerates a dog named Lucy.
You can buy it here. It will also be available in large online retailer stores, like Amazon.com, but that takes a little longer to arrange. So why wait?;-)