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“You don’t have to agree with everything John Haefele has to say about August Derleth and H. P. Lovecraft to appreciate his scrupulous scholarship. This is a must read for every serious Lovecraftian.”--- Peter Cannon, editor, Lovecraft RememberedJohnMore“You don’t have to agree with everything John Haefele has to say about August Derleth and H. P. Lovecraft to appreciate his scrupulous scholarship. This is a must read for every serious Lovecraftian.”--- Peter Cannon, editor, Lovecraft RememberedJohn D. Haefele’s critically acclaimed account of the birth of the Cthulhu Mythos returns in a newly revised third edition — and for the first time as a modern fully-tooled eBook. Fans of Cthulhu! Yog-Sothoth! and Nyarlathotep! — Iä! — will be able to Search! Highlight! Notate! to their eldritch hearts’ content.In 1939, the prolific Wisconsin writer August Derleth launched Arkham House, one of the most influential small presses in the history of publishing. Its mission: to preserve in the permanence of hardcovers the writings of Derleths late friend, the legendary horror fantasist Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890–1937).During three decades of editing and storytelling, Derleth became the major player in the explosive growth of the “Cthulhu Mythos” into a worldwide cultural phenomenon.Does the Cthulhu Mythos owe its existence to the Lovecraft Mythos — or is the parallel fictional world of the Derleth Mythos even more influential?Haefele unearths important layers of the saga neglected by past scholars, answering numerous questions with fresh evidence and thunderous revelations — covering in unprecedented detail everything from the notorious Black Magic Quote to Derleth’s infamous “posthumous collaborations” with Lovecraft.An instant classic — one of the most striking books of criticism ever written on the works of H. P. Lovecraft — A Look Behind the Derleth Mythos is a riveting chronicle overflowing with fascinating new insights and discoveries.