|17th March 2010, 07:03 AM||#76 (permalink)|
Join Date: May 2006
Re: The Picture in the House
B) In general, yes they are; though there are a few exceptions (at least to some people).
C) HPL didn't write to deadlines. He wrote his stories and then submitted them, either for acceptance or rejection. This was the way most pulps worked, unless they were series pulps, such as The Shadow, Doc Savage, The Avenger, etc., which were largely written by one person or a very small handful of people.
Moreover, this was originally published in an amateur journal, not a professional magazine. Such things were anything but sticklers for deadlines... they couldn't afford to be, as they often had trouble with printers, late submissions, no submissions (necessitating the person issuing the journal filling some pages him or herself, or skipping an issue, or putting out something which was four pages in length -- all of which happened at times), etc. And, of course, if they attempted to put pressure on anyone submitting to them, being amateurs they would go elsewhere, leaving the publisher with nothing to print.
Basically, you're completely off-beam with this approach. The documentation is there -- not only by Lovecraft, but by many, many others. Running out of time or ink or anything else simply doesn't enter into it. This was something he wrote for himself, because of an inspiration he received from the picture in Huxley's book, as well as discussions he had been having in his correspondence with friends on the subject of Puritanism and religious repression, isolation, and some of the peculiar corners of New England history.... Moreover, HPL made it known when he did first began submitting to the professional magazines, that he did not want any alterations; either they took the manuscripts as written, or sent them back. This, in fact, is a part of his letter accompanying the submission of his first stories to Weird Tales....
B) The subject of deadlines has been addressed above.
C) Which guy? HPL? Neither did Clark Ashton Smith, nor Henry S. Whitehead, nor most of the other writers of that circle. REH is, in fact, the only one who did commit suicide. The narrator? The old man? Basically, I am wondering what you are referring to. What others do you mean?
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