ATG Quirkies: What Twists and Turns Can We Expect From a Houdini-Lovecraft Collaboration?

HoudiniWebAdCollectors and literary historians rejoice! According to BiblioBlog “the manuscript of H.P. Lovecraft’s The Cancer of Superstition, commissioned and co-written by magician Harry Houdini, has finally come to light. It was rather incredibly “discovered by a private collector among the records of a now-defunct magic shop,” according to Chicago’s Potter & Potter Auctions, which will auction the 31-page typewritten story on April 9.

In the manuscript, the sci-fi master and the magician delve into ancient and modern superstitions, writing about werewolves, cannibals, and black magic, and advancing a “primitivist theory of the development of superstition…”  Sounds like quite a read!

(Thanks, as always, to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG Quirkies!)

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