A Hodgson Parody

Recently, my old friend and fellow Hodgsonian, Leigh Blackmore, sent me a batch of unique Hodgson items.  He was responsible for furnishing me with the item in Wednesday’s post (“A Biographical Note”) and today he has sent along this rather odd little story.

I confess that I have no idea where this came from or even who was M. M. Moamrath?  To the best of Leigh’s knowledge, this item came from Nickelodeon #1 (1975) and was published by Nickelodeon Graphic Art Services.  It appears to have been a fanzine with a section devoted to Moamrath in this issue.  (Perhaps the name “Moamrath” is an aside to Lewis Carroll’s famous poem, “The Jabberwocky”?)

It is an amusing little story with plenty of Hodgsonian touches.  So far as I know, this is the only example of “Hodgson parody” existing but perhaps someone could be encouraged to write some more??  And, of course, I send out the request to all the dear readers of this blog to furnish more information about the mysterious “M. M. Moamrath”!



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6 responses to “A Hodgson Parody

  1. The details on Nickeloden No 1 are here. http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/title.cgi?1460416. It was presumably the only issue published, since its editor Tom Reamy died in 1977. As to the EOD connection with Pumilia and Wallace, my memory was correct – they first suggested it. According to a note I made while editing the Wikipedia entry on the EOD, “As early as 1971 an APA dedicated to the study of the life and works of Lovecraft had been proposed by Texan writer Joseph F. Pumilia (a member of the famous Turkey City Writer’s Workshop) and Bill Wallace. In 1973 Roger Bryant, an Ohio devotee, began the EOD under its current name.”

  2. ISFDB also shows “The next to the Last Voyage of the Cuttle Sark” as having been published separately in ”Chacal” No 2, Spring 1977 – edited by Arnie Fenner and Pat Cadigan. See http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/title.cgi?933717

  3. To the best of my memory, Nickolodeon was more than simply a fanzine. It was on glossy paper and very well produced as a magazine. The Hodgson parody above is only one of a whole raft of Moamrath materials that were presented in that same issue. This ‘writer’ seems to have been conceived as a parody mainly of a sort of inept HP Lovecraft, with a little inept Hodgson thrown in. Other items in the issue include: “Famous Last Lines of MM Moamrath”; “M M Moamrath the Forgotten Bard”; “M M Moamrath: Notes Towards a Biography” and two stories in addition to the Hodgson parody – “The Shuffler from the Stars” and “Riders of the Purple Ooze”. I have copies of all these. The ‘nonfiction ‘ material is bylined Joseph Pumila and Bill Wallace, and clearly the entire ‘hoax’, if you will, is by them. It is all very funny, and they expound at length upon Moamrath and his ‘Moamrath Mythos’. A Google search quickly reveals many references to, and other works by, Moamrath. Complicating the picture is that Darrell Schweitzer appears to have adopted MM Moamrath as a pseudonym for some of his parodic Lovecraftian poems. Schweitzer has published a collection of Moamrath peoms by Pumilia and Wallace under his Zadok Allen imprint. I believe Joseph F. (Joe) Pumilia was an early member of the Esoteric Order of Dagon. I’m not sure about Bill Wallace. Moamrath appears to have acquired an underground reputation with other authors spinning out his fictional biography, see for example this piece by S. Dale : http://www.bewilderingstories.com/issue172/moamrath4.html
    More info on the various writings of Pumilia and Wallace, many of them as by Moamrath, can be found at International Science Fiction Database (ISFDB) – see http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?10706

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